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Our Fleet Test Drive: Honda Accord - 7th Report

Date: 20 May 2009   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Accord steering wheel
Category: Upper medium
P11D price: £24,790
Key rival: VW Passat

Technicians at Honda have solved the mystery of our Accord Tourer's spooky steering, with an un-nerving 'groove' just off centre, not unlike the sensation of tramlining.

Forensic inquiries found that "the wrong kind of grease" was used on this early model's steering rack, causing the turn-in "stickiness".

The rack has been replaced and Honda wants Accord drivers affected by this problem to contact their dealers so it can be remedied. They emphasise that Accords have been affected on a "random basis" and it is not a safety issue.

Honda Accord Tourer 2.2 i-DTEC EX
Mileage6925
Claimed combined
consumption
47.9mpg
Our average
consumption
42.8mpg
P11D price£25,290
Model price range£20,190-£27,490
CO2 (tax) 157g/km/22%
BIK 20/40% per month£93/£185
Service intervalvariable mls
Insurancegroup 11
Warranty3yrs/90,000mls
Boot space (min/max)406/672 litres
Engine size/power2199cc/148PS
Top speed/0-62mph129mph/9.6secs
Why we’re running itDoes Accord meet Honda’s
claims that it’s taking the
brand into premium territory?
PositiveHandsome, loaded spec,
dependability
NegativeAverage economy,
lacks low end pull



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