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Honda Accord, Sedan
#4145 of 5530 Re: honda design [carbuyer11]
Dec 15, 2007 (8:49 am)
Not really. The idea is to use the moral of the story... "goose that laid golden egg". Main competition isn't doing it. There are near luxury sedans that don't either. So, it makes little sense to do those things when you can sell cars without using frills like that. Those frills can come in handy when sales slow down... as around MMC (MY2011?).
I won't call anything cutting corners. Automakers have to engineer vehicles around the fact that cars have to be competitive on cost too. You can't put everything in plus add new features and expect them to not add to the cost. My 1998 Accord EX-L cost $23.1K. In terms of features, 2008 Accord LX-P puts it to shame for a grand less (it does lack moon roof and leather, but even then, considering extra features and inflation over ten years, the new Accord is offering a lot more).
#4146 of 5530 Re: dealer holdback... [jb_turner]
Dec 15, 2007 (8:56 am)
Exactly, after all the dealership has to make a reasonable profit on every unit sold, otherwise they can't stay in business. Most dealers, regardless of marque of vehicle sold, do not really make most of their money on the sales floor anyway, the bulk of profits come from the Service Department. At least this is my personal experience having worked at some new car dealers.
#4147 of 5530 2008 Accord Flunks Safety Test
Dec 15, 2007 (10:06 am)
I was surfing some sites this morning and came across some recent test results that the NHTSA released after doing some crash testing of select 2008 vehicles. I was absolutely astonished to see that the 2008 Accord received only a "three star rating" for side impact testing for rear seat passengers ( normally where the kids are of course). Now this is something that Honda should be concerned about and should seek to rectify quickly. It is particularly troubling when one realizes that NHTSA testing is probably not as demanding or rigorous as others ( IIHS or EuroENCAP). Come on Honda - what`s happening here ?
#4149 of 5530 Re: 2008 Accord Flunks Safety Test [jaxs1]
Dec 15, 2007 (1:34 pm)
Sorry, I really didn`t expect this to go in the direction of which test is more demanding! ( my opinion was based on the understanding that IIHS uses a somewhat higher, larger barrier but I certainly could be mistaken). Just as a little tidbit, there are some who even wonder how the Accord got a "Good" side rating from IIHS given the paint smear photos which show the head may actually strike unprotected parts of the roofline. Unfortunately, the NHTSA does not publish photos at all.
Irrespective of which test is more demanding, Honda needs to consider this further.
#4150 of 5530 Speed sensitive volume adjust
Dec 15, 2007 (4:50 pm)
Does anyone know which trim level of the 08 sedan has speed sensitive auto volume adjustment?
#4151 of 5530 this gap in front side
Dec 16, 2007 (12:10 am)
I really love 2008 models except the noticeable gap on the front hood..
Hasn't anyone else noticed that yet?
it's visible and huge gap enough to see...
I don't think it's intentional part of design the designers made
The gap makes the car look much less solidly built
and kinda vulnerable to strong winds etc.
see here at autoshow there wasnt such a noticeable gap on the concept car,
rather the concept car looked better resembled than ones in market.
it even shown in the spy pic here
Should I buy 08 model now or wait till next year when they might fix the problem?
#4152 of 5530 Re: this gap in front side [getmeanewcar]
Dec 16, 2007 (12:16 am)
The gap isn't a problem. It happens to be there since the coupe has a different (stubbier) grill. You would see the same issue in many cars (including Camry, and even Lexus LF-A.
#4153 of 5530 Re: Speed sensitive volume adjust [ttb]
Dec 16, 2007 (12:58 am)
Speed sensitive volume control is available as a standard feature across all trim levels.