I totally agree with you! I love the way my Accord rides and drives, and I think the looks are stunning. However, this car has been back to the dealer numerous times already (It's a 2008) and has under 20K miles on it. The reason I bought it was for the reputation. The worst part is that the Camry is worse!!! I won't drive Nissans after my Altima was dreadful. Perhaps I'll go back to a domestic; you get tons of the same features, and they're cheaper...we'll see...
The only issue I had with my 2008 Accord was the gas mileage. It's the EX-L 4 cyl, and I get 20-22 in town and 24 on the highway. I took it in several times, but they keep saying nothing is wrong with it. My 2004 Solara V-6 convertible gets better than that!
I've been the Japanese car route. NEVER AGAIN. Our Honda did not even make 100,000 miles. It was a total nightmare of never-ending repairs. So was our Mazda (which was made in Japan before Ford took them over and dramatically upped the build quality). We now drive Ford and GM. None of them has ever had a single problem. GM is warrantied for a longer period than our Honda even lasted.
2nd Jul 2009, 20:04 I made the comment that you are referring to. I did end up trading in my Accord. The main reason was that my transmission failed, and I have a new born and I can't have a car that is costing me so much. I liked the car. It drove great and was a solid performer. I bought a Dodge Charger instead. Drives great for a sedan, is somewhat efficient for its size, and is just a nice car overall. I'm very happy with it and I hope that it stays that way!
I am definitely looking at getting an 08/09 Accord Coupe 3.5L EX-L.
Love the fact the car gets supposedly 27-28mpg on the highway with the 3.5L.
I have a 2008 Accord with 5000 Km on it.
I also experienced a rattling noise coming from the rear deck of the passenger side. Apparently this is a known problem and it was fixed by the dealer.
I occasionally hear tick noise from the center console. I think it's the hard plastic that causes this. I expected a better quality build from Honda, but hey, these cars are built in the US, so it could be some ex Ford or GM employee that put this car together.
I purchased my 2008 Accord EX-L with Navigation on December 31, 2008. I made this purchase because of the reputation of Honda having a quality product. Although I have not had any major defects in the car I must say that I am disappointed with the fit and finish of the vehicle for the price. A rattle like sound in the driver side window that my dealer said was caused by a build up of road grime in the seal areas. They cleaned it up and the sound went away.
My family also hates to take long trips in the car due to poor circulation for the rear passengers. This is poor engineering and I don't think I will be buying another Accord anytime soon. It is a shame since I really like the way the car drives and the Navigation system.