When you’re buying a new car, you’d consider whether the car is affordable or not. It’s also important to keep in mind the potential expenses in routine maintenance and and common Honda repairs
You can buy a car for a cheap price, that costs you a fortune in mechanical repairs or car maintenance.
So are Hondas expensive to maintain?
Hondas might not be the cheapest cars to buy, but they’re not expensive to maintain or repair. They can also be great ‘beater cars‘ if you find an older model Civic or Accord.
Let’s get into some numbers….
Skip to the good stuff:
- Are Hondas Reliable?
- Most common problems and repairs with Hondas
- To sum up
Are Hondas Reliable?
Knowing these costs, one has to think, are Hondas reliable?
We lean towards a resounding, “YES!” While they may not have the legacy of being as reliable as Toyota, they make awesome cars (but don’t get us started on their trucks…)
Hondas are considered to be reliable because they don’t need to be repaired very often, due to a really essential factor, their engines:
- They have simple engines, they use a 4 or a 6 cylinder engine, which is considered an easy-to-maintain engine.
- They’re rated in the top 10 most reliable engines, so your car is less likely to encounter a failure.
- They use the VTEC system that assures less fuel consumption when needed as well as more power at higher RPMs.
Honda vs Ford
Listen, we don’t want to offend any of you Ford lovers out there, so we wont pick a clear side on this one. Both companies are going to have their good models, and their not-so-good models.
If you’re debating going with a Ford Focus or Honda Civic, (for example), just go test drive them.
These newer models are going to be reliable, safe, and similar priced. So go with what YOU like.
Now if you’re considering an older model, mid 2000’s car, I’d suggest going with a Honda cars.
Most common problems and repairs with Hondas
It should be mentioned that among Honda’s common issues are:
Vibration While Braking
You’re more likely to face the vibration-while-braking issue at the 95,000+ mileage, it feels like the steering wheel is shaking while braking and this can be due to a warped brake rotor that can be fixed or replaced.
The transmission failure is encountered at the 70,000+ mileage, it results in transmission slips, skipping or problems while shifting. This can be caused due to the overheat of the gears. It’s not unfixable though, you can find some troubleshooting instructions for this issue.
Power Lock Failure
The power lock failure is likely to be faced at the 105,000+ miles. Simply, you might not be able to open the door due to electrical problems, but it’s fixable so no need to worry.
To sum up
Honda’s failure rate is actually 0.29% which is pretty impressive. While the company started as a motorcycle company, the number of sold cars increases each year.
They’re Japanese cars that are sold the most in North America and they’re a good pick if you’re looking for a car to stay with you for years.
Hondas are not expensive to maintain by any means, and we hope this article has helped you.
Reliable, affordable to maintain, and doesn’t require much effort after purchasing. Couldn’t ask for more.