I'm looking for a 2000-ish car, 2000 or a couple of years older. I'm looking at Accords, Camrys and possibly, Maximas. I have looked at some Acuras, mostly TL and RL. I like the Acura but with them all AT, I am concerned about the infamous AT issues!
The most serious problem is my budget. Not much more than $3K. Also, with Honda, many 'cheap' ones are high mileage and some sort of defect, rust, dents, an accident or whatever. Of course, I'll get a mechanic to check it out.
So, any advice or recommendations? Anyone want to convince me to continue shopping Honda? I also like the smoothness of a V6 engine but the 6th gen. Accord has the AT problem with that model. So, what option should I go with? I could search for a manual shift Accord but those are hard to come by. The choices are slimmer. Also, I'm not sure I want to go with a 5spd manual although I can drive stick.
I like the power and smoothness of the V6 like previously stated but maybe the 2.3L I4 is sufficient and at least, it will be more economical/cheaper on gas. But, I've always been pleased with V6 cars! I looked at Acura RL/TL cars for the V6 and luxury since it's still Honda but ensures the more upscale, smoother running 'Honda' until you get the AT problems?!?
I've read the reviews, carfax, msn auto and other review sites. I checked lemon aid and other sources to learn of the recalls, issues and problem areas on Accords. I guess I am just wondering whether the potential AT issue is worth the risk. With Accords, there's lots of parts availability and other than the AT, it's pretty reliable. But, rebuilt or new ATs are big money and not sure I want to risk having that issue. Some reviewers have said to find an Accord or Acura (w/ AT) that has been rebuilt already but I've read that there are many cases in which the AT has required multiple rebuilds. I think there's a specific tranny cooler that can be provided by Honda/Acura so would that have been done already or do you get it done after buying the car (if the previous seller didn't do it)?
The last, most minor question is the trim or model. I would like an EX or EX-L w/ the full loaded options and leather. Is that asking too much? I just thought that if I buy an older car, 10 yrs old, to go for a bit of luxury, since this car will cost about $3K anyway.
Comments? Or are you going to tell me to go buy another car or something else that requires *bleep* or censors? Please keep sarcastic insults to a min. and don't be too harsh! Please?!? :notworthy It's only my 2nd post! :wave: