Well, apparently the starter can be accessed in two ways: 1--remove the intake manifold and the starter can be accessed from the top, or 2--remove the subframe and the starter can be accessed from below.
alldatapro guides the mechanic to remove the intake manifold whereas most mechanics access the starter from below.
My friend decided to take it to a shop I found to do the labor at a very reasonable cost (to him). I had sourced a 50K-mile used starter with a 6 month guarantee for $50 (the previously-mentioned $40 starter was going to take a day to remove and my friend didn't want to wait an extra day) but he decided to buy a $115 reman starter he found at Pep Boys Auto Parts with a lifetime warranty. The Accord is working well now.
Last edited by accordhelper; 01-09-2010 at 07:05 AM.
Reason: Added clarifying information