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Old 02 Jul 2011, 09:16 pm
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Default Should i buy a 91 honda accord dx?

My 99 Nissan sentra was lagging when I accelerated and I brought it to a shop and they said I needed a timing chain kit. This is at least a$1300 fix. My girls aunt is selling their automatic 91 honda accord dx for $500. Should I buy it? Will it last? Its got 120000 miles and my sentra has 164000. I test drove it today and it seemed fine. Just when i was stopped at a stop sign it was vibrating a bit...
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 09:31 pm
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Any Japanese car, if it's well taken care of, if the oil was changed and all that, 120,000 miles is just barely broke in. These cars routinely do 200,000 miles and I have seen Accords with 400,000 miles on them.

So when you buy a car like this, you need to look at the previous owner as much as the car itself. Is the aunt the kind of person that is meticulous about maintenance? If so, it's a great deal because a 91 Accord in good shape is worth a lot more than that.

Also, MOST Japanese cars need to have the timing belt changed around 80,000 miles. $1300 seems really outrageous, it's usually like $300-400. If the Accord hasn't had a new timing belt some time in the last 40k miles or so, it's a disaster waiting to happen.
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Old 02 Jul 2011, 09:46 pm
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For the price and miles you cant beat it! And at 120k it will probably wont need a belt right away. Because in the earlier honda years it was only a 60k belt. But the replacements are almost always 90k belt. So dont stress it. Its more like 150k to replace it as long as the OEM belt has already been replaced. And anyways that is a non interferance motor. So it will not bend a valve or damage a piston if it breaks! Unless your hualin a$$ and float the valves. Just have someone pull the top timing cover and give it a quick inspection. Its probably just fine.

Im alomost positive the vibration your feeling is your front and rear motor mounts. They always go bad! The worse one is the rear main motor mount because its hydrualic and once it goes the oil will leak and the rubber will completly tear in two. And when this happens it will make the engine and even the steering wheel vibrate like crazy. Also the IACV (Idle Air Control Valves) are notorious for going bad on these. That will also make the car idle funny.

All in all these are great cars! My family and I have owned four of them. And Ive even had customers with 300,000+ miles on the original motors. Just stay on top of your maintenance and it will be fine.
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