After two years of owning the green Accord 2.0i EX Auto, I'd moved on from being a uni student to having a job, so decided it was time to again change my car. It was now 1998. The green Accord had set a high standard, it still looked and drove superbly despite it's high mileage and age. I was truly hooked on Hondas. The next car naturally had to be Honda and I knew exactly what model it was going to be. It had to be the 16v version of the Accord I had. The 2.0i EX 16v 4wALB was like the sportier version of Accord. If I recall correctly they only did this sportier version in red or white paint. I opted to go for the meaner looking red colour.
I started hunting for one, there weren't many around, I was working Manchester at the time. I saw one advertised at a very very good price, in the north of Manchester, I wasted no time at all and arranged to have an extended lunch break. I took along a good friend and work colleague with me to check this car.
I checked the car out and once again, bodywork and interior were spotless, again it was love at first sight. However starting the engine revealed a quite a bad tapping noise but even the then young Speedy had enough mechanical know how to diagnose the fault. I put my hand on the timing cover and at idle I could feel the timing belt banging on the cover. Adding some revs would stop the banging and the tapping noise. I concluded that it was the timing belt tensioner at fault and was willing to risk driving the 30 miles home on this tensioner (madness huh!). I took it for brief and gentle test drive, which revealed squeaking front brakes but all else was good. I came back from the test drive and made a very low bid pointing out that the problems with the engine and the brakes. The chap selling the car, didn't put a fight and we agreed an absolute bargain price.
I tip toed the car home and parked it up, I rang around a few garages later that week and booked her in for a timing belt replacement (at the time this was a job too big for Speedy). She got booked in for the Friday but I didn't get her back until the following Tuesday. Boy was I excited, with the timing belt issue fixed I could now test her out properly. By gum was I in for a surprise ! The 2.0 16v engine was so much quicker than the 8 valve and she loved being revved (don't all Honda engines huh). Now back on manual gearbox and even more power I was loving the way it drove. An absolute joy to drive !
I tell you even until this day, I still rate my 2.0 16v CA5 highly. Hand on heart I can say that was probably my most favourite Accord to date. I even rate it higher than my current CL9.
Oh yeah, I fixed the squeaky brakes, this was down to the anti rattle shims being missing, I found some replacements from a scrappy and was one happy bunny when this simple fix sorted out the very annoying brake squeal.
Of course the rest of my days owning this car were hassle free, I spent nothing on it other than on servicing.
Pictures .. once again not of my actual car
Mine looked very much like one in full sideways view, it had some very nice aftermarket alloys it. Damn! So wish I had a real picture of it.