22nd Oct 2010, 11:44
Original Poster here. After a long fight, and making several scenes on the showroom and shop floor, the car was finally bought back last week by Honda under a state lemon law. It just goes to show you that Hondas are not invincible, and are prone to break down and have flaws just like anything else mechanical. Fortunately for me, there's a new Ford Fusion SEL sitting in the driveway right now.
I can feel, and honestly enjoy the frustration and negative energy Honda fanatics have when another negative comment is posted about their almighty idol. Sorry, Honda and UNRELIABLE DO belong in the same sentence, facts don't lie.
23rd Oct 2010, 01:06
Sorry to hear that about your car. Sounds like you should have stuck with the minivan! Honda made great cars in the 1990's, but the quality is now in decline, while the prices are now higher.
I would not buy an 2000's Honda. For what you pay, you don't get much. Older well maintained domestic cars have always worked for me, best value for your $. Paying a tiny bit extra for gasoline and having something reliable is better than huge monthly payments on an ugly grey plastic jellybean that will save you 50 cents every time you use it. The domestic cars are more comfortable and better standard options too.
24th Oct 2010, 00:06
100% TRUE. We've had experience (all BAD) with Honda. Never again. We now drive two Fords and a GM. Not a single problem, very well built and much more comfortable. One Ford (a Fusion) gets far better mileage than the Honda, while riding much smoother and being much more solidly built.
24th Oct 2010, 09:08
The 1995 Buick Century didn't come with a 3.8 liter V6. 3.1 V6 was the only V6 available in a 1995 Century.
Just to put this up there; 1978 5.7 V8 Oldsmobile Delta 88 VS a 2000 3.0 Liter V6 Accord, which one do you think lasted longer and is still on the road? (Hint, hint, there's no "H" on the hood ornament, the engine doesn't burn oil, knock and tick, and the winner actually seats 6 in comfort.)
24th Dec 2010, 13:33
I don't think any automaker today builds anything that great as far as quality goes. From the late 1970's through the end of the 1980's, GM, Ford and Chrysler full size and mid size cars were just about bullet proof, namely the larger rear wheel drive ones. Their compacts, and especially subcompacts, were total garbage though, except for a select few models. Seemed like domestics really decided to throw quality out the window in the 1990's, across all brands, trim lines, sizes and price ranges.
From about 1990 to maybe 2003, Honda and Toyota were unstoppable. Now their reliability is also very questionable.
Buying a new car today is taking a serious gamble. You either win or lose --- HARD. The best you can hope for is to buy a car with an extended warranty and hope you never need it. There is not one new car manufactured today that I would even consider buying.
I own a 1978 Chevrolet Caprice with 425,000 miles on it, a 1992 Honda Accord 4-cyl with 324,000 miles, and a 1998 GMC Sierra 4 x 4 with 231,000 miles. I will probably end up driving them all until the wheels fall off. The Old Caprice is a little rough looking and tired, but still has a lot of life left.
9th Aug 2011, 07:21
It appears that Honda and Toyota have become very arrogant, pretentious, and complacent in the last 10 years. They have apparently not learned their lesson from the big 3, and are following down the same path of skimping on quality while riding their reputation from 10 years ago. Don't worry, it will bite them soon enough where it hurts.