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Older Honda Accords

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  • fwatsonfwatson Posts: 639
    I am on dialup, and it has been so slow I keep another browser open so I can check other forums while I am waiting for something to happen here. :( Seems OK this morning.
  • porknbeansporknbeans Posts: 464
    According to the Alpha nerd from Edmunds (I use that affectionately,really), they have been on a back-up server for the last few days and hope to be operating normally soon.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    It seems worse at peak hours, but it has been slower all around.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    I took a test of the Accord EX V6 again yesterday. I do notice that the car does have body roll and does not grip the road all that well, but it still has a great feel to it.
    One thing I noticed that no one has said anything about is how the front windshield makes you feel like you have no front end on the car. I don't know how to explain it, and I know that it gives you a clear view, but it feels like I don't have a front end and I am just looking through a huge window. I wonder if anyone has noticed this and if anyone has had any trouble in judging how close they are to cars in front of them when parking and such?
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    What should I expect from the EX V6 Coupe? I saw an add on edmunds that said they averaged 18 mpg with the 1999??
    That is not so great.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    I think you are obsessing. Without disrespect- you are not going to find the "perfect" sedan in the 20-25K price range. The Accord, Altima, and Camry (affectionately known as the mainstreamers) all have their own unique strengths and weaknesses, but none is without its weakness. Most of the said weaknesses really arent that unbearable, and in the end, you will more than likely be happy with what you choose. Whichever vehicle best suits your needs is probably the one you should get. Remember in school how on multiple choice exams, the instructions would read "choose the answer that is most correct" even though all were right but none were exact? This is sort of like that. (Sorry, thats the best analogy I could come up with).
    ~alpha

    PS- If you want less body roll... try Passat.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Do you really sit in your car or do you slouch? I have no problem judging the distance of my front bumper to anything in front of it because I've developed a "feel" for how big the car is.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    #1 of 12  by hondaown  Feb 25, 2002 (03:59 pm)

    Pros: 2001 Accord EX V-6 coupe owners like myself undoubtedly enjoy the 200 hp V6. The interior is comfortable. The radio/CD is top shelf.

    Cons: At highway speeds, the interior noise level -- especially the whistling coming from the front of the sunroof when the roof is closed but the plastic shade is open - is hideous. I've owned four hondas, including two preludes (1988 SI, 1994 SI, 1983 civic 4dr). I've never heard such a racket, even after turning the radio up. The honda people tell me they hear the noise, as well. They say it's normal. Such clatter for the $25,000 top-of-the-line accord coupe is ridiculous. I've driven quieter used hondas with four times as many miles.

    Also, the handling is dicey. You better be ready to make a turn. The transmission shifts oddly, sometimes even going up a hill.

    If I had it to do it over, I wouldn't have purchased this bird. I should have tried the Volkswagen Passat V6 or maybe even a used Acura.

    vincent

    So they're going to scrap the prelude and keep the accord v-6 coupe, which handles like an empty shopping cart. What a joke.

    Has anyone else heard the whistling and interior road noise on their accord 2001 EX-V6 coupe? Please, let me know.

    vincent

    **I have seen a couple of these writings and the "dicey handling" and the no adhesion comments worry me most. I am definetely understanding that there is no perfect vehicle, but things seemed to be narrowing down to the Accord Ex V6 coupe for myself. These issues that I have mentioned definetely give me doubts and I don't have 24000 to blow any day of the year.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    I have been in a pick up for about 7 years now, maybe that is part of the problem, but it seemed that looking through the Accord Coupes windshield gave you very little indication of the size of your vehicle. I don't really know how to explain it any better. It just did not seem like I was in the car I had just seen on the outside. Do you know kind of what I mean? I test drove some other cars and did not get quite the same feel. I will have to pay better attention, but if you say that you get used to it and realize the size of your car and do not have problems with judging how close your front end is to something, I will take your word for it.
  • diploiddiploid Posts: 2,286
    Yes, I know what you mean. My sister has a Chevy TB and the way the new SUV's hood slopes downward, it's almost like looking through the window of a minivan.

    But I find that I can quickly adjust to the size of a vehicle after driving it for a short while. It may be different for you, though.
  • bunkbunk Posts: 66
    Does that mini van view on the accord take away from its sporty character? I really do feel like the EX V6 I am looking at has a sporty and sleek look, but when I look out that window, you nailed it, it is like I am looking out of a mini van or something. I think I should test drive again?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,367
    ...is positive. The embargo on press coverage expires at the end of this month, but some of the writers who attended the launch "do" can't wait to say something. Paul Lienert in the Detroit News has already written twice that he was very impressed with the upgraded feel of the new '03 Accord on the road, and he is not always easy to please.

    I have said repeatedly that all of the obsessing about the styling was/is misplaced - I am wagering that the actual driving experience in this car is going to reset the standard for the class.
  • inky4inky4 Posts: 238
    I have decided to order a 03 Accord EX V-6 Sedan. I will sell my 02 Acura TL-P in August prior to introduction. If the 240 HP rumor is true then kind of dumb to have a 225 HP TL. Of course the TL has some nice features not available on the Accord-- memory seats, Bose, Heated seats, autodimming mirror. I like my TL but fear lose of resale after Accord introduction--especially since an all new TL is less than a year away. Just good timing. Honda usually does good. yes the spy photos from CA are a little blah but the reality of it will be a nice car. I look forward to the 5 speed auto and at least 210 hp in the V-6. 240 may be a bold rumor--240 from a 3.0 V-6 would require heady VTEC tinkering but is possible since TL gets 260 from a 3.2. However, the torque may only be in the 200 range due to small displacement.
    INKY
  • talon95talon95 Posts: 1,110
    I've always found my 2000 Accord EX V-6 to have very good handling. Everyone has their own opinion, but coincidentally, MSN just posted a review of the 2002 Accord by Daniel Heraud, and one of his pros was "Perfect compromise between handling and comfort".

    Under handling, he said, "The rigid body, excellent suspension and high-quality tires of adequate size (LX and EX) result in neutral handling under most circumstances."

    Yes, that's just one man's opinion, but he tests many, many cars and is in a very good position to evaluate the Accord's handling relative to the competition. And his reports reflects my experience exactly.

    I just don't get the comments like "handles like an empty shopping cart".
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,367
    ...as long as you are comparing cars in the same class, the '02 is still a class act in the ride/handling compromise. Comparison tests still rate this car very highly - it's unclear to me what handles better, except perhaps the Altima, but the Altima's ride is a real penalty box compared to the Accord.

    And I believe the '03 is going to take this a step further - we'll soon know.
  • ickes_mobileickes_mobile Posts: 675
    In the head to head comparisions in C&D in '98 or '99 the Accord handling was praised as best in class, whereas the Passat was cited as having more body roll. Having driven both when we bought our '01, I'd say the Accord is sharper and more firm I know this is an "extreme" test, skidpad numbers were .78g for a '98 Accord LX V-6 sedan and .75g for a '98 Passat 1.8T sedan. Clearly, this is subject to personal perception, but I wonder if it's not influenced by the Passat being "German" and having those rock hard seats.

    The fact that you don't see much hood outside the front window of the Accord isn't that uncommon. I can't see anything but windshield wipers in my Contour and don't remember seeing that much in the Passat either. You get use to where the front of the car is anyway after a while, so is it really that big a deal? To me, Honda greenhouses are so much more open than the interior of other cars so as to be a real positive characteristic of the car.
  • Is there a noticeable difference in the way the Accord Sedans and Coupes ride and handle?
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    I think everything is relative. The Accord handles very nicely for a family car. When I hop into my wife's Accord from my CL-S, then the Accord seems softer and the steering a little slower. But after driving around for awhile, it seems fine. But like I said, it's all relative. BTW, the coupe is supposed to have a tighter suspension than the sedan.
  • will4271will4271 Posts: 187
    I have a '96 Accord EX with 131K miles. I got warranty work done at 123K miles. They said that warranty work included changing that spark plugs. (sounds like tuneup).

    It appears that 120K miles, I should have gotten a tuneup. Does that count as a tuneup?

    The tuneup plan does do something with the values. Is that important to do?

    I do notice that power decreased since the last tuneup.
  • bodydoublebodydouble Posts: 801
    Yes, I think that is counted as a tune-up, if there is still such a thing as tune-up.
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