i don't know what years, but i have one of each - identical in all
respects except code activation. my guess is that honda got a bunch of
negative feedback about dealer gouging for code reads after flat
batteries and dropped the coded version after just a couple of years.
Honda has employed anti-theft coded receivers since at LEAST the 1990 model
year for all /US-market/ models. At some point, they began installing anti-
theft on at least some /other/ markets' models (Canada among them), but I'm
not sure when that started.
Where are you located?
In WA state, near Seattle, but my Honda's receiver was not coded. I am
to install a Pioneer from Crutchfield into my neighbor's '94 Accord EX
and I don't want surprises. Its factory receiver looks just like the one
I used to have in my LX and Crutchfield sent the same installation kit
I'm not certain of the details on exactly which radios had codes and which
don't. Honda's documentation starts mentioning the need to record and use
the security code in about the 1990 model year, but it may have begun with
higher-end models only. My '91 does not have a code, but it's Canadian
If you do end up needing the radio code for your neighbor's radio, you can
get it for free directly from American Honda, here:
If your neighbor does not have a ZIP and phone number matching the one AHM
has on file, you 'll need to bring the radio plus the vehicle's ownership
to a dealer. Some will give you the code for free, some will charge a
nominal amount, like $25.
For a long time, it was the Accord EX radios only, the ones with higher
Not that Honda acknowledged radios as anything more than an afterthought
until about 1998--the same year they decided that air conditioning
should actually work.
Not at all.
It wasn't until the 98 Accord that they figured out AC.
Of course, that coincides with the year the American management team
took over...hmmmmm, that was probably the first thing the Ford guys
did--fixed the radios and AC to mask what they were doing under the
Well, I finally got around installing that after-market receiver (Pioneer)
into my neighbor's '94 Accord EX and that's when I found out that the old
factory radio did indeed have anti-teft protection. Luckily, my neighbor
also told me that because she needed the code before when the battery
was replaced, she wrote it down for future use. So that issue is settled.
Interesting though why Honda bothered with two different kinds of
receivers (for LX & EX) with the code feature being the only difference.
I guesss they wanted to justify the higher price for EX even though the
engine itself should have justified it alone, IMHO.
Oh, that old radio also had a blinking red light, typical of car burglar
alarms even though I didn't see any alarm installed that needed some
remote. Maybe the blinking light was meant to discourage burglers who
associate it with full-fledged security system.
BTW, the Crutchfield installation kit with the factory type pocket made
the Pioner receiver a real nice fit and it also looks good.
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