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Pros: Maintains excelent resale value
Cons: Cost of 'Dealer Installed' options . . Spoiler. Fog lights Etc.
Advice: Research Inet for Dealer Cost & HoldbackFantastic car, even with the standard 160HP 4 cylinder. Excellent workmanship, solid feel like a much larger car, unlike the Hondas of the past. Truly a mid-size car now.
Pros: Traction control, dual climate controls, powerful
Cons: CD changer doesn't play burned CDs well
Advice: An incredible car - I would recommend it to anyoneAfter an accident in February, I combed the market looking for a replacement vehicle in this class and found the Accord to be the best bargain. The handling is superb, the ride is quiet and soft but not mushy. The leather seat wraps around you comfort, and the engine screams with power. After purchase, I had a few close calls from other drivers and the Accord manuevered easily around the potential disasters. The traction control system works wonders on wet pavement, and keeps the car from slipping on takeoff no matter how wet it is. I would recommend this car to anyone.
Cons: Uncomfortable driver's seat
Advice: Rent the car at least a day and drive it both day and nightI rented the Honda Accord LX sedan (4-cylinder) and drove it on a 3-hour roadtrip to the mountains. I was considering a V6 but the four-cylinder had all the power I need. It was quiet and handled the hills with ease. The car handles with Honda's precision handling - one of the pluses. Unfortunately, the car did have some problems. The ABS brakes kicked in too soon and were very rough. Felt the car vibrate with almost every braking action. In addition, driver's seat was VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. The lumbar support is placed too high which caused pain to my lower back and legs. After three hours in the car, I was very fatigued and couldn't wait to get out of the seat. In addition, the panic button was malfunctioning. The morning I took it back to the rental agency, it inadvertently went off (twice while driving). I know of another who owns a Honda Accord and experienced a similar problem with the panic button. My suggestion if you're considering purchasing any car but especially the Honda, is to spend the time and money to test drive a rental. You get a much better perspective on the vehicle when you can drive it without the salesman in the car and you can drive the car day and night to test all the features. My test drive was well worth it. Because of the problems I experienced with the Honda Accord, I'm now looking at the Nissan Altima.
Cons: Cheap plastic wheel covers rattle.
Advice: Shop around at more than one Honda dealer.The 4-cylinder engine is a blast. Very fast with decent gas mileage. Solid car build with Honda quality. Killer stereo. Great touring car because it's so smooth.
Cons: FIrst of all, the picture shown is not the actual car. The OEM Michelin's are not well suited for the performance of this car.
Advice: Give it a try before buing any sport coupe in the 25-30 K range. You wont be dissapointed.This car is definitely Honda engineering at it's best. The V6 engine is strong, and with the close ratio, smooth shifting 6-speed manual trans. it feels very quick!!! By experience, just between a new Nissan 350Z (better performer) and an RSX Type-S, or a BMW 325i. I still have not find any IS 300 willing to try some speed. I bet they are olmost tied since the IS's F1 type shifter will have an advantage. But that is a $4,000 more expensive and smaller vehicle. It also has better fuel economi than almost any other 3L-V6 in the market today. The suspension is on the slight-firm side, but never punishing. Steering responce is very good, and interior accomodations are more than reasonable for seating 4 adults comfortably. The fit and finish in this car is among the best I've seen this side of $28,000. Almost tied with my brother's '99 AUDI A4 1.8L quattro. Climate and sound systems and controls are very good and easy to use. It's exterior desing is in my opinion very pleasant and sporty, not too radical. The only weak spot is the front grille, which seems a little too small for the overall size of the car.
Cons: it runs rough
Advice: don't buy itAfter 22000 miles my ex v6 needed a transmission. it has also needed a tcs system and the abs does not work correctly. Honda has not been particularly responsive about dealing with these issues either. It is a disappointment to buy a car that is reputedly reliable and to have soooooo many big problems right away.
Pros: The V-6 drives like a dream
Cons: Steering wheel controls need to be illuminated
Advice: Test drive the others and then make the right decision and buy the AccordI simply love this car. I looked at several car options in the same price class (Mazda, VW, Toyota, Chevy) some more expensive like Volvo, Acura, and BMW. I agonized over which car to buy for months. But the real deciding factor was the test drive. The Accord is simply a fantastic car and a better deal for the money. I have driven over 3300 miles on this car in the first six weeks and it is great. The handling and performance are better than expected and its all contained within the reliability and craftmanship of Honda. Don't buy a new car without trying this one.