That's not necessarily bad. Some of the better yards store the parts on
shelf pretty professionally and even give you replacement warranty for
it. My '94 Accord's factory radio failed about 10 years ago and when I
found out how ridiculously expensive a replacement radio was at the
dealership, and I still wanted to stay "pure" Honda, I got one from a
good junk yard for $100. Unfortunately that also failed about 5 years
later but by then the junk yard was out of business, so I could not
avail myself of their warranty. Then I decided to get an aftermarket
radio from Crutchfield which turned out pretty good. It's a shame that a
Honda factory unit that costs around four or five hundred dollars could
not last longer.
Stereos are another area where I go "aftermarket", if you can call it
that. One factory stereo that I replaced was a Panasonic unit installed
in a Mazda, and I replaced it with a nice Kenwood that was around $200.00.
Speakers too, I have never owned a car that came with very good speakers.
The replacements have always been a big upgrade, and I don't put
super-powerful systems with subwoofers and such, so I am not spending
thousands of dollars. Probably more than the OEM speakers would run, but
well worth it imo.
The last stereo that I replaced was a 1991 unit that didn't even have a
CD player, so upgrading was mandatory as far as I was concerned.
$50 for a replacement from Woodfin, shipped to my door. Not bad for an
Anyone know offhand how to get that small piece of trim off the inside
of the door so I can access the mirror mounting screws?
I have the Honda Service Manual for the '94 Accord and in the link below
I reproduced the relavent section from it. It's for the driver side
mirror, but should be pretty much the same for the passenger side. I
hope you find it useful.
I think you can see the picture better after downloading it.
Just in case the above link forces you to open a Picasa account, here is
another link that should not do that:
This one has 145k miles. It runs great, and has a clean interior. The
exterior is a bit scuffed up from the previous owner (father and
sister in-law). My teenage son is continuing the trend. :-)
It has the original factory cassette that works fine. The oem speakers
are shot. If it was _my_ daily driver, I'd replace it with something
basic from Crutchfield (CD/FM/MP3/AUX + speakers, no sub).
Wiper linkage is getting sloppy. It needs new bushings. I believe the
fix is to remove the cowl and rplace two links that come with
bushings, as they aren't available separately.
Apparently pothole avoidance isn't something stressed in drivers ed.
The recently aligned front end has suddenly started pulling right.
This was a Florida car so rust is minimal. It's a great starter car.
Everything on it works still works.
I have the same car, one year newer and only 80K miles, well, it will
probably hit 80K miles in March. Texas non-coast car so it also has no
Everything works without problems except for a blown speaker. It is my
daily driver now so my stereo plans for it are identical to your own. I
can't see spending big bucks on a car stereo, but the one in there now
won't play a CD.
It came with a brand-new set of Pirelli P-5 tires that I really like.
The gas mileage is impressive and the range is great with a gas tank
that is larger than I am used to.
It is kind of noisy compared to many sedans, but I figure that is part
of why it is well under 3000 pounds, and compared to my other car it is
actually very quiet.
I don't get it how you have such a low mileage in that car. As far as
rust issues go, I don't have any either, even though I live in the
As my main use of the radio is to listen to news and talks shows, the
speakers are not an issue for me. For some reason the factory radio's
LED display is the first to go. The casette issue also bothered me for a
while but then I was able to leapfrog the CD technology with MP3 players
and an FM radio adapter that plugs into the cigarette lighter. However,
my latest Crutchfield receiver can use USB sticks loaded with mp3 files.
Yes, I like it, too. I get around 24-25 mpg combined freeway and city
mileage. Not bad for a medium sized car.
The road noise bothers me, too, but I consider it an acceptable tradoff.
Another thing I wish was better, the turn radius. This car for sure
cannot turn on a dime. ;-)
This 1995 Accord LX was my grandma's car until October of last year when
she decided not to renew her license at the age of 92.
Other than a few 200 mile trips, for the most part it only saw a little
bit of short-range errand runs.
I put closer to 15K miles a year on my vehicles.
Honda doesn't actually make those units. The original unit in my '93 Accord
(base model with tape deck) was made by Alpine. When it failed in 2005, I
replaced it with a mid-level aftermarket Sony that sounded much better than
the original unit, even with the stock speakers.
I plan to do the same thing possibly next year with my 2004 Civic. The unit
is not failing but its functionality is very limited.
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