1997 CF6 Accord
Available as a wagon-only model in Japan, the sixth-generation Accord is practical, reliable, and unique. This 1997 estate features angular styling and loads of glass to create a sleek silhouette, and under the skin, it just gets better. Boasting a F23A four-cylinder that was offered here in the States, parts and service are easy to find, and this lovely Honda would make for an ideal kid hauler, commuter, or daily driver. Set off by privacy tint and an RV Inno crossbar set, the Sebring Silver Metallic (NH-552M) paint is in good shape aside from some light dings, chips, and scuffs associated with normal use. Fresh off a recent service, this spacious and safe wagon is offered with a mere 36k verified and documented miles. Efficient, affordable, and built to stand the test of time, this lovable Honda is a real Japanese Classic.
The cabin is logically laid out with plenty of space and electric amenities. The view of the road is unencumbered and the large abundance of side and rear glass promotes decent outward visibility. The dashboard lacks any cracking or fading and includes dual SRS airbags for some added peace of mind. A centrally mounted automatic climate control system distributes hot heat and cold A/C on demand. Directly below is a functional OEM Bose sound system if you prefer to soundtrack your drive. Daily driving is made even better by functional locks, mirrors, windows, and keyless entry. You have got to love that Honda build quality! Faux wood grain trim contrasts nicely against the dark gray interior color palette and the light gray seats are in above-average shape. Aside from two tiny holes in the driver's seat bottom, the upholstery lacks any major rips, stains, or tears. The second row folds forward to maximize available cargo area and the OEM security shade is on hand to keep prying eyes away from your prized possessions. The headliner is in good shape as are the door cards, and aside from some light staining on the carpets and a slat missing from one of the center climate vents, it's really hard to complain about this one. On the positive side, it even has the OEM mats included in the sale which the next owner will surely appreciate.
Under the hood lies Honda's tried and true F23A. Fresh off an oil and filter service, the powerplant whirrs to life care of a new 12v battery and a new fuel filter. It idles with convenience and benefits from a new serpentine belt to keep the accessories properly powered. While it was up on our lift, one of our trained techs gave the F-series a light refresh and repaired the leaking oil pan gasket. Mated to a slick-shifting automatic, the Accord is a good candidate to putter around the city or blast down the interstate. Its also one of the first vehicles that offers tiptronic shifting, making spirited driving more involved. With the 2254cc mill now staying topped up on lubricant, we then began to sort through the running gear and suspension. The driver-adjustable power steering is light and easy to articulate and small exterior dimensions make parking jobs a cinch. The brakes feel tidy and the suspension is compliant and can handle the rigors of daily use and abuse. The 15-inch alloys were all wrapped in new Falken all-season tires at all four corners. The new rubber not only quiets down the ride a touch, but most importantly will provide tens of thousands of miles of all-weather grip to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.