5-Speed Survivor: 1993 Honda Accord EX Wagon – SOLD!
December 27, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
A car that gets surprisingly little shine in light of how competent it is is the fourth-generation Honda Accord. This was the model generation that perhaps – more than the others – thrust the model into the mainstream in a big way. From its handsome looks to its refined driving dynamics and the buttery-smooth manual gearbox, the Accord had truly arrived by the time the fourth iteration rolled around. For added space, the company also offered its flagship in wagon form and finding one with three pedals puts it straight into the obscure category, which isn’t easy for a mass-produced car. Check out this clean 1993 Accord wagon 5-speed, once listed in December 2022 on Craigslist in Evergreen, Colorado, with 153,000 miles for $4,500. Comparing that price against the Classic.com model guide indicates this is a potentially good deal, with the current average sales price hovering at $8,800:
For many consumers, the third-generation Accord was the first time they considered buying a mid-sized import over a competing domestic product. The earlier Accords were likely still close to their economy car roots for those shoppers used to wall-to-wall velour and woodgrain plastics everywhere they looked. By the time the 1987 Accord rolled out, it was a whole new ballgame. New levels of features and refinement combined with a drivetrain that was competent, if not particularly exciting. The feature list was rich on almost every level of trim you could spec, from base models with cassette players and bucket seats to top-of-the-line options with full power features, a moonroof, and alloy wheels. However, the biggest blow to the Big 3 was the unflappable reliability. These cars didn’t break, and they remained dirt cheap to own all the way to 100,000 miles and beyond.
The excalibur02 YouTube Channel features this 1992 and 1993 Accord Wagon commercial:
With the fourth-generation Accord, Honda had made it known that its products could be both highly engaging and highly reliable. You no longer need to sacrifice one or the other in a mid-sized car. The Acura brand further elevated Honda’s position in the marketplace, with model siblings under both marques benefitting from shared identities that reinforced the many things Honda was good at. Among the top of the list were its buttery smooth manual transmission and willing front-wheel-drive chassis. The Accord wagon shown here combines all of those desirable traits in a model with an incredible amount of utility baked in. Many of these Accords were driven hard and put away soaking wet due to its extreme durability; the rest were sadly modified once the Honda tuning craze of the 90s kicked in. Finding an unspoiled wagon with the elusive manual gearbox is a major coup for the rad-era shoppers; I doubt this one will last long at the asking price.
Here’s the seller’s description:
5 Speed Manual
AISIN Timing belt and water pump
AC and Power Steering belts
Valve Cover Gasket
Throttle body gasket and cleaning
Plugs and Wires
OEM Thermostat and temp sensors
Denso radiator, hoses, and cap
AISIN Blue Coolant
Oil Pan Gasket
Rear Hatch Struts
Email your number and I’ll give you a call.”
Long roof 5-speed: what’s your preferred make and model for the elusive stick-shift wagon combo?
Holy moly, I had not idea these were even available with a stick. I had a ’91 black EX wagon from ’94 (50k miles) to ’98 (130k) and sold it for exactly what I paid for it. Only one mechanical repair was something to do the flame trap which was covered under an extended warranty including the towing. The only body repair was the power antenna which managed to stripped itself and I replaced that myself. Great mileage, comfortable, held a ton of stuff and I even slept in at times when following a certain jam band around. I keep track of cost/mile on all my vehicles and that one was probably the best ever. Replaced with a two year old Grand Cherokee – what was I thinking? Yeah, four wheel drive….but since it spent more time at the dealer for warranty work than on the road that trade was a really dumb decision. Switched to 4Runners after that and never looked back.