Honda Accord Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Honda Accord reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
THE Accord is designed to run on regular unleaded and you won't have any problems with it if you do, but there are advantages with PULP. The engine's management computer needs time to adjust its settings to the new fuel so it may take a couple of fills to see any change. I wouldn't bother running it on PULP.
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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Is this price fair?
WITHOUT actually seeing the car, I can't give you an absolute price, but the value put on it by the dealer is pretty much on the money. It has the average odometer reading for its age, and isn't in pristine condition.
Wheel or imaginary
THE rate of wear on the rear tyres on all-wheel-drive cars will be higher because they're driving when the rear tyres on a front-wheel-drive car aren't. That said, the front tyres of both all-wheel-drives and front-wheel-drives wear at about the same rate, so the added wear is related to the rear tyres of the all-wheel-drive cars which will wear out at about the same rate as the front tyres.
Just watch the cam belt
AS YOU rightly say, the Accord is generally a good car, and I wouldn't expect any major problems, as long as it has been serviced according to the Honda recommendations, and you continue to do so. The most significant thing is to make sure the cam belt has been changed at the recommended time. If it hasn't, think about having it changed.
Are all the pulleys turning as they should? It could be the belts are slipping because one of the pulleys isn't turning freely, or turning at all. Another possibility is that a slipping belt has worn a pulley to the point where it doesn't have a good grip. If that's the case, try scuffing the pulley with some sandpaper or similar abrasive material to rough the surface up a little. But I would check first for a pulley that isn't turning freely.