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Old 02-01-2009, 07:25 AM   #1
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Any '90-93 Accord owners in here? Thinking of buying one...

Hey gang...a crazy deal on a '90 Accord just came my way and I'm thinking of picking it up as a daily. It needs an oil pan gasket and a muffler/tailpipe...what else should I look out for?

Currently, it has 153K kms on it and it has one elderly lady owner (she was in her mid-40s when she bought it brand new). It's a 2dr 5spd. Any problems I can expect to run into in the next little while?

How are these things on gas? Anything else you'd like to add, I'd be happy to hear...thanks very much!
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:30 AM   #2
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I had one that had about 160K on it, this was back in 2001 or so.. It was problem after problem, every little thing kept breaking down. The ignition wouldn't work, the distributor started leaking, the gaskets started leaking, etc.

But then it wasn't maintained that well before I owned it, so who knows... I wouldn't get another one though.
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Old 02-01-2009, 07:47 AM   #3
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hmmm...well that's not very encouraging lol...thanks for the input, though, much appreciated
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my mom had a 92 sedan that ran for ever problem free until the distributor crapped out. it did go for at least 7 or 8 years till anything major happened.
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I had a 92, 2dr 5spd EXR that I loved. I would most likely still have it if it hadn't gotten written off...

It was a great car, no major issues at all. SkinnyPupp must have gotten a lemon, cause it's fairly rare you hear about these cars being a pain in the ass.

If you're gettin' a screamin' deal, go for it.
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as is the case with most any car, it will be as good as its owners keep it.
i believe they're a 2.2l. i've noticed with all the ones i've driven that fuel consumption was significantly higher than the average 1.6-1.8 hondas.
just inspect it thoroughly and pour over the maintenance records. try and get as detailed an idea of the history of the vehicle and you'll know where to go from there.
oh yeah, and those interior door handles like to break. hot ticket item, those handles are

this should probably be in the new honda/acura tech section though
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:00 AM   #7
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Thanks guys...that's sounding good This isn't an EXR (no sunroof, manual windows), but no big deal

Also, my mom says it's silver (I'm in Edmonton, the car's in Nanaimo)...but I haven't seen any 2dr 1990 Accords in silver, only pewter...did they make a silver? or is it most likely pewter?
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i drive a 90 exr, must say, i love the car, i keep it well maintained, and i rarely ever have problems with it!
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Thanks guys...that's sounding good This isn't an EXR (no sunroof, manual windows), but no big deal

Also, my mom says it's silver (I'm in Edmonton, the car's in Nanaimo)...but I haven't seen any 2dr 1990 Accords in silver, only pewter...did they make a silver? or is it most likely pewter?
i think silver was only available in the lx or ex... one of the base models w/out color matched door handles or mirrors
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I had a 90 lx 5 speed had 360 000 km on it when I sold it. The only problems I had was the alternator went and the cruise stoped working. Made for an awsome daily driver
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:31 PM   #11
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wow...yeah I've seen quite a few examples with 300k+ on the clock for sale...thanks
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timing belts and water pumps. make sure they have been tamas and if they havent in the last 100k, make sure you do it, other than that, just drive it.
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my brother is driving my old 93 right now to and from work. 400k + and still running like a champ
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ummm, not really around the year... but i drive an 03' accord, bought it brand new back in the day had it ever since... no problems for me!
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i've owned a couple of them..motor and tranny is strong..I;ve had a lot of problems with car..radiator, starter, rust..be careful for the lemons
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'92 accord exr with 285km and still running. had to fix a few problems but still pretty smooth. really solid.
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- check for rust in the rear quater panels / wheel wells area.
- cv boots/joints in good order
- power antenna still work or not
- trunk tail light seals (check base board that covers the spare..) for leaks
- Check power windows/sunroof if equipped

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listen to m speed he knows whats up. although usually its just the drivers side window that messes up
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What's getting a good deal on a 90' Accord? I already wouldn't pay more than $800 for one.

Anyways I know its a different generation but my 92' Civic Si after 220km's had nothing but problems. I guess it all matter's how you drive a car.

People on these forums like to say all the time how far Honda's, Toyota's, Nissan's, etc can go. Both my Honda's died rather early. My CM400T at 45,000, and my Si at 220,000. Whereas I had a Chevy van that did 369,000km's when I sold. Worked amazing.

EDIT: Worked amazing until everything shat out around that KM's
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They do come with a few common problems but in general, they are solid cars. Mine's got 375K and runs like new but I maintain mine very well.

Gaskets on any car start getting brittle with age so if the oil pan is starting to leak, I'd probably change the distributor o-ring and also the valve cover gasket/spark plug tube seals as well (they come as a set). Shouldn't cost you more than $40 for those and the oil pan gasket is about $15-$20.

You may have to reseal the tailights as it's very common for it to leak there (fixed by removing the tailight and running a bead of silicone where the housing meets the body). Dead power antennas, slow power windows, rust in the rear quarters are things that should be checked. The slow windows 50% of the time can be fixed by spraying silicone lube in the rubber channels.

Make sure the engine has the balanceshaft seal retainer installed. Google "Accord seal retainer" and you'll find tons of info on it.

If the car is starting to put out high Nox readings at Aircare, you will need to drill out the egr ports and clean them out as they get clogged with carbon (very common). This can be googled as well.

At 153K, you shouldn't really experience the "common" things just yet. It usually starts happening after 200K like heater blower motor dying, door lock latch breaking, distributor dying, interior door handle cracking (made of plastic), alternator dying.

The great thing though is parts for this car is readliy available and if you don't mind the trip to Pickapart in Chiliwack, CHEAP as well.

As for fuel economy, mine is a 90 EXR auto and it gets roughly 550km per 50L. For comparison, my 88 CRX Si manual gets 525km per 35L and my 99 Mustang GT gets 450km per 50L in the exact same driving conditions (70% hwy, 30% city).

Hope this helps. BTW, how much is she asking?
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