93 Honda Accord: Restore or Forget It?
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.
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.
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.
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?