Hi - I've made this post as a prospective owner of a 1998 - 2003 Accord, rather than as a current owner, as I need some advice. As above, I'm considering buying one of these cars (with under 50k miles on the clock) on the basis of their reliability and the proximity of a Honda dealer conveniently close to where I live. However, some of the research I've done on the internet suggests that this generation Accord seems to suffer from premature failure of automatic gearboxes as well as there being problems with the manual gearboxes as well, which seems to go against the general picture of the Honda reliability thing. In terms of the manual gearbox, I was just wondering if someone knowledgeable of these cars could explain if gearbox failure / issues are actually common problems on this type of Accord, what these problems are, and set things in some sort of context - if I buy one, can I expect to have to deal with this problem during ownership, or is this something that is very much the exception rather than the rule? I would like to buy one of these cars, but this is threatening to put me off. Speaking as someone who's having to replace their car because their old one developed a terminal gearbox problem, I'm understandably keen not to end up in the same position again! As many of these Accords are now in the region of 10 years old, fixing a problem such as that would probably be way more than the cars worth. I'm also recalling that a relative of mine owned a 2001 2.0 Executive model from new until it was 3 years old with about 30k miles on it - this one developed a clutch fault just at the time they traded it in for one of the new 7th Generation Accords that came out. This is also got me worried. Any honest advice on this would be appreciated - obviously, if it's a rare fault only affecting high milers then it's not an issue, but if it's something I could seriously expect to encounter, then I might have to think again.