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#4125 of 5530 Accord Not What it used to be
Dec 13, 2007 (7:29 pm)
Allow me to preface my comments saying that I LOVE Hondas. I've owned 5 Honda cars since 1999. I've never had an ounce of mechanical trouble with any of them. I currently drive an '06 Ridgeline and my wife drove an '04 Accord until recently. Ok- have I convinced you that I'm a fan of Honda?
Today I had my first opportunity to ride in an '08 Accord EX sedan (4cylinder). While the experts seem to agree that the sedan's exterior is over styled (too many creases everywhere, very busy and not at all original), I was shocked at how bland and unattractive the interior is on the new Accord. In my opinion, our '04 Accord EXLV6 had the best looking interior of any Honda ever produced. It was well put together, extremely straightfoward, attractive, simple elegance. So I was expecting the successor to improve on near perfection. Just the opposite- everything that was polished chrome in the old car is now an unattractive gray plastic. The center stack's sea of buttons is plain silly and overdone. This car's interior was gray, a dismal battleship gray that was everywhere with nothing to accent the dominant color. I preferred the larger center-mounted speedometer on the previous generation vs. the equally-sized tach/speedometer (who looks at a tach on an automatic?).
Maybe the interior looks better in beige but I doubt it. Sorry if I offended any '08 Accord owners. You have a car that will serve you well for as long as you wish. I'm just so disappointed that Honda didn't do a better job with this new generation. Heck, in my opinion, the new Malibu's design is head over heels superior to the Accord. Granted, it probably won't last as long but it sure looks like a winner for a resurgent GM.
I cannot believe I just said that.....for me, maybe I'll go shopping for a used '07 Accord V6 coupe or upgrade to a new TL before Honda's designers get their hands on that car too.
Dec 13, 2007 (9:11 pm)
I like the new design of accord coupe.. 2008. I am considering it as my next car.
But one only thing I doubt about is if the gap between the front hood and the front bumper on the front side was intentional gap or incomplete finalizing?
Does anyone notice it? It is only problem that holds me back running to the honda dealer right away.
#4127 of 5530 Some thoughts after first major New England Storm
Dec 14, 2007 (3:45 am)
While my new Accord proved to be up to the task of maintaining good traction and overall control in our recent 10" snow storm my ability to see was hampered by what I see as a design flaw. Cleaning my windshield in good weather I noticed that the "A" pillars are not flush with the windshield itself, something I thought was odd as my 2 previous cars were flush. Driving home yesterday in a driving 2" an hour snow storm as the drivers side wiper blade would wipe the snow it accumulated in the ridge provided by the non-flush pillar. I had to stop 3 times during my 8 mile commute to remove the snow from that area as it would accumulate from the drivers side A pillar and continue to cross the windshield left to right until it was actually starting to inhibit my forward vision. If it were flush with the glass there would be no chance for the snow to build up in that ridge. To those that have complained about to much road noise at interstate speeds I would think that this non flush frontal area of glass could also be a source of some of that noise. Just hypothesizing about the wind noise but the snow build up that resides their is and will continue to be a problem as it is inherit in the design and can't be fixed by any recall.
#4128 of 5530 Re: Some thoughts after first major New England Storm [dpmeersman]
Dec 14, 2007 (6:27 am)
I also dealt with the new england snow yesterday in my new 08 and while I did notice that snow built up along the dside Apillar, it certainly wasn't more then I've ever had it do in every other car I've owned. I don't think anyone makes a perfectly flush windshield-to-Apillar, presumably there's and engineering reason for that.
With the snow tires, my LX was a tank on the very slippery roads. Very pleased.
#4129 of 5530 Re: Some thoughts after first major New England Storm [Sporin]
Dec 14, 2007 (7:25 am)
No snow tires just the stock Michelin All Seasons that came on the car, which people I work with tell me are the same tire Hyundai has on the up-level Sonatas and after last winter they both replaced them rather than go thru another winter. While I wouldn't say my car was tank-like in its traction I found it equal to if not superior to any FWD vehicle I've ever driven and I've been driving FWD cars in NE since 1981 without snow tires. Is Honda's tractions control superior to other mfg's?
Do you have a separate set of rims to mount your snow tires on? Do you have snows on all 4 corners? Just curious because I felt pretty confident with the all seasons but I can just imagine the sense of security a set of snows would bring to the driving experience.
#4130 of 5530 Re: dealer holdback... [emale]
Dec 14, 2007 (7:38 am)
...don't they still get a 3% holdback based on the msrp of the accord? in other words an accord with an msrp of 30k minimally nets the dealer 900 bucks, right? anyone wanna jump in on this?
There have been numerous discussions on holdback with not all people agreeing on it.
IMHO, holdback is not profit. I consider it to be more of a rebate. Although the dealer gets the holdback when the car is sold, keep in mind that the dealer had to pay that holdback as part of their purchase price. Essentially, they get their own money back.
#4131 of 5530 Re: Some thoughts after first major New England Storm [dpmeersman]
Dec 14, 2007 (8:16 am)
All 4 corners.
On my past 3 cars I have had a second set of wheels (steel) with the snows I cold just swap them myself. But with the TPMS on the Accord I just bought snows and had them swapped onto the stock LX wheels.
I'm hoping to find & buy a set of 17" Alloy takeoffs with TPMS sensors included at some point and put summer tires on them. THen I can swap them myself, have the stock LX steelies with hubcaps for winter, and nice alloys for summer.
Not sure if the TC is "better" I have been impressed with it though.
Dec 14, 2007 (9:45 am)
in 2007 i remember they released new slightly redesigned version of accord, so i thought it would be the next generation after the 2003 accord, but 2008, months after the 2007 model had come out, they released another concept in less than a year.. with totally different look from both 2003 and 2007.
Is it possible car companies change their design in a year? Why did they release the 2007 model before they started selling the whole new 2008 designs? I own 2004 accord sedan and am thinking of changing my car to 2008 coupe. I really like honda cars but one thing I pointed out of the honda coupe is the gap between the frontal hood and bumper.
please anybody tell me what happened to Honda accord with the 2007 and 2008 models...
Because they changed the model too soon, i feel like they too hurried to redesign the 2007 upgraded to 2008 model, so I feel like there are things that are not completely well-finished.
#4133 of 5530 Re: honda design [getmeanewcar]
Dec 14, 2007 (10:01 am)
The 07 Accord is basically the same as the 03 model. There were only cosmetic changes made from 03 to 07. The 08 is a completely new design, and the normal 5 year redesign cycle. The 03 - 07 Accords are all 7th generation. The 08 Accord started the 8th generation.
#4134 of 5530 Re: honda design [getmeanewcar]
Dec 14, 2007 (10:02 am)
I'm not recalling any changes from 2006 to 2007. What changes are you referring to?