Strikes a chord

It’s one of Honda’s most re­li­able and classy sedans and it has plenty of fans

Herald Sun - Motoring - - USED CAR -

NEW

They car­ried the same Ac­cord badge, but the cars, one sim­ply called the Ac­cord, the other the Euro, were quite dif­fer­ent. The Euro was mid-sized and aimed at buy­ers who ap­pre­ci­ated the feel of a Euro­pean car; the other — the VTi or V6 — was larger and bi­ased more to­wards com­fort and a cruisy ride.

All Ac­cords were four-door sedans with good cabin space, al­though the Euro had a lit­tle less rear legroom. The boot was a good size in each, with the Ac­cord hav­ing a lit­tle more space than the Euro.

A 2.4-litre four-cylin­der en­gine was avail­able in both but the ver­sion in the Euro had a mite more power and torque for a sportier drive. The down­side to that was that the Euro re­quired pre­mium un­leaded or bet­ter fuel whereas the Ac­cord hap­pily mo­tored along on reg­u­lar.

The Ac­cord could also be bought with a 3.5-litre V6 for a more re­laxed and leisurely drive.

There were some dif­fer­ences in the trans­mis­sion op­tions . The Euro had a six-speed man­ual in ad­di­tion to the fivespeed sports-shift auto, later up­dated to a six-speed. The Ac­cord came only in auto form.

On the road the Euro was praised for its per­for­mance and han­dling, the lat­ter com­ing at the ex­pense of a firmer ride, while the Ac­cord had a softer, lazy on-road feel.

Sales in Australian showed lo­cal buy­ers clearly pre­ferred the Euro. It seems the sportier per­for­mance was bet­ter suited to our driv­ing tastes.

NOW

Ac­cord own­ers — most hav­ing picked the Euro — are full of praise for their cars and re­port no re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems, that the build qual­ity re­mains first-class and they are en­joy­able to drive. Most would hap­pily buy another; some said they would never buy any­thing else.

There is some dis­quiet about the fre­quent ser­vic­ing Honda rec­om­mends and the cost when done by a dealer. This could be re­duced by us­ing one of the many in­de­pen­dent Honda me­chan­ics who spe­cialise in the brand and charge less.

Hon­das are renowned for the qual­ity of their en­gi­neer­ing but that means own­ers need to be more con­sci­en­tious about ser­vic­ing than do own­ers of some other brands.

Reg­u­lar oil changes are im­por­tant to keep the jewel-like en­gines run­ning at their peak, which makes it im­por­tant that a prospec­tive buyer takes the time to check the ser­vice book of a car they think they might buy.

Do a thor­ough road test to en­sure the en­gine and trans­mis­sion work smoothly, with­out hes­i­ta­tion or hic­cup.

Lis­ten in­tently for noises from the sus­pen­sion that might sug­gest some­thing is amiss with a bush or a shock ab­sorber.

One thing to note with the Ac­cord is that mod­els from 2008-11 were caught up in the re­call for faulty airbag in­fla­tors. If you are con­sid­er­ing buy­ing an Ac­cord that falls within that range, check with the seller to see if whether has been through the re­work. Check with a Honda dealer, or Honda, if in doubt.

OWN­ERS SAY

Jim Ersk­ine I bought my 2011 Ac­cord Euro new. It has done 70,000km and has per­formed flaw­lessly ex­cept for a mi­nor in­ter­mit­tent noise from the driver’s win­dow and the rear tyre wear due to the neg­a­tive cam­ber this car is set up with for im­proved han­dling. I’m very happy with it.

Noel Carter My 2013 Ac­cord Euro is a very pleas­ant, safe and com­fort­able drive, par­tic­u­larly on smooth roads, of­ten re­turn­ing 6.2L/100km at high­way speeds and 12.0L14.0L/100km around town. It’s been to­tally re­li­able.

Wayne Mitchell I’m happy with my 2011 Euro man­ual. The lights are the best I’ve ever struck in any car I’ve owned; the only things I’d like are more power and longer tyre life. I’m no boy racer and my tyres only lasted 29,000 km.

Carmine Pa­s­tore I wanted a qual­ity, low-mileage Hon­daser­viced man­ual Ac­cord Euro and found one with 49,000km. It’s a 2011 model and is eco­nom­i­cal, quiet and has more than enough power. Above all, I like the feel of the switchgear, the sweet­ness of the gear changes, the good cor­ner­ing and a rat­tle-free and quiet cabin. It’s done 75,000km but still feels and drives like new.

Steven Swan We’ve owned a 2008 Euro six-speed man­ual since new. At 90,000km, it is still a de­light to drive, and has been fault­less. Per­for­mance is sur­pris­ingly good and han­dling nim­ble. Honda’s six-monthly ser­vic­ing can add up but gen­eral run­ning costs are low with ex­cel­lent fuel use. I can’t see us ever sell­ing it.

Wade Turner I have owned three Ac­cords since 2008 and have put a to­tal of nearly 500,000km on them as a rep trav­el­ling far and wide, city and coun­try. All of them have been ex­tremely re­li­able, and I have never had any me­chan­i­cal prob­lems with them, in­clud­ing the 2012 VTi 2.4-litre auto that I cur­rently drive. I get 100,000km out of a set of Miche­lins and 900 km to a tank in the coun­try. I find the ride on the harsh side but the trade-off is sharp han­dling. The 2009 model I had was such a good car that my fa­ther now drives it to lawn bowls twice a week and it has amassed 270,000km with­out a prob­lem. I wouldn’t drive any­thing else.

SMITHY SAYS

For those want­ing safe, re­ward­ing and re­li­able longterm mo­tor­ing, the Ac­cord is a keeper.

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