2002 Honda Accord SE 2.3L 4 cylinder
Bulletproof - has kept up to my Honda expectations!
2 front bushings - 152,000km
Right front wheel bearing, right front control arm, left CV boot - 180,000km.
I have purchased this car after my beloved 1995 Accord got rear ended and written off.
It is bigger than previous generation Accords, but mostly in height. It is not oversized, so it still feels good on the road.
Steering is precise with good feedback, and it is nicely weighted. Not too heavy so your arms fall off, but not light either.
Mileage is OK at best. I average about 9.5L / 100km, of mostly city driving, some highway driving, and some spirited, higher revving driving. The engine is not the most powerful thing out there, but it does well in city driving. However it feels like there is very little torque at any revs, so speeding up (even in third gear) or highway passing can get tricky.
Space in the cabin is excellent. I have three young children, and our whole family fits perfectly inside (2 booster seats and 1 child seat included), and there is still some space between the child seats and the doors.
Trunk space is also excellent. It will hold the stroller and many other large items at once.
It comes with many power features, and they all work smoothly and reliably. The interior is very well laid out, with everything at an arms reach. The materials are mostly soft touch, and the fit & finish is top notch! The interior design is very modern and ages well.
The ride is smooth, but not floaty. It corners very well, and if you upgrade to sports seats and firmer struts (like I did), it can be very fun in the corners.
Sound deadening is not the best, as it does get a bit loud on the highway, but you can still hold a conversation.
Visibility is great!
The body has no rust and seems to be finished / painted well. I do not see many of these Accords with rust issues.
The 5 speed gearbox is a bit clunky, but it could be the previous owner's fault. Sometimes it's tough to get it into first gear or reverse, and I need to release the clutch and try again, which does the trick.
I have done some modifications to it such as Sparco Sports Seats, front bumper lip, 17" rims, aftermarket headlights, leather wrapped steering wheel, Bilstein Struts, car alarm / starter combo, and an MP3 player. These minor mods have sharpened up the car in cornering and looks.
Overall the car is fantastic! It has given me trouble free driving for the last 30,000km and I expect that to continue. I will keep you all posted.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th October, 2013