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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:31 am
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Default Is the first year of a Car redesign usually the Worst?

This is what I've heard. Every generation of cars goes for 4 to 6 years before a major model change. For example the Honda Accord was redesigned in 2003 and the body style stayed the same until the 2008 redesign.Is it safe to say that the FIRST year of the body change is likely to be the WORST? Meaning, more problems, more repairs, etc. ?I'm looking for a used Accord from the 2003-2007 generation and I've been avoiding the 03's like the pleg.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 12:46 am
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Not always.Some car makers are so good at making cars that they get the car right the first time.But it's not a bad idea to get a model after it's 1st or 2nd year.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:01 am
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Usual rule of thumb is to avoid any first model year vehicles or fully redesigned ones to let them work out the kinks and engineering problems. Sometimes you get lucky or it's minimized if they incorporate well-tested items or systems from previous models. Check out Consumer Reports annual car buying guide for repair histories and have any used car well inspected by a trusted mechanic before buying.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:16 am
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Thats what it looks like to me.Honda redesigned the Civic in 06, which my friend got. There were a lot of minor cosmetic changes or fuctions that were not included in the 06, but placed into the 07.
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:31 am
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no it really doesnt matter people sat that but i have a 99 grand am gt and that is the first year for that style and i havent had any problems
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Old 16 Jan 2008, 01:46 am
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That's sometimes true, but not always. I bought a 2003 Accord, brand new when it first came out and it's been nothing but the best. I actually think the reason for that is because I specifically asked for my Accord the come from Japan, and it did (I had to wait though). If you're able to find an Accord that came from Japan, you're golden. The fact of the matter is, if the person who owned the car before you took care of it, you should be fine. Good Luck!!
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