I am considering buying my first Honda tourer from new, but two issues raised concern me. The oil consumption, and the cabin noise and rattling windows. Further advice from current owners would be very useful. Thanks.
I have a 2004 Honda Accord Tourer brought and serviced from a UK dealer. I took back at 4500 miles to have engine oil topped up and again at 8500 miles. Dealer told me consumption would decrease as mileage increased. I check the oil level weekly. Since 12500 service it has used no oil, current mileage 16500.
I have recently bought a 04 diesel accord tourer, the left door has rattled from the moment I took possession of it. Several returns to the dealer have not rectified the problem and I have the seal replaced as well!I am also unimpressed by the fuel consumption the best I have achieved is 45mpg and generally about 40mpg, The road noise is something I also have noticed I thought it was only me it is good to hear from others who have the same problems.
I've just done 18,000 miles in a 2004 Accord CDT-i Sport Tourer and I love the engine, the transmission, the ride and the overall chassis balance. It's cavernous inside and has a very practical layout. It's very relaxing as a high speed touring car and surprisingly quick on the back roads (not much slower than my previous 150BHP model BMW 320D Compact.) BUT and it's a big, but, the rattling from the interior is enough to put me off getting another. I thought mine was the only one like this - I never expected a Honda to rattle! Our 2002 Civic doesn't, but this Accord is a real disappointment in that regard. It's the only thing I don't like about the car so I hope they come up with a cure.
I have an Accord Sport Saloon i-CDTI with 17k miles. Engine/ride/cabin space and fitments etc are excellent. Oil consumption has indeed gone down over the distance covered (VW diesels can also consume a lot of oil in their early life). Fuel consumption is 50+ mpg.
I would like to have seen Xenon lights as standard or even as an option given the price of the car - standard setup is OK though.
The single negative point I have is the cabin noise (even in the saloon) which is higher than I expected at any kind of speed (passengers have remarked on this too). I was not aware of the silicone lubricant solution however I cannot believe this is a permanent fix.
What a great car!
I've just taken delivery of an Exec i-CDTi, with the optional 17" rims and the Yokohama 225/45 tyres. And I think I know what destroys the ride and creates the noise... if you have the choice, get 16" rims, and the 215/55 tyres. I don't have the choice, and I'm not happy about it. Looks nice, but I can't suffer this pain for my vanity.
And the drivers door window whistles - some silicone spray is required from reading the other comments. And after 100 miles in it, my back ached. Anyone else find the front seats lumpy? My kids don't like it in the back either, the rear doors come up much further than on my fantastic lovely super Scenic, they can't see out. Perhaps Honda should provide periscopes to aid the view, or otherwise big buckets for the inevitable tidal-wave of vomit. And does anyone actually like the light-brown plastic wood? Why? Who actually thinks this looks good?
Are you getting the impression I don't like my car? Well, partly I don't. I like the engine, I like the economy, I like the (lack of) company car tax, but I agree with all the niggles already mentioned by other reviewers. Maybe some more time behind the wheel will improve the relationship, and maybe a £14.99 massaging back rest from Halfords will help too, but at the moment the Renault is still in the car park, and I've still got the keys. If I actually owned this car, the ad would read : "Honda Accord for sale..."
I have had my new accord ex ictdi tourer since Nov 2004 and have experienced rattling windows, an aching back from the driver seat and movement in the driver seat when cornering. When I purchase my car I didn't expect problems like these from Honda, the rattling windows drive me to despair and would consider selling the car for that reason alone.
Why why why do Honda keep building cars with great engines, but rattling windows? My 2001 Swindon built accord had the same problem, and now the new shape Accord has the same problem too. Please Honda, work on it! On another note, the engine is great and the chassis balance is second to none for everyday use.
A mate of mine bought a 2.4 litre Honda Accord 5 speed automatic sedan here in Australia, back in 2003. He had problems with torsional rigidity, particularly with creaks around the A-pillars, whilst going over angled gutters, and high frequency undulations, which are very common here.
There were problems with door trims constantly creaking, so much so, that the creaking would vary depending on how the temperature was. It's a shame, as I have driven his Accord, when he had that, prior to trading it for a Mazda 6 2.3 manual sedan.
I have also driven the 2.4 litre 6 speed manual sedan here, and yes, I have also driven the 2.2 i-CDTi turbo diesel in England, in Slough last year. That was a bloody good car. It's a shame about the foibles though, they are not something that you would associate with Honda at all, are they?
I have driven the Accord i-ctdi for 3 months or 12,500 miles, at which point there was no engine oil showing on the stick, it needed 2 litres. There is absolutely no rattle or noise from the inside of the car, apart from a slight rattle when the inside cover for the sunroof is pulled back. Otherwise, especially with the super quiet diesel engine, this is an extremely quiet drive. Consumption is 43 mpg with hard driving, 50 mpg with easy cruising. Engine torque and handling is absolutely superb; the car handles and feels many times better than many a Mercedes, Volkswagen, Volvo or Audi I have driven before. The best company car I have ever driven, what a great drive!
I’ve got an 05 Diesel Tourer. Good points – it’s got a great engine, especially when you feed it good diesel (BP ultimate or the like makes a surprisingly large difference). It handles very well, is massively comfortable and has a great stereo (on Ex spec). It’s also massive, and the single fold seats are very useful. I’ve got the optional 17” alloys, but haven’t found that they mess up the ride too much, but they do tram-line sometimes, not enough to be annoying though.
Bad points. It does use oil – I’ve got used to just checking my oil after I’ve gone in and paid when refuelling. It’s used 2 litres in 6k miles so far. It also is nowhere near as efficient as I was expecting – I get about 40 mpg, which is good considering the performance, but very bad considering the claimed combined figures. There’s a vibration in the left drivers door from stereo bass as well. Overall it’s not as quiet as I would have liked, to some extent I think it’s due to the large volume of air in the tube – it's much quieter when full!
Overall, very pleased, but its not the perfection I was expecting.
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