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Message Board > Miscellaneous > 2009-2011 Honda Accords and/or Civics ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 6/5/12 7:21 PM

My 13-year old Nissan has decided to give up the ghost. The timing chain broke while driving and that basically equates to $$$ in repairs. I've talked to three different mechanics and of the two that were willing to touch it, neither of them thought it was worth it. So, I'm on the hunt for a new(er) car.

I had a Honda Civic years ago and am looking to go back. I've been reading some reviews about the latest Accords and have mixed feelings. Some of the reviews I read pointed to issues of seat comfort, gas mileage not as stated, and problems with the steering wheel shaking after six months . Um....

For those of you that drive or know someone who drives one of these models, what are your experiences?

Thanks much.

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Date: 6/5/12 7:42 PM

I just got a Fiat 500 and I LOVE IT.

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Date: 6/5/12 7:49 PM

If gas mileage is also a concer and you want to stick with a Honda, I'd also look at the Fit. We test drove a Civic and a Fit back when we were looking for a car for my husband a few years ago (looking at slightly older model years than you), and we both felt that the Fit was the better value for the money.

He ended up going with a Mazda 3 hatchback because at the time, the Fit was so popular, you couldn't negotiate the price.

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Date: 6/5/12 8:07 PM

@Soolip: The advantage to the Fiat 500 is that it is readily available with a manual transmission. My friend loves her Fiat Panda (available in Europe). I'm not sold on it, though.

@Michellep74: Gas mileage is important, though I am not a fan of the fifth door on the Fit. I like the Civic much better, but it's so hard to find them with a manual transmission. I've been driving a stick for 13 years and it's hard going back to automatic. Believe me, I test drove several and kept forgetting to put the darn thing in park before turning off the car! I test drove the Mazda 3 sedan 5 spd man, but it felt really rough. How does your husband like his car?


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Date: 6/5/12 11:01 PM

We're still driving our 1991 Honda Civic. That's not a typo. The girl is 21 years old. 38-40 miles to the gallon, better than most contemporaries. It does have issues: a stubborn oil leak and a non-functioning AC. But it still looks good and gets us places.

We looked at the Fit a couple of years ago and were turned off by the sticker price. The dealer wanted around $13,000; $14,000+ for extras, and that seemed awfully steep for what essentially was a basic, simple car. If I am spending that much money, I want an improvement over what I currently have and not just get a set of wheels without an oil leak. No matter how the Fit compared to our Civic, it wasn't offering better gas mileage, a nicer interior or more room. Plus, higher insurance, monthly payments--we passed.

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Date: 6/6/12 1:07 PM

I love my '08 Civic. I've owned a Lexus ES250, a Toyota Prius, and 2 Toyota Corollas, but the Civic is by far my favorite. I did a lot of research before buying my first brand new car as far as reliability, fuel economy, and amenities, and the Civic was the best value for the money.

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Date: 6/6/12 1:37 PM

@lynelle, I LOVE having a hatchback. I have a 2007 Prius and had an RSX (which got totaled) before that. I didn't used to like how they looked, but once I got that RSX, I don't think I could give up the utility of the hatchback.

Re: My husband's car. It's definitely got a "sportier" style of handling. (His car has the engine that's one step up from the base model, although I can't remember what it is.) It actually drives pretty similarly to my old RSX. His biggest complaints are lack of headroom (he's 6'2"--not a problem for you or me) and that he doesn't get the gas mileage that was advertised. (I'm not sure how much of that is the car and how much is him, though--he has a lead foot.)

Personally, I love my Prius. In the five years that I've had it (I bought new because of the sizable insurance check I got for the totaled Acura and a low interest loan from my credit union), I've had to replace a set of tires and some belt, and that's it other than routine maintenance. And my Prius gets exactly the advertised gas mileage for its model year. (I have a 44-mile commute round trip, so gas mileage is a big priority for me.)

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Date: 6/6/12 3:13 PM

Gas mileage is huge to me, too. My commute is 60+ miles and I am used to averaging around 38 mpg. Even though this Accord is nice, I am not sold on it yet. I will test drive another Civic tomorrow.

@All: Thanks so much for your comments.

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