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Pros: interior e.g. heated seats and ample head room
Cons: SUPER BRITE icons on the gauge cluster to inform you the lights are on!2008 Honda Accord EXL V6 automatic This was bought in place of a Camry . My wifes decision as it was her turn to pick the new car. I figured what the heck toyota ,honda whats the difference? I also had long been aware of there reputation for reliability and quality. The major difference is fit and finish, easily scratched interior panels, weak power seat motors. Noisy interior at speed on California Hwys. I opted for the V6 to satify my taste for acceleration. But I think Honda needs to work on the torque provided . Handling is spirited but acceleration is average. I like the way the accord handles and how the brakes work to control nosedive during panic stops. I was caught off guard at our first oil change as they told me it needed brakes. The car only had 13k miles on it. It needed them again at the third service 26k miles. Driver lumbar support broke at 8k miles. Honda is aware of this problem and says it is normal. As it turns out the super extended warranty I purchased does not cover them ,So if you aren't a do it yourselfer be prepared to shell out $265 dollars or so every 12k to 13k miles. I am not the only one with this complaint google it there are hundreds with the same issue! This is unacceptable so quality suffers in my rating. If your reading this you already know how it look's. If you are set on an accord consider buying a certified used one with an extended warranty beacause it isn't worth taking the first hit on the value $30k out the door just to get a brand new one, it's not that great. Knowing what I know now I would seriously consider the Camry se sport. Or maybe Ford Fusion V6 and save around $6k.
Cons: lack of power seat adjustments an poor pedal location
Advice: don't buy an automatic or leather seatsleather 'plastic' seats not comfortable an have little support poor pedal location slow take off has good power in upper rpm I have a 95 civic that has more comfortable seats an pedals are better located good ride an handling gas milage poor
Pros: is the radio
Cons: front lights
Advice: test drive itI just got my Accord LX. It is wonderful it even has a stability feature the passed models didnt have. I love and I am very impressed with the comfort and Luxurious look it has. It is also more spacious than past models. Wouldn't change it!
Pros: The look and feel of a 45k luxuary car.
Cons: Road noise. With the sound system on it isn't a major issue.
Advice: The Honda Accord in all versions is nearly what other charge for Weaker Brands!The 2008 EX V6-L with NAV replaced my 1998 EX V6-L. I was initially over-whelmed with this 'High Tech' version. It is much larger than my 98 Accord and takes more garage. I also have the back-up camera which is somewhat useful. Initially I experienced a learning curve not only the navigation system, but also the handling the larger 08. I have noticed more road noise and some of the smoother ride has been lost due to the higher performance tires. I am adapting to the difference. The pick-up is more than enough when you want it. I am thankful for the economy so far. I don't do much waiting in traffic so I have managed to get 20-21 mpg according to the trip computer which I verified by calculation. I am getting closer to 21.5 on my third tankful around town. Not bad for a car with this power and size. This is better than I got with my 98 200hp Accord. The interior room is spacious and a very classy interior in leather & wood trim. The optional side trim and wing spoiler has given my car a much improved sportier look that, in my opinion, brings it a little closer to the look of the coupe while maintaining a refined look a expensive luxury sedan. Yes, buy this car. I highly recommend it. Either versions has a high value for the money. The 4cyl versions are very affordable and a great family cars. Although the 6 cyl version is expensive it has leather and is more powerful. I am expecting I will reap much of the 4 cyl economy as the V-6 is programmed to run on 3 or 4 cylinders when on flat ground or tooling around town. You don't know when it is in this economy mode unless you see the econ light come on. They have done this very well! My mileage is proof.
Pros: Sports car ride and feel
Cons: Time to purchase exceeded 3 hours
Advice: V6 is awesome - quiet and strongTook delivery about a week ago. I reseached and test drove everthing from Camrys to Infinitis - without question the Honda EX-L Auto with Nav is an excellent automobile and I'm looking forward to the next few years behind the wheel. I did purchase the extended warranty as I drive around 20,000 miles per year which would negate my 36,000 mile warranty in less than 2 years. The Nav system is very accurate as compared to others I've owned. Moving down from a large SUV was a difficult choice but the reward comes from added comfort and great gas mileage. Resembles the Acura RL and BMW 5 series although it's bigger, offers more back seat space, is $15,000 less and doesn't require premium fuel. Sound system, XM radio and Blue Tooth are great. Voice command features are a blast! Dealer discounted the car $2500 off sticker.
Pros: stereo, dual temp control
Cons: VCM, grade logic transmission
Advice: Test drive the exact car you will buy extensively - use cruise control - the issues vary widely from car to carI have owned this car since December 28, 2007, and have about 1000 miles on it. My overall impression? This is not typical Honda engineering or quality - worst Honda ever - and I have owned them since 1981. The car is 'skittish' - the suspension not absorbing bumps but hopping, the steering wheel twitching in your hands. The shifter is flimsy and 'loose' - cannot see it lasting without replacement or adjustment But the worst 'features'? VCM and grade logic transmission. The car 'shifts' and 'surges' going into and out of VCM mode - as the WSJ reviewer said, it is 'maddening'. The grade logic transmission will downshift on steep downgrades if you are operating in cruise control - throwing you against your shoulder harness.
Pros: heated seats
Cons: having to duct tape on the plates because they give you bolts that are far too big for the holes they drilled
Advice: have them put the plates on, or buy something where they are smart enough to make the bolts fit the holesIt drives fine, but try getting the license plates onto that thing. Good luck the screws don't fit the holes... awful.