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Buying a Honda Accord 2003 sedan model

Old 05-13-2009, 08:20 AM
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Accord 2003 & newer 4-cylinder engine has a timing chain, not a belt. So the big expense of a timing belt at 100k miles is gone. That tune-up mostly consists of new spark plugs.

If you're looking at V-6 Accord, that will need a timing belt...

You'll have to judge the mechanical condition of the engine, just like ANY used car. Honda engines can be good for plenty more miles/years than that, but anybody can destroy an engine in 20k miles if they're careless. Consider having a mechanic inspect it.
Old 05-17-2009, 12:54 PM
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The only correct way to find out if what your buying is to find a person who knows what their looking at..it's always been a catch 22 when buying a car.
If you know cars or think you know cars..then leave it up to your ability..

But if you don't ..look for some one in the automotive field who is a great diagnostic specialists..
Old 05-20-2009, 07:22 AM
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Few more things to consider: when buying a used car you're looking at something with 30-50K miles on it. Basic checks for used cars have to cover at a minimum:
1. engine condition: compression and oil pressure tests. Look for maintenance records.
2. tranny condition: if auto it's a gamble, if there are records of maintenance great, still a gamble at that mileage. If manual you're good, maybe a clutch replacement - should feel it during tests.
3. general engine bay and under carriage condition: leaks (coolant, engine/tranny oil, power steering), engine oil condition, tranny oil condition, bushing and ball joints play/condition, cv joints boots, suspension arms.
4. how it runs and drives, engine noises, steering feel, tranny shifts/noises, suspension/noises.
5. maintenance records.
You need a good mechanic to check all this, if new to auto repair or diy do not take this on.
Good luck!
Old 05-20-2009, 07:58 AM
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100K is nothing for a well maintained Accord. If the oil is changed at the service intervals - No problems.
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