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#30239 of 32000 Re: Opinions [imidazol97]
Jan 06, 2013 (6:54 pm)
I didn't like Accords suspension in their 03 where every pebble could be felt under the tire... exaggerating a little.
I happen to like that sort of thing.
#30240 of 32000 Re: Opinions [bpizzuti]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Jan 06, 2013 (7:00 pm)
Me too. I've worn out more brake pads stopping to pick up those dimes I run over.
#30241 of 32000 Re: Opinions [bpizzuti]
Jan 06, 2013 (7:00 pm)
I have a friend with an '03 Accord EX, and I've logged a lot of seat time in it. It didn't seem unduly harsh to me. I do remember, after an hour or a little more, my hamstrings would get a little achy and I'd get a bit fidgety. But, at that point, it's already ahead of the pack, as I have a problem sitting still for too long, and in many cars, I don't make it even that long!
#30243 of 32000 Re: Opinions [andre1969]
Jan 06, 2013 (7:41 pm)
I had the '03 Accord Coupe V6, and it was far from stiff in my opinion. First, the coupe is supposed to be a bit sportier than the sedan (and I imagine a bit more tuned), but back then, they were still putting tall skinny 205/65/R16 tires on it.
It could have been a bit tighter in my opinion, and should of had 215/60/R16.
But it was a great all-around cruiser.
#30244 of 32000 Re: Opinions [imidazol97]
Jan 06, 2013 (8:04 pm)
I've owned and rented a lot of import brand and D3 vehicles. I know a lot of people are blaming D3 on the UAW, but really assembly quality has become pretty similar in my experiences. Where D3 still seems to have some catching up to do is more in engineering and purchasing. For example, lately I've rented a lot of minivans and 3 row crossovers. The far back row shows the difference. A Toyota or Honda is usually pretty easy and quick to raise or lower the third row. That's not always the case with D3. The domestics often seem to have more steps involved and the levers and pulls often seem balky or hard to work. That's engineering and low bidder purchasing, pure and simple. The T&C minivan and new Ford Explorer seemed particularly bad in these respects to me. However, the GM Lambda's like Traverse and Acadia were very good, as were rented Highlanders and Sienna's. I had an Ody that was also very user friendly. Detroit just doesn't seem as focused on the user as Toyota or Honda. The little stuff does matter because it affects consumer perceptions.
#30245 of 32000 Re: Opinions [berri]
Jan 06, 2013 (8:10 pm)
The little stuff does matter because it affects consumer perceptions.
I can't agree more!
Instead of death by a thousand daggers or nails (like when you find yet another cost savings or cost cutting feature in your car), it is great to find somewhere in the vehicle where you got unexpected value where the maker didn't skimp on costs.
For example, the aluminum door sill plates and no black bar seams on the roof of my A3. Two things I didn't necessarily notice or buy the car because of, but that I was appreciative of when I noticed them later.
#30246 of 32000 Re: Opinions [andres3]
Jan 06, 2013 (8:23 pm)
I thought those aluminum sill plates on the Altima were a nice touch...until I found out they were extra-cost!
As for those black bar seams, I hate them as well, but truth be told, I hate 'em even when they're painted body-color. To me they just reek of cost-cutting. I could understand having them on a cheap economy car, or a work truck, but they have no place on a luxury car or even a medium-price car.
My 2000 Park Ave has those strips, but even worse than that, the rear quarter panels seem to be bolt-on. Or at least, there's a seam at the base of the C-pillar, where you can tell the quarter panel is separate. Probably makes it easier and cheaper to replace/repair in an accident, but I think it looks a bit cheesy.
As a used car that I only paid $7500 for, I really don't care. But, if I was looking at this car when it was brand-new, I have a feeling I would've been turned off.
#30247 of 32000 Re: Dec sales [uplanderguy]
Jan 07, 2013 (3:32 am)
Feb. they tested mid-size sedans. The Malibu 1LT 2.5L, they gave a higher overall number score to than an Optima, Legacy, and Passat. They did say it stickered higher, and that 'rebates seem inevitable'. I think that's already happened since press time. Don't know about the others.
I left, by mistake, the Altima out of that list above, also.
#30248 of 32000 Re: Opinions [andre1969]
Jan 07, 2013 (5:59 am)
Speaking of visible seams, I had my '81 Monte Carlo stolen in '82. It was never recovered. I was given as a rental, an '81 Mercury Cougar (not XR-7--this one was like a Zephyr/Fairmont). Besides looking like a box and having no wheelcovers and one of four lugnuts on one wheel was missing, it had right at eye-level on the "C" pillar, a seam filled in with a plastic or fiberglass cover (body color). At that time, there was nothing at GM like that, especially in that size/price class. A total turn-off to me. The styling inside was as boxy as outside. I think "The Deuce" went for that boxy/blunt styling, but I hated it, even though a lot of folks say their quality was better than GM's at the time.