28th Oct 2006, 21:12

I would not say under engineered. That would make the American cars look like they were designed by children.

25th Jul 2007, 09:39

The person is right. The sheet metal is much too thin - like a tin can, but as someone else stated, if you baby the car, it will last virtually forever. As for the transmission, all the 6 cylinder Accords have this problem; that's why I bought the 4 cylinder model, plus, it is better on gas. Honda's other problem is that they don't fix defects. They know the transmission is defective and will replace it free in most cases, but you get the same transmission design - not one that has been re-engineered to correct the problem. So it will probably fail again.

25th Jul 2007, 21:33

I have a 1999 Honda Accord V6.

Mileage is soon to hit 160,000 miles, and probably 190,000 miles by next year at this time.

The transmission has never been replaced or overhauled, and it has been driven all across the board.

The dents we get are no different than any other car, so I am confused by the tinny metal. I do know that the doors are lighter than say my friends 1994 Olds Cutlass, but seriously that cars last redesign was like 1982.

The new GMs have metal kind of like my Honda... you know they are trying to be more Japanese these days... Ford too in my opinion.

Just now has the check engine light come on for the EGR port, but if you go through Honda they will take all your money. 630 bucks.

Other things that gripe me are things like the alternator. This year range they put in a Delphi model, which you would probably find in many Fords or GMs. It is not as long lasting as the Denso I had in my old Honda that was still kicking at 260,000 miles.

The last thing that gripes me is maybe due to the alternator putting out too high of voltage. I have had random bulbs burn out all over, such as the odometer, gas gauge, clock, speedometer, cruise, and a/c panel. It costs only 99 cents per bulb for me to replace, except for the cruise bulb which is 4 dollars. Not bad for 160,000 miles. The car looks new still.

12th Aug 2007, 00:27

I agree with your review! I have a 2001 Accord and the tranny is going out at 60,000 miles??? How can it have such a good reputation?

I bought it because I wanted a reliable car for my daughter...What a nightmare. I paid 12,000 for it and now I have to pay 3500 for a transmission. Stay away from the 2001 Accord!

13th Jan 2008, 19:24

I bought a 2001 Honda Accord EX coupe in November, with 47900 miles on it. My Chevy 1500 truck died in a tragic fire in October, 2007.

So far I have not had any problems. It has taken some adjusting to, from a full size pickup to this car. I would not trade this car for the world. I now get 26 miles to the gallon vs 11. I bought it from a very reputable Honda dealer here in San Antonio. I looked at over 100 cars before deciding on this one, based on research, and others who have Honda's.

People who are having a lot of trouble with Honda's, maybe should examine how they are driving them and maintaining them. This is not my last Honda, I am HOOKED.

11th Feb 2008, 20:36

I purchased a 2001 Honda Accord EX with 67,000 miles on it in February of 05. Almost immediately the transmission began "binding up" in reverse and jerking into 3rd gear sometimes when going forward. (For those who don't know it, 3rd gear is the same gear for forward and reverse with these automatic transmissions.) I took the car to multiple mechanics who couldn't figure out the problem. Of course, after I was over 100,000 miles everyone suddenly knew exactly what to do to fix my car.

We ended going to Cottman Transmission. (Avoid that train wreck.) They charged $700 over the quoted price, and never could fix the vehicle. They won't refund the money or replace the torque converter WHICH I found out is the typical problem with this transmission. (Torque converter failure.)

At any rate, $2000 down the drain for the tranny...$14,000 for the car that's sitting locked up at Cottman's recently shut down facility. I think I'm meant to ride a bike. All I know is I'll never own another Honda. And people can tell me all day long that Honda and Acura are the same thing since Honda manufactures them. And to that I say bullsh*t. I have a '96 Acura Integra. My parents bought it used for me when I was 16. It had $40,000 miles on it then. Now it has 375,000 miles... original engine...original tranny... never had a problem besides typical maintenance.

As soon as I recover from my $16,000 hit at the ripe old age of 22, Acura TSX here I come. -Calla.

27th Jul 2008, 10:23

My first Honda was an 87 Accord 4spd automatic, I was amazed at how peppy it was and I drove the snot out of it... until I blew the tranny. It was my own fault!! I drove it for a year like a 5.0L. An expensive repair and I learn from my mistakes.

My 1991 Accord was an automatic and I drove it a little softer, the tranny was perfect but I still had that fear of breaking it in the back of my head.

My current accord is a 2001 2.3L 5spd, I've had for 3 years now and with no problems. And I also drive the snot out of this one!

My advice, always get the 5spd, and always get a Honda (or Acura).

Sure, they might get a little rusty after years on the road, but at least they are still on the road!

6th Jan 2011, 10:10

I have a 2001 Accord EX it's over 100k miles and it has never given me problems.

The transmision shifts smoothly all the time, mine is a 4 cylinder 4 door automatic, and I travel a lot on Mexican roads through mountains, the transmission shifts like it should.

The rattling noises come from the plastic splash guards under the engine and front wheel fenders. I figure that is because of all the potholes and speed bumps in Mexico's streets.

25th Jun 2015, 22:01

"I'll keep my Volkswagen"

If you look at the Golf and Passat reviews on this site, I think you will find you'll need to keep your VW near a specialist garage. The stories about them being reliable is all hype, and I suspect, backhanders to the motoring press.