Posted on 27 / 07 / 2003
Honda Stream - UK Model
This is the first Honda motor car I have bought in over 20 years
of driving. It is the best car I have bought. The gear change is
the smoothest of any, the handling is excellent and the economy
is good too. I have just bought a Renault Clio as a second car and
I am going to trade it in for a Civic...the Clio is not a patch
on Honda. As for fuel consumption I was quite happy with around
35 miles per gallon which is not as good as my Renault Clio but
when you take into account that 6 people are travelling seems ok
to me. It is not a very popular car; I have only ever seen one other
one on the road. I would recommend anyone to try Honda instead of
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Michael Lister, Leeds
Posted on 10 / 07 / 2003
Honda Civic Type-R - Review
A true hot hatch compared to my previous car, a 1995 Golf Gti 16v.
This car has 200bhp which means it has similar power to cars such
as the 1st generation Subaru Impreza Trubo 2000 and Honda Integra.
Before buying the Civic Type-R I looked at the Renault Clio 172
Cup and though that car was very nice I felt the Honda had a little
more power and being a Honda would keep it's value better and last
longer. The Civic Type-R is powered by a 2.0 litre VTEC engine and
can deliver 197bhp at 7400rpm, which makes it a genuine hot hatch.
The handling is also very good with lots of grip and fuel consumption
isn't any worse than my old Golf Gti, returning around 20mpg around
town and pushing between 35 - 40mpg on a long run, depending on
how hard you are driving. There aren't many extras apart from Air-Conditioning
which is a staggering £1,250 option, plus the air-con has
a significant impact on the performance of the car. So if that's
the case then I wouldn't recommend anyone who is interested in preformance
have air-con fitted. The level of road noise coming into the cabin
is loud however and can become annoying, but apart from this the
car is ideal because it has plenty of performance but at £15,000
is cheap for what you get and doesn't cost the earth to run.
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Mike Tavern, Derby
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Model - Honda Accord Tourer 2.2 iCDTi
This has now been my company car from new for the last 9 months.
The build quality, performance and ride are great but I've now been
had the AA out under Honda's roadside assistance scheme 3 times.
First time because of a flat tyre!!!! Honda do not supply a spare
wheel as standadrd but a tyre repair kit/compressor. This seldom
works and when I had to call the Honda care assistance their policy
is to only tow you to the nearest point of safety if there isn't
a spare whhel on board - the result that I was dumped on a motorway
service 100 miles from home and had to make my own arrangements
to get the vehicle back on road. IF YOU BUY THE TOURER PLEASE GET
THE SPACE SAVER SPARE WHEEL AND DON'T FALL FOR THE SALESMAN PATTER
ABOUT THE REPAIR KIT. The AA will want Â£250 to tow
you home. Second time the turbo went after about 6 months as I was
driving. This time the AA recovery brought me back home. The main
dealer couldn't diagnose the fault and it was 4 weeks before I got
the car back with virtually a new turbo. Although covered by warranty
I was informed that the bill would have been almost £7,000
(over £2,000 was labour). Apparently there was a recall on
some of the Tourer diesels because of a turbo problem but mine wasn't
meant to be one of them. Third time, 9 months later and the turbo
has just gone again cutting my holiday short. After 2 days the main
dealer still hasn't been able to identify the cause. Lovely car
when it's running but take these issues up with your Honda dealer
- how would you want a £7k bill for a turbo if out of warranty?
It may just be a glitch on a new model but it shatters the myth
about Honda's reliability.
By User - Rob
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Amazing economy. On a run at a constant-ish 60mph my best was 116mpg
from Bury to Preston in Lancashire. The air-con will reduce this
considerably though. On average over 49,000 trouble free miles the
car did 81mpg. This includes urban driving and rapid motorway driving.
The car sits very low and has very stiff suspension. This let me
go round roundabouts far quicker than the average car. Much to the
annoyance of Mr Mondeo/Vectra rep. The seats are very figure hugging
and hold you in place completely.
Their is no need to treat the car any differently than a small
turbo charged car as the charging of the batteries is automatically
done and even uses the braking energy to recharge them. Then when
you want more go the electric motor kicks in like a turbo and you
can scoot off down the road at up to 112mph.
The equipment levels are high and include fully automatic climate
Servicing costs are ridiculously low as the elctrics are service
free and the petrol engine is only a 1 litre 3 cylinder engine.
Don't buy one unless you can live with only 2 seats and a small
If you do want to buy one, buy a second hand one from the north
of England or Wales or Scotland as the prices in London & the
south are several thousand pounds higher. In the North they start
from around £4,000 for a W reg. In London, Honda would sell
this car for at least £7,000.
And people will stand and stare. One trick of my fellow motorway
users would be for the odd driver to slow down while overtaking
and sit on my back corner pointing at the car, along with their
For the giggle factor, the high mpg, the ridiculously low servicing
costs and no congestion charging I give the car 5 stars out of 5.
By User - Stephen
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Model - Honda Stream i-vs 2005
I just used the car for 2 weeks and found it as the ultimate car
in its class. Real value for money. Silent engine and smooth running
make it a fun to drive. I filled it up with 6 adults and presto
the speed is not at all affected. With its black color it's a head
turner! I have used a toyota, a nissan and a mazda, but none could
compete with this outstanding car, especially in its peformance.
Looks like its going to be the car of my life time.
My only complain is it's middle seat is slighly shorter. Can;t
blame it as I was using a chauffer driven Mercedes Benz before.
Consumption is surprisingly low.
In conclusion I can't wait for my weekend to bring it to the highway.
By User - Ian