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Old 09-06-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: NE PA
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I have a 2001 Accord with 144k that runs like the day it was new. Only thing other than regular wear and tear (brakes, tires, timing belt) that I replaced was a wheel bearing, and the power window regulator on the drivers' side is currently shot...but that's it. I'm convinced Honda makes the best cars, hands down. Its long since been paid for and still looks great, and I was planning on running it until the wheels fell off, but I fell into a great deal on a late-model CR-V, so its going on the selling block. Maybe a good thing, before things start to go on the Accord.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:27 PM
 
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Buying any older/higher mileage car all comes down to the history, regardless of make/model. If the car has been meticulously maintained and had all necessary preventative maintenance done and common fail/wear items have been replaced it could be a good car for quite sometime. More often than not though, people selling cars like that are selling them because they are in good running order (engine and trans work fine), but the rest of the car has some serious issues cropping up. Everything from wheel bearings and suspension components to power window/lock regulators and electrical problems.

So, research the pedigree of the car and if it has been well maintained and common issues addressed and everything on the car works, it may be worth rolling the dice. If the owner can only show you oil change receipts and when they bought tires, I would run away. Regardless of make at 300k miles, there are plenty of things that simply wear out that need to addressed.
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Question for you guys. I need a car to last me about a year while I save up some money for a nicer 2nd car. Would you even chance it on a 1993 Honda Accord with 300,000 miles? Or is it just too risky. I know 300,000 just sounds crazy (as my wife keeps telling me), but I've heard this things go past 400,000. Any insight?
If it passed CA SMOG recently, take a look at the paperwork - if it's well within spec for emissions, no reason to think the engine is all that worn.

Also depends on how willing you are to tolerate/how able you are to fix small issues, windows that move slow or not at all, etc.

At 300K for example it may be on a replacement clutch rather than original if a stickshift. Probably the half-shafts have been replaced a couple of times or more.

If this one has a timing belt, figure out how much life is left in that, can you DIY this maintenance or will you have to pay a shop?

I have over 200K on 3 different cars (82 Scirocco, 87 Camry, 92 Legacy (Suby)) - all 3 run right, don't burn oil, etc.

You need to examine the actual condition of the vehicle, not try to divine that from year and mileage.
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Summerville, SC
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I wouldn't touch it... Even if engine and tranny are good, the rest of the car will be crap. Just a lesser known seem to be pretty bullet proof and frugal, old late 90s saturns.

Sent from my autocorrect butchering device.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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If it's 500 or less take it if it shifts fine and runs decent. If not keep looking. I bought my '94 celica last August with 196k miles and it still runs awesome with 217k miles.
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Old 09-06-2011, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Blah
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I have a 2001 Accord with 144k that runs like the day it was new. Only thing other than regular wear and tear (brakes, tires, timing belt) that I replaced was a wheel bearing, and the power window regulator on the drivers' side is currently shot...but that's it. I'm convinced Honda makes the best cars, hands down. Its long since been paid for and still looks great, and I was planning on running it until the wheels fell off, but I fell into a great deal on a late-model CR-V, so its going on the selling block. Maybe a good thing, before things start to go on the Accord.
Anything over 500.00 is to rich for my blood. I don't care what kind of ultra dependable gas powered vehicle we're talking about, 300k is about used up in my opinion. I would look for something around 75,000-150,000. I also like to look for vehicles I can work on or at least perform some basic repairs my self without having hire a mechanic.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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300k is just way too much. Get one in the 100's, like others in this thread have already suggested.
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