Let’s be honest: kids suck. Especially teenagers and young adults under 25. They’re extraordinary self-absorbed, have no respect for their elders, and are constantly staring at glowing rectangles that play videos and receive messages from their equally bratty friends. What is this world going to be like when they…hang on.
Oh right. I was one of those miscreants back in the day. I stare at glowing rectangles all the time (and am probably staring at one right now). And I’ve come to learn that elders don’t automatically deserve respect. It should be earned. That being said, I am horrified that New York State allowed me to drive at 16 years of age. When I was 16, I thought wood fired oven pizza originated from ovens made of wood. I held that belief while operating a car. My only salvation was my father, who back then actually drove like a reasonable person. Ultimately, he taught me well. This Accord could also be used to teach the next generation how not to crash. Although it may have already failed to do so.
There is no question that Honda makes excellent vehicles. If I were in the market for a car, I would absolutely consider a 2016+ Honda Civic or 2018+ Honda Accord. But there is something to be said about older Hondas. When did Honda’s Golden Age come to an end? Perhaps around the mid 2000s. But this 2000 Accord found its first owner at a time when the company produced solid vehicles that didn’t boast overwrought styling. Our featured Accord isn’t the prettiest of the bunch. Perhaps a new driver applied the gas too forcefully and quickly for the teacher to react in time? Maybe. In any event, this is still a attractive looking sedan, even if it’s got cataracts.
Honda’s sixth generation Accord arrived in 1997 for the 1998 model year. It course corrected for the insubstantial looking fifth generation by emulating the appearance of the fourth gen model. It was a safe choice and the polar opposite of the third gen Taurus, which let its freak flag fly in 1996 when it debuted an extremely oval exterior. Buyers revolted and likely made their way to sedans like our featured Accord. That helped the Accord stay slightly above the 400k mark for most of this generation.
This didn’t break the paradigm established with the 1992 Taurus, but it didn’t need to.
The wheel covers indicate this is a relatively basic model. Perhaps the cheapest V6 model you could get at the time? Regardless, the interior looks pretty clean for a twenty year old car.
And here is what separates this Accord from all the other. Here is the seller’s description:
I bought this 2000 Honda Accord for my son to learn how to drive, it was super helpful because it has a second brake pedal on the right hand side as you can see in the picture. So it made both of us feel much safer in teaching him! It has a VTEC engine and does not have any rust and the interior is very clean. No dents either. Heat works great and so does the AC. It has a newer set of tires on it, brand new brake pads, and a new battery. And a new computer was put in and programmed. 180k. It is a very very smooth driving quiet car.
Sounds like a reasonable enough explanation, right? A mid-size sedan might be the perfect trainer car too. Their size forces new drivers to pay attention a bit than they would in a compact car. But they’re not overwhelmingly big. Problem is, the seventh gen Accord had a substantially large Achilles’ Heel. Honda’s four speed automatic was prone to failure. Especially the V6 models. And our featured Accord happens to be equipped with the 3.0 liter V6. Is that a dealbreaker. Maybe. I’d be inclined to believe the problematic ones have all been junked by now. I’d be willing to take something like this home if I could get it for $1500. It’s a good trainer car that will probably still be around for at least several more years.
Source: Hudson Valley craigslist