For me, this car has been more expensive to maintain that I thought it would be when I bought it 7 years ago; especially the brakes.
The engine in this car will last forever, I think that is the most reliable component of Hondas because I've had lots of repair done in other areas that I would have normally had with any other brand.
Impressively and Surprisingly enough, this car's engine runs strong and I drive it hard and always keep the pedal to the metal. The expressways of Atlanta are like Nascar races. I drive this car at 80 mph (at least) every time I get on the highway. My commute to work is 27 miles one way. I am always thrilled by how stable it drives at highway speeds.
I must admit, I did not think this car would be able to withstand my driving habits and I have certainly tested it's endurance. I find myself searching for reasons to buy a new car because my Accord is nearly 13 years old with high miles; but each time I get into the drivers seat, Becky (my Accord) just shuts me up.
I like the new accord coupe that will be out in October '08. I'm tempted.
If you want car with an engine that is trouble-free and will last forever, buy a Honda. Other areas are not as reliable as I thought, but the engine will never fail you.