I purchased this nice example of a year 2000 Honda Accord in the back end of February 2014 as a replacement for a 1996 Vauxhall Astra Turbo Diesel which I had owned for around 5 1/2 years, in that time keeping it clean and maintained to the best of my abilities and budget. Sadly that Astra had cost me alot of money in the three months to February and needed more work as it was getting on to 17 years old and I was getting tired of its harsh ride and slowness, but do miss its fuel economy.
I found this car on eBay, with an asking price of £600, but also the option to bid, which I took bidding it up to £375, which I won it at 8:10am. I knew the car needed a little bit of work, like a new centre section of exhaust, which was ordered before I'd even picked the car up as it was mentioned in the listing that it would need this.
I was pleasantly surprised at how clean and well presented the car was when I finally got to collect it that night, though on the drive home I did become aware of two little problems, it needed front ARB droplinks and brakes looking at, as it pulled to the right.
I got a little bit of a shock from the garage as the car needed a backbox as well as the centre section, but that was ordered and fitted no problems.
Next was to tackle the brakes. I discovered that the passenger side front pads where stuck in place and that was the cause of the pulling. the last person to maintain them seemed to have hammered the pads home, not lubed them up or anything, nor had the cleaned the anti rattle clips or surrounding areas.
With that cleaned up and working correctly, I regreased the front brakes with silicone lube and moved onto the back, only to discovered they where in even poorer condition.
I ordered new pads and discs from Eurocarparts, some Pagid replacement parts.
I then had to unsieze the slider pins on both sides and replace the passenger side caliper as it was rusted solid, once freed up and lubricated they where all good.
Next thing to discover was a small patch of rust with a hole, in a bad place, this was in the area where the subframe bracket mounts to the body. £60 later i had the rust hole repaired.
1/09/14 I took the car to get its MOT and I was super impressed, the car sailed through with just an advisory on inner edge of front tyres worn!
Not 1 mechanical thing was at fault!
Having not updated this for a little while I have done a few little things in terms of improvements to the car.
First off I have fitted a leather steering wheel, which came from an SE Executive model and also, though yet to fit got the front fog lights from the same car, along with the switch and brackets I have also installed although yet to complete a full Bose speaker install, also from an SE Executive, ince subwoofer.
I have now fitted the spoiler from a Sport model, which improves the look of the back end a whole lot
As of today my little daily driven baby has reached 134,500 miles on the clock and still feels as nice now as the day I bought her with around 117k on the clock.
Its been a while since I have updated the page for this old girl and she has had her fair share of ups and downs since the last update.
In March of '16 the old girl had a brand new fuel filter fitted which was her first in 16 years of ownership, that I can gather as the old one was the original one.
I have also discovered some rare as rocking horse poo front foglights that where the genuine add on that Honda made for non foglight equipped cars. This was fitted which required the front bumper to be removed and while there I replaced a headlight that was aged and going rather yellow.
She has had more welding done, mostly to the cill on the passenger side and a huge hole I found under the drivers side wheel arch O.O!
She actually failed her last MOT due to the welding and also a badly worn lower balljoint which was promptly replaced.
I have also replaced the clutch slave cylinder as that developed a leak, which I only found due to trying to cure a creaking clutch pedal, which still hasn't been cured, I think more silicone spray is needed! It was also this that made it touch and go whether I made it to the Forge Action day at Castle Combe that one of the members on here organised.
The following day after which, My Accord went home! Yes she went back to Swindon where she was built 16 years ago! Aaaaaand security wouldn't let me take any photos. sadly
it was then on the Cheddar Gorge, Wookey hole and then Home for a round trip of 449 miles.
Phew, I think we are up to date now on this old girl having now clocked in at 144k on the clock
I have now added a guide on how to fix the tailgate opener as mine broke on me and the good old girl reached 145k and going strong .