After owning a 98 ML320 that was in the shop twice a year to get overhauled, I figured buying a honda would give me the best chance at owning a reliable car. WRONG! A month after I took delivery, the climate control stopped working. Turned out to be a relay, which the dealer replaced under warranty. All was well for a while, then the transmission started shifting erratically, and refused to stay in 5th gear. Dealer replaced it, only to have that one fail 60K miles later. I still can't believe this. When did Honda forget how to make a Transmission? My wife has leased 4 Fords, including 2 Tauruses, in the past 15 years, and despite what others have gone through, I never had to put a tranny in any of them. Now I'm replacing transmissions in Hondas? Ugh! At least both were replaced under warranty.
As of right now, I can't wait to get rid of this car. With only 110K on it, it rides worse now than any car I have ever owned, no joke. The steering is loose, and it handles and takes road imperfections like a shopping cart. Dealer is telling me I need new struts, control arms and everything else. They must be kidding. A honda with 110K isn't even broken in yet!!! My son's 98 Accord with 160K on it rides just as solid as it was when it was new, and he only ever replaced a stabalizer bar. Now I have to gut the suspension on a 5 year old suv that's seen nothing but gentle highway driving?
After spending $40K on a car, I honestly can't belive how poorly this vehicle has held up. Honda under-engineered this model, and let me down in the process. I won't buy another SUV from them. If your thinking of buying one, make sure the suspension and transmission are in good shape first, and don't drive off the lot without a warranty.