I've done about 55,000 miles in my 2003 2.4 EX auto since new. It's an excellent car; in fact it's the best I've had in 38 years of car ownership.
Unlike others on this forum I've had no problems with the silver paint or indeed any other problem. It's very comfortable, even after 6 hours of driving.
The only complaints are tyre noise (better after a change from Dunlop to Michelin Pilot) and relatively hard suspension for a car with 'executive' ambitions.
The new Accord due to be launched in June 2008 looks even better, especially the interior, although unfortunately the external dimensions have increased as has the cost.
But as I need sat nav and some of the other toys that Honda include as standard, it represents far better value than alternatives such as the new Audi A4 or the aging Jaguar X-type.
I'll certainly get one of the new Accords, I just need to decide whether to wait for the diesel automatic to be launched in early 2009. www.vtec.net/ already has a lot of information on the new Accord (in the USA our Euro Accord is marketed as Acura TSX).
I have read most of the other posted reviews and generally agree with the comments made. My car is on an 05 plate with a high mileage - 70,000 miles. I tried every other diesel on the market at this price level and, with the exeption of the BMW 320d, this was by far the smoothest and most powerful available. The car really does drive like a petrol and the power is delivered throughout the rev range, not in one big rush like the audi/VW. Refinement is often overlooked but after driving the audi product there was no contest. Minus points? The bonnet does chip easily, there is some marked road noise (even on standard tyres) and the boot is a little narrow. Plus points? Great build quality, good dealer support, reliable and very well specified in executive trim. MPG is 45-50. Buy one!
I have an 04 plate which has covered 82k miles without any technical problem. It’s a company car so I don’t have to pay for the regular servicing at 12k miles. Like others I too can praise the Honda for the number of options that come as a standard. I simply purchased the rear parking sensors (yes I'm not a great driver) and 17" Penta Alloys which are a must on this car as it's looks have aged very well. The good thing with the Honda is they are the opposite of BMW who have dozens of models and dozen more options and lots of regular changes to the exterior styling to keep you enticed into the big profit making game – Honda keep it simple. Good ride, great gearbox, brill music system! Ideal compnay car. Running costs - yes the Honda does drink a little more oil than most cars, but surely paying £10 every so often is nothing when compared to the cost of fuel. My car is up for re-newel in June, bizarrely enough that's when the new Accord Saloon is due out. I'm waiting for reports from the Geneva motor show in March08 for more info. Honda are now attracting a slightly younger customer who drive the car harder, therefore the new saloon must be a little more responsive. Fingers crossed Honda will step up with their new model in which case it’s looking like another Honda for me.
I have an 05 plate (auto) in metallic green (by far the best looking colour for this car - why have Honda discontinued it?)
Why do I like this car?
Very reliable - 35k miles driven and NO problems at all Very comfortable on long drives - good seats. Excellent customer service from Honda (Chiswick) Clear dashboard controls/indicators De-mists/de-ices very quickly on cold mornings Looks great, especially with 17" alloys
Why I don't like this car:
Fuel efficiency not as good as quoted (but which cars are?) Front side windows don't clear when lowered/raised - no rubber seal to remove condensation/water! Doesn't handle bumps terribly well Tendency to "tram-line" Bumpers scuff easily Messy wiring/structure under boot hood, limits what you can load in there
What this car would benefit from?
Auto headlights at dusk Memory settings on seats (at least as an optional extra)
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