Problem Description and Possible Solution
Accords powered by the V6 engine had a defective timing belt tensioner that could result in excess "slack" in the timing belt. This could cause premature timing belt failure, which could result in serious engine damage.
Average mileage: 116,761 (55,000–145,000)
Engines affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
10 people reported this problem
2000 Honda Accord SE. All services (including replacing timing belt at 90K mi) done at dealer on time. Car babied. 90% country-freeway miles.
Timing belt broke before 45K miles on it. Engine ruined. Cost more then bluebook to fix (even though I was expecting at least 200K from freeway driving Accord).
Honda's timing belt. Honda installed timing belt. Honda inspected belts during services.
Either it was a defective belt or belt component, incorrectly installed or never replaced in the first place (but I was billed anyway).
Honda dealer would not help. Said "all belts warrantied 10K" and wanted 3,500 to fix.
Sold the car to dealer for scrap for $200.
Should have asked dealer to see belt to see if it was OEM (in case they never did actually replace belt).
Buying an Accord and spending the big $ on dealer services was the worse financial move I ever made.