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Used Honda Accord Hatchback 1998 - 2003 review

(1998 - 2003)
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What used Honda Accord hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Honda Accord hatchback?

It's not the cheapest to buy or to own. Prices are now pitched fairly, but you'll spend more running it than you would on a Mondeo or Vectra.

The 1.8 models fall into group 8 insurance, but the 2.0 is group 11 and the 2.3 in group 13. Move up to the Type-R and you enter group 16, although that's pretty reasonable considering its 209bhp.

The 1.8 will return up to 33mpg on average, which is fair for a family-sized car. The 2.0 covers just a mile fewer per gallon, while the 2.3 and Type-R travel up to 30mpg overall.

An Accord needs servicing more often than its rivals and the bills are high if you use a main dealer. Switching to an independent garage is an option, but only if they use the Honda parts and high-quality oils that the car needs.

Finally, although spares are expensive, you shouldn't expect to be buying them often.