I think we should differentiate between serious mechanical-pay-to-fix-it-or-it-no-run-right (or at all) type stuff from the purely COSMETIC crap like a speaker grill popped off.
On a purely COSMETIC level my annoyance is slightly MORE than "moderate". On a MECHANICAL, effects-how-it-drives basis I'm very pleased, even impressed.
It also might be worth seperating 'REAL' defects (Ford's fault) from problems that only showed up after 100k plus miles of beating the b'jeebers out of a 5, 6 or 7 year old car. Personally I am under no illusions that I'm going to be able to get away with wailing on this car the way did my previous car (94 AccordEX-bought-new). But it comes down (did for me) to a question of bang for the buck, or if you will, BEATING for the buck. I would have paid about $5 grand more for similarly loaded CIVIC. (and still not gotten MP3) SO FAR I think I'm easially ahead of that game.
Steeda SRI, Eibach Pro, Ford Racing Dampers, Gorilla Lugs
Last edited by Netmon; 09-27-2008 at 10:39 AM.