29th Apr 2007, 13:58
No offense to the 20 year old with a Honda... however I have probably had over 30 imports the majority purchased new. Be proud of your vehicle, but keep in mind some of have bought many new ones and have tracked repair expenditures over time. You may wish to purchase a new one at some point and may review many comments and research vehicles extensively. I also zealously overmaintain my vehicles and really only comment when premature failures occur at very low mileage. I also realize there are those that neglect new vehicles on here with even basic maintenance lacking and then complain as well. Anyway good luck with your Honda. I prefer 2007 domestics until I see quality and mechanical improvements again with imports.
30th Apr 2007, 12:01
My Honda only ran 93 octane now at $2.35 a gallon. I also ran it hard and the mpg was not any better.. my domestic runs regular. If you focus on new autos instead of 80-90 Hondas you will find some stellar domestics. A lot of are not into 93 Cadillacs or old imports either. I can afford better new technology.
30th Apr 2007, 20:15
21:26 Heres another thought... If you can afford the gas you will buy new Cadillacs, Lincolns and large SUV's. I think the pollution ground has been covered. I drive a full size SUV less than 6 miles to work. I know some that drive 50-75 miles in a small import instead of moving near their employers and consume a far greater quantity of gas. I guess the rationale is it's an economy car and that negates that one will drive over an hour to work each way. I am not into the $6000-7000 used car market at any rate. With the same mileage my last import was in the shop more. I would prefer to spend my free time off work not running to and from import car dealerships as before. I would rather own a high end luxury domestic with far more options, features,additional room for my family and friends and far better standard warranty. The quality to date has been better too.
25th Dec 2007, 05:43
I agree with 23:37...I commuted far had imports with fuel economy and resale in mind. What I didn't realize if you abide by your car manual as recommended on your vehicle meaning following the recommended service on mileage intervals attained its very expensive with imports. My Hondas were good on gas, but cost a lot of money on recommended service intervals. At 100,000 miles they needed everything meaning timing belt replacements, heater core, water pump, front end work, tires, brakes and had to go. My new domestic SUV is nicer has not been back to the shop for any issues... I live close to work now as well. My free time gaining 1 1/2 hours commuting plus not getting my import repaired by living close to work makes sense. And I have a nicer more comfortable vehicle as well with no less gas consumed even with an SUV.
26th Dec 2007, 10:26
The truth is that if you want the facts, then you should open any number of the most recent automotive reviews and see where Honda, Toyota, Lexus, and Acura are located: At the top of the list. The piece of info pro-domestic people are clinging to like mad is the issue that the V6 6 speed Camry had as well as the Tundra and a few faulty (more like 20) defective camshafts. Both problem have been remedied.
So the simple answer is that you're right: imports aren't what they used to be because they're actually better. I don't believe in the domestic 'myth'.
26th Dec 2007, 23:33
It is very funny that everyone is having problems with their new imports. I have only had to do an alignment and a tune up on my Honda Accord V6. I have 170,000 miles (O, these repairs are so high). Our 2006 Honda Civic has had no trouble. I would not listen to anyone who says that domestic cars are more reliable than Hondas. I know of many GM cars that have let down their owners because of poor build quality. I get tired of listening to family who love their Buick or their Cheverolet, but have spent hundreds on repairs.
To me a domestic car= catastrophic failure. I will never buy a GM car again. I will not deal anymore with poor quality, unreliable components, and resale value that makes a Honda Civic worth more than a loaded Cadillac.
10th Mar 2012, 21:32
"These newer Camry's may look a little sharper than some of the older ones, but let's not sacrifice the gas mileage that they used to get."
I have owned a both an '01 and a '10 Camry (both gold, 4-cylinder, LE automatic models).
The Camry in the middle (the '02-'05) was the sharpest looking, with the worst being the '10 generation. The '01 was bland, but the '10 are downright ugly.
As far as gas mileage goes, I get 18 MPG city and 28 highway. Considering before the '01 Camry I had an '01 Taurus (with the 24V DOHC) and between the two Camries, I had an '05 Taurus (3.0L Vulcan), I am thoroughly disappointed in the mileage.
The '01 was so slow it could barely get out of its way. In the city, I got 20 MPG (same as my '01 Taurus) and 26 MPG highway (again, about the same as my '01 Taurus, depending on the tank). The '05 Taurus got 20/30.
Just my two cents: both Camries are uncomfortable (seat-wise), and the '01 was rather slow and things were constantly breaking (O2 sensor, catalytic converter, engine mounts, oil pump, radiator, etc.). All of the cars in my comment were bought used, except for the '01 Taurus.
Personally, I preferred the Tauruses over the Camries, but both have their flaws. The '10 Camry I have now is better than the '01 Camry by a long shot, with my biggest complaint being the lack of comfort.
12th Mar 2012, 16:17
I had a 2002 Honda with the V6 called the 3.2 VTEC, and it went through 2 transmissions in under 50000 miles. And it was pampered. If I kept it 170k, I wonder how many more.
Plus when it was Carfaxed at the time of sale, the replacement trans popped up. As a result I was battered on resale.
I like GM, but actually my Ford Edge SEL is fantastic. I like the crossovers. People that have the 2 hour daily commutes, don't forget the mileage is only one area. You have to factor in tires, more brakes, suspension issues, batteries, oil changes etc etc, and high odometer mileage that affects resale. Unless you park and take the train, I cannot see it. Plus I have found that it feels you are working 2 extra hours a day, plus the 8 hours on top.
I would rather be home in 15 minutes, and be with my kids. I don't care if real estate is higher; I downsized to maintain quality of life. And my kids are in private school vs needing the big house. There's trade offs, and personal time with family has more value to us anyway. My kid's coaches said the kids will remember I was there at their games, vs not being able to make them. No more long commutes sums it up for our family.