The Honda Accord has been a pleasure to own and drive. The ride and handling makes long journeys something to look forward to.
In 12 months of ownership I have covered 26,000 miles. In the first 12,000 miles the engine used about 3.0 litres of oil, this has since dropped, and in the last 4,000 miles no oil has been used.
I had previously brought new cars from Seat and Alfa Romeo but the dealership after care was very disappointing, so I switched again this time to Honda. I am now getting the after care service from Honda that I had hoped to get from the previous manufacturer.
At the present time I will be buying new from Honda again. The 12,000-mile service cost £140 and the 25,000-mile service cost £250, which I felt was reasonable.
The car has had two faults, a new rear-tailgate motor and engine vibration after the second service. Both were corrected quickly.
Fuel consumption averages about 44mpg, but this is by someone with a heavy right foot. Performance is good for overtaking and on unrestricted Continental motorways.
I purchased the Accord Tourer in March 05. After I noticed excessive fuel usage of 20mpg it went back to the dealership to have an oxygen sensor replaced. Even now, the urban usage is 22mpg combined. When light on the pedal, it is about 28-29mpg - disappointing as the official figures are 25 urban and 35 combined.
With low-profile tyres on 17-inch wheels, it can be noisy on different road surfaces but this is with the original Japanese tyres, The car itself is excellent to drive and is a very versatile vehicle.
I bought the car two months ago as a nine-month-old ex-Honda vehicle. My previous car was a Passat which gave four years' fault-free motoring, so it has been somewhat disappointing to have been back to the dealer on numerous occaisions with various rattles and creaks. The build quality has not been up to expectations.
The car drives well and the seats are very comfortable on a long journey. The electric tailgate is an excellent idea and so far has worked fine, unlike others I have heard of. Fuel economy has been lower than expected, even when driven gently I am struggling to get 30mpg, and the norm is usually 26-28mpg on a cross section of driving, somewhat worse than Honda's figures.
The dealer has so far been helpful and tells me the amount of rattles and creaks I have had is unusual for an Accord.
If I do't get a quiet car soon I may be looking at the new Passat when launched!
The Accord drives superbly, and is quick and comfortable with loads of torque.
The back seat is not as big as it looks and lumps on seat edges for the single-action folding seat reduce usable space. The rear seatbelts are not comfortable for three kids, they rub on their necks.
The luggage compartment is big but not the largest. Its locking underfloor compartment is very good for a laptop. The electric tailgate is good fun but closes on its own when wet or frosty. Having no height adjustment on the electric passenger seat is a bit mean. Fuel consumption is poor, less than 40mpg.
So, buy a Galaxy to take the family out but get one of these to drive!
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