Growing up in a family where the Honda was considered the utlimate in reliability and economics, I decided to sell my Isuzu Rodeo and get a "car". As some may know Isuzu also made in partnership with Honda, the Rodeo and Passport, but the quality was just lacking and so was the gas mileage. Which is one thing that I love and hate about my Honda. Don't get me wrong it gets superb gas mileage, 25 around town and I have manageed to achieve a respectable 37 on a cool afternoon in California. Some things that I have noticed that will kill me in gas mileage is having more than two people in the car with me. Which I guess can be considered normal. When the air conditioning is on, then you really a just screwed to say it lightly.
Before I bought my Honda I did plenty of research and what not, just like any other person. What I expected was a noisy interior and a very loud little engine. I found mine on craigslist, original owner, small family, no pets, close by my area. I loved it, I also got it for a really good deal.
The next day Iafter I brought it home though I noticed that the roof was starting to oxidize. I hadn't notice this the day before because it was overcast. And now I am considering a paint job cause it is about to peal. My car also used to leak oil and now it doesn't, ever sense the first oil change it stop. Perhaps something was just loose?
When I first get into to my car in the mourning it takes a second for me to get used to it, considering I am 6'3". But once settled in I am pretty comfortable. The most that I love about my Honda is that it is very economical and practical. Everything is very easy to operate and nothing is out of reach. Mine is the LX so I don't have as many features as I could have wanted, such a moon-roof and leather. But I did get some nice things. The engine is very loud just as I anticipated, but it is only really noticeable past 3,000 rpms, otherwise it is rather quiet.
The only other complaint I would have is that the transmission that I have is an automatic and it shifts hard when going through the gears. I took it to a transmission specialist who drove it and said that I really can't complain. Maybe I am just going crazy.
All on all I really like my car, besides the recent discovery of cracked radiator and leaky valve gasket.
I would highly recommend it, just when you go to look at one make sure that you really know what to look for.