Car: 2007 1.4 DSI SE Milano Red
Join Date: 18th March 2011
Location: Leamington Spa
Thanked 21 Times in 18 Posts
20 Months in
I had lost the will to live with cars until I took on ownership of an 8th Gen. I have a 2007 1.4 DSI with a staggering 125k on it and it has renewed my faith in modern vehicles. After my Freelander finally gave up the ghost I went on the trail for a more reliable form of transport. I did look at an X type but the Boss indoors hinted at a Honda.
The good stuff
It says it all when you look at the motor, it looks great. Someone at Honda had been on the Redbull when he/she set about the drawing board. The magic seats are nothing short of genius and the boot with the lower compartment is fantastic. The dashboard is set out just right and looks like something out of 2000AD. I am converted............. the one thing I love though is the fact that you can customise, tweek and the car doesn't look awful, chavy if you like. When I purchased my Honda it didn't have the exhaust triangles, alloy wheels and it had the standard silver plastic grill. All have been added or changed togive me a motor that's pleasing to the eye.
With the pleasure comes the pain or in my case, a niggly little itch. Thre trim quality could be better, the seats soon show the muck, easy chip paint. A bit of a shame really when you see how much went into the design and look of the car.
Ok, it's 1.4.........not big and not clever. Most modern engines of the same size do give a more glittering performance. The 1.4 I have in my motor is Gutless to say the least. Even with the 6 speed box which could be geared better still gives out a slightly disappointing output. It is to be fair a rock solid little Engine that I'm sure will give me years od reliability but loses momentum when faced with a decent incline.
Hell yea....... I'd buy another one at a heartbeat. I'd go for the 1.8 next time. What a stunning car. The 9th Gen has a very hard act to follow and judging by the write ups so far, it has been found wanting, give it time though. The handling on the 8's is fun and sticks to the road like glue. It's very much a family car but it takes it in it's stride, sufficient space inside and a respectable boot to cart all the crap associated with family days out. I'm about to add a towbar to pull our camping trailer.........Yet another mod to my list eh?