Our experience with Honda was awful. No more Japanese garbage in our driveway. Our GM has over 110,000 miles without even a brake job yet. Total expense over 10 years has been one set of tires and two batteries.
Just completed my 3rd visit to Honda about this same issue. Turns out that Honda is having issues with the engine blocks. They are leaking oil into the cylinder, which is causing the spark plugs to foul. Once they foul, the car starts to shake as it is firing on less than 6 cylinders. We are still under warranty, so they are replacing the block next week. Based on what I have heard, Honda is aware of this issue, but has not put out a recall, as the replacement costs on engine blocks are not cheap.
No oil changes???
Three years ago a co-worker and his wife owned a Cadillac DTS, a Honda Accord and a Honda CRV. First to go was the noisy and tinny feeling CRV. It was replaced by a solid and reliable Ford Escape. Then, last year the Accord was replaced by a Ford as well. After decades of driving noisy, flimsy Japanese cars they are very happy with the smooth, quiet and reliable Fords. Part of what convinced them to change was going on business trips in my Ford Fusion and discovering that you could actually carry on a conversation without yelling to be heard.
I am still alarmed at your comment. I wonder if you were out of brake fluid, if that might inspire a lift of the hood. Maybe the cost of a new engine would not be enough.
Oil consumption is not an issue with any of our three cars. I generally never even look under the hood except to change the oil at 10,000 to 15,000 miles. I generally check the brake fluid, power steering fluid and transmission fluid every 50,000-60,000 miles, as well as checking the belts and hoses. We drive only domestic vehicles and they never require anything. The only oil consumption and reliability issues we have ever had we're with imports from the 80's. Since then we have stuck with the far more trouble-free domestic brands.
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