My 8th gen Accord has been one of the most problematic cars I've ever owned. It's at about 125K miles and aside from normal maintenance I have had to replace:
- 4 ball joints
- 2 mufflers
- a/c compressor
- steering rack
- alternator belt tensioner assembly
Now, I could make the outlandish claim that, based on my experience, Hondas are expensive to maintain. But I won't because I'm intellectually honest. And if you are to be intellectually honest you must admit that your claimed experience of changing oil only is not representative of a typical Honda. Outside of your Hondas I've never heard of any car that has not required other fluid changes, brake services, air filters, wheel alignments, spark plugs, etc. None.
You'll have to excuse me if I find your claims to be non truthful. I simply find it very hard to believe that the only thing you have ever done to your Accords is changing oil.
My Honda has been far more expensive to maintain the a Camry owned by a friend. So I can absolutely state that a Honda can be more expensive to maintain than a Toyota.
Dang that's bad. Hopefully nothing falls apart on my Coupe soon.
I am happy with my Accord, but yeah, still gotta do all that other maintenance even if the MM doesn't say anything. It's for reference only, and while it works well with oil life and possibly timing belt, I still check my auto tranny fluid and even oil every so often, just to make sure everything is fine.
Let's not forget how many 8th Gen V6 AT owners hate the VCM. I personally am fine with it, but I'd be lying if I say it doesn't slowly foul spark plugs. I changed those out before the 100k mile mark, and now the car runs smoother and doesn't give me a violent shake when I shut the car off.
You seem to take it very personally when someone suggests Toyota is more reliable than Honda. Very strange.
In my experience both Toyota and Honda have taken backwards steps in the last decade in terms of their reliability.
Meanwhile, domestics are slowly improving. American cars aren't that terrible anymore.
I agree that I would never change the timing belt before the MM tells me to. But you seem to be implying that replacing the timing belt early is a reason for a timing belt failure. Which is a very strange statement to make.
What he is trying to say is this:
Some people change it way before the mark to be safe, but they either buy cheap parts from China or somewhere or they don't have enough skills to do it properly. Sometimes they do both. I have seen someone regretting buying a cheap timing belt somewhere after only 1000 miles of replacing it...