1991 Honda Accord EX Sedan with 394,057 miles

Lyle Ellerbee

Honda began making use of 6-digit odometers on its American-current market cars in the 1982 model yr, extended soon after Mercedes-Benz and Volvo but perfectly before most Detroit brands acknowledged that most vehicles would probable exceed 100,000 complete miles for the duration of their life, and Hondas have always held collectively incredibly very well. This indicates that I check the odometers of any 1980s/1990s discarded Hondas I see throughout my junkyard travels, in the hope that I’ll find a single with an exceptionally high remaining odometer reading. That research resulted in this fourth-era Accord that just about arrived at the 400k-mile mark for the duration of its three-10 years occupation, uncovered in a Northern California car graveyard.

We’ve witnessed some Hondas with notably substantial closing odometer figures in the Junkyard Gems sequence, which includes a ’93 Civic with 300k miles, an ’89 Civic with 308k miles, a ’95 Integra with 342k miles, and an ’83 Accord with 411k miles. In simple fact, it is strange to find a junked Honda product or service with considerably less than 150,000 miles on the clock (even though most of the cars and trucks created during our existing century have digital odometers that can not be examine in the junkyard devoid of having heroic actions, so I could be seeing some doomed minimal-mile late-design equipment devoid of understanding it).

These cars tended to rust speedily in locations with winters comprehensive of road salt and summers entire of swampy humidity, but this was a San Francisco Bay Place motor vehicle that, presumably, used most of its daily life in California (nonetheless not too close to the ocean, which can outcome in some serious corrosion horror stories).

By the early 1990s, the Accord experienced been accessible in The us for 15 yrs — having a six-calendar year soar on the Camry — and was firmly founded as a reasonable automobile that would keep heading for a lot of several years if taken care of very well.

The “taken care of properly” portion is significant, which is why most junkyard cars and trucks I locate with absurdly high miles seem cleanse and nicely-cared-for. There are exceptions, of system, but the form of car or truck owner who requires treatment of all the servicing items on the dot also tends to retain the vehicle in first rate beauty form. Which is absolutely the case right here the interior displays faded upholstery and some injury brought on by junkyard customers, but no symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Considering the fact that this motor vehicle is a second-to-top rated-trim-amount EX, it has a 2,156cc straight-4 making 130 horsepower. The Accord SE obtained a hairier edition of this engine with 140 horses, although the lowly DX and LX Accords bought just 125 horsepower in 1991. Americans could not get an Accord with a V6 until the 1995 model yr.

Do you will need a manual transmission to get past the 300,000-mile mark? Not at all!

Honda commenced making Accords subsequent to their motorbike plant in Ohio all the way back in 1982, but this just one began existence at the Sayama Automobile Plant in Japan.

“A single of the most remarkable attributes of the Accord is its potential to transport you to the potential.” Modern Junkyard Gem surely completed that feat.

Lousy Danny, sharpening what could be a new Mazda MX-6, is about to master that the Accord topped the American automobile-income charts all over again.

Normally, this technology of Accord bought a lot better advertising in its homeland.

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