Review: Honda Accord (1998 – 2003)

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Excellent reliability record so far. Refined and undemanding to drive. The Type R is very fast and rewarding. First-class build quality.

Question mark over the durability of some manual and auto gearboxes.

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18 September 2019 R/2019/243:

Possible air bag inflator rupture. Passenger air bag may not deploy correctly. Fix: The inflator inside the passenger’s airbag module is to be replaced. Build dates: 17-11-2000 to 16-12-2014. Read more

9 August 2010

Various recalls announced. Following a nearly two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall includes 197,000 Accord and 117,000 Civic vehicles and about 69,000... Read more

16 July 2003

25,413 Accords recalled because rer seatbelt may not retract properly due to broken webbing spool. Check all seatbelts in car and replace any malfunctioning spools. Read more

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Should I replace my Honda Accord or keep it until it breaks?

My 2.0-litre petrol auto Honda Accord is over 13 years old, has 76,000 miles on the clock and still goes really well. I do less than 3000 miles a year, a local mechanic does all the required servicing, and I wonder if I should keep this long time favourite or bite the bullet and upgrade? If so, to what? As an IAM member, I occasionally do a track day, using more revs than in normal driving. The cam belt was changed at 50,000 miles. Should I change this again to be on the safe side?
The car is worth virtually nothing, so carry on until something breaks that it does not make economic sense to repair. Even changing the cam belt will probably be more than the car is worth, though replacing that will only cost you about 10 per cent of the amount that a new car would suffer in depreciation.
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