Fair enough. A used tranny will run me about $600, so if I can avoid that,
What I don't know is how to tell the difference between worn bearings and a
Based on my experiences with worn wheel bearings, I'm guessing a worn
bearing in the tranny would be noisy pretty much any time I accelerate in
any gear at any speed. The tranny's shafts are quite short, so I'd think
any side-load would be transmitted to all the bearings fairly equally.
I once had an '82 Toyota Corolla SR5 that developed two worn 5th gear
bearings. In those cases, the bearing was noisy any time I was in that
gear. So long as I was out of 5th, the bearing was not under side-load and
was quiet. The shafts of that RWD tranny were fairly long, leading me to
believe bearing loads were more likely than in my 'Teg to be localized to a
If you're concerned.. You can just be on the look out for a tranny at a
better price. Your car's age is probably just beginning to slip out of a
JDM replacement which might include an engine since you are approaching
that point as well.
You oughta hear the tranny in my '83... I shoulda got suspicious as this
car sported a "Duke" sticker on the back glass. That puppy did not
receive tender treatment.. The tranny on the '82 OTOH is quiet as a
mouse but then again, this car was purchased from the original owner but
unfortunately is a "bare bones," (not even a DX), vehicle with four speed.
No one can fault achieving 300K miles as a lousy deal. You got your
money's worth plus some. OTOH, sheeple just trade in and keep an active
Drop-in JDM is getting extreemely difficult to find for my car; it's too
Somebody in rec.autos.tech suggested the diff bearings, which sounds
I'm just going to live with it and be gentle with my acceleration in order
to put as little side-load on the bearings as possible.
I'm temporarily driving an 07 Accord sedan - it's a rental car being
(mostly) paid for by insurance while my CRX is at the body shop after an
SUV failed to pay attention while backing up. The Accord's a nice enough
car, and it's quiet and comfortable, but it's bigger than I'd prefer.
Our 99 Accord sedan doesn't feel nearly as large, and the blind spots in
it aren't nearly as pronounced as in the 07 (I find the A-pillars in
particular way too wide for optimum visibility, but I guess that's
partially the result of having to house side-curtain airbags, which I'd
just as soon not have).
Other nits to pick: I've always hated the radio/climate control console
in the 03-07 Accords. I can't understand why Honda did away with the
nice-looking, intuitive climate control in the 98-02 Accords, which had
automatic temperature control, and replaced it with the current
I really like what I've seen of the Fit (I have yet to drive one).
Perhaps it has to do with your observation that it's the latter-day
version of an earlier-generation Civic - I'm one of those people who
tends to prefer older Hondas over the newer ones.
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