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Old 15th October 2009, 09:09   #1
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In my hunt for a used car for myself ( I have decided to pass on my trusty corolla to my sister) .. I came across 2002 Honda accords in Karolbagh , dealers claimed they had done just around 70-60k Kms.. but I doubt that .

Prices were around 3-3.5L mark for a 2002-2001 Honda accord . I checked them out , engines were smooth and they had a lot of features for a 2002 car (power windows , leather seats .. etc) ... I have no idea about the safety features though , forgot to check for airbags and ABS..

these cars have a 2.3L VTEC engine..

Are these cars worth it ? (they look a lot like a bigger OHC from outside)

any ideas if I shall have any maintenance issues ?

Will any minor mods give me a good performance boost or shall I have to go all the way ?
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Old 15th October 2009, 10:47   #2
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Amrit:
Having owned one of these cars, let me tell you a bit about them.
Firstly: They come in 2 variants - Vti, Vti-l which comes with leather and alloys.
Both the cars have powered seats, tubeless tyres, PW, PS, Auto A/C, CD player, 2 Airbags and ABS.
Amongst all the Accords in India, IMO, these were the best to drive as well as the most comfortable, even though they weren't as big inside.
Second: These cars are built to last! Ours did 70+Kkm before we sold it, and even then, it ran all that without a hiccup. Though the car looks understated (I like this), and has bland interiors (high quality though), the engine will bring a smile to your face just as the space and comfort with keep your family happy.
Third: The engine is the same in all the variants. Even in the U.S, the car was sold with the 2.3 VTEC engine. Mods are available, though some parts may need to be imported as not a lot of people modified this generation of the Accord.

In short, for the asking price, the car is definitely worth it. Very reliable, fun to drive and comfortable.
However, be warned that as these didn't sell as well, some parts may need to be imported and might cost a bomb. Our centre console A.C. vent broke and we had to replace the whole centre console (mainly the wooden finish parts) for a sum of Rs16K.
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suggest you go for the 2.4 ltr newer look 2004 model that was in service till 2007.

2004 new look 2.4 ltr manual should be available for about 5L. - effeciency of 8-9 kpl.
2002 models should not cost more than Rs. 2.5l max.

The 2004-2007 model look is good even today, and they enable many modification options. If the running is going to be low the 3.0 V6 2004 model could be yours for as less as Rs. 6L. - they have an effeciency of 5-6kpl.
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@ACM I didnot find anyone selling at those rates or even close for that matter, will check again and post . But I like your Idea of 04 model.
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@singh: depending on your location, the price will vary. Generally Delhi and Mumbai are cheaper when it comes to buying used cars.
I do know that we had sold off our 2001 Accord Vti for 4L in March 2008.

The 2004 onwards model would be amazing as it offers everything, has more accessories available for it, etc. However, IMO, the older 2001-03 Accords were more fun to drive, as they felt more planted at speed.
Do drive both and see the difference.
The 2004 onwards Accord feels too light and wouldn't give you the confidence at speed, and even cornering.
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I think there are better deals available in Delhi. My friend told me of a 2005 model Accord with 30k kms @ 5L and this was 2 years ago. The seller was a jeweler and was upgrading to 5 series. I keep hearing about such deals. I think you need to scan the market better.
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Amrit, a 2004 accord would be a better option. Even I like pre-2004 accords, but if 2004 are available in less than 6L bracket, why not go for it?
You can add more cosmetic and performance upgrades in a 2004 accord more easily as they are available plentily in market.

P.S : If you find any accords of that range then let me know too, as I am pursuing the same dream as yours
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Amrit- I have a 2002 2.3L Accord that I might be looking to sell. The car is located in Pune. PM me if you are interested to go have a look at it.
It does have 2 airbags and Automatic transmission. No mods, no accidents. It's driven around 55,000kms or so.

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OT : @sahil - Sorry,but I wont be able to come to Pune to have a look at the car . Thanks for your offer.
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Hey Sahil. Are you facing any problems with maintaing an Accord of that generation in terms of availability of spares etc.?
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How about an Octy VRS? no mods really required. You can always go insane with the car later though. Those things are like Lancers and Imprezas. They can be modded up the wazoo for any budget!
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