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Pros: leather power drivers seat
Cons: interior quality and Honda Care
Advice: shop around for other cars. Camry is a good choice.Purchased an '05 Accord EX w/Leather in 10/04 from Performance Honda in Fairfield OH. By 11/04 the windshield began making noises. Tried twice to get this fixed and failed both times. Called Honda Care to complain about the car (not the dealer). With Honda Care involvement, the service manager decided to make it personal and the situation got ugly. Honda walked away from their responsibility and I lost a dealer I had been using for 15 years. Windshield still makes noises and the problem is spreading throughout the interior. The rear window, passenger side molding, driver's door window, etc., etc., all pop, creak and snap. All-in-all a most frustrating and unpleasant experience. I will never buy another Honda car, nor will my wife who is on her third Accord. We will never use this dealer again either.
Pros: Navigation system - it is very thourough with guiding you to your destination.
Cons: Lagged acceleration (although once the engine did kick in, there was plenty of power) - 4cyl engine
Advice: Test drive the car before buying it. Try the automatic transmission vs the manual transmission. The manual has much more power and is more fun to drive. Also test out the navigation ssytem before buying.I bought this car specifically for the interior. This was a great buy! Some quirky things to consider before purchasing: 1. there is a lag when putting the pedal to the floor and trying to accelerate. 2. the navigation system controls the audio and A/C as well - it can be cumbersome to learn the system. 3. no 60/40 split seats, however you can pull down the entire bench to access the trunk, or you can fold down the armrest in the center to access the trunk (good for skis). 4. the sunroof controls are to the left of the steering wheel instead of near the sunroof.
Pros: yellow lether seats
Advice: get quote pricecan i have a pricing for this car? it comes alloy wheels on it.
Pros: Navigation System
Cons: Lack of memory seats.
Advice: Purchase at month end!After 2 months of shopping around I came down to three cars: the EX V6 Accord, Acura TL and the new Avalon. All with the navigation system. The Accord was the best value and I was surprised at how comparable it was to the more expensive TL and Avalon. The Accord will be replacing my Volvo S60 T4, and again, the Accord matched it in quality and is a better driving vehicle (smoother transmission, better ride). Initially I was only so-so with the rear end of the Accord. I ended up getting one in Graphite Pearl and added a lid spoiler which really gives the car a great look. It's amazing to me how different the lid spoiler makes the car look. The lid spoiler is the one that is flat and rests on the trunk, its not the spoiler that is raised off the trunk. I get many double takes from folks and, if not for the front grill, they say they wouldn't have thought it was an Accord. I was also unsure if the navigation system would be worth the additional $2K. This feature gives you much more than just a navigation system. It is more an onboard computer with voice activation features. You can control virtually everything with voice, touch screen or buttons and knobs. Very easy and fun to use. The Honda/Acura navigation system is best on the market.
Cons: Clutch feel
Advice: bid lowThis is my review of my new '05 Honda Accord Coupe in the EX V6 6 speed variant. FYI, I am an aerospace engineer, so I do look closely. I didn't even do a test drive for 2 reasons, first they didn't have a 6 speed on the lot then (Stevenson Honda, Wilmington, NC) and I had recently sold my 2000 Integra GS-R and knew the quality I was looking for. I might add, if Acura would have put a 6 cylinder in the Integra I would have kept it, but... I purchased the Sapphire Blue sight unseen but from the brochure and was very happy when it showed up at the dealer. The color was brilliant in the sunlight with a mild metallic sparkle, the color/paint was consistent over the contours and body seams. On a closer look, the various body panel gap/separations were consistent with no noticeable variation in spacing. Inside the craftsmanship continued. The leather seats and stitching are superb, although I did not test the heated seats. The driver side adjustable seat is a nice plus that I didn't get with my Integra and it is much fuller and the head rest moves on this model. The back seats have some fancy 'gizmo' to allow access to the trunk that I have not tried yet but does require the use of the ignition key in a separate slot to operate. The dashboard is organized well and visability of the instruments is good, in my case I put the telescoping steering wheel to full aft and medium angle. The tachometer is obscured when my left hand is at 10 o'clock. I like to match rpm's when downshifting but this car is so quiet that I am havng to learn a different way, spray some fuel and guess the time to shift for clean meshing of gears. . . . I have not found any aftermarket for a 'Cold Air Intake' system for this year model , but that would help. The parking brake is in close to the driver, a nice plus for those inclined stops. Also, this model has a sliding arm rest that lets you hold the shifter better. I would say that the shift throw is longer than I would like though. As for trunk space,,, it is a small car, but does hold $120 of groceries with room to spare! And has cargo hooks and stuff. Oh yea, the funny 30 mile spare tire is stowed out of sight. The 4 wheel disc brakes are very sensitive, so don't just 'slam' them or you'll be in the ABS Mode of stagered stopping which is good if needed. Also equiped is the TCS (traction control system) which balances braking when there is more weight in the back end. I say , OK. . . . I don't know how to quantify it though. OK, the handling is crisp and the lateral tilt is negligible on tight curves. Power is all that one would want except for those that want to smoke the tires in third gear. My Squawks are that the throttle pressure is way to light, when on an uneven surface at slow speeds the motion of rocking over bumps makes your foot change the fuel signal to abruptly and causes a cavitation ride. That means it makes your car jump. Not cool. Also, the clutch 'throw' distance is way to long causing one to have to 'babysit' the clutch. My Integra was about 1 inch of travel from on/out of contact, this car is about 3 inches of travel. I have not talked to the dealer yet about these 2 issues. Just an 'apex' shift of the clutch position and a tighter spring on the throttle would solve my only real 'squawk's'. Hey, a great car and for $26k hard to beat. Get the Blue color, superb!!
Pros: Luxuruious, comfortable, easy to learn, and use interior
Cons: No real-time fuel economy display
Advice: Test drive the Accord, if you don't like it then you are looking for the wrong type of car.The bang-for-buck ratio winner is the Honda Accord EX V6. I was about to buy a Mercedes C320 but changed my mind after test driving the Accord. The Accord EX V6 with XM Radio is truly a mid-level luxury car. The adjustability and comfort of the drivers seat was superior to every other car I test drove. The acceleration of the V6 is also impressive; however, you have to go deeper than you might expect when you step on it. Braking is outstanding, perhaps a touch too sensitive.
Pros: The nav system, xm radio and heated seats. Dual climate controls
Cons: Would like cassette player available as well.
Advice: noneTest drove 2 models of the Accord, first an EX 4 cylinder with XM Radio and then the EX V6 with Nav/XM Radio. Both cars were peppy and a fun drive. I drive over 90 miles a day so I wanted some luxuries - heated seats, xm radio were requirements. For the price I got much more than I had hoped for - dual heating/cooling zones and voice activated nav system. Car doesn't require premium unleaded fuel which was a plus and gas mileage should be better than peers. Nav system was really cool but could not get the system to understand 'Find Nearest Gas Station' command. At that point it changed the channel on the xm system. It did recognize other commands. Should be fun to play with anyway.