2004 Honda Accord EX 2.4 liter from North America
Good car except for a few issues
For the most part the car has been pretty reliable.
The sun glass door drops down and doesn't stay up.
The passenger map light will stay on if you slide the switch to where when you open the door and the interior lights come on, so I leave the switch in the other position.
By mid summer the headliner began its slow decent into the passenger compartment. I have it clipped up in the back, but it needs to be replaced (~$500.00) or 3M spray glued into place.
The parking brake will stick if you use it (rear caliper needs to be replaced since it is integral with the caliper), burning up the rotor.
Driver's seat will slip slightly in a hard brake or fast start.
Had to have the clutch master cylinder replaced after the car sat in a parking lot at the airport for 4 days, then couldn't shift. When I did finally shift it, I had to pump the clutch like an old well handle to build pressure till I had it repaired.
Front control arm bushings have been replaced.
The latest on the issue trail is the car is now running rough in the RPM range 0 - 2000, then no power above 3000 RPM. It produced a code of P1009 at the local Autozone, where I was promptly told "The code reader says go to the dealer. Whenever I've seen this code it's cost a lot of money to fix." Googling the code produced a description that ranged from the VTEC oil solenoid or switch issue, VTEC strainer clog, or my personal favorite, timing belt slippage.
It's been a great car between issues, but doesn't seem as reliable as my 1996 Accord I just donated to a vehicle auction for wounded warriors. That car gave me minimal issues except for the automatic transmission that slipped. That car reached 300,600 miles. Would have kept it, but the transmission would slip out and you would have to pull the car over and let it sit for 20 minutes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th December, 2014
30th Dec 2014, 22:25
If you are going to buy one of these, get one with the manual transmission. The automatic transmissions of this year and model are very problematic, and can cost up to $3000 to replace.
26th Jan 2015, 15:37
You have to agree that certain wear and tear can be expected after 300k miles, gearbox slippage included.