20th Sep 2003, 15:04

Sounds like you got a bad one. I've owned the 2000 EX for over 3 years and 70,000km later I have never had a problem. I have only changed the oil and rotated tires then a new air filter at 36K. Best car I have ever owned. Never a warranty claim. Highway mileage is almost 40 kms per Imperial gallon of 87 octane using the 4 cyl engine.

I used to buy nothing, but GM, but now own two Honda's.

28th Sep 2004, 12:22

My sentiments regarding Honda quality and reliability is the same. It's mostly overrated through commercials and easily swayed car reviewers. I own a Y2K Accord V6 EX coupe, and I had to replace the EGR valve, alternator, and O2 sensor all before reaching 60K miles. The front quarter panel misaligned to the door. The leather work in the back seat doesn't impress me. The paint chipped so easily, that I had to give up minding them. After owning this Honda, the reliability and quality claims ring quite hollow to me.

15th Nov 2004, 07:14

I own a 2003 Accord EX.

This is my first Japanese car even though it was built here.

The car drives great and the gas mileage is good.

The paint is so thin and damages ridiculously easy. I have chips all over the car that go to the bare metal. I have complained to the dealer and Honda and short of suing them have not done anything.

I do not like the fact that the lights dim when the a/c or the cooling fans turn on.

I also have had problems with the electric drives seat making a noise unless it is locked all the way back.

The dealer's programed answer is that they are all like that.

If I buy another Honda it will be an Acura.

10th Dec 2006, 02:12

In response to comment #6. Don't assume that Acura is going to be any better than the Honda whatsoever. Like GM, Ford, even (gasp) Toyota (which I'm not too fond of) do, whenever possible they will use interchangeable parts when building their bargain basement cars to their top end luxury models. No different with Acura. Engines are shared. Transmissions are shared. Look at the typical Ford dash nowadays. Every radio on their cars is interchangeable with the next car. You could switch them out and you would never know as they are all exactly the same. Same goes for their climate control systems albeit they might be a different color. Once again, the average Acura won't be any better than the average Honda which in my opinion are pretty good vehicles.

12th Dec 2006, 09:17

I have owned my Honda since the day it came off the lot new and 136,000miles later, I still haven't ever had a problem with it at all. How the car works depends on how it is taken care of through out ownership.

13th Dec 2006, 05:06

I beg to disagree... the earlier years and I have had quite a few were more reliable than the late models. What year is yours?

1st Feb 2007, 15:05

I have a 90 Accord and it has been good to me. Yes, Honda and Acura interchange a lot of parts, but one thing they change is the size of the engine in the Acura, interior trim and type of tranny. A 90 Accord will have a SOHC 2.2 engine with 125-140 HP and the 91 -95 Acura Legend will have a 3.2 v6 engine pushing 200-230 HP.

If you still think Acura is the same as the Honda line that would be like comparing the quality of Lexus with Toyota. Does not compare when you place it on the scale.

1st Feb 2007, 19:10

My best Hondas were the cheapest ones and 80's-90's. I had one good new Acura a Legend. The next 2 Acuras no... they were not better mechanically. That may have been otherwise if they were older ones. The more options the more mechanical issues crop up.

1st Feb 2007, 20:42

'The more options the more mechanical issues crop up.'

True, but to be completely fair, that's true with all cars. Ever wonder why european cars (aka Land Rover, Volkswagen, BMW) constantly score lower in reliability to American & Japanese cars? It's because they have so much extra unnecessary gadgetry that always has problems.

2nd Feb 2007, 10:49

Yes and no. Land Rover and VW cars are horrible because they are not built to quality standards, not because of the content of the cars themselves. But when you start talking about higher end cars such as BMW and Mercedes, yes the issues will pop up.