I called a Honda dealership to see how much it would cost to fix a hood release cable...they quoted me $175 and it would take 2-3 hours. What on earth! When the seller gave me the cable and said he was going to install it but just never got around to it I really didn't get it a second thought. I am tempted to fix it myself but can't seem to find anywhere on the internet where it gives a step by step "how to".
I'll probably wait until the inspection tomorrow and see if it passes. I don't forsee any huge repairs if it fails other than this hood thing since the seller was a mechanic did a full tune-up (all belts, water pump, radiator, etc). Let me tell you after driving various cars during the past year with no AC I am really loving having the cold air blast me in this 90 degree weather :)