Generally, for the price I paid, I feel this car is a great, reliable, and fun bargain. The car is pretty easy to maintain yourself as well.
The car was well-maintained by its previous owner with a stack of service records, as normally I wouldn't touch a car with over 120k. The appearance of the EX model gives this car a nice, sporty look with many additional features (rear spoiler, 15 inch alloy wheels, decent handling package, ABS, side air bags, close-ratio transmission, vtech engine/better exhaust system, sunroof, etc).
The interior is comfortable and very roomy with good trunk space as well. The D17A2 engine, combined with a close-ratio manual transmission seems to provide a healthy balance of performance and excellent fuel economy. The engine is smooth and responsive, and it starts every time with ease. The handling is good, and the ride quality on the highway is excellent.
Honda dealer service was outstanding, as they honored all the recalls without question. I went to Honda expecting to have to pay $150+ for a seat buckle to install myself, and left there with money in my pocket and a safer car.
The ride seems fairly harsh on rough pavement, despite its excellent highway ride, because of the suspension setup on the 7th gens. The harsh ride sometimes causes the ABS to kick in unexpectedly when stopping at higher rates of speed on rough roads.
The D17A2 VTECH motor does not respond to "mods" as well as the previous generations of Honda motors have in the past, it. If you're not looking for a tuner car, then the performance is good/peppy even for a high mileage, 127hp SOHC motor.
The manual transmission sometimes can be difficult to shift into first, which is a common issue.