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My 1994 Honda Accord vtec suddenly sounds like a souped up muscle car. This started about 4 weeks ago. She used to be so quiet I could hardly tell the engine was running. I have 284,000 miles on her but have done all of the required maintenance. My mechanic has checked out the exhaust system twice but thinks it's in the engine. He mentioned rocker arm and something else (sorry, panicked and can't remember). DON'T like car payments and like the car I have now. What do you think and better to buy or fix?

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  • Richard Scordino May 29, 2011

    Can't diagnose a noise online but I do suggest you get another opinion before doing anything else. if it is an exhaust noise it could be a bad manifold or manifold gasket. Could also be that the muffler internally has a few baffles that fell apart. You really do need another hands on objective opinion though.
    Good luck!!



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Well that would depend. to fix the problem, i really cant see you spending over 500, 1000 if the situation is that bad. you can probably get at least another 100,000 miles out of it at least since you maintain it right. . if you would like to upgrade to maybe a newer car, like above 2000 then buy. but if you really like your car, then you can have the engine completely rebuild for around 1500, depending on the area, and the engine would be like new, but theirs also a risk of other components going bad like the distributor(shouldn't be a problem if you change the cap and rotor), or the fuel pump(no problem if you change the fuel filter), maybe alternator since theres not really any preventative maintenance. but once again, you do your maintenance, any other components going bad is really unlikely. so i say the cheapest would be to fix the existing problem(i think id do that), the second cheapest would be to rebuild the engine, and the most expensive would be to buy another car(this can be risky because not everyone takes care of their cars the same). hope this helps. goodluck.

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  • cherie_moore May 29, 2011

    Thank you. She has a few dents and I've put a lot into her already (timing belt, radiator, hoses, fuel pump, engine fan, etc.) Running average of 100-120 a month. It may be time to say goodbye! My mechanic said I could have up to 50,000 miles left ( city and I do 10-12 K a year) and we can duct tape thru that. I just may drive her until the wheels fall off while doing poverty to save some money for another used Accord. P.S. I will get an estimate to fix and maybe a second mechanic's opinion. Dropping the new/newer engine in is a poss also.

  • Jorge Majano May 29, 2011

    well if you buy a 04-07 accord, im pretty sure youll grow fond of it really quickly too. and you can get any accord because those years, all have vtec, it would just be a difference of 4 or 6 cylinders.


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Buy its a 17 years old car get more modern one but japan also

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