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1996 Honda Accord

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1996 Honda Accord Problems

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

Automatic transmission failures are common, Automatic transmission failure on these vehicles will generally require overhaul or replacement of the transmission. In the event of a  failure, it may be worthwhile to check with Honda to see if they may offer assistance for this repair. As these vehicles age, Honda has become less likely to help out with these transmission related repairs.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Power door locks can activate intermittently due to a faulty door lock actuator in the driver's door.

Engine -- Verified

Damaged engine mounts can lead to vibration and roughness felt in the steering wheel. A rattle in the dash and engine area may also be heard. Replacement of damaged mounts will commonly correct these issues.

Miscellaneous -- Verified

Plugged moon roof drains can cause a water leak inside the car. The water will usually leak onto the driver's or passenger's head when the car turns a corner.

1996 Honda Accord Recalls (Recent)

Drive Train, May 24, 2000

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Honda is recalling certain passenger vehicles because the accelerator pedal may feel rough or notchy when depressed, causing the vehicle not to respond properly when traveling at low speeds. Dealers will replace the throttle cable.

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Electrical & Lights, October 8, 1998

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Honda is recalling sedans, coupes, and wagon passenger vehicles (except DX models and models with V6 engines) because the factory installed AC wire harness was improperly routed, which can cause a short circuit. The may cause the under-hood wiring to overheat and smoke, possibly causing a fire in the engine compartment. It can also lead to a blown fuse or dead battery. Dealers will inspect and repair the harness.

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1996 Honda Accord Questions and Answers

accord96, 1996 Honda Accord, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Middleburgh, NY

i got my accord ex 96 model enine overhauling,after tht everything was going smothly. recently we had 8 friends on a long drive on the car n suddenly there was severe gear oil leakage from the gear...

paluka, 1996 Honda Accord, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, East Hartford, CT

I have changed everything in this car: distributer,map,coil,starter,spark plugs and we checked the ECM and it seems okay. The car cranks, but won't start. We plugged the scanner to the ECM and...

wondering, 1996 Honda Accord, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Fairland, OK

lights where speedometer is won't come on. all the other dash lights are on. I checked the fuses they are all ok.

Honda lover, 1996 Honda Accord, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Allendale, MI

I just bought a 96 accord with 252,000 miles on it and it runs and drives awsome but the valve cover leaked oil all the way around it so I changed and put permitexed the gasket and didn't like...

trueskater, 1996 Honda Accord, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Orange Park, FL

Is it necessary to have a catalytic converter and the o2 sensors or is it an option to have a pipe ran with the muffler connected with just the sensors?

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1996 Honda Accord Reviews

The cost of owning and repairing my Accord is considerably more than any of my preceeding 8 Ford cars that I've owned. For those who swear by Honda, ask them how much they spend on "required/periodic maintenance" and you'll be shocked. Quality of the interior, exterior body, electrical systems, and AC are much lower than anything else I've owned. I'm not saying it's a piece of junk, but it isn't build as well as Ford cars (since the early 1990's). If I spent 1/2 as much on maintaining my Ford cars as I have on my Honda, the Fords would probably keep running past 500,000 miles. Save your money and don't throw it at a Honda.

129k. Could have bought a brand new Accord after totalling up the cost of all the repairs. Had a 1989 Civic, too, that only made it to 100K, despite being well-maintained.
Towards the end of it's life, the Accord developed a rear engine seal leak, that I deemed too costly to repair considering how much the car had already cost me. Brakes, battery, tires, radiator, axles, ball joints...Very disappointed. Why didn't either of my Honda's last like everyone else's? I have managed to make my other cars last. Then again, my husband's Cavalier sure has had it's share of issues.
On the positive, neither Honda's ever left me broke down and stranded, I always made it into the repair shop parking lot even if just barely, lol.

My 1996 Accord V6 has been in the family since brand new. Grandpa bought it off the lot and used it as the 'billy goat' vehicle to get up and down the mountains on logging roads. It lived at 8,000 ft elevation and in below 0 temperatures in the winter. I got it when it had 130k on it, when I was 17. I drove it like a teenager, fast starts and stops on traffic lights. I took it on many, many long road trips. All routine maintainence was done AT HOME, as I can't trust most mechanics these days. I replaced the O2 sensors at 140k miles, and the CV boots at 160k miles. I drove it on a 7000 mile road trip across country, and it rolled to 200k miles on that. She NEVER broke down on me. I drove all over the hills, along rough dirt raods, we have explored most of California together, I treated that car like a truck, with no problems. However, the shifting became a little rough, and she would down shift unnecissarily going up slight grades. At 207k miles, during a engine and trans oil change at home, my dad noticed an increasing amount of metal shavings on the magnet plug in the trans. On my way home from a road trip, my tansmission failed. The poor thing doesn't know park from reverse or nuetral. However, I love my Honda Accord, she has served me so very well and has NEVER broken down but now, after 208k miles, with a failed transmission, and I am rebuilding it to continue going strong. The only sign of wear after all the tough love is a little tapping sound from the engine on cold mornings or hot afternoons.

I LOVE THIS CAR and would recommend it to anyone.

I bought this car 5 months ago. Im not sure how to review it because of course the guy that sold it to me said nothing was wrong with it, I drove it down the road to get gas, and the hood was smoking a little. I assumed since it had just had the oil changed it was spilled oil burning off...I drive home another 30mins away, and my father looked and seen the radiator was ROTTEN! It obviously had not been taken care of, having only about 56,000miles it wasnt driven often either. Replaced the radiator and things were fine. It also made a slight rattling noise underneath, I was told it was my catalytic converter cover...inside the car you can hear another "buzzing" noise that almost sounds like the spoiler is loose, but its not. I started noticing at long stop lights my brake pedal would start slowly going down to the floor, and I would drift forward!! I would put the emergency brake on and still drift (slower but still drifted) Now I had the calipers, brake pads, and rotors replaced on the passenger side so far only because my mechanic literally ran out of time since he ran into some rust and bolt problems and one side took about 4 hours, and my guy knows what hes doing!! Oh, and about a month ago my starter went out too! Lovely huh? So far this has all cost me about $550. Other than all those issues it has great gas mileage, nice interior, nice exterior (only one small rust spot for it being over 10yrs old) Im sure if I wouldnt have bought such a problematic car it would be great. Thats just a chance you have to take I suppose. Ive heard nothing but good things about Hondas, and my situation really wants me to change my mind. I guess I should be glad all of my repairs so far have been cheap, and common with older vehicles. (knock on wood!!) Hopefully after all of my brake issues it should be as good as new. Thinking about just replacing the timing belt, and water pump soon Im sure that'll be the next to go!!

Excellent car with very few problems

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