Bought the car new in '04. The a/c compressor turns on w/a nasty clunk (which makes a noise similar to a bad tranny). The doors and other interior parts rattle. The weather-stripping gets caught in the window when it goes down and makes a loud squeaking sound. Switching the hvac fan direction (blowing on feet to defrost, etc) makes a crackling/grinding noise. Of course the dealer says that there's nothing wrong the car. Called Honda and complained. Never heard a thing except that they sent me a survey to fill out, which I did and still never got a response.
Smooth rev-ing engine, slick manual 5- sp. Great in the snow. Lots of good cup- holders. Nice bright hi-beams. Overall a nicely engineered car.
Needs better build quality...my car anyway. Seats lack padding for my bony butt - which makes long trips uncomfortable.