13th Dec 2006, 13:16

An O2 sensor has nothing to do with how you drive. If you introduce cleaning solvents it can fail however. I changed one in on a relatives Civic recently...tested it at Auto Zone bought the appropriate socket... you have to be careful to not damage the wire to the sensor. I was not happy with the brakes on my TL or the transmission for that matter. Bought a new Trailblazer...

13th Dec 2006, 15:55

Check this out! If you buy the Honda 7yr/100,000 mile warranty you will be set too. Your car will not come with suspicious build quality--although the Koreans are trying--and in the Honda deal you get a sweet sounding V-Tech. I'll take the Honda. Both of our Honda's with the 100,000 mile warrantys that paid us well with a peace of mind, though we never really needed them. With the Hyundai, it will need to be repaired every 3 days so you are getting your moneys worth from the Hyundai warranty. But who has the energy to have their car towed everyday to the dealer?

13th Dec 2006, 20:50

That's why I sold my Honda/Acura with the sweet sounding VTEC when more than one trans blew out. It was only 33k to buy... never never again...

13th Dec 2006, 21:09

That's funny Honda boy (or girl), I have a Santa Fe with 50,000 miles and a Sonata with 30,000 miles, and neither have been towed once. The only time they have been to the shop was for oil changes and other routine maintenance. Total problems between the two: zero.

14th Dec 2006, 17:01

Funny Hyundai Boy/or girl. I have seen many broken down or needing to be towed where I live in Minnesota. Maybe they cannot handle our climate here!

14th Dec 2006, 21:46

I am quite sure my cars could handle Minnesota.

15th Dec 2006, 23:24

Every manufacturer has improved their quality over the past few years, especially Hyundai. I cannot criticize a particular make that I have not owned. I am quite sure the Japanese are fine vehicles, but the Koreans should be given credit where credit is due. The days of the Excel and Pony are over. Even the Big Three is putting out a very good product. Again, I do not believe there is a bad make of vehicle in the marketplace.

9th Jan 2007, 17:34

I absolutely LOVE MY CAR 2003 v6 honda accord. No problems except the radio light, but dealership was wonderful about it.

11th Jan 2007, 19:30

Where's the objectivity in this discussion? Saying you've seen Korean cars getting towed doesn't mean poor quality... flat tire maybe???

Makes you sound like another one of those car salesmen badmouthing the competition -- because they threaten you.

I own a 2003 Accord EX V-6. Bought it new. Performance... I like it! Quality... disappointing compared with my expectation and past experience with Toyota. Here are the problems so far: bad front brakes/rotors (dealer refused to fix), transmission recall, broken visor clip, squeaky shift lever cover, bad rear passenger windshield, faux chrome peeling off door levers (front driver, rear passenger), RADIO BACKLIGHT FAILURE (waiting for response).

I'm not surprised to hear the US Big 2 are catching up in quality. If they can continue improvements with styling and ergonomics... maybe that'll get Honda's attention!

12th Jan 2007, 16:40

I leased a Honda Accord EX V6 new and purchased it at expiration in March 06 with less than 36,000 miles on it. Today, I am the very unlucky owner of a Honda Accord EX V6 with less than 45,000 miles and a blown transmission. I have never regretted a purchase more. Kicker is I took it to the dealership and had the transmission serviced less than 2 months ago. Now they are telling me that they'll replace the parts, but I have to pay the $1300 for labor after the $350 paid for the service... extremely broken-hearted because it was a great car until now.

15th Jan 2007, 23:06

I have a 2003 Honda Accord LX which almost ran out of oil at 57,984 miles while I was on vacation. I had the oil changed & when I returned told the dealership about it. The car continued to consume oil & the dealership service dept. continued to tell me they could not figure out why. I have religiously had all service done according to Honda's guidelines. Prior to taking it to the dealership for service I took it to a Honda certified garage & changed my oil every 3,000 miles, the dealership changed that to 5,000 miles. Honda authorized diagnosing the problem finally at 64,958 miles after I have had nothing, but oil consumption problems for months. The dealership service dept found scratches on the #3 cylinder & oil washing around the #3 piston dome. Their solution - replace the engine short block at a cost of $6,000!!! Honda will not offer any goodwill assistance as they say it is "Normal wear & tear" then said "Foreign bodies caused the problem". My former mechanic says this is all baloney and the result of not getting oil changed often enough, that the problem absolutely should not be happening at this mileage - "It is a 200,000 mile problem". Dealership service dept. keeps saying they are on my side, but that tune is changing as Honda has denied my claim & refusing to help me with this. Anyone else with this problem? I will never trust Honda again.

16th Jan 2007, 07:23

I currently know of five Honda engines alone with over 250,000 miles that keep on going and going without having to add oil or taken the head apart; they are within my extended family. I will keep on trusting Honda period! I know of about 2 Tauruses with blown up engines just around 200k that were babied.

21st Jan 2007, 23:18

I currently own a 96 Honda Accord and it's got 305,000 Miles on it!! So do I trust and LOVE Honda's for their ability to just keep on going. Yes I do! I'm currently looking to upgrade and buy a 2003 Accord EX coupe, but after reading about all the brake and rotors problems you guys are taking about. I have to say... the change to a new model in 2003 is starting to scare me now. Hmmm... now I'm just confused as to what year I should get. I'll still be getting a Honda though!!

22nd Jan 2007, 11:56

I've heard that the 2005 model has a lot of the problems taken care of that say the debut model 03 Accord had.

I have not owned one, but I hear a lot of buzz from my friends who work for Honda. I trust them and they tell me things about the 2000-2003 transmission on v6 Accords and the Odyssey problems, but I have not heard anything about 2004 or newer Accords other than rattles and what nots.

I got to drive a 2006 Accord for a few days and I loved it -- not many rattles, but I still prefer a manual over an automatic any day. Seems like Honda had a lot of problems at their Anna manufacturing plant in 2003 -- maybe the workers were asleep or complete morons -- who knows?

22nd Jan 2007, 13:28

I would buy a used pre 2000...that's when my problems began. I owned several Hondas...2 were Acuras. I thought I would buy them forever as well as car #2. Find a good low mileage example is my recommendation... but not new.