Reliable, but dangerous when the manifold cracks
Exhaust manifold cracked, don't know when, because there was no change in exhaust note, but when I notified the Honda dealer, they knew all about these manifolds cracking, as they had sent a bulletin to all dealers on 22/01/08 re HUK1079.
This is a dangerous fault, which is only evident when you realise that the exhaust fumes in the vehicle are not coming from the vehicle in front of you, but being pumped into your vehicle through the heating and ventilation system (no need to connect a pipe to the exhaust if you want to end it, just buy one of these faulty Accords).
I have just had the manifold changed, at my own expense (£650), as Honda don't consider this known inherent fault to be their problem. The new replacement part is one piece cast iron, the faulty ones are two piece steel welded; with so many welds, no wonder they fail.
Having worked for the AA as a Patrol mechanic for 27 years, I knew Honda to be 2nd to none for reliability and safety; when did it all go wrong!
If Honda had covered the cost, I would still be recommending them, and would have definitely replaced it with another Honda, but due to their dodgy dealing over this dangerous fault, how can I recommend them to other people?
Must just finish by saying that I intend to recover my cost through the small claims court, as I feel I have a good case, as Honda are fitting a totally different manifold. If the cracked one was not a problem, why change it, and why warn dealers there's a problem?
Reliable, cheap to run, hard ride, paint work thin, not as perfectly built as they used to be, just another motor. Seems Honda have lost their way
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th September, 2010