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1994 Honda Accord, 276,000 miles-keep or buy newer?

1994 Honda Accord, 276,000 miles, what do I examine to decide to keep and try for 350,000 or get a newer Accord? Most service was done at the required schedule. I love this car and she still runs sweet and I don't want a car payment with retirement 4 years away. But everyone I talk to thinks that's too much mileage and I shouldn't take a chance. What to do, what to do? I'm also sort of gambling with my last chance down payment money if I decide to go for it. I put about 10,000 a year on in city driving. What do the experts do in this situation? I'm not a mechanic but I've been told the transmission is good (automatic) so that's a start, right?! I know most people don't want to pile this much mileage on but I also really hate getting used to another car. Help! I do have some trusted mechanics I use.

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  • Dean May 11, 2010

    If you love the car, Drive it until It needs a rebuild. If it runs sweet then your Fine. Just check your Oil Regularly. Run Cleaners through the gas and Oil every now and again. Check your radiator, Engine Mounts, and everything else. Check for cracks and leaks. Basic things. Might Suggest A NEW Oil Change and Run Marvel Mystery Oil through the Engine. A Transmission flush wouldn't hurt either. Check the prices for a rebuild or other simple things. If to costly or unavailable for your Car, Might consider investing in a New Ride.

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Accords are really good cars. I know customers in my shop that have 300,000 plus miles on some. If you maintain it well it should be able to go 350,000 miles.

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Congratulations are in first order for maintaining a vehicle to run well that long.

Your dilemma can be decided by the following factors:
1) parts can become scarce for older car models,
2) increased need for service during normal use
3) fuel efficiency/power for newer car models have improved
and 4) Hondas are not specifically known for their longevity.

The newer compact sedans have increased cabin space, that you may find comparable to the your Accord's. Your dilemma is between cost-efficiency and sentimental value, and this is really up to you whether you purchase a new sedan or maintain the current one.

Hope this helps.

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