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Old 12-17-2017, 10:23 PM   #1
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Ultimate Accord Find in Tucson AZ - 1989 Accord SEi Coupe

So, I thought I would share the events of the past 24 hours with everyone. I was browsing for a cheap car to use while here in AZ on vacation from MI for the next 3 weeks and came across this gem the day it was listed on Craigslist.

Guy posted up a 1989 Honda Accord SE-i Coupe. Its a ONE owner, All Original, 42k mile pristine example of the top of the line 3rd Gen. model. I thought, no way in hell its still available. I call him up and sure enough, an older gentleman answered and said it is! Gears were immediately going in my head. How do I get it home, can my parent's 2003 Toyota Sienna w/ 267k miles tow this amount of weight with a 3500lb tow package rating, where the closest U-Haul dealer was, etc.

I schedule a time to meet him at 2pm in Tucson, AZ. I'm visiting in Chandler, so about 115 miles away. I make sure the U-haul near him has tow dollys available and get that squared away and reserved. I go to the bank, pull out the money and stick it in an envelope. Check, check check.

So I get there, and everything is as expected. I can't believe how clean everything is on this nearly 29 year old Honda. There are a few things wrong with it, but what do you expect, the owner of the car is an old lady who's now 99 years old and can no longer drive. It was shown by either a family friend or the guy storing the car in his garage.

The car started out life in Hawaii, 29 years ago. It was purchased by check on May 29, 1989 for $19,000, $5k below the retail sticker, which I have a copy of in the documentation the guy gave me. It was kept there and driven about 37k miles until 1996 where it was then relocated to Green Valley, AZ...basically southwest Tucson. The place is more like a retirement community for older folk. so it was driven only 5k miles in the past 22 years!

I'm racking my head as to what I should do with this car, especially with the limited time I have here in AZ before I have to go back to work in MI on Jan 3rd. I'm definitely going to get it in roadworthy condition. By the way, it does run and drive but leaks coolant from some rubber lines and fuel in the middle two injectors and has the original, never touched timing belt and water pump in it. But I was able to get it onto the dolly under its own power.

Should I post it up for sale on Bring a Trailer? Keep it in the family and ship it back to MI and drive it in the summertime? Keep it in AZ and drive it when I visit family? Contact Honda to see if they're interested? Sell it to a Honda museum? So many options.

But here are some photos of the find:































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Old 12-17-2017, 10:23 PM   #2
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97' Lexus LS400 295k miles.....Luxury Cruiser DD
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89' Accord SEi

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Old 12-17-2017, 10:24 PM   #3
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How I towed it home and accessories I found inside along with documentation provided

















This is amazing, after 29 years, they were able to provide me with this:

















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Old 12-17-2017, 10:53 PM   #4
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dude that is just wow!!!!! super nice, and the color combination is very pleasing to the eye. what a combination, and what condition!

with some detailing this could be a museum or display piece in the future. you could flip it (sell it to me! like, for real... hit me up) but unless you're strapped for cash or really don't want to deal with it, it may not be worthwhile to get rid of so fast. don't bring it back to Michigan, unless you can keep it in a garage. Any garage space at your parents? Paying for storage would kinda suck. Driving it around would be a bit of a shame IMO.

If I were you, I would spend time cleaning it up and getting it detailed and hang onto it for a while. If it were clean enough, you could probably get it placed in one of the Honda museums for safekeeping... I guess they buy them, too, so that could be a good option to explore. Otherwise, putting it on a more visible niche auction site (bringatrailer) would do well for you (and the car), instead of just a local craigslist. It doesn't deserve to get ruined by some derp... it would be a bit of a shame if somebody modified it all, really. Besides getting some OEM maintenance love (timing belt, seals, belts, hoses).

Type up a quick word document listing the auction details and everything you remember regarding the backstory of the car, and even more details if you can still get in touch with the original owner. Like when, and how, it was brought over to the mainland, what kind of trips did they use the car for? Etc. Print it out and stick it with the other paperwork.

orrrrrrr just sell it to me, lmao.

Super score no matter what you do! congrats on the find!!
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Old 12-18-2017, 07:18 AM   #5
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That's awesome! What a great find, looks like it's been really well taken care of over the years. I'd love to film a video on it!
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Old 12-18-2017, 07:23 AM   #6
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Pretty slick good tooth brush detail will do it justice.
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Old 12-18-2017, 05:21 PM   #7
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Wow! Why can't I ever find those?
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it even has bronze glass. super clean find!
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:33 PM   #9
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Kai,

What Mike said. Clean it up and those leaks are minor for a car with only 42k original miles. Lucky find though..I bet the peeps over at 3geez forum would go nuts haha
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Old 12-18-2017, 08:38 PM   #10
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Man oh man what an amazing find! Thank you for sharing pictures with us too. It's really cool to have all that paperwork. I love reading those old documents.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:33 PM   #11
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Good find!!! This looks really well cared for, I am sure you will continue that trend.
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Old 12-19-2017, 02:52 AM   #12
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Just ordered every single molded coolant hose I could through Oriellys, all 10 of them, this afternoon as well as tracked down an 88 LXi in the JY with the fuel injected engine and took the injectors and seals so that should take care of the odd fuel leak.

Also, the only thing I was able to order at Honda today was the pop up headlight clip for the arm that moves it up and down. I was amazed that I couldn't order a single molded hose for this car at all... nothing was available. I wanted to also get a Honda T stat and Rad. Cap but the dealer was pretty pricey at $35 each....I remember paying $17 or $20 for my CB7 T stat a few years ago. Going to check a different dealer tomorrow.

But the Gates hoses should be here at 930 this morning...in a few hours lol.

I also need to get tires, a weird 195/60/14 size, replace the T belt and Water pump and something with the hazards and turn signals aren't functioning. The Bose amp is also not functioning, I can't even play the radio, all I hear is a weird high pitched frequency, but I'm not going to touch that...too expensive to fix a 30 yr old amp.

I'm excited to get this car running and possibly a historic AZ copper plate for it....something I was waiting to do in my 93 coupe but couldn't yet.
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Old 12-19-2017, 10:56 AM   #13
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This car is amazing. Hard to say what you should do with it, but I'm not sure storing it away is the right move, but then again Michigan salt is the perfect way to destroy an otherwise perfect car.

Still though - great buy!
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Old 12-19-2017, 12:52 PM   #14
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Everything about that car is nice. Phenomenal find. Take it to a Honda dealer and see if they want to put it on their showroom floor. Free storage lol.
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Old 12-20-2017, 01:54 AM   #15
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So I'm running into some problems with the metal coolant pipes corroding away. You wouldn't believe how many more heater and bypass hoses this third gen has vs. our CB7s.

Our CB7s are so much easier to work on. Not only that, the connectors and plugs on this generation were far inferior than those used in the 4th gens. I've got to be really careful when undoing any connections since they're super brittle and I've only been able to find a total of 3 cars in AZ salvage yards that post up on Row52.com

I was able to fix the D/S popup headlight today as well as removing about 90% of the coolant hoses other than the IACV and ones under the intake manifold.

This car is much more complex than our CB7s...I'm kinda happy my first car was a 93 and not this 89 model.
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:49 PM   #16
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Wow. That is amazing, dude!

Great find!

Interested to see where this takes you!

So crazy that the lines are much more involved than the 4th gen.

I guess they realized there was a simpler way haha.
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Got her running and driving on Wed of this week. Here's some pics of it after I did a basic wash on it:







Also was able to get the AZ Copper Historic plates since its over 25 years old. I love these plates, they're super strong, made by prison inmates and weigh about 3x heavier than the tin ones. They're also the only ones with the embossed letters and numbers







Also was able to have the DMV change the incorrect mileage of 138k on the previous title to the correct 42k miles currently on the odometer. Took me about 4 days of going back and forth to the Honda dealer to verify it, they had to correctly make an odometer statement about the miles being actual and it was pretty much a nightmare. But its done! and documented!



Also removed the Sheriffs volunteers sticker and revealed original Hawaii inspection stickers from 1993, I'm leaving those on there.



Took it to its very first car show....don't mind my funny stance, my friend didn't give me any warning when he took the photo.



Also my friend tossed me keys to his NSX since he wanted to drive a mint 42k mile accord so bad.....this was a FUN car! Best driving experience of my life so far





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dude it came with steering wheel radio controls, I've never seen that on a CB or a CD. Was it even an option for the 4th/5th gens? This car is sick man!
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Old 01-01-2018, 08:26 AM   #19
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Good job Kai... I knew you could do it! I lost 3 hours of my life down at the DMV last week too so I feel your pain. I'm right with you with the Historic plates but will need to wait another 9 months before the 93SE is eligible ��

I'm guessing you took it up to Scottsdale Pavilions to show it off? You did a great job with it...

BTW that NSX looks suspiciously familiar anyone I know? ��
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Very nice! Back when interiors had contours. It has the same center vent controls that JDM CB7s have, cool!
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