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Reader test: Honda Accord

2009-09-18 07:06

Fryderyk Grochowina, Rustenburg

The first time I laid my eyes on it, it put a lump in my throat… The extended head lights, the wide stance and those “oh so beautiful” twin exhausts!! Wooohooo!!

It was the 2008 Honda Accord, and it looked amazing! I started hunting around for about six months before I found an extremely well priced 2.4 Executive demo with 29 000 km on the clock and priced at R259 900. Went for a spin and I was hooked! Purchased without hesitation!

It is now four months since the day I first got into my beautiful beast, and I am happy to say that all is still great. Let's first start with the interior… It looks damn smart, nothing like those German wannabes!

The interior has everything from heated leather seats to a very user-friendly Bluetooth system, and I cannot forget the great sunroof, it makes me feel like driving down the road and sticking my head out so that everybody can see who the lucky guy is.

Driving it

When it comes to the actual driving of this vehicle, I get some mixed feelings and sometimes a lack of confidence in the engineering behind this car… The steering seems extremely vague, and at times it feels like you’re driving with clenched fists as wheels! But then again, it only gives trouble on bumpy roads…

I’ve driven the previous generation Mercedes as well as the BMW and both seem to handle better than the Accord, but never mind that!! This car is still great and loaded with enough features to put the Germans to sleep! Ha!

When comparing the Japanese Accord to all other German makes, you really start to understand what “value for money” means… But then again, why buy “value for money” when you can get excellent value for money, with the Germans, for about R100 000 more??

I’ll tell you why!! Every other Tom, Dick and Harry wants a circular badge on the hood to prove that they have made it in life by splashing money around on a product that looks just like everybody else’s vehicle. They all either have shark fins on their roofs or a moustache-looking headlight made from a line of LEDs, I mean c'mon!!!! I thought people were trying to keep away from the turf?

Get off the turf and cross over to the green side!

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