2004 Honda Accord 2.4 Executive from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Excellent all rounder

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I bought a Honda Accord after buying a Saab 9-5 with many faults; there was many problems with the engine and the ride was very uncomfortable. I sold the Saab and bought an Accord.

I bought the Accord for £26k with all the options, and am pleased to say one of the best purchases of my life. I have had many cars previous to this, and in my opinion this is the best of the lot. The engine is very smooth, very fast and gives reasonable mpg, 35mpg combined.

The sat nav that it has is one of the best I have seen in any car.

My favourite feature of the car is the performance, because it's a big family car, you don't expect the car to accelerate the way it does.

Overall, I am very pleased with the car, and needless to say the next car I will buy will also be an Accord.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2008

2004 Honda Accord Executive 2.2 CDTi turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Quick and good looking, but let down by serious reliability issues

Faults:

Slipping clutch replaced by the independent dealer before taking delivery - very poor for an 88k miler.

Clicking clutch, master clutch cylinder faulty, which is a common fault among the newer Accords and Civics. This is still not fixed and I have to grease it up every month for smooth operation.

Cracked exhaust manifold - replaced by Honda dealer under warranty at 95k miles.

Paint chips very easily and already has rust spots in places.

General Comments:

This is my first foray into the Japanese cars. Previously I have owned French cars, such as Renault Clio and Peugeot 405/406 all of which were reliable and relatively trouble free. This Honda... isn't.

For a Japanese car, whose maker is renowned for its reliability, it is terrible. Many things have gone wrong with it, something that my previous 9 year old 406 would only think about at over 200k miles. Clutch? Exhaust manifold? Clutch cylinder? These are all fairly major things that I don't expect to fail in a 3 year old Japanese car. If it wasn't for warranty, I wouldn't be happy at all. I am waiting for the next thing to break. Other comments...

Very quick car, thanks to its truly amazingly refined diesel engine.

Good handling for its size.

Relatively comfy, but not as good as my previous 406/405 - seats a little firm and 17" wheels are the main culprit.

Absolutely rubbish "premium sound system".

Decent economy for its performance (~45mpg).

Aesthetically pleasing.

Paint quality is of very questionable quality.

I wanted to love this car but I just don't. Its reliability niggles leave me cold, and was the main reason for buying this car in the first place. Only time will tell whether it will change my mind...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 12th October, 2008

16th Feb 2009, 07:56

As an original reviewer, I have now gotten rid of this awful car. At 108k miles, the turbo has developed a whistle, which was diagnosed as "loose bearings" by the dealer. Quoted nearly £2000 to replace! For a car of this age, mileage and, most importantly, reputation, this is an absolute joke.

I am picking up a 406 HDi over the weekend. Not as powerful and a little older, but nothing ever broke on my previous one and I am sure I won't be regretting this one either.

2004 Honda Accord LX 4 cylinder.VTEC from North America

Summary:

Best car I ever owned, period

Faults:

Nothing has failed on the car, other than normal wear items, ie: windshield wiper blades, replaced both headlight bulbs and a new set of tires.

Very low maintenance car. Basically all I do is change the oil and rotate the tires every 10-12000km. I use Castrol Syntec. Lower maintenance than a Civic.

I changed the front brake pads at around 160000km and the rotors looked like new. Didn't require the usual turning of the rotors.

General Comments:

Great car. Wonderful engine. The manual tranny makes all the difference.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th October, 2008