Piston Slap: Another Impending Coupe D'etat?

Sajeev Mehta
by Sajeev Mehta

Alex writes:

I have a 2000 Honda Accord Coupe EX-V6, 253k miles, original automatic transmission. I’ve had 2 motor mounts replaced, a heater core, and otherwise just standard maintenance (transmission service every 50k miles, new belts every 100k, along with new water pump; new alternator whenever I burn the old one out). Last year, the tranny started whining, giving the inevitable death wail of the Honda slushbox. But it’s still going strong, the wail has stopped, and the transmission fluid looks and smells as clean as ever. My wife and I are looking into buying a 2009 Honda Fit Sport to replace it. The question: do I sell this bad boy or keep it, and do I wait till it dies to buy the Fit (or Pontiac Vibe, or something else)? Full disclosure: my father in law is a GM mechanic, who would love it if I bought a GM.

Sajeev answers:

I’m tempted to make an ironic (yet ultimately tasteless) joke about in-laws loyal to GM and purchasing Toyota-Pontiac crossovers for their satisfaction. But as a single man who believes in Karma, I shall refrain from doing so. That said, I am a sucker for these Accord Coupes, as previously mentioned in a two-part Piston Slap about another coupe.

Question is, are you a lover of the Accord Coupe’s charms like yours truly? I’d think so—misery loves company—and that you’d be disappointed/offended at any offer you get on trade-in. Or from a tire kicker from Craigslist. A second car is great if space allows, because they come in handy. If you buy a tall and noisy Honda Fit (or similar), you’re gonna love having an low slung, NVH savvy, V6 Accord coupe available for long distance travel. Just my personal guess!

So go ahead: keep it. Whenever the transmission fails, bite the bullet for a quality rebuild that addresses the known flaws on these units. See the link above to understand the process involved. Another viable option is getting a junkyard transmission for about $1000 from car-part.com, LKQ, etc. and have a local mechanic install it. The latter option is also great for whenever that motor bites the dust: finding a unit with less than 100k on the clock, for less than $1000, should be fairly easy with a little negotiation.

All it takes is a little research on the appropriate forum, a decent mechanic, and love of the best Honda coupe ever made to make it happen. Good luck to you.

Send your queries to mehta@ttac.com. Spare no details and ask for a speedy resolution if you’re in a hurry.

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  • Just clicked over 255.5k. Still going.

  • Lichtronamo Lichtronamo on Dec 16, 2010

    I was thinking about this one while driving the other day behind a TSX... makes me wonder why Honda doesn't make the Accord coupe off of the smaller JDM/EURO Accord platform instead of the NA platform. You'd think such a car would be closer to this model (or even a Prelude) than the current offering...

  • Yuda 1) EVs are garbage and a complete waste of time and money 2) Ford IS a business after all, cars and trucks ain't free, they take a lot of time and money to Actually make, manufacture, and build 3) SD trucks are actually useful and practical
  • Tane94 If there is market demand, build the vehicle. That's what Ford is doing. Kudos
  • Cprescott Looking like that? Egads
  • The Oracle This thing got porky quick.
  • Kwi65728132 I'll grant that it's nicely kept but I'm not a fan of the bangle butt designs, and I know better than to buy a used BMW while living anywhere in the world other than in the fatherland where these are as common as any Honda or Toyota is anywhere else.