Going the Distance: Million Km Accord

One million kilometres is equivalent to the distance from the moon and back ... and halfway there again.

It’s said when a person really likes something, they tend to keep it a really long time. The owner of this 1993 Accord must have been very satisfied, indeed. 

One million kilometres is equivalent to the distance from the moon and back ... and then halfway there again. Put another way, one would have to drive clear across Canada - from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, Newfoundland, a total of 134 times in order to rack up that amount of mileage. 

Purchased new by Terry Wambolt at Cumberland Honda in Amherst, Nova Scotia, this Atlantis Green hued Accord EX has rolled up nearly one million kilometres on its odometer - 999,848.9km to be exact. Equipped with the original 2.2L four cylinder engine and automatic transmission, this car is proof that a fastidious maintenance regimen goes a long way ... literally. 

The bodystyle of this Accord seen here was produced from the 1990-1993 model years. Cleanly styled with a sensible interior, this iteration cemented the Accord in the minds of North American consumers as one of the top choices for family transportation. Its sixteen-valve, 140hp engine featured an aluminum-alloy cylinder head and engine block, big news in the early 90s. In Canada, customers could choose from DX, LX, EX, and EX-R trims. Generally, though, they simply took what they could get, given that the sedans sold like proverbial hotcakes.

Terry is the only registered owner of the car. Being an EX model, one of the top trims available for Accord in 1993, it was snagged by the sales manager at Cumberland Honda to serve as their demo when it rolled off the truck the same year that Jurassic Park was raking in cash at the box office. Once he decided to purchase an Accord, Terry - mechanic with a nose for a good deal - chose this in-service car you see here instead of one fresh off the lot. I think he made a pretty good choice. 

Cars with mileage like this don’t come up very often but when they do, they are sometimes tired old rattle traps whose main features and accessories rarely work. Power windows judder in their tracks, automatic locks groan under the weight of the world, and the radio pulls in only the finest static available. 

Not here. Every power option (and with this being an EX trim, it has a few) work flawlessly. Windows smoothly zip up and down, the hood opens without hesitation, and the doors exhibit nary a hint of sag. Terry, though dint of his skill and cabinet full of tools, was able to correct common problems such as these before they got out of hand. This could easily pass for a car with one quarter the mileage. 

Inside, too, the Accord is a time capsule. Its plastic and cushioned dashboard show no cracking, while the controls, logically laid out, are a testament to early-90s Honda design. Simple buttons and knobs for the heating and ventilation have a satisfying heft, recalling days when engineers and designers were free to create usable controls without hewing to the demands of touchscreen this and infotainment that. 

The seats have worn exceptionally well, a testament to the quality of the original equipment and to Terry’s care. Usual wear spots, such as the driver’s side seat bolster and door armrest, look lived-in but far from tattered. The back seat looks like someone snagged the keys to Doc Brown’s time machine, went back to 1993, stole a rear bench out of a showroom Accord, and returned to the present whereupon they installed it in this car. 

2014 Honda Accord Sedan – Touring

Terry’s mechanic work frequently took him around his part of the province, helping to explain the mileage and putting an exclamation point on the importance of preventative maintenance. Frequent oil and filter changes (and even more frequent oil-only changes) allowed the F22 engine to motor almost all the way up to the magical million mark. 

This year, Honda introduced its new 2018 Accord, the 10th iteration of the Accord family. It is available with either a 1.5-litre turbocharged-four making 192 horsepower or a 2.0L turbo-four making 252 horsepower. The accolades have been coming fast and furious with Kelley Blue Book naming it the “best car overall” and expectations of it doing well in various Car of the Year contests here in Canada.

Parking an Obsidian Blue EX-L example of the 2018 model next to Terry’s million km miracle offered a great study in contrasts. Naturally, the new Accord is a lot bigger, thanks to a gaggle of increasingly tough safety standards which need to be before a car can go on sale in Canada. These are good things, given that features like multiple airbags keep us safe in a crash and items like stability control keep us from crashing in the first place. 

Still, there was something remarkable about sitting in that 1993 Accord. Thanks to pencil-thin pillars and an abundance of glass, it was not unlike being inside an upside-down fishbowl, especially after crawling out of a modern car. The visibility in the ‘93 was tremendous. 

Seeing a car with nearly one million kilometres on the clock has me rethinking the requirements of my own fleet. If one person in Nova Scotia can maintain their car and preserve it against the salty roads, surely this gearhead journalist can too. 

I’d better cancel my weekend appointment to look at cars, then. I think I’ll replace that activity with giving my 160,429km Charger an oil change. Only 839,571 km to go. 

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2014 Honda Accord Sedan – Touring

Inside, too, the Accord is a time capsule. Its plastic and cushioned dashboard show no cracking, while the controls, logically laid out, are a testament to early-90s Honda design. Simple buttons and knobs for the heating and ventilation have a satisfying heft, recalling days when engineers and designers were free to create usable controls without hewing to the demands of touchscreen this and infotainment that. 

2014 Honda Accord Sedan – Touring

The seats have worn exceptionally well, a testament to the quality of the original equipment and to Terry’s care. Usual wear spots, such as the driver’s side seat bolster and door armrest, look lived-in but far from tattered. The back seat looks like someone snagged the keys to Doc Brown’s time machine, went back to 1993, stole a rear bench out of a showroom Accord, and returned to the present whereupon they installed it in this car. 

2014 Honda Accord Sedan – Touring

Terry’s mechanic work frequently took him around his part of the province, helping to explain the mileage and putting an exclamation point on the importance of preventative maintenance. Frequent oil and filter changes (and even more frequent oil-only changes) allowed the F22 engine to motor almost all the way up to the magical million mark. 

This year, Honda introduced its new 2018 Accord, the 10th iteration of the Accord family. It is available with either a 1.5-litre turbocharged-four making 192 horsepower or a 2.0L turbo-four making 252 horsepower. The accolades have been coming fast and furious with Kelley Blue Book naming it the “best car overall” and expectations of it doing well in various Car of the Year contests here in Canada.

Parking an Obsidian Blue EX-L example of the 2018 model next to Terry’s million km miracle offered a great study in contrasts. Naturally, the new Accord is a lot bigger, thanks to a gaggle of increasingly tough safety standards which need to be before a car can go on sale in Canada. These are good things, given that features like multiple airbags keep us safe in a crash and items like stability control keep us from crashing in the first place. 

Still, there was something remarkable about sitting in that 1993 Accord. Thanks to pencil-thin pillars and an abundance of glass, it was not unlike being inside an upside-down fishbowl, especially after crawling out of a modern car. The visibility in the ‘93 was tremendous. 

Seeing a car with nearly one million kilometres on the clock has me rethinking the requirements of my own fleet. If one person in Nova Scotia can maintain their car and preserve it against the salty roads, surely this gearhead journalist can too. 

I’d better cancel my weekend appointment to look at cars, then. I think I’ll replace that activity with giving my 160,429km Charger an oil change. Only 839,571 km to go. 

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2014 Honda Accord Sedan – Touring

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