My 04 Honda Accord with 112,000 miles has a crack in the cooling jacket, verified by three different mechanics. It is a 4 cylinder, manual. AND, they also let me know that my air conditioner needed to be replaced.
I bought the car new from the Honda dealer, took it in to the dealer every 5,000 miles for regular service. I did everything right to maintain my car and ensure longevity. All three mechanics that looked at my car, including the mechanic at the dealership, said they’d never seen this before!
I can get a used motor (40,000 miles) installed for about $3,000.
My concern is, I live in the Black Hills of South Dakota in a small remote community. My commute is only about 26 miles into work, but at least half of that I have no mobile service. I’ve lost faith in the brand and am afraid that this is just a sign of things to come. What’s next? My transmission?!
As a single woman who doesn’t tinker with vehicles, I bought the car because Honda’s were supposed to be reliable and run forever.
Should I just cut my losses and buy a different car or take my chances, replace the motor and keep my fingers crossed?