I bought an 04 reg with 17k 4 months ago because of the numerous good reviews I had read and to lose the stigma attached to driving a BMW (previous car 320 petrol Tourer.) I considered Audi, Subaru, VW and Saab before settling on the Honda as it had the best specification for my money.
I am pleased to report so far I am very happy with the Accord, the VTEC engine is superb and the only big downside is that the build quality isn't as solid as the BMW was. Considering the Accord weighs less, has much more space and is faster, I can live with it! The BMW was RWD and 6 cylinders so felt silky smooth, but the Accord beats it to 60 and beyond, and I don't lose the back end in the wet anymore! Nonetheless it doesn't have that BMW bombproof feel that I became so accustomed to.
The biggest issue reading the reviews is the Honda dealership network falling well below expectations. BMW needed £500 every time I stepped into the place, and the staff there wouldn't exactly go out of their way to help me. When I bought my car from the Honda Approved scheme I had no complaints, but as I have yet to experience a service with Honda I am not really in a position to comment. Although I will say its not something I'm looking forward to!
Good value car, but points to watch: Oil level can go down quite quickly - there is no oil level warning light and loss of oil will wreck the engine, by the time the oil pressure light comes on it's too late. Handbrake is unreliable (OK on flat!). I see that others have reported that it can sometimes release itself on a slope - I think we are going to hear more about this.
I have always believed that Honda provide, as standard, all that you require in refinements - there are some that friends of mine have come up with, such as headlight height adjustment. But generally, i've found that the Honda Accord Tourer 2.4 does it for me. My previous car was a Rover 214i and thought that was nice. Yes, i know there are great cars out there, but you can't fit too much in a Porsche or Ferrari, so I am prepared to settle for a VERY nice car that provides comfort, speed and loadability (can fit a freezer, without putting the rear seat down) against the mpg of 25 around town (motorway 32).
The car has now done 105,000 miles from new and is wearing badly.
This vehicle displays all the failings mentioned in other Reader Reviews such as poor fuel consumption, noise, rattles, thin paintwork, uncomfortable seats etc.
The exhaust manifold has cracked resulting in the cabin filling with exhaust fumes. This suggests a design fault, as an exhaust leak should not gas the occupants. the repair cost of £570 seems very steep, but I should not be surprised given the high maintenance costs already incurred.
I dont think Honda or their dealers want to know about complaints as they are very unhelpful.
On a positive note, I have fitted Dunlop front tyres at £65 each and they have reduced road noise and improved handling over the Pirelli's and Michelin tyres.
I get rid of the car in a months time, and it is fair to say I will not be getting another Accord or any Honda for that matter.
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