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Rant: Old Honda/Acura vs. New Honda/Acura - Quality, reliability: Your Experience


Rant: Old Honda/Acura vs. New Honda/Acura - Quality, reliability: Your Experience

Old 11-21-2013, 09:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S View Post
In 2013, this is pretty much the case. Reliability has really come a long way for some makes while others have fallen back a bit. The playing field has been leveled a bit.
I think this sort of experience makes me willing to give other manufacturers a shot.

Well, that and I'm not buying anything with an Acura beak.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:30 AM
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I had an '04 TSX (first model year, mind you) purchased new, and daily drove it for eight years and 93k miles, including many cross-country trips to school and back, and the only issues I ever had with it was one door lock actuator and one seat belt buckle (caused the SRS light to come on) had to be replaced, at no charge.

It was a great car. And I modded it with several bolt-ons and suspension.
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Old 11-21-2013, 11:43 AM
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Both my Honda Saber (2G TL) and my wife's Odyssey were pretty much problem free. I was able to unload the Saber before the tranny issue became more of a problem than it was.
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Originally Posted by jhumbo View Post
Interestingly enough my experience is kind of the opposite of yours, although all 3 of mine were pretty good to me. I've owned 3 Hondas/Acura.

98 Accord V6 EX Coupe. Purchased with 25k miles. Kept till 110k miles.
- Overall it was pretty good to me but I had trouble with sensors and a couple other minor things that kept popping up.
04 Acura TL. Purchased with 33k miles. Kept till 195k miles.
- This car was sold at 200k like new with every single little thing working like the day I bought it. Starting having trouble with various things like front bushings and other expected wear items once the miles got quite high, but all that interior stuff you complained about never gave me trouble aside from those stupid little dash bulbs that would burn out.
- The 3rd gen TLs were notorious for failing transmissions, so I did baby the transmission to avoid issues. Worked for me.
08 Acura MDX. Purchased with 55k miles. She now has 100k.
- Not a single issue yet. Literally nothing at all. Knock on wood.

I completely agree with these two comments. All manufacturers are putting out bids to the same pool of automotive suppliers and this is definitely making the playing field much more level. I think it has really benefited some of the auto makers who had terrible quality in the 80s/90s and probably hurt the Toyotas and Hondas a bit. It has also allowed some makers like Hyundai to really come in and step up their game pretty easily.

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I have owned four Acura's, all super reliable - the last two are 2012 and 2015. Acura reliability hasn't gone away just like Honda reliability hasn't gone away . However, Toyota, Lexus, Subaru and now Hyundai, Kia and Genisis are also on the list of very reliable cars. There's a website were owners can enroll and enter their own reliability data called True Delta (www.truedelta.com). The data in their system seems more consistent with my own anecdotal knowledge. Acura isn't perfect and in certain year ranges gets a few bruises while Lexus remains nearly impeccable, but over the long term I think an Acura will provide pretty reliable service. This is especially true relative to European and domestic brands.
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