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#612 of 825 Honda vs Acura
Sep 07, 2008 (3:51 pm)
I do think the line between the two cars is shrinking. . . The Accord I drive now (08 EX-L coupe 4cyl) is much more car than the Acura Integra I bought new only a few years ago (10-12 iirc). That car was also a red coupe but somewhat smaller. Still I loved that car and put close to 100K on it during the year I owned it.
At the time I was a traveling salesman and put around 100K on my cars each year.
1999 I drove an SVT Contour that was great fun but my 08 Accord would be close if not stronger. In 98 I drove a Cavalier Z24 also a 4 cyl car from Chevrolet no less. That said that Z24 was a great car and provided me with over 80K miles that year.
Each of these 4 cyl cars (except the V6 Contour) gave me over 30mpg, cost less than their performance would lead you to believe. My new Accord reminds me of the good parts of each of those cars. All red by the way. . . just so happened, wasn't planned.
Anyway my 4 cyl Accord reminds me of the Integra I had with it's 7000+ redline and her power band not to mention her road holding manners. . . I'm sure I will love this Honda just as much or more than the others I've owned. . .
#619 of 825 Accord Coupe MT - V6 or I4?
Sep 08, 2008 (6:17 pm)
Looking to purchase my first vehicle, and would like input on whether to get the V6 or the I4 Accord Coupe? Would like the manual transmission, for sure.
Would the 5 speed manual I4 be that much different than the 6 speed V6? I would test drive both and compare but unfortunately, I am only starting to learn stick shift!
Obviously the V6 will require more fuel per 100km but is it excessive?
I expect to get at least 10 years out of this car, and will be commuting to work about 130km each day (about 80 miles). Currently drive an automatic Civic and passing on the highway is brutal!
#620 of 825 Re: Accord Coupe MT - V6 or I4? [effers]
Sep 09, 2008 (3:53 am)
I applaud you for desiring a manual tranny. The 4 with the manual may be a better choice just from a maintenance standpoint. Using a 50 week work year you'll be putting on 20,000 miles a year just commuting. Add another 5,000 miles annually for normal vacation trips and just running around and your up to 25,000 miles annually. In approximately 4 years you'll have an expensive timing belt/water pump preventative maintenance job to do on the six that you won't have to do on the 4 as it uses a timing chain. If most of your miles are hwy then the 4 will provide you with better economy and enough zip to pass. If none of these points concern you and you want more than just "enough" zip, the 6 will thrill you come passing time, particularly as you will have the only 6 cyl available in a gen 8 Accord without VCM. The fact of the matter is both are great cars with the manual tranny. Judging from what I've seen posted in these forums, the 6 will provide you with better straight line acceleration, but due to all around lighter weight and a better balance in weight distribution, the 4 will handle the curves better. No real wrong choice here, you'll have to decide which one matches you driving style.
#621 of 825 Re: Accord Coupe MT - V6 or I4? [dpmeersman]
Sep 09, 2008 (6:42 am)
Well, since you want to keep the car for 10 years or so, makes sure you are happy. Its that simple. Really they are both great cars.Drive them both. This is something you'll have to live with.