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Pros: When you punch it, it goes!
Cons: The hood is so long and low, you can hit things in front of you.we do not take good care of this car, but it has been excellant. when our daughter learned to drive, she banged it up a little and got several tickets until she learned to use the cruise control. I love this car. It looks great and is super fast. I wish we would have kept up with the maintenance so we could keep it forever. Honda charges too much to keep their cars in tip top shape. We have even kept this car in the garage at times to save it for 6 months at a time to perserve it. It is in a class of it's own. Probably someday a collector car.
Pros: The look of the car
Cons: InteriorI have enjoyed the car.
Pros: Steering wheel mounted radio controls
Cons: Cabin noise at highway speeds, location of moonroof controls, cruise control on/off button
Advice: Use typical caution when buying used - no additional remarks for AccordI have owned an Accord EX 4 cyl. coupe with leather interior and 5 spd. manual transmission since August 2002. I have very few complaints after almost 4 years of ownership. The engine is rock solid. Shifting is fairly crisp with the stick, although it can feel somewhat rubbery compared to a sportier car. I wanted manual and could only get it in 4 cyl. - can't quite afford the 6 speed M/T yet! My biggest complaint thus far is the cabin noise above ~45 mph. The moonroof produces a good deal of noise, which can be reduced by closing the sunshade. However, above 55mph it becomes pretty loud regardless. There are certainly louder cars out there, but it was perhaps my expectation that a car of this price and quality would have incorporated better sound deadening. Also beware acceleration with the air conditioner on - the A/C saps power quickly from an already, imo, slightly under powered 4 cylinder engine. You really have to rev up the V-tec to take advantage of the 150 horses.
Cons: Honda does not stand behind their workmanship in the event of a problem.
Advice: Hope you are not one of the unlucky ones that has a problem.Drove fine at the test drive. I was excited to be owning my first Honda! However, my experience soon turned sour. MY CAR HAD A CRACKED ENGINE BLOCK, a debilitating manufacturer defect. Soon after the warranty expired my car was undriveable, in need of an engine replacement. HONDA CUSTOMER CARE SHRUGGED ITS SHOULDERS and I was left with a dud of a car. Granted, most say that they have few problems with their Hondas. Yet in the event you DO get a defective vehicle, Honda would rather lose you as a lifetime profitable customer than to eat the short-term cost of fixing the problem. I guess they figure that with thousands of happy customers, the unlucky few that get lemons can't possibly hurt them.
Pros: The Traction control system is outstanding!
Cons: There is nothing I have found yet that I don't like about it.
Advice: If you have a lead foot be careful... IT's SUPER powerful, for a hondaI have had 4 hondas, including a 95 accord coupe. This thing is outrageous! It is the tightest most well built car I have ever driven... and I used to work with a Dealer auction delivering cars to the auction for bid!
Pros: color of my car
Advice: don't purshased a hondamy 2002 accord has been nothing but trouble. i purchased the car on december 31, 2001 branded new. For over a year, the car has linked water through the driver's door.
Cons: drivers seat comfort
Advice: tall or large commuters avoid this vehicle at all costs, consider 03 or 04 model instead200 hp V-6 adequate but runs out of punch on high speed passing manuvers. I am 6'2' 215 lb commuter and am nearly a cripple after two years of a 150 mile a day commute. This vehicle is not for tall drivers, the drivers seat is horribly uncomfortable. Seat bottom to short, and the side bolsters are to close together. There is not enough rearward travel on seat track. In short, tall or large drivers with commutes over 45 min. avoid this car at all costs. The 03 and 04's supposedly have larger more comfy seats, my advise rent for a day and drive the heck out of it before purchasing. If your looking for a dependable around town car for wife and kids this will not dissapoint, but on the open road for long stints it's shortcomming are painfully evident. Beside the uncomfortable seat there is substantial wind and road noise, the radio is helpful in drowning out this noise. Lacks telescoping wheel which further limits it's suitability as a commuter. Average mpg (highway 26 mpg, city 21 mpg.) I have 70,000 miles on car with no mechanical problems just wish I had taken a chance on the Hyundai Elantra, would have saved ten grand and gotten a more comfy seat and sportier handling. At least according to reviews.