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Restore or Sell My 93 Honda Accord Poll is created on Nov 24, 2021

  
  

93 Honda Accord: Restore or Forget It?

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Hi Scotty. I have a 93 Honda Accord 5 speed manual with 265,000 miles on it. I bought it as a beater car two years ago for $500 and it is still running every day. It has passed the smog check two years running. But now, it is getting to the point where I am going to have to start fixing big things and that won't be cheap. I am stuck between restoring my Accord or just buying a new car. I really like the idea of having a classic Honda as my daily driver, but is it worth it? I would really like your opinion and what you think the problems might be.

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I am an old softie when it comes to older cars and when I compare the cost of a new car with a myriad of questionable engineering and electronic gadgetry to the cost of bringing an older car back to as new condition I see this;  The average cost of a new car is now about $40,000.  I could take half that money and make your 93 Accord, for all practical purposes, a new car capable of an easy 200,000 miles.  I venture to say that at $40,000, the new cars of today won't come close to that.  Besides that, nothing is more fun (with your clothes on) than working on an old car and bringing it back to life, for me anyway.  Just an opinion.   

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Real automotive restoration is extremely expensive and labor intensive, so I'm assuming you just mean refurbishing it as a "driver quality" vehicle.

What kind of work does it need, how big are we talking about? Does it have severe rust? Engine and drivetrain issues? Can you do your own repairs and maintenance? How much driving do you do? Do you have alternate transportation available if you need to wait for parts or repairs? There are quite a few people, myself included, who daily drive 1990s vehicles but driving a 25-30 year old car is not a good fit for everyone.

I am thinking about a full rebuild. Take it all apart and replace everything that needs to be replaced. Like they do on one of those custom shows on Discovery.

AC and power steering are not working and there is something wrong with the intake since the engine keeps revving and then dropping. The wiring is all rotted and only two of the four windows work. No power steering and who knows what else. The interior is in pretty good shape for almost 30 years. The body would need work. No big rust but lots of small dings and dents, and a lot of faded paint.

Still, I love driving it around and I love driving stick.

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100% money pit, and you will NEVER get back what you put into it.

If you are in a wreck, the insurance payout will cover the tow and that's about it.

Worth it? Absolutely not. It's not an attractive, valuable or highly sought after car. You got more than your money's worth out the scrap heap. Put the old girl out of her misery.

I understand very well the sentimentality we have towards our vehicles. The memories they brought. So as an unbiased outside observer, allow me to tell you, it's time to let it go. Your nostalgia isn't worth what it's going to put you through.

Time to find a new love. Smile  

You are right about the car not being valued or sought after. It would just be for me. I would probably be better off getting something new, or a used car in better shape. Sentimentality has a strong pull. Thanks for the straight-up advice.

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That wears the generation that I feel in love with the Honda Accord.

I roll in a 1999 Honda Accord Manual Transmission with 275K+ miles as my daily driver, and even long freeway trips.  

Like Doc above, I am old softie when it comes to:

1) Older Accords

2) Manual Transmission

3) High mileage survivor daily drivers that doesn’t break the bank.

And your car is right up that alley.  I would try to keep it as a daily driver.  They don’t make manual transmissions as much these days.  It’s not going to be dirt cheap to maintain.  But it’s not going to be a gigantic money pit, IMHO.

What are some of the big things you may need to fix?  

 

I am thinking about a full rebuild. Take it all apart and replace everything that needs to be replaced. Like they do on one of those custom shows on Discovery.

AC and power steering are not working and there is something wrong with the intake since the engine keeps revving and then dropping. The wiring is all rotted and only two of the four windows work. No power steering and who knows what else. The interior is in pretty good shape for almost 30 years. The body would need work. No big rust but lots of small dings and dents, and a lot of faded paint.

Still, I love driving it around and I love driving stick.

A full rebuild would be amazing! If you do go through with it, do share with us.

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