Hey, I am investigating the 7th gen now.
I previously posted about the 6th gen compared to Toyotas (mostly, the Camry) but especially compared 6th gen year (models).
I still like them but I want my goal to be buying a 7th gen. It depends how much I can save (looking for work, currently) and how long I can (tolerate) go/ing w/o a car.
I have a few questions about the '04 and '05 models, though, as those years will probably be most available within my budget.
I really hope to find an 05 or newer, though, because I think it will be a) safer b) cheaper insurance. I believe the '05 and up all got the air bags / side curtain and torso or something like that. So, I want that if I can find a car that's in good shape in the budget. For '04, it was an option (I believe) and only available in EX/EXL models? Is that right?
The last part of my question - isn't really a specific question but more of 'what do you think of this plan?' question. I am convinced that AT cars are worthwhile to consider (just have to be careful). I'm not excited to get stick, 5M, but I think it would be the safer choice but that limits my options (my budget, I expect to be around $3K). I'll just look for an '05+ in the best shape, period. What do you think?
If I find one and it's AT, I'll add a Magnefine filter and tranny cooler (and ask here for recommendations regarding which one).
(I read through that one thread who was wondering what to do and I think he should just replace the transmission - mileage was 75K? Wish I could find cars with such low mileage).
On kijiji, I can find import shops which offer tranny replacements from $1200 - $1600-ish, labour and part(s). So, if the worst comes, there's an option to fix it. Better than 3 or 4 grand in which I'd say forget it.
I think I should consider V6 3.0L cars, too.
Any thoughts? I looked at Civics and Camrys but they don't do as well in the crash safety. I was surprised - even with the air bags - it wasn't nearly as well. Wondering why the Accords aren't cheaper in insurance but I didn't check the '05 yet. I figure the '05 is pretty similar to the others - older and newer in 7th gen - plus, it should be cheaper insurance. I found a few and it will be just a bit higher than what I was going to try for - budget wise. I think the fuel economy is all around the same so i4 vs V6 is not much of a debate (V6 will be cheaper insurance; i4 will be slightly better fuel economy). It was my impression, too, that the Accord is cheaper maintenance - parts cost is lower than the ('02-'04) Camry and pretty close to the Civic (I was comparing '06 models).