2004 Honda Accord LX 4 cylinder from North America
For the money the Honda Accord is simply the best value for a car on the road today
The only things that have gone wrong with this car are general maintenance items... brakes pads and the like. The original tires were Michelin MXV4 Energy tires. I had to replace the front tires at roughly 36,000 miles a year ago due to wear. The rear tires will be replaced in just a few day. I would have expected more mileage out of a set of these tires. I will replace them also with Michelin tires, but with a higher mileage rating. In case they don't last as long as they are rated, I'll get an allowance toward a replacement set.
There is the noise that comes from under the hood that seems to be the AC compressor belt. It squeals from time to time. I only hear it do this when at idle and am stopped. Revving the engine causes this to stop. I've had it at the Honda dealer and they swear they've been able to fix it only to have it reappear just days later. That is my only complaint. I wish I could get this problem resolved. The sound isn't deafening, but when the radio is low or off I can hear it - but not all the time. The problem is intermittent.
I really love my 2004 Accord LX! It is the first brand new car since I bought a 1991 Honda Civic LX new in the summer of 1991. This car reminds me of a BMW. Many Bimmer owners would rightfully scoff at that remark. I've driven a 330xi and really enjoyed it. I however have kids to put through college and mortgage to pay, so the BMW is out for me. The Accord was the obvious choice. I have had 3 Accords and at one time my wife and I both had '91 Civic LX's. I think it is safe to say we are a Honda family.
The car drives beautifully and is a much better, "mannered," car than is the Toyota Camry. I rented a Camry a couple of years ago and drove it from Seattle to Vancouver and up to Whistler. It is a nice car, but when I got home and drove my Honda Accord I knew that I'd made the right choice. You just can't go wrong with Honda. It is fun to drive and a joy to own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th September, 2008