First of all, kudos to Stromaluski for consolidating all of the “School Me” threads into one thread. (https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...ool-Me-threads). Second of all, every year I mean to post an update to this thread but I have never done so. I always like reading the various other update threads that are posted...so here goes.
3 year update:
I purchased a 2007 Honda Accord EX-L sedan with a 6 speed manual transmission in October of 2011. Since then, I have put on 60k miles and the car currently has 90K miles. Overall the car has performed very well. I still find it fun to drive while at the same time being very practical.
- Front seats are extremely comfortable
- Gearbox is very precise with relatively short throws
- Power is there when you need it
- MPG – 30+ in summer and 28+ in winter (regular gas)
Cons (I had to think about this one):
- Heated seats take a long time to get hot
- When the HVAC system is turned off and you turn it on, the compressor automatically turns on.
I did all of the work myself (with the exception of tires, recall and warranty work). Over the past 3 years I have replaced/changed:
- Spark plugs
- Air filter and cabin filter
- Brakes – pads, rotors and brake fluid
- Front struts (Honda OEM – Showa)
- Front stabilizer links (Honda OEM)
- Power steering hose – recall
- 3rd Gear TSB – performed under powertrain warranty
- Timing belt service approaching
- Power steering rack is leaking at the high pressure line - It's a slow leak so I am just keeping an eye on the fluid level
- Front hood – Underneath the front edge of the hood there is a seam that is beginning to rust.
I’ve taken the car on multiple trips to PA to Boston and one trip from PA to Florida. I find it extremely comfortable for long periods of driving. The interior is well laid out and I think it is very simple and well designed. The exterior is typical Honda, not the best but still better than the 8th generation Accord. The maintenance that I have done to the car has been mostly routine. I decided to change the front struts only because of the terrible roads in PA/NJ that I drive. This past winter destroyed the roads and the car took a beating. Being said, with the new OEM struts and stabilizer links the car drives like it did when I first got it with 28K miles.
Overall I think it has been a great car and I plan to drive it for as long as I can.