I purchased this car after changing from a company S-type Jaguar. The Accord is no Jaguar but it is an excellent car. Coming back to Honda after five years of other brands, the car feels like a well-worn shoe, it fits and does the job with no fuss or pain.
The gearbox can be a little notchy on 1st/2nd (when cold), road noise could be better and the steering is a bit light. However, the engine has that glorious VTEC sound, the handling is sharp, turn-in is tight and there's no bump steer or tramlining on typical B-roads.
The space is excellent and the seats fold without removing headrests or other fuss. The LCD based navigation system is excellent to use with a good database of phone numbers and points of interest to select destinations (along with the usual full address or postcode entries). It's certainly the best in-car navigation system I've used (though I expect portable systems will leave fitted systems wanting in the near future).
On a run it gets 35mpg and insurance quotes have been good so running costs are OK. All Hondas get thirsty if driven hard but they do make a lovely growl. Servcing plan costs are also much better than five years ago. Hondas are not cheap but I've never had one need a non-service repair item.
The car is great but the service from the dealer has been very poor.
I had extras fitted and the dealer failed to fit them properly. On its first service of the six problems highlighted, only two were sorted.
This included a failure to replace a lightbulb. Reversing sensors have failed consistently and the automatic tailgate failed and can only be opened by crawling through the boot.
Looks great, drives great, but dealers have been really poor.
I was initially happy with my Accord, however, after 5 months the car experienced a sudden loss of oil due to a manufacturing defect on a Big End Bearing.
After a further 5 weeks, the car experienced loss of power and a severe engine rattle. The car was recovered to my local Honda dealer, were it was found that the Turbo Bearings had failed.
In December 2005, the steering became heavy, unresponsive, wouldn't self-centre and wobbled in the straight-ahead position. I returned the car to my local Honda dealer, they replaced the steering rack. I was informed that the fault had been rectified and the car was now driving correctly, however, I noticed no difference whilst driving home from the dealer.
I booked the car back in too my Honda dealer. On return, I was informed that the tracking had been checked and that a test drive showed no fault on the car. The dealer quoted a statement from Honda that this was the normal driving characteristic of a Honda Accord.
On 31st January 2006, whilst driving my two children, the front offside Ball Joint failed, causing the suspension to collapse onto the road. Fortunately I was travelling at 15mph in a residential area.
This is by far the least reliable car I have ever owned in 23 years of driving.
I've had this car for a little over 5 months covering about 2000 miles a month on a variety of journeys. It replaced a Passat diesel estate which also had a hard life. There is no comparison between the two.
The Honda is quiet at speed, swallows up some huge loads, and is one of the comfiest cars I've driven on a long journey. The fuel economy is not quite as good as the Passat but then it is much nicer to drive, it has a bigger engine and will carry more. Initially I thought the seat folding mechanism and the electric boot were a bit gimmicky, but they have won me over with their practicality and ease of use.
So far I've had not so much as a squeak from anywhere and have not suffered from the oil consumption problems listed by other reviewers. In short if I had to make the same choice now as I did when I ordered the car, I'd definintely make the same decision. A great car.
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