I have earlier reviewed the pre-lift model 04 of this car as excellent. I now have an 06 Facelifted one. The 04 is 5 speed and the 06 is 6 speed. I am going to talk of the positives first. Ease and Quality of driving - brilliant, I went from an 05 525i E60 to this and this drives much much better. You are in complete control of this car. Fuel Consumption - The 06 with 1 extra gear is slightly more fuel efficient. Expect 500 Miles from a full tank, there are bigger and more powerful cars such as the Volvo S60 whcih are more efficient, but they don't drive as well. Power - well here is surprising bit, the 04 is more powerful, with only 5 gears to change you can accelerate more in each! But the fuel economy is slightly worse. The 04 is 40 Mpg and the 06 is like 45 Mpg. Reliability - Aah you go its a Honda, got to be the best. You would be wrong unfortunately. These cars are no more reliable than say a BMW 320D. What? I hear you say? Let me explain. The 04 developed a drive shaft problem which was costly to fix. And the 06 died while driving due to a failed alternator. Apparently Honda have a TSB ( technical service bulletin on this but the customer pays, they did fix the exhaust manifold free but really its more a case of we will not kill you with Carbon Monoxide but its up to you if all your systems including breaking just die due to a faulty alternator - very poor thinking Honda ! Also the clutch seems to be dying which is a common problem. No problems 3 Lexus cars!
Honda Accord 2.2 CTDi Exec 2005 Purchased the car with about 85K miles and now up to 105K. The car is comfortable and fairly well equipped. It has a built in touch screen sat nav, duel climate, slide/tilt sunroof and 6 disc cd. The uprated sound system is excellent and is quite often the thing I can hear. It does lack parking sensors and although the seats and mirrors are electric and heated there is no memory. The Leather seats are wearing well but some of the trim and door plastics could be a little sturdier. Apart from a few bulbs the only problem we have had over 12 months was smell of exhaust fumes in the cabin. Googled it and found out it was a known fault with the exhaust manifold, Honda are aware of this and extended the warranty from 5 yrs to 7. Our car was also under the 125k mile limit that Honda have placed on the manifold so the work was carried out for free by Bristol (Cribbs Causeway) Honda who were excellent. So to summarise, comfy, pulls well, £200 for a large service, reliable and imo a nice looking car. Would highly recommend and will probably by another but certainly not for a while.
This 3 year old example replaced a much loved 99 Passat 1.8T estate about 15 months ago after a protracted search for something that we liked more than said Passat. It hasn't disappointed. Interior is well designed, attractive and well put together. Engine is a peach, very quiet and plenty of performance. Regular oil checks are sensible though. The car is an entertaining drive & reassuring in all conditions - visibility is not great (A pillars are thick) and re3ar parking sensors are a worthwhile option. Local dealer have offered good service but labour and parts are definitely pricey. My only gripes are paintwork - scratches easily and far away from the quality of the VW - and the 5 speed gearbox doesn't quite match the engine torque curve at 30 mph.Fuel economy averages 37 around town, and best has been c 44 mpg on a run, so not achieved book numbers. Overall, looks great, drives well, would definitely recommend.
i owned an Accord before that gave excellent service. When searching for new cars, I decided to stick with Accord but this time I got a diesel for economy but the engine is excellent- amazing pick-engines are a fab. One thing owners must remember with the diesel is that to wait 10 seconds after stopping the car before switching off the engine as this may be the cause of frequent turbo troubles.
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