I have done 60,000 miles in two years. My car is a company vehicle. The diesel engine must rate as one of the best around - it's quiet, smooth and economical.
It's a clever, spacious and well-designed estate. Ride and handling are adequate, but spoiled by 'torque steer' and excessive road noise. The cabin is also OK but thick windscreen pillars spoil visibility.
It's very reliable, but that is what you pay for. The clever remote tailgate is useful.
There are some niggles, though: road noise (already mentioned); the screen washers are very weak (the main dealer said it was because I use screen wash!); the driver's seat belt stopped rewinding (a non-warranty item); and the four alloy wheels are somewhat pitted and marked.
All in all, it's a good car made better by an excellent diesel engine. Pity about the main dealers, though.
Have owned this car since March 2004, and covered an impressive 108,000 miles. I usually get 42.5 mpg, which I think is pretty reasonable, as my previous Audi A4 2.5Tdi returned 37.5 mpg. No faults until quite recently when at 105,000 I expressed concern to my local Honda dealer about the volume of black smoke leaving the exhaust on acceleration. The service department diagnosed it as a faulty seal in the turbo and said I would have to have a new unit at a cost of £2,498 including labour! I found I could buy a new turbo on the internet for £720, and a rebuilt one for £520. I then contacted a turbo specialist and asked if he could fit a new turbo unit, but he insisted on carrying out his own diagnostic checks because he didn't trust the dealer's opinion, and he concluded the turbo is fine and definitely does not need replacing. Who should I believe, the Honda dealer who wants to take £2,498 off me or the diesel specialist who charged me £48?
Also had a strange graunching noise on turning and a slight pull to the left despite regularly checking tyre pressures and tracking. Both resolved by a switch to new Michelin Pilot Primacy's all round (£500 fitted).
Generally happy with the car - on smooth motorway surfaces it drives like a dream, the sat nav is great, everything's electric, it swallows loads of luggage and my black labrador perfectly - but have completely lost trust in the dealer.
I am a company car user with a son at university, so I wanted a car to carry loads of samples and "junk" to & from University. It needed to be tax efficient, reliable and have a good specification. I looked at a Merc C, BMW 3, Jag X,Saab 93,Volvo V50, but went for the Honda as it ticked all the boxes. I've done 76,000 miles in 2 1/2 yrs and have been extremely pleased with the car, It drives well and the occupants are all well cosseted even on 1200 mile round trips to Eastern France to Nth England. I may even go forthe updated version with Sat Nav etc., when I'm due a change in 01/08. A great package liked by everyone that drives or is driven in it!
I have had the car for two years from new and covered in excess of 60,000 miles in that time.
I have had zero problems with the car. The interior is good quality, the engine is fantastic (it pulls all the way to the red line) and I have obtained an average of 45mpg over the 60,000 miles.
My only gripe is the excessive road noise, even though I have standard wheels and tyres.
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