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Old 26 Nov 2009, 12:16 pm
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Default if built for extreme longevity-which honda 4 cyl would be best?

if built for longevity & low rpm gas mileage-what 1.5-2.2 honda 4 cylinder would be the best?
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 12:31 pm
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I don't think Honda has a specification for this. I have never seen an expiration date on any Honda engine.

I would think that both are built to the same quality standards.

Pick the one that suits your needs best.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 12:46 pm
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Well, pretty much all honda 4-bangers are built for mileage and are very robust and last nearly forever. I don't think any are built for low RPM. Honda engines are void of any sign of torque, thus they're built for high RPM since that's their only hope of producing any significant power

The "H" series are some of my favorite. They're 2.2 and 2.3L motors, found mostly in Accords and the Prelude. They have a decent amount of torque and up to 200HP. I have a '99 Accord with the F23 and it's ok as well. A little better mileage but built more for economy than performance.

Here's a page with a listing of Honda motors. There really isn't a "bad" Honda 4 cyl. It's all up to the application.

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Old 26 Nov 2009, 01:01 pm
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I'd pick whatever engines came in the 1990 - 1993 accords (built in Japan) - even up here where rust is a major problem, there are still plenty of them on the road (some 20 years old).

If you google 5th generation accord, you'll see that there are a lot of owners out there with 500000kms and more on theirs, some with 700000 (about 400000 miles) and are still going.

Basically the body rots before the engine has any issues.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 01:16 pm
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Having a 1.5 in a 1993 Civic from 1992 - 2008 with over 350,000 miles, I would say this one. Not to mention 42/46 mpg.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 01:31 pm
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SOHC engines are the best for longevity -- they have less moving parts!

D15, D16 or F22 are my favorites.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 01:46 pm
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The one that's taken care of.

Take care of your car and motor and it will run for as long as you want it. Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chevy, it doesn't matter as long as you take care of your car.
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Old 26 Nov 2009, 02:01 pm
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i would look for single cam motors 1.5-2.2 liters,

technically there is no best, its personal preference to say the least about this......

i would say single cam simply because its small, less moving parts and most are taken good care of and last along time, i had a D16A6 (1.6 SOHC 4 Cylinder) in a older civic, and it lasted 347k miles before i sold the car.
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