2008 Honda Accord EX-L w/Navi 3.5L V6 from North America
Great car, but has a couple of issues
Navigation sometimes fails to come on when I start the car. Brought to the dealer and could not repeat the problem.
Rear brakes/rotors worn/warped at 30K miles. Pads had 1mm left and rotors were warped. Dealer machined rotors under warranty, but charged $165 for rear pads.
Key FOB frequently did not work - took several button presses to lock/unlock the doors or release the trunk lid. Dealer fixed and works great now.
Overall, I am happy with the Accord. It rides great and I love the navigation system & bluetooth for handsfree phone. The stereo also sounds great.
My complaint is with the rear brakes. This apparently is a common problem with the 2008/2009 Accords, after I did some research. If yours pulses while braking, get it checked right away. Dealer informed me the warping was due to hard/excessive braking, then going through a puddle (immediate cooling). While I disagree with his explanation, there is a class-action suit on this issue - apparently, if you file, you can get up to $150 in repair costs reimbursed. By the way, I also had this happen on my Escort ZX-2 and Chevy Silverado, so this is not limited to Honda.
A minor annoyance, when the VCM kicks in, the engine seems to run a little rough - it's barely noticeable, but if you are tuned into that kind of thing, it will eventually get on your nerves. Also - if you run the window defrost on a lower fan setting between 68 and 72 degrees, a slight whistling sound can be heard. Again - can be annoying.
A lot of harsh comments on this board about the Accord - squeaks/rattles, etc. IMHO these are minor issues - not grounds to shred a company and spout that its quality had declined. I've owned many vehicles (Chevy, Ford, Dodge, Olds) and this Accord is by far the most like the day I drove it off the lot after 2 years and 30K miles. My issues are a little disappointing, but I still believe the Accord is one of the top choices for a family sedan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th July, 2010