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1996 Accord EX coupe VTEC

Old 04-18-2007, 07:11 PM
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Welcome dude! Probably do your plugs and wires, air filter, maybe tranny oil, and if it hasn't been done get your timing belt water pump and seals. I've done most of the stuff i've listed and i'm an amatuer with cars. I opted to have someone do my timing belt, water pump and seals. I didn't want to mess up my engine. If you choose to have someone do yours stay away from the dealer! Dealer wanted 800 for the job. I bought the parts online and took it to the local mechanic and he did it for 300 and car runs great! Parts were 166 from majestic honda (try to use oem parts). Also use ngk plugs (not sure about the specifc nbr) and oem wires.

For brakes i'd check them out first. Mine were squeaking when I first bought my car and they looked brand new. They were not oem, so I guess that's why the were squeaking.. If you do need to replace the pads try to get oem because they don't squeak as much. I think there's like one bolt for the brakes after you take your tire off if I remember correctly. It's pretty easy.

As for oil I'm about to do an oil change. I used pennzoil last and car seemed fine. I'm going to put some castrol high mileaged oil and see if it helps. I'll let you know how the high mileage stuff goes.
Old 04-18-2007, 07:12 PM
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Default RE: 1996 Accord EX coupe VTEC

Welcome to the 1994-1997 fan club... anyone in any post will say to get the NGK plugs... iridiums are great... put on some good ngk wires as well while you're at it... oil is in the book (sorry, I don't remember at this moment), and the breaks should be easy for you, just watch because some accords have a special bolt on it that is impossible to take off without honda's help... unless anyone on this forum knows a secret that I don't... but you probably won't have that problem...

Enjoy your new car!
Old 04-19-2007, 01:12 PM
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Default RE: 1996 Accord EX coupe VTEC

Hey hey, welcome. As you can see on my signature.. I have the same ride. Except I have a few more miles than you. I've done a bunch of stuff to my car since I got it in Nov. I put in NGK plugs (irridium). Irridiums tend to have needle tips. I will be replacing my irriduim needle tips before next winter. They tend to have cold start issues. search a hondadude post for more info. I would get the regular NGK. get the wires too. Do you have a manual or auto. If manual, make sure you use Honda MTF when changing your tranny fluid.

Let's see, so far I have cleaned my EGR ports, replaced my drivers side window regulator, added a AEM Short Ram intake, installed an Exedy Clutch, new CV Joint (replaced the whole axle), added NGK plugs, changed my MTF with Honda MFT.

Still to come- Installing a short shifter from Forbidden Motors, Paint touch up for clear coat delamintation, I need new wires, rotor, dist., new tires, front rotors replaced and I want to add a spoiler. all in due time. My only issue with this car right now, is my drivers seat is really really uncomfortable.

Anyway, it's a fun car, looks slick and will hold re-sell value. Have fun!!
Old 04-09-2011, 10:06 PM
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The NGK iridium plugs are pretty much the oem plugs! I just got some NGK platinums today, I haven't had a chance to put them in yet. I've been spending most of my day installing a CAI. A bigger pain in the butt than my last car. As for wires, I would either go with OEM or if your going to mod your rig like there was no tomorrow, then I would either get some Accel or MSD.
Old 12-18-2011, 05:54 PM
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Default 1996 Accord coupe vetc

Nothing toadd, but I just bought the same car 2weeks ago. I love it. 173,000 miles. I've been searching threads. This is my first post.
Old 12-19-2011, 08:24 PM
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NGK plugs and wires work great. I'd go with good quality ceramic pads, they do a nice job stopping the car and prevent the build-up of brake dust.

Cold air intake and a header will wake the engine up nicely. An H22 swap even more.
Old 05-13-2012, 12:39 AM
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Default 1996 honda accord

Hey guys am new here !
I have a 1996 honda accord ex coup
Just got it a few days ago
Its got a 5 speed
I paid $500 for it
Its in decent shape

This would be my first ex 5 speed
Just wanted to know what do you guys think about this type car?
Is it worth putting money in it
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