Honda Accord Tourer Diesel: 20k report - Statistical outlier
As previously promised, now that my Accord has hit 20,000 miles I'm going to post an update on how it's all been going. This follows on from a 14k update at: tinyurl.com/jpm6v .

Generally, apart from one fairly minor technical hiccup that escalated because of poor customer service unrelated to Honda UK, I'm still an extremely pleased customer. If you want to know more about the problem, there's already a long thread at tinyurl.com/jx4mq . As the electrical failure was minor (and these things can and do happen), and the main problem was caused by inept handling by agents other than Honda UK, for the purposes of this note I'm ignoring the problem.

My most major niggle about the car last time I wrote about it was the fuel consumption. If I'm honest, it has improved a bit, but not as much as I hoped. I'm probably averaging about 44 mpg now as opposed to the 40 previously. I suspect this may be down to my using the climate control permanently, and to relatively fast cruising on the motorways; it's not a disaster, but it's certainly not as good as I'd hoped. Having said that it does still seem to be improving. The engine has probably used about a litre of oil in the last 8000 miles; I'm not too unhappy about this.

Other than a mild thirst, the engine remains a delight. There's plenty of power to overtake, and even fully loaded with a 350 L roof box and four people, it pulled hard on the mountain roads in France. Cruising at 90 with a box on top it still did 38 miles per gallon over 500 miles, so I guess the thirst cuts both ways. It was a shame the voltage regulator failed on that trip, but therse things happen (to me). The car has remained squeak and rattle free, although the leather on the driver seat has begun to creak a little. I'm going to have a go at it with some leather conditioner to try and get rid of this.

I had to change the front tires at 18,000 miles; they weren't completely worn out, but as I was going on holiday, I couldn't leave it any further. Anyway, I don't really like them getting below 3 mm. I've replaced them with Pirelli P6000 Powergy?s, and the new tires have completely cured the mild tramlining that I was experiencing with the 17 inch alloys. I never found it annoying, but now it's simply not there. It's also marginally reduced the road noise, which is nice. The handling remains positive and sure, and I still think the gearing is absolutely perfect for the car and the gearshift is a delight. Given the handling, the ride is near miraculous - very comfortable.

So what isn't positive?

Well, my girlfriend continues to have problems with the seats. Essentially, she finds the seats a little bit too large, and the bolsters too deep. Because she is only about 5 foot six, she sits down in the seat and the bolsters force her shoulders to be a rounded. This gives her chronic backache, and she now uses a thin pillow behind her whenever she is in the car to get rid of the problem. Not exactly ideal! She also continues to dislike the climate control, although I found it absolutely fantastic especially in the extremely hot weather, it is extremely powerful. One other minor problem is that both front door speakers have developed a rattle. I believe this is a known problem, and I'm going to get Honda to sort it out.

So, overall, I still love the car. It's big, fast, very comfortable, and lovely to drive. The British dealers have been good, and if you read the thread referenced above, Honda UK appear to take any problems seriously. The fuel consumption appears to be slowly improving, and the change of tires has removed the only minor niggle with handling. So overall, 9/10. Of course, if my minor problems are not resolved, I will seriously review that figure.

As an aside, I've had the new 6 speed model as a courtesy car for the last week. I'll do a brief review on my thoughts on the differences on a new thread. I'm not sure it's an improvement.
Honda Accord Tourer Diesel: 20k report - jeds
Changing my car in the next couple of months. Drove the Honda Accord diesal saloon last weekend but found it underpowered and slightly plasticky. The sales guy said it was because it didn't have a turbo and I would get used to it - which didn't really impress me much.

All a bit disappointing really because I was expecting a lot more and they have a really good deal on at the moment, but we were left really underwelmed. Are you happy with the power?
Honda Accord Tourer Diesel: 20k report - cheddar
Drove the Honda Accord diesal saloon last weekend but found it underpowered and
slightly plasticky. The sales guy said it was because it didn't
have a turbo and I would get used to it -
which didn't really impress me much.


The sales guy knows nothing or you misunderstood.
Honda Accord Tourer Diesel: 20k report - Adam {P}
I thought all Accord diesels were the i-CDTi thingies?
Honda Accord Tourer Diesel: 20k report - Statistical outlier
I thought all Accord diesels were the i-CDTi thingies?


Correct. Perhaps this one was faulty? I can't imagine the car being called underpowered.
Honda Accord Tourer Diesel: 20k report - Statistical outlier
Morning Jeds,

firstly, the sales guy was talking nonsense - all Honda i-CDTI diesels have turbos. They are nothing that exotic, just an intercooled turbocharger using a variable nozzle to even out boost.

I've never found the diesel to be underpowered, but I guess it's all about where you're coming from. The engine takes a good few thousand miles to loosen up, so it might be worth trying a second hand one, and the turbo is only really of help above 1600 rpm. Likewise, it doesn't reward thrashing - it revs freely to the redline, but it's pointless as it's just as fast if you change at 3.5 to 4 k. 40-70 takes no time in third and makes overtaking easy. HTH.
 

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