I had a Renault Laguna 1.9 diesel for the previous 3 years and upgraded to the Honda Accord Saloon 2.2 diesel in 2004.
In 87,000 miles the only things that I have had go wrong were the headlight bulbs within 2 weeks of each other (get them both changed together next time!).
The ride quality is brilliant. I was able to go for the Exec finish with leather, sat nav etc. The interior and build quality is faultless, the reliability is impeccably Honda.
The only slight flaw is the paint does appear to be thin on the bonnet and seems to chip easily.
I am so delighted with this car I am expecting delivery of my new Accord Estate in a couple of weeks time!
I know there are "sexier" cars (new Mondeo or Passat) out there but I know my brilliantly built Honda will do exactly what it says on the tin!
Have had my diesel Accord for almost 4 years from new and have now covered almost 80,000 miles.
As it is a company car servicing costs have not been an issue. Only a couple of minor faults in that time and all repaired by my local dealer without any hassle.
Having always hankered for a BMW 3 series, I test drove the BMW, Audi A4 and the Honda - all diesel models and was simply staggered at how much better and quieter the Honda engine was.
In terms of spec it simply leaves both the BMW and Audi a miile behind. I calculated that I would have had to spend an extra £4K on the BMW to bring it up to the standard spec of the Honda.
The car is great to drive though does have some road noise and feul economy is always above 40 mpg even when pushed along. Low tax rating, lit price and spec level means from a company car perpective it is very hard to beat.
I am due to change the car in a few months and have been studying What Car magazine in great depth and evey time I come to the conclusion that as an overall package it remains almost impossible to beat.
My only comment would be that Honda needs to up the power output. While performance is very good, Audi and BMW can get 170 bhp plus from 2L diesels, so need to keep up on that front. I am also keen to see what the coupe model looks like in the flesh, but unless I go daft and buy a Focus ST it will be another diesel accord
This Car is a deep fat fryer and drinks Oil for fun, Avoid at all costs!!! As a new model can burn up to 1L of oil in 500miles, my engine seized after just 11,000 miles and the Car was only 4 months old! The engine also had a liter of oil added after just 3 months of ownership. I was faced with a bill of over £7,500 with what car's help my bill was reduced by £3,100 however I still had to cover the rest and car hire for the whole time the car was in the garage. Fancy extras and impressive (when they work, can be temperamental) but have not focused on anything useful to a drive such as Oil warning indicators, or service warnings. Honda recommends you check the oil every time you fill up with fuel and top up every 1-2 weeks. A Hassel the modern day driver could do without.
I'n probably a bit biased about my new Honda ( purchased used , the 04 model ) because i have stepped up from a Mondeo but I have to say I am hugely impressed with it. In terms of negatives, I would suggest that road noise is all too evident, possibly due to the Champiro tyres fitted by the previous owner. The stereo is fine, but no better. And the fuel comsumption is poor enough. And its definitely a nicer car to drive on long runs. I think you just gotta love the Japanese when it comes to making cars. So many details are logical, and quite simply - reliable.
I love the way you dont have to be near the car for the remotes to work.And the interior lighting. And the quality of the half leather trim And the gear change. And what a pretty car - mixture of American and Japanese muscle and good looks.
But really, cars are all about the driving experience - the engine and the chassis.And what an engine this is . For a standard 2 litre car it delivers real power across the gears, wonderful acceleration, and fine handling.
I've driven loads of cars, having worked for a car company in the past, but this car is a joy.
Finally, I rang "Car Buyers Guide" (ireland online car sales outfit ) before i bought it, to ask some advice about whether I should choose this 3 year old car, or a 1 month old Mazda 6 with similar spec.
Their immediate answer was - "The Honda of course".
"Why" I asked ?
"Because its a Honda Accord" they said.
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