Back in 2002 I bought a new Honda Accord V6 LX. At the time I just graduated college and thought I deserved a new car. I didn’t have much money and was upside down with trading in my old car but I figured my Honda would be with me for 20 years!!!
Well, it didn’t make it much past year 3. After 63,000 miles and less than 4 years, the transmission went out. The shop said I had three options, $2000 for a used one from a junkyard, $3000 to rebuild the old one and $4000 to get a re-manufactured one from Honda with a 5 year warranty (longer than the 3 year/36,000 that came with the car).
I still owed $12,000 on the loan. Add $4000 in more debt and I would be out $16,000. A few thousand more and I could buy a new Accord again!!!
I found out that the 2000 and 2001 V6 transmissions in the Honda Accord were recalled. The dealer said the problem was fixed with the 2002. I disagree.
I let it sit at the shop for over a week. I was in disbelief that my Honda had done this to me, again.
About 2.5 years after my purchase the “brake light switch” went out on my Accord. Again, I was in disbelief. The part only costs like $35 but it was so simple it should have been less than $10. And the install costs would have been over $100 (I did it myself in less than 10 minutes).
Anyway, the Accord again is ranked very high and from my experience I’m not sure why. A friend of mine got a Nissan XTerra the first year it was out and he’s still driving it 100,000 miles later and has never had a major repair.