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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:18 pm
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Default How many miles can I expect to get out of 1990 honda accord if it has been well maintained?

I'm looking at one that has 210,000 miles , one owner, with maintinance records....It seems to run fine but can I expect it to last long with so many miles?
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:22 pm
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I have a buddy that got 300,000 and sold it. not sure how many miles it has now but i still see that car
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:24 pm
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210,000 is quite high, even for a Honda. I ran my 1990 Prelude to 232,000 miles, well maintained, but it had some problems. Expect to put some money into the car and don't expect all the things wrong with it to be reasonably fixable. The car will probably eat oil, smoke a little, and have more than a few this and thats which won't make economic sense to fix. With such high miles, I would think twice before purchasing or make sure you have money put aside for a catastrophic failure (engine, transmission, etc.). Good luck.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:27 pm
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Even a well-maintained car is going to break down at some point. Hondas can be great cars (I have one now, and had another some years ago), but any mechanical device is subject to wear, and 210,000 miles is a lot, especially on a 4-cylinder engine, if that's what you are looking at. The fewer the cylinders, the more they have to rev, and that's what leads to wear.Of course, price is a factor. If the car is cheap, it does not have to last long for you to get your money's worth. But don't expect another 100,000 miles or another 10 years. It is just too improbable.I suggest you take it to a mechanic before you agree to buy. Have him tell you what systems are likely to fail next. How are the brakes? Suspension? Ball joints? Transmission? Etc. Also, have him take a sample of the oil and test it (or send it out for testing) to see about metal fragments in the oil. That is a sure sign of an engine that is wearing out. At least then you will know what you are getting into. Good luck!!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:30 pm
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with all the timely maintenence and some repair and replacement of parts, I am sure you can reach 500k. After that it starts to get expensive....time to send to scrap yard.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:33 pm
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If you drive it easy and do the oil changes you can get another 200,000 miles easily out of it. these honda accords are exceptional in quality and durability.very well made...shhh dont tell nobody! everybody will want one!
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:36 pm
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any vehicle with over 200,000 miles be it Japanese, American, or European is going to start having lots of things wear out soon and I do not mean just the engine. for example the A/C, power steering, power seats, power windows, door hinges, steering linkage, transmission and the list goes on and on.........so avoid it like the plague /
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:39 pm
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my first car was an 88 accord lxi and i had about 450,000 miles and it ran really well. the condition of the car was like it has never been used! y should get about another 100,000 to 200,000 miles out of the car, if it is kept maintained. if u purchase the car, get a tune up and oil change.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:42 pm
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Thats a lot of miles. It will take more work and money to keep it running than its worth.People are stupid saying it will last another 200k.
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Old 06 Oct 2007, 05:45 pm
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Hey guy don't knock on people like that--it's not nice. Anyway, I agree that you CAN get another 200K out of that car. All that needs to be done are some pretty easy DIY (do it yourself) things like the following: 1) use synthetic oil ($35 every 4,000-5,000miles)2) clean out the air path by spraying thottle body cleaner into the thottle body while reving the engine (under $5 per can)3) flush out the old coolant and refill with perfomance grade coolant (under $20)4) redo the gaskets and seals (under $70 for the parts)5) replace the fuel filter (under $20)6) replace the thermostat (under $15)7) replace radiator cap (under $15)8) replace the distributor with a double heat one (under $200)9) get performance spark cables (under $50)10) get performance spark plugs (under $35)11) install performance air intake system (under $160 for a name brand one)12) replace the battery with a higher end one (price varies around $150)Anyway, there are plenty other things you can do but these are the obvious things. I have done these things to my 1990 Honda Accord EX and it still runs like a champion!! By the way, mine has almost 260K!! I can expect it to go pass 500K with regular maintenance. I've heard of a guy that drove his for 490K and it it still running!If you look up Kelly Blue Book on this car, you'll see that it is easily worth $2000 (stock w/ no mods) if you buy from private party! It's a reliable car!
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