2004 Honda Accord EX-L V6 from North America
It just runs and runs and runs, comfortably, and quickly
Very very few unexpected things have gone wrong with the car and needed to be replaced. In fact, the only thing in recent memory is a bad throttle position sensor, which cost maybe $400 to replace; labor, parts, and diagnostic included. The reliability has been fantastic.
Other than that, the driver's seat belt tensioner is loose, so the seat belt does not retract quickly. It still retracts and never comes loose while driving, so I haven't gotten it fixed.
On the service side, I took it to the dealer for general maintenance twice. Both times they tried to rip me off, telling me I needed work done that did not need to be done. Two times because I figured I'd give them a second chance; maybe the first tech didn't work there any more. Unfortunately, it wasn't just one tech. I have since found a private mechanic who is great and very trustworthy.
Great car, very reliable. Also pretty fast, given it is a Honda Accord. I would think most people do not think of "quick" when it comes to the "Accord", but this has plenty of power. The 6 speed manual transmission is nice, too.
My last car was a 95 Nissan 300ZX, which I loved, but at 212K, the valve cover gaskets started leaking, which caused the alternator to fail. Given the bill to replace both gaskets and the alternator (and the fact that I needed four new tires at the time), I decided it was time to move on. So, I was looking for something more practical, but not boring like a 4 door, 4 cylinder sedan. I came to the V6, 6 speed Accord, which is pretty rare. When I found one, I got it.
Overall, very happy with the car. My wife and I recently bought a Pilot for her because of my positive experience with my Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th July, 2013