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Should I trade in my Accord or what should I expect maintenance wise in the next year?


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orton1227
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Jan 21, 2013, 7:33 AM

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I have a 2007 Honda Accord LX with 140,000 miles on it. I'm trying to decide if I should bite the bullet and purchase a new one, or a Civic, or just keep it for a couple more years.

The details: I've replaced the timing belt and catalytic converter this year already. I've spent about $2500 in repairs/maintenance already. So is all the pricey maintenance behind me now for a while?

I recently got in a wreck and the body shop is currently replacing the front bumper, impact bumper (or whatever it's called) and doing some minor hood work (the airbag also needed to be replaced). So once I get it back, it'll look great.

What do you guys think? Basically, what are the chances that I have to spend another $2000 or so in the coming year on maintenance/repair?


Hammer Time
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Jan 21, 2013, 7:52 AM

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I guess that depends on your financial situation and what you prefer to drive. That car still has a lot of good miles left in it for somebody. As long as you stay on top of the timing belts, not much else goes wrong with those beyond the normal radiators, alternators, starters, etc.
Some A/C repairs could be on the horizon.



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jan 21, 2013, 7:53 AM)


orton1227
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Jan 21, 2013, 7:56 AM

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I guess basically the question comes down to: Should I expect another $2000 maintenance/repair year? Is it likely? If so, then the new car is something I should consider, I'd think. I don't know enough about maintaining cars to answer that. I've tried doing some research but it's kinda cloudy for me.


Hammer Time
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Jan 21, 2013, 8:06 AM

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expect it? ........... no
could it happen? ........yes

That would be impossible to answer even if I got to inspect the car and obviously, I can't.



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MarineGrunt
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Jan 21, 2013, 9:25 AM

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HT could verify this but I've always heard Accords are great cars and are known for putting the miles on them. I've heard it's nothing for an Accord to go over 200k with only having to do minor repairs such as the starter, alternator, a/c, etc. No matter what kind of car you own you have to look at stuff like that as regular maintenance. Those are just parts that almost always end up needing replaced. None of those are a $2000 job.

As long as the engine and tranny are running strong I think I'd keep driving it. As long as you have properly maintained it with regular fluid flushes and changes I would think it would be good to do. You never really know though. You may have to do engine work tomorrow or you may get another 150k or more before it needs any engine or tranny work.

I would think that the yearly car payments on a new car would be more than what you would have to pay for repairs as long it doesn't need any major work. Even if it does need some major work the cost to repair it wouldn't be a whole lot more than what 12 months worth of car payments would be. That's assuming it would even need any work done.






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