Honda Accord Euro Problems
No car is perfect, but we've gathered everything relating to the Honda Accord Euro reliability here to help you decide if it's a smart buy.
Electrical fault with my 2006 Honda Accord Euro
Your electrician has done the right things so far, Ken, starting with making sure that the battery is charged and being charged by the alternator and that the car is earthed (grounded) properly. Those are traditionally major causes of this type of problem, but unfortunately there are many more possibilities in a modern car with its electronics. My first thought is that the functions you’re having trouble with are all controlled by the car’s body computer. So I think that’s where your electrician should start looking next. These computers can develop software and hardware faults that allow for these random and intermittent problems. So maybe borrowing a body computer from the same make and model and seeing if that fixes your problems (and at least ruling out the computer) is a cost-effective way forward.
I’d also be having a chat to the workshop that replaced the steering rack to see if there’s any way that a connection or sensor related to the on-board computer could have been bumped or damaged during the rack-replacement process. It would certainly be a coincidence (and it’s possible that this is exactly what this is) if these problems started straight after the repairs, no?
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Best replacement for a Calais
With local production shutting down the big-car choices are getting fewer and fewer, but right now you can still buy a Calais if that's what you like. You can also buy an equivalent Falcon or Toyota Aurion. There are more expensive cars, from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi etc. that would suit, but they come with a much higher price tag than a Calais. Others you could try are a Skoda Superb, a Honda Accord V6 Luxury if you're prepared to give up a little in size, and there's also the Chrysler 300C.
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Accord Euro valuation
Go to our free valuation section: http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-valuation and you will be able to find the trade-in value.
Trading up to an SUV
The CX-5 is a clear winner for what you want and is virtually a weekly recipient of The Tick.
Luxury replacement for a Mazda 3
Your choices both get The Tick, but the Benz A250 might be too sporty for a retirement car and the A3 is an upscale Volkswagen Golf. A good mate has just bought an Accord Euro and, even though it goes out of production soon, he loves it. You should test-drive all three.
Accord Euro tyre wear
The Accord Euro is designed to be an agile, responsive car with sharp handling and to achieve that the geometry of the suspension is set fairly aggressively and sportier tyres are fitted. Both of those things can result in higher tyre wear, and sometimes, uneven wear. It's a good idea to keep on top of the tyre rotation; so all four tyres wear at the same rate, ensure the tyre pressures are set to the correct pressure, and have the suspension aligned.
Honda Euro Luxury paint issue
Orange peel was once a no-no for painters, it was thought to be a poor finish, but for some reason we've come to think that it means that lots of paint has been applied and it's now ok. There's nothing you can do about it without repainting the car. As for the scratching I would recommend regular polishing to give the surface maximum protection.
Accord Euro ant problems
Maybe Richard Curtis could check the area where he parks his car and moves it to a safer location. Your confirmation of an issue suggests Honda could look at better sealing of their ECU to stop ants from entering it.