How long was the Accord’s golden age? There’s obviously a lot of room for debate. Personally, I think it lasted about fifteen years, from model years 1989-2004. With some exceptions, all Accords during that period boasted good looks, sporty driving dynamics, no-nonsense interiors, and good reliability. No wonder they were (and are) so popular. And in some respects there really never was a “bad” Accord, but the mid-size did lose some appeal between 2005-2012. The newer models, particularly the current generation, regained a bit of that classic Accord mojo. And our featured Accord definitely qualifies as a classic.
Perhaps you were perplexed by the title of this piece. Here is why I wrote it up as a Civic. As someone who recently allowed his car to smack into his garage door, I am in no position to judge the seller. Brain farts happen. And to be fair, Civics and Accords of this era tended to look alike. In any event, the Honda looks pretty good and boasts below average miles for a car that’s almost thirty years old.
In Japanese, Camry essentially means crown. By 1989, Toyota hadn’t become king of the mid-size sedan segment. That honor belonged to the Accord. Honda sold the most popular car in America from 1989-1991. The Taurus usurped it in 1992 with a reign that lasted until 1997, when the redesigned (and Taurus-inspired) Camry took first place. Honda did nab the top spot in 2001, but Toyota took back its throne the following year. Sales numbers don’t automatically determine whether a car is good or not. But it is a useful barometer. And customers certainly loved the Accord.
Honda sold about 394,000 Accords in 1992. New owners were treated to a slightly restyled sedan that ditched the motorized seat belts for a conventional setup. It also gained a standard’s driver side airbag. The seller’s Accord looks okay, although the floor could use a good vacuuming. Every car in the Northeast suffers the same fate during the winter.
Under the hood lived Honda’s 2.2 liter four, making 125 horsepower and 137 Ib-ft of torque. More expensive trims had the same engine but with a slightly higher output. That’s right in line with rivals. While buyers could choose between a five speed manual and four speed automatic, the vast majority likely preferred the latter. Either way, this Accord earned praise for handling prowess.
For the most part, this Accord seems to have aged pretty well. But there are some cosmetic issues that prevent it from being a collectible. Fortunately, it’s nothing serious. First up are these gouges in the rear bumper. It looks like they’ve gone straight through the paint.
The damage also extends to the drivers side portion of the bumper. Looks like some scratches and some paint transfer.
Finally, it looks like the passenger side of the rear bumper received its fair share of damage too. It probably wouldn’t be too hard to repaint the bumper.
If I were in the market for something like this Accord, I probably wouldn’t want to pay $1200. I think $800 is a more palatable price. Then again, these are pretty rare nowadays, and the asking price doesn’t strike me as absurd. I would not fault anyone for paying that amount if they were serious about preserving it.