2005 Honda Accord Coupe User Reviews
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- $6,000 - $8,734
- No trim specified for this review
- Reliability, fuel economy, no timing belt to change!
- road noise, side visibility, front surfaces subject to chips
Purchased As New
When I bought my shiny new 2005 Accord coupe, my 1991 Accord coupe had 280,000 miles. I thought "How much longer can the old girl last?" Monty Python references not withstanding, five years later, my '91 shows 380,000 on the odometer!
While still 320,000 miles shy of it's predecessor, the "new" Accord has so far been flawless, and hopefully promises to be just as reliable.
I find the 160 horses coaxed from the 2.4 liter four cylinder, transmitted via the silky smooth clutch to be more than adequate to garner attention from local and state law enforcement! Who needs a V-6? While it's very comfortable traveling, at highway speeds, the road noise is "Hondalike", pegging the decibel meter a few points higher than competitors. It will be interesting to see if the noise lowers when I finally wear out the OEM Bridgestone Turanzas.
If I manage to keep my speed to a steady 70mph on a long trip I have been rewarded with 37 mpg on repeated occasions, but low to mid thirties is more the norm in mixed driving. While new automatic transmissions are eons ahead of the old slushboxes of decades past, I'm still convinced a standard shift car gets better mileage in real world driving.
In my opinion the slight performance difference versus the pricier maintenance and initial cost of a V-6 doesn't offer good value. Everything is more expensive when maintaining the V-6 and don't forget there are twice the amount of exhaust pipes and mufflers to replace!
With the advent of side curtain airbags comes the disadvantage of having the visibility being curtailed by that fat A-pillar. More than once an oncoming car has hidden in the blind spot so that repeated head bobbing is required to make sure the way is clear when pulling out from a side street. While not restricted to Honda, curious looped logic is implemented when an accident caused by the obstruction of an airbag, is cushioned by that very airbag. So much for government mandates...
I know most folks don't keep their cars long enough to see four timing belt swaps but I do like the fact that the new engine doesn't require many hundreds of dollars, or a day of wrenching every 90,000 miles. Similarly, it is nice to see one doesn't have to remove the steering knuckles and press out the bearings just to swap the rotors anymore. That was an stupid expense hopefully relegated to the past!
While the co-efficient of drag is lowered in the nice and slippery design of this era of Accords, more thought should have been given to the abuse the hood is subject to when running down the road. I'll bet you cannot find a hood of any seventh generation Accord without a series of chips and nicks.
In summary I feel four banger Accord coupe offers low maintenance costs, sporty looks, a fun drive, good value and given a measure of reasonable care, unparalleled reliability. I still feel happy when I go out to the driveway, turn the key and go off down the road and that's what it's all about!
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