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post #1 of 67 Old 04-03-2017, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
400k, how much longer?
 
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Fix it or junk it/sell it?

Hi all. As I had mentioned in other threads, the car needs either a transmission, or transmission work (likely clutch and maybe shift fork). I am leaning towards selling it or scraping it. The estimate for repairs, just for the transmission are approximately $1300.

After getting other opinions, a couple of people have suggested that not only should I fix the tranny, but also replace the engine while they are in there. They see it as an long-term investment that may pay off. Plus, they also said that a lot of the parts that have worn out have already been replaced; I basically have mostly a new car, with some cosmetic issues.

Am I crazy to even attempt this type of work, considering the body of the car has nearly 409k miles on it?

What do you think?

For the record, I am leaning towards selling it, either to the shop for parts, or privately. Another option would be to have it towed to the house, and have it used as parts for the next potential accord, or advertise it online as a parts car.

Further, I am in the process of online car shopping right now. There is a 04 honda accord for sale with 125k miles for 4850. Other options are a crv, or a honda element. Those both have a AWD, and all three are MT...

I'll be curious to see if anyone else is crazy enough to support fixing it.

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Only you can decide but if it was me I would get something else, time to move on.

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409 k you've used the hell out of it personally I wouldn't even think of putting more money but it's your choice.
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If you have the space, you can part it out, but nobody will want anything related to the engine or drivetrain, or suspension for that matter.

What can you really get out of it?

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If you have the space, you can part it out, but nobody will want anything related to the engine or drivetrain, or suspension for that matter.

What can you really get out of it?
I was thinking of keeping the radio, cat converter, O2 sensor, and maybe another part or two.

This is assuming I get another 7th gen accord.

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You can part out on ebay.

Or you can get a used tranny and engine off car-parts.com or ebay. Cheaper than rebuild.

I like the Honda Elements. Tailgate to seat on, AWD, the way both doors open....nice car. If I was in your shoes. I'd probably part on the Accord and try something new.

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Let it go. At 409k miles, you've used up a lot of the life the car has to offer- to dump another $3k+ into it for a motor swap and transmission work is insane. And, once you get those two items taken care of, it's only a matter of time before more stuff follows.

If nothing else, look for another 7th gen if you're so inclined, and take the good parts off of this car to set aside for the next one. Nobody is going to want to pay anything for a car with that many miles on it, especially if it has been swapped.


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If it only needs a transmission, $1300 for you to get another year or two out of it really is worth it.

What makes you think the engine is needing a swap also?

Personally, I would first have the engine compression tested and oil analyzed.

If the engine comes back healthy, $1300 is a bargain for a vehicle you will use another few years.

The last option is to simply take a risk, search craigslist/facebook and find a competent individual who you can trust to do the job. Might save you a few hundred there.

As far as the CRV, Element, etc. Unless you're buying new, the research I've done (that you're more than aware of) showing the K24 and its knack for consuming oil was enough to turn me off completely to buying a used Honda with that motor. The only way I would spring for that, would be if I knew the owner personally and also knew without a doubt it wasn't consuming oil.

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Hell no. Just buy another car with 150-200K miles on it. I got mine for $2500 and probably sunk another $500-1000 in wear repairs. The engine and trans are fine.

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Probably important to note that the new car will see 100k or more in a year. Spend $5k now on a different car and it may need to maintenance in a year. Spend less on the current car with a known history. May go another 400k on new engine and trans...

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You'd spend less on a new engine/trans combo than a "new" accord.

Get a used accord with 150-200K and there you will have to do all the typical high mileage repairs that you've likely already done.

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Two years ago my kids car, '95 Accord, with 295k decided to have BOTH front wheel bearings go out, one was worse than the other, but they both needed replacement. Everything else was fine, but it simply was not worth doing the repairs it needed at that point. So I went looking for another "used" car for my kid. The junk I saw in the first two stops, had my dead father barking in my ear "Get yourself a new car, quit working on this old junk!".

I took that advice, and I'm glad I did. I know everyone's financial situation is different, but at 400k, you've gotten your money out of it. Dropping another $1300 on it seems foolish to me - Find something with close to 100k and start again - most people still think cars are done at 100k, and you can find something decent in that price range that probably doesn't need much work, like the one you refer to in the OP.

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Personally, anything above 160k needing that kind of work is an automatic junker. Honda has its reputation, but physics has its rules.

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After conferring with mechanic, they are estimating that it would be 3000-3500 to replace the engine and transmission

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There is a 2004 accord out there, supposedly in great condition, for 4850. Only 125k miles.

I looked at a element today. That, I think, would be too small for what I want to do as a courier.

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