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I have not posted to this forum for quite some time – since I had the Civic. I have read the various posts regarding the Civic and Accord and it has gone a long way in helping me make my decision to change from Civic (56 plate 2.2 EX + leather and glass roof), to an Accord (Due in 6 weeks when current lease runs out, 2.2 ES GT + Nav Pack). Thanks to all that have taken the time to post .
And a mixed bag of emotions it is.
I will be sad to see the back of the Civic :(. Together we have clocked up more than 85K over the past two years. I can honestly say that this has been the best company car that I have ever had. I would not hesitate recommending this car to anybody [smilie=gt-happyup.:. So why the change? I think that basically I fancy a change of scenery, and I fancy a car that has a smoother quieter ride for long journeys. Due to my level of general satisfaction with Honda, the Accord seems the natural way to go. [/SIZE]

My company car is purchased through a lease scheme. 2 months towards the end of a current lease, I get an email with a web link to cars that are available in my grade, I click on the one that I want. I then brace myself for the incoming requirement to seemingly finance Gordon Brown’s next spending spree.
For anybody else in the same boat - I thought that now would be a good time to get a new car. However, the lease company do not consider the discounts being offered on the forecourt when deciding the cars thay the budget will allow and they flatly refuse to negotiate. The lease company do however take into account the falling residual value of the cars. With my budget, I can afford £25K of so called ‘premium’ car (BMW, Audi etc) or £20K of ‘standard grade’ car (Ford, Vauxhall etc). The Honda comes in just over half way between the two. Having test driven what is available from other manufacturers for the same size cars, I think that the Honda sits just about right with level of refinement and comfort for my needs. (For me, Honda alway come in about half way between German hard bench seats and soft French sofa's. This is always an important factor when spending approximatly 4 hours a day in the seat.)

And so now I look forward to the new arrival (in particular the iPOD connectivity – this was great on the demo that I had for 24hours. Also hopefully.......Hopefully..... a usable HFT – this I did not try on the demo.)
 

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Know where you're coming from on the Lease thing :(

If the HFT in the Accord is the same as the one in the CRV rather than the Civic, you will be pleasently surprised :)

It still does the "star seven one" on the first call of each day :lol:, but the clarity is much improved :)

enjoy! :D
 

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Im going to order the ESGT 2.2 in the next week or so, again as a company car (well sort of!), all told im looking at a bill of £200 a month (inc fuel), it is annoying as Im sure I can get a better deal if I was buying privately, but hey what can one do!

I looked at loads of car, and none have quite hit the spot like the Accord GT, 3 series has a great chassis but is dull inside, A4 now is a cheap feeling car, Passat is duller than a very dull thing.The Mondeo is great to drive but is so-so in the styling area, the only other 2 cars I actually liked were the Merc C class or the Skoda Octy VRS.Oh and the Mazda 6 is actually a very very nice car, but expensive on our scheme.
 

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So was I, I certainly wouldnt have, they seem to have gone backwards with the interior, in the past they did have a real premium feel over even the Passat, not convinced now.

Of course I could have had a lemon.
 

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Had my ESGT Tourer for 6 weeks now - smile every tie I drive it. Thr HFT with the Navi works great - my O2 stellar does not sync the contacts but apart from that it is good & clear and I have very few errors (ususally only owhen the screen demist is on).

Good choice, I'm sure you wil be very happy with the upgrade (sorry civinfo :D)
 

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... Also hopefully.......Hopefully..... a usable HFT – this I did not try on the demo.)
Hi!

I can confirm that hte HFT works great in the new Accord with NAV-screen. I have not had any complains with this at all. In my last Civic with HFT I sometimes had som difficulties to get Ms. Honda to understand what I said... this seems to be much better in the new Accord. The option that it shows the number of the caller in the speedometer is also a very good improvement. You can also search throught the entire phonebook from the NAV-screen and make calls from there... GREAT! :D

Good luck with your new great car!
Dankert
 

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the HFT on the accord also has ambient cut out i.e
it tries to cut out as much road noise and background interfrence as poss hence the mic is on the right hand side as appose to in the middle :cool:
 
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