Long story short I work at a car dealership and we had someone trade in a 1988 Accord LX-i Sedan (automatic sadly). The vehicle is one owner with 67,256 miles on the odometer. It has an oil leak from the bottom of the timing cover and one that appears to be coming from the distributer. The A/C is also non-op and is R12 so it would require being updated.
But other than those issues the car appears to have been garaged its entire life. The body is straight, no panels have been replaced and there are no accidents reported on it. The interior is also in like new condition as well.
Now I assume it will need new hoses, bushings, and other rubber bits throughout the rest of its lifetime. But is there any other glaring issues. With these accords that I should know about or something else that I would need to check on it?
The previous owner had the timing belt changed last October and I suspect the garage he brought it to didnt put a gasket on properly or reused an old gasket when putting everything together. And the Takata seatbelt recall from 95 was never completed either.
This car is in like new shape and the price is so low I dont really want to pass this up. I just wanted to see what experience people had with these cars before I pull the trigger.
The main purpose of this vehicle would be a secondary vehicle to keep at my house and it wouldnt get too much mileage on it. Maybe 10 miles or so a week because I ride a train to and from work.