2001 Honda Accord LX 2.4 I4


The perfect family car


Temp bulb gone at 130,000 km.

Otherwise, nothing.

General Comments:

I bought this car mainly based on the outstanding reputation of the model. And it has never let me down.

Tough - it has marks, nicks and tucks from everyday use, and 3 teenager sons, but works perfectly until this day, and more than 140,000 km.

The engine is very dependable, and if I keep taking care of it, I think it will run until the Judgment day. Never touched it.

It runs smoothly on highway, and it's almost as economic as a Civic. Not a V8, but is soft and moves the big car well enough.

The interior is pretty good, even with my 4 year old niece pouring ice cream on it. Not like new, but looks and feels reasonably well.

Brakes could be a bit better, but I don't think it's a problem.

Some year ago the temp bulb broke and the temp clock marked hot. Luckily I saw it soon, and the engine was not damaged. Repaired it (in an independent garage), no problemo.

One word about the dealer in my city. They seem to have a very few scruples, as they tried to frame a friend of mine with her 2007 Civic; they told her that the rattling sound in the suspension system came from the steering system, -and some other little things-, and concluded that the car needed a $2300 brand new steering system. Went to an independent garage, and the engine support system was worn out, an $150 fix.

And that wasn't an isolated story.

Too bad for the Honda dealership in my country, they had such an excellent reputation.

Anyway, this is the perfect family car. At least, it has been so for us, and for less than US$8,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd March, 2011

2005 Honda Accord EX 4cil. VTec


Trendy, reliable and very inexpensive to maintain



General Comments:

I had never owned a Honda before. Until I won an accord in a draw! That is how I got into Hondas.

The interiors and exteriors are very well built. The inside is very very roomy, it has a nice design. Leather is of high quality and white exterior paint shines a lot under the sun.

Sadly I will sell it because, financially speaking, I am absorbing the depreciation of owning such a new car.

Value will go down to 60% to 50% in the first two years of any new car. Is now already 30% down from invoice value.

I am thirty one years young, and if I were in different circumstances, I would definitely keep this car.

The accord is very pleasant to drive, is a gasoline saver, passengers seat comfortably, and it has a very spacious trunk.

A month ago, I took her to the 5k service, and paid $52USD for everything.

For the most complete insurance policy available in Mexico paid only $600USD/year. This talks about the incredibly low maintenance costs for owning an accord.

As I said, had not I have other financial obligations I would definitely keep the car for years and years.

I will buy one in a year or so. But will look for one three to four years old to minimize depreciation costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th March, 2006

6th Apr 2007, 18:09

The way I read it, the owner has other financial obligations and wants to sell the car at the best possible price, so the depreciation is important.

26th Apr 2007, 10:42

"Who in there right mind gets rid of a FREE CAR whats your issue I have a 05 Accord I would keep it."

That's possibly the dumbest thing I've read in a while. The incentive to sell something expensive you essentially received for free is always high. Think about it.