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Smells shabby

Asked by Mark Scully

MY PARENTS visited a Honda dealership, which offered only $5000 for their 1998 Honda Accord V6 because they said the transmission was likely to pack up. The dealer claimed it would cost at least $5000 to repair. He also said many problems have been experienced with this model. My parents have owned the car since new, have clocked up only 68,000km and have not noticed any significant problems. They are disappointed because they expected better from Honda given their widely accepted reputation. Do you know of major transmission problems with this model and, if so, shouldn't Honda have alerted its customers to this serious defect?

Answered by CarsGuide

21 Jul 2005 Carsguide.com.au

WE CONTACTED Honda specialist Adam Kovaric of In-N-Out Motors and he is unaware of transmission failure. The only problem he's aware of was a recall relating to the reverse shift fork, which should have been brought to the owner's attention. Adam says the Accord is an excellent car. I think your parents have been shabbily treated and should go elsewhere. Adam believes your car should be worth $13,000-$14,000 as a trade-in.

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