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Honda Accord, Diesel
#700 of 749 Re: What about maintenance? [imscf]
Oct 04, 2008 (5:54 pm)
Ummmm.... diesels don't have spark plugs. I have an 04 Jetta TDI, and oil changes are every 10,000 miles. I have 125,000 miles on the car, and I'm still on the factory front brakes. The maintenance for the motor is: Oil every 10k costs about $60. fuel filter every 20k costs about $30. Air filter, depends on conditions where you drive, but I'd say about 20 to 30k for mine... costs about $16.
The most important thing is changing the timing belt at 100k. That costs around $600.
As you can tell, I drive a lot, and over the life of the car I have averaged 46 to 47 mpg, with a best of 52 mpg. And the car has killed 2 deer. I'm hoping to get 300k out of the car before considering replacing it as long as a deer doesn't decide for me.
Oct 04, 2008 (9:50 pm)
I think I remember reading acceleration times for the first-gen Odyssey...
Oct 07, 2008 (2:43 pm)
The ody wasn't too terrible ... about the same as a 96 Accord w/ 3 extra people.
Oct 07, 2008 (5:20 pm)
I think it might have been better with some holes in the floor so the passengers could "Flinstone It" to help out with acceleration.
#704 of 749 Got to drive it
Oct 08, 2008 (1:56 pm)
Was able to drive the TSX / Accord "demonstration" diesel today.
I think I want one.
#705 of 749 Re: Got to drive it [rivets]
Oct 08, 2008 (2:02 pm)
Well,then, tell us about the drive!!!!!!
Oct 08, 2008 (3:57 pm)
It was the silver one you may have seen pictures of either here or one of the other automotive news outlets. I think the New York Times drove it once too.
If you've read one of those reviews, I don't have much of substance to add.
I did read the spec sheet inside, which claimed 60mpg highway on the European highway cycle, which would translate to something in the 50-ish stateside. It also claimed something like 40 (Euro) city, which had me convinced for a while they were talking imperial gallons - but I'm not so sure.
Acceleration was fine for a family sedan. It was slightly noisier than a 4cyl gas Honda, but not any worse than something like a Subie gasser. It was a manual (yea!) and compared to 4 cyl gas engines, the extra torque seemed to work well pulling away from stops.
What was perhaps most remarkable was how unremarkable it all was. It's a very serviceable family sedan - room for 4, decent handling, decent performance, and better fuel economy than a Smart.
It was only later that I found it would be offered in the US sometime in 2009. I don't know that we'll get one, but my initial impression is very very favorable.
#707 of 749 Re: [rivets]
Oct 08, 2008 (5:52 pm)
Thanks for the hands on experience. You can go to Honda UK. and get the relative mileage for the Accord,CRV,and Civic diesels. Multiply by about .82 to convert to mpg. Sorry to hear that it sounds a little noisy. Look forward to driving one in a few months.
#708 of 749 Re: Release date? [blane]
Oct 13, 2008 (3:08 pm)
I think you need your facts up to date the VW Jetta TDI does not need urea. i think it's only needed for engines over 3 litter and up.
#709 of 749 Re: Release date? [noa1]
Oct 25, 2008 (5:46 am)
It does not look good for a diesel Accord with the 2.2l engine. The 5AT in combination with this engine failed certification tests for the TSX (6MT passed), so things will be in limbo for a while.