I'll chime in and say my experience with a 2004 Accord 5-manual has been the exact opposite of the OP-it is without a doubt the best car I have ever owned. It drives great after 13 years and almost 190k miles, but I will say brake wear and warping front rotors were a problem until I replaced the rotors with Centrics. I had previously been having issues with the Advance brand, Wearever?, the replacement of which was becoming a Spring ritual. Oil consumption at ~1qt/1000 miles was becoming a minor annyoance in recent years until I had the valve cover gasket replaced with an overdue valve adjustment, which I may not have needed but did anyway just as a preventive measure. Consumption has diminished to 1/2 qt per thousand miles. All other maintenance has been up to date, I've made sure of it over the years, pledging early on to take care of the car and not neglect its reasonable needs with the goal of seeing how far it would go. It has been fed a steady diet of top tier gas (Shell), mostly synthetic oil (Pennzoil), Oem coolant, and Oem power steering and manual transmission fluid. Recently there have been small bubbles of rust forming on the driver side wheel wells (oddly the pass side show zero signs of rust) that of course are dissapointing but have been and will be treated with POR. Overall I have been very happy with my Honda experience and am anxious to see how the new Accord is received since the global platform it will be based on has been lauded in both the new Civic and CRV.