16th Sep 2009, 22:55

Our Honda was nothing but trouble from day one. Nothing on the car was very well built, and after the puny 36,000 mile warranty expired it was a money pit. It cost us more in 5 years than a dozen domestics combined. No more Hondas here.

17th Sep 2009, 19:38

Funny, same thing happened to me with my domestics. I'll stay with Honda thank you very much.

18th Sep 2009, 07:31

Our 2002 was the worse Honda we ever had... we certainly had it in the shop a lot on drivetrain issues. We have no issues with new domestics since.

18th Sep 2009, 08:24

My Honda was never in the shop, but my Ford was... at 8,000 miles. It had to be flat bedded in 'cause it was dead and wouldn't even take a jump. Every car has examples of problem units. It is luck of the draw.

18th Sep 2009, 12:19

A car not being very well built, is, well... something a buyer notices before the purchase or during the test drive.

As for the warranty, I'm sure the seller went over warranty details with you at the time of sale, so you complaining about a 36K mile warranty is pointless. Besides, if you thought you would've needed a longer warranty, you should've gone domestic. Chances are you WOULD have needed the longer warranty with a domestic.

18th Sep 2009, 16:47

Subjective broad based comment saying domestic. I now have less issues now that our Honda was sold. How can a brand new car on a test drive determine parts failures over time? My warranty on my Honda was done in under 2 years. I will take a better 100000 mile warranty; even if unused, it's better than none.

18th Sep 2009, 16:57

A dead battery can be changed out on the interstate, not 2 or 3 late model transmissions yet again in our Honda.

A dead battery could be from running your headlights radio etc too long with engine off in your domestic.

I have better road service and got a battery put on site in my Crown Vic quickly. It was my fault it was dead, not Fords.

18th Sep 2009, 20:10

The only cars we've ever owned that required any repairs in the first 36,000 miles were all Japanese. Not a one of our domestics has ever required a single repair other than brake pads before 100,000 miles.

19th Sep 2009, 14:40

The only cars we've ever owned that required any repairs in the first 36,000 miles were all American. Not a one of our imports has ever required a single repair other than oil changes before 123,000 miles. American cars have been disastrous in our experience. No more domestics for us!

19th Sep 2009, 16:16

I totally agree. We've never once had a mechanical problem with any domestic while it was in warranty, but it is nice to have that peace of mind. Two of our cars (both GM) now have over 80,000 miles on them and neither has ever required a single repair.

19th Sep 2009, 17:48

Exact opposite for me. I never had a domestic that made anything more than 140,000 miles. And the only one that made that much mileage was a Ford Focus. And it needed brake pads and rotors ever 25,000 miles or so. My Japanese vehicles on the other hand have all made it to 200,000 miles or more with ZERO repairs.

19th Sep 2009, 17:56

Buy a domestic and you'll NEED that 100,000 mile warranty. Quite frankly, I've NEVER needed to use the warranty on ANY of my Honda's (I've owned 4.) My first Honda was a Civic that went 515,000 miles on the original engine and drivetrain. The second one was an Accord that went 450,000 miles on the original engine and drivetrain. The third was another Accord that went 200,000 miles without a single repair. And my current Honda is a Civic that now has 30,000 miles on it, and I haven't needed the warranty on it either.

However, with my domestics, I was very thankful that I had a nice warranty, they were always breaking down on me so I really needed that warranty!

20th Sep 2009, 09:19

I had good luck too with Civics and Accords then. My issues came when I first made more money and stepped to the V6 models and had many visits to the dealership.

I agree warranty is important; my Honda ate transmissions. I have a longer warranty with GM and have not wasted time bringing it in. My cars, Honda included, were all over 30K plus. Not old starter cars or grandmom's hand me down til I could buy my first Civic.

20th Sep 2009, 12:41

This is neither consistent with real world experience OR consumer research. The top rated cars for reliability (long term) on J.D. Powers are Ford and Buick. Consumer Reports ranks the Ford Fusion higher in long-term reliability than Honda or Toyota.

21st Sep 2009, 08:51

In my case it was more than a dead battery. The SYNC system was continuously drawing on the battery and killed it, which would have happened again with a new replacement battery, so yes it was Ford's fault thank you.

21st Sep 2009, 14:13

To comment 12:41:

Well, it was for me. Maybe I just got some dud domestics, but it has put me off them for good.

21st Sep 2009, 21:21

It seems to me that if U.S. citizens want to destroy our economy and way of life, it would make far more sense to just make cash contributions to anti-American organizations instead of trying to destroy U.S. industry by buying poorly built Japanese cars.

22nd Sep 2009, 07:53

The industry destroyed our economy and needed our tax money to avoid complete annihilation. If you want to continue to reward these people that needed your tax money to conduct their business in order NOT to fail, then that choice is yours. Give the bankers another bonus while you're at it.

I would rather support good businesses that can support themselves because they have had superior products for decades and don't overpay their employees to build them.

Keep letting GM, Ford and Chrysler fly around in their corporate jets and pay their fat retirement packages. That's a really good plan. Sorry, they should have been allowed to fail so new and better companies could pick up where they left off, and start anew in a more lean and focused direction which would have saved our economy. This would have happened as other companies have already bought up Saturn and Hummer, and any other car brands that go on the block will be bought up as well so the total failure that everyone fears would not have happened... just a better reorganization.

It is short sighted to think buying a Chevy is going to save the US economy. It is funny to me how "patriotic" people get when their little worlds are threatened. It reminds me of the whole American Flag thing after 9/11. You couldn't buy a flag anywhere to save your life after that happened and every other car had one clipped to the window... now try and find one on a car. Even the flags on homes have dropped to one in maybe 10.

Stop listening to the media hype in this country. Of course, the media now says the recession is over. Tell that to the millions of unemployed people out there.

22nd Sep 2009, 09:33

Anyone lamenting over a dead battery as a severe fault and likely left lights on their domestic. I wonder who forgets to change their oil too. I lost the trans in my import and would gladly exchange those issues for changing out a battery.