Motor: It should prove to be reliable, even with quite a large mileage. The engine may sound cold, so let it warm up until smooth, listening for noises from the bottom end (possibly worn connecting rod shells or bottom crank pulley at the output). Stevenson (above) recommends fresh oil every 3000 miles. A diesel-like rattle at 2000 rpm suggests the cam belt tensioner is about to fail.
Gearbox: Pre-facelift cars can suffer from poor fifth gear synchro and some people have reported problems on reverse synchro. Honda would have fixed this problem with the 2001 facelift. Feel free to crack and budget up to £1000 to fix it. Expect up to 100,000 miles from the clutch.
Brakes: Braking performance should be as exceptional as it was when the car was new. Beware of stale brake hoses and fuel lines where they run behind a plastic tray under the car. Check that the ventilated front pads and rotors do not warp.
Steering and suspension: Aside from regular wear, everything is pretty sturdy. A knocking or rubbing noise may indicate that the anti-roll bar links are broken. New ones are inexpensive and easy to install.
Body: The big problem with an Accord Type R is rust. Check it in the wheel arches, behind the door seals, under the hood and around the bulkhead. Look behind the clutch fluid reservoir, under the seal above the exterior mirrors, floors, above the accelerator pedal and behind the wheel arch trim. Check the operation of the automatic leveling system of the headlights and the rear door handles.
Interior: The cabin wears well, but the side bolsters of the Recaro seats give way if they’ve been abused. Check that the air conditioning is working. Otherwise, it is likely to be related to the air conditioning radiator, which is located behind the front bumper and prone to corrosion.
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This notice was published: 2022-03-14 06:01:23