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Old 08 Aug 2013, 02:01 pm
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Default How long will this Honda last?

91 accord stick shift. 268,000 miles. Need a car for college. Will it last the 2 years?
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Old 08 Aug 2013, 02:17 pm
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It'll last.
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Old 08 Aug 2013, 02:47 pm
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As long as you change the timing belt, oil, filters, and tune up you'll be fine. I cannot say because the car is not in front of me. But Hondas are legendary in the mileage department. Ever heard of million mile Joe and his 92 Honda accord.
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Old 08 Aug 2013, 03:03 pm
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Assuming the transmission has not been man-handled by a speed-shifting traffic light racer, and the oil has been changed at least every 7500 miles, you should be good. It is coming up on a timing belt change (270,000) which is not real expensive at least (assuming someone didn't jump the gun and do it recently). Just out of common sense, change the fuel filter on the firewall and lube all the hinges, etc.. If you have a local radiator shop, I'd have them check the coolant. And keep it clean. Just because it's old, it doesn't need to look like a frat house trash bin. 'Cause if it looks good, mechanics might just treat it better too.































It's been 21 years, 160,000 miles, and my Accord still runs like the day I got it*. The secret is to change the oil regular (I go 4,000 between changes) and do the maintenance (schedule in your manual) and do NOT let just any old Tom Dick or Harry work on it. Even the Honda dealer may not be a safe bet (ours isn't). Ask around. Find someone people talk nice about; like my Meineke guy for brakes and exhaust. You can do a lot of the maintenance stuff yourself with simple tools: air filter, fuel filter, lubing hinges, checking oil, power steering fluid, etc., etc., etc..































*ONE CAUTION: NEVER LET ANYONE PUT POWER STEERING FLUID IN YOUR HONDA. Hondas use a different power steering fluid. Ignore the grinning mechanic who says, "Eh, they're all the same." (and make a mental note to re-consider his services). They are NOT. If your Honda ever needs power steering fluid, stop in at the dealer and buy a couple bottles of genuine Honda Power Steering Fluid. I was not paying attention at about 60,000 and the oil change guy slipped some genuine GM fluid in and the system has leaked ever since. Sigh. If I didn't love Quaker State so much I never would have gone back. He'll never touch that cap again though I can tell you! I think they could hear me yelling all the way down to the tire place! LoL ;-)































That reminds me. I've only ever had Michelins ... I don't know if that's a big deal but I get super long life (56,000 so far on my X-1s), a great ride (at rated pressure + 4 lbs extra), and I always see Mike at the local tire dealer so he knows me and my car on sight (I rotate and align and balance all at the same place A/R -- they are great).































Did I mention I like my Honda? ;-)































It's my second Accord BTW. The first was a manual. It was killed by the Honda dealer who forgot to refill the transmission with oil after replacing an axle seal. Be careful who you trust. [serious look]
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Old 08 Aug 2013, 03:16 pm
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As stated above change oil and timing belt and it will last 2 more years easy. That transmission will start popping out of 5th gear if the oil gets low in it, so i would go to a honda dealer and buy 2 qts of MTF(manual trans fluid) then lookup a video onine and change it out.































Pay attention to the car for any fluid leaks and fix them while you are at college. It will last.
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