UCOTD: Seventh-Generation Honda Accord Coupe

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Honda Accord coupes get a lot of love around these parts, for good reason.

They looked good, were fun to drive, and have a reputation for being reliable. Your humble author owned a mostly problem-free example (1997 model year) for a few years in the Aughts.

Today we bring you a seventh-car of unlisted year -- this generation ran from 2002-2007. There are 134,200 miles on the car and it's mostly stock, save for the requisite K&N filter and NGK iridium spark plugs. The clutch, timing belt, and water pump have been replaced.

So have the starter, brake pads, and rotors.

There are some HFP parts on the exterior, as well.

Normally we'd show you pics, but the seller's cell-phone photos won't work for this post. You'll have to click through.

The ask is $8,000 for this New Jersey-based ride.

[Image: Honda]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • CEastwood CEastwood on Mar 07, 2024

    No to any old car with a timing belt and an interference engine and this one is all three .

  • 2ACL 2ACL on Mar 07, 2024

    It's a good, though relatively common car that isn't quite a paragon of Honda/Acura performance of the time period, but well-maintained examples of the siblings that are (i.e., TSX or TL 6MT) are hilariously overpriced. This would be a good gateway for a budding gear head or even someone well-off who wants a cheap-to-run, low-profile daily that has some verve, but I don't know if $8k is the right price. $5-$6k seems more reasonable for its age and likely market.

  • Sobhuza Trooper Sobhuza Trooper on Mar 07, 2024

    What the hell, chop the top and have the only Accord convertible on the block.

    Sissy bar, ala VW Rabbit convertible optional.

  • Andarris Andarris on Mar 11, 2024

    Hmm, "hiding the ball" on the model year might mean it's VIN-washed or a composite of two or more wrecks. The year is important because the 03-05 V6's with automatic had issues and there should at least be a record that it had the "oil jet" retrofit campaign done although buying an 06 or 07 is better. Also the lack of Timing Belt history makes this one to avoid.

    I run into this problem with used car ads all the time. Back in the 80' & 90's import owners understood that the car's Timing Belt service documentation was more important than even the keys or title. Now younger people who bought a used Timing Belt car in the 2010's don't even know that their cars have a Timing Belt.