Reliability is an understatement.
January 6, 2017
Oh, where to start? My experiences with this car may have you questioning why I would rate it 5 stars, and I'll explain in the end. Bear with me.
So I bought this vehicle used about 8 years ago for around $3000, in good running condition, the tires had a bit of a flat spot on them from sitting in the lot, but nothing to worry about. Since then, I've replaced my fair share of hardware. The battery and alternator were among the first issues, followed by the EGR valve, computer, and at one point I thought I was going to need to do transmission work, but it sorted itself out... somehow.. more on that later.
The little things constantly break. The false wood trim is cracked on the doors, the radio no longer functions, the clock doesnt work, the passenger door handle doesnt operate from the inside or outside, the rear windshield de-icing button does little more than occupy space in the center control panel, the shift handle dislodged itself from the stick and vomited its spring loaded components all over my interior, the cigarette lighter socket came apart while I was unplugging a GPS and actually lit my carpet on fire while I was going down the interstate.
So why the positive rating? This car has not stranded me. The powertrain, you know, the expensive bits? Thats all fine and showing no signs of failing. I tore the oilpan and mistakenly drove it BONE DRY on oil and when the motor was acting sluggish, I discovered this and added 4 quarts of oil and it kept going like nothing was wrong.
Look, if you're even looking at buying this car, you arent in the market for luxury and all the bells and whistles anymore. Its 20 years old. If you want to get from A to B every day, this is your vehicle. I've been looking at new cars recently, but I'm going to have a hard time giving up such a die-hard vehicle. Bravo Acura, bravo.