Junkyard Find: 1989 Honda Accord LX-i Coupe

junkyard find 1989 honda accord lx i coupe
Once Honda started building second-generation Accords in Ohio, the limits of the Voluntary Export Restraint agreement between Japanese automakers and the United States government ceased to mean much for American Honda shoppers. The third-generation Accord debuted in the 1986 model year and sales of these Marysville-built cars boomed. Most were sensible, low-priced Accord DX hatchbacks and sedans, but some rakehell Accord shoppers went for the sporty fuel-injected coupes packed with snazzy options. Here’s one of those cars, a 1989 LX-i Coupe in a Denver-area yard.
The ’89 Accord coupe line started with the carbureted DX for $11,650, moved up to the plusher, fuel-injected LX-i at $14,690, and reached its zenith with the loaded $16,975 SE-i (those prices come to about $24,925, $31,430, and $36,320, respectively, in 2020 dollars). The DX 3-door hatchback cost a mere $11,230 (if you could find a rare American dealer who wasn’t charging way above MSRP in 1989, of course).
Pop-up headlights were all the rage around this time (remember how common “one-eyed” cars with one light stuck shut or open were back then?), but the Accord lost them when the fourth-generation cars appeared for the 1990 model year.
This 2.0-liter A20 engine made a strong (for 1989) 120 horsepower in a car weighing just over 2,600 pounds.
With a 5-speed manual transmission, which this car has, the ’89 Accord LX-i was nearly as quick as its Prelude Si cousin.
This car boasts cruise control, power windows, power remote side mirrors, air conditioning, and other goodies that were still considered high-end options in the small cars of the late 1980s.
Most of the Accords of the 1980s that I find in junkyards will show at least 200,000 miles on the odometer (and a few have better than 400,000 miles on the clock), but this car barely squeezed into six-figure territory during its 31 years on the planet.
Perhaps this car’s final owner just couldn’t figure out how to solve its mechanical problems, even with the excellent-quality factory service manual still in the car on its final journey.
I haven’t been able to learn much about these factory aluminum wheels with the specs (including bead type) molded into the metal, but they don’t seem to be the wheels that were on this car when it left the showroom.
It seems that Honda pushed the sedan and wagon versions of the Accord much more heavily than the coupes, so we’ll watch a home-market sedan commercial featuring music by Gershwin.For links to 2,000+ more of these Junkyard Finds, go to the Junkyard Home of the Murilee Martin Lifestyle Brand™.
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  • Moparmann Moparmann on Sep 09, 2020

    A one pwner, 1989 LX-i was the first car that I ever bought that had over 100k miles on it! I jumped into Honda's because of my sister's experience w/ them. Mine is 5 spd, white w/ burgundy velour interior, and has over 215,000+ miles on it. The transmission lost 5th gear in 1999, and was replaced. Initially, I was looking at the hatchback, but I'm glad I settled on the coupe instead. The look of the Prelude just never attracted me.

  • Davew833 Davew833 on Sep 13, 2020

    This makes me sad because these are wonderful cars and nearly impossible to kill. This generation of Accord, especially the FI LX-i are legitimately 250k-300k cars. I've had half a dozen of these. The unmodified condition and pristine interior make me think it was probably grandma or grandpa's car and no one wanted to mess with it when they were gone... or perhaps it was passed on to a grandchild who drove it until the timing belt broke, the clutch went out or the tranny lost 5th gear. Engines on these are non-interference so even if the timing belt had broken it's just a matter of putting a new one on. Sad that this one ended up being junked. That engine compartment is spotless!

  • 2ACL What tickles me is that the Bronco looks the business with virtually none of the black plastic cladding many less capable crossovers use.
  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
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