Sounds like most of your problems are due to the car being beat on by the previous owner.
I drive my 1994 Accord with 236,000 miles 25,000 miles a year with little or no trouble. My 1999 Accord, the "certified" one, it gets driven 30-35,000 miles a year without any trouble at all.
Yes - I agree - but in addition - IMHO - these issues *should* have been caught by the "Certified Used Car" inspection. Simply checking the hoses, belts, and tires and calling it "certified" doesn't cut it.. especially now that I, as a consumer, will probably never consider Honda for an automobile purchase again...
So you think that one review from here is going to swing your mind. What about another failed car from another manufacturer? There is at least one with every company. So initially you should cross all the cars off your list and just get a horse or better yet walk.
Couldn't agree with you more regarding the quality of today's Honda products (see 2005 Accord:"When a Honda is no longer a Honda"). At least you can assume your LX's previous owner(s) caused a majority of your car's current problems! All I can do is blame Honda, who, after 6 weeks of dialogue, shifted the blame/responsibility back to me. According (no pun intended) to my cust. serv. rep.,Hondas aren't assembled as well as they were in the past, but, they're still within Honda specs/tolerances.Nice info to know with regards to any future Honda purchase plans! Oh well, at least you didn't spend any extra money on a new vehicle.
Sounds like someone didn't take care of it because HONDAS are the best thing out. I've own nothing but Honda's since I was 16, and never had any problems.
Sorry about your Accord experience. If its any consolation, friends of my have shared much worse horror stories about their Hondas. Meanwhile, my 1996 Corsica goes merrily along with over 200K miles and other than routine maintenance, has never cost my a penny for repairs! I guess that pretty much settles the whole Honda/Toyota versus GM debate!
So you bought a Kia Optima in place... Just wait about 50-60K, even though they offer a 100K warranty, they will fight you every step of the way to honor it. Every issue is your neglect or fault, and they wear you down (war of attrition) returning it to the dealer. Sorry for the not as normally great Honda, but Kia (2004) is a terrible option.
Oh man the Corsica has to be one of the worst cars on the road. My uncle loves them and bought a 91 brand new and one of the last 96's. It is no special car at all and are medicre in every way except for the standard ABS. He takes good car of his cars and the one with 115,000 miles is almost shot and the 91 was traded in at 145,000 miles for a new 2003 Malibu which has been expensive to repair. I think I will keep on driving my Hondas. My 1999 has 150,000 miles on the transmission and shows no signs of dying anytime soon. It has lasted cause we maintain it. I worked at a home improvement store and if you watched how people towed things in their cars you would understand why there has to be a site like this.
This appears to be a case of 'Honda Certification' failure and/or a lemon. I purchased a 1987 Accord hatchback with 227k miles. It made it past 300k miles before I ended its life by taking it to the wrecking yard (it was still in reasonable mechanical condition) -- due to a car crash. During its life, I replaced the clutch and thermostat. However, when it was junked with over 20 years and 300k miles, the car was having minor electrical problems (power windows) and was in need of control arm/ball joint repair.
I agree, I was a moron buying my new Acura and having so many problems. I sold it at 41000 miles. Worse resale over Carfax reporting trans failures; the first at 28000 miles.
You never know what you're going to get with a used car, even if you Car Fax it. I purchased the same vehicle 12 years ago new, and still have it till this day... it now has 212k miles on her. I can probably count on one hand how many problems I've had since then (it's been that reliable of a car).
I'm hoping I can make it to 300k without any problems, because the first 200k was very very trouble free and inexpensive... never had that before in any car I've owned.
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