Honda at its best
When I got the car with 225,000 miles, the following things were wrong with it:
The previous owner wrecked it in a parking lot (minor damage), so I have no grille or hood latch (have to use hood pins) and I had to replace the headlight housings.
A/C broken (turned out to be an O-ring missing, just had to be refilled with refrigerant).
Cruise control didn't work (my right foot does a good enough job).
Power steering pump was gone, my theory being that it was taken out to replace the alternator (the alternator looked new, and the previous owner had a big stereo) and never bothered to put it back on; I bought another pump for it, but the lack of power steering doesn't bother me much (I'm a big guy), and people never try to borrow my car because of it.
The interior door handle broke.
The left rear quarter panel rusted through (southern car), the trunk leaked (fixed with black sealant) and the passenger side power seatbelt doesn't work. Power mirrors also don't work.
Shortly after I got the car, the heater hose blew; the subsequent overheating caused the head gasket to leak. I simply put some Bar's Leaks in the radiator and problem solved (though I do seem to have to add more every oil change or so; I might bother fixing it some day).
233,000 miles: the passenger side CV joint is failing; I will have to replace it soon.
This car, while not accelerating like a rocket, (mind you, my parents' cars are a Sentra Spec V and a Mini Cooper S Turbo), is pretty fast on the highway.
I always get a solid 30 MPG per tank.
This car is the easiest stick shift car to drive that I've ever seen; it reminds me of my grandfather's '92 S-10.
The seats are comfortable; the only downside in the interior are the pathetic cupholders (that's what the space between the seat and the parking brake is for, LOL)
The trunk in this car is huge.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th February, 2009