Hi Everyone, Newbie here! My name is Grahame and I've just registered on the site. I don't yet have an Accord but hope to have one in the next 2-3 weeks. I decided to offload my Ford S-Max TDCi this year after it has cost me over £1.3k in repairs after giving reasonably good service, I've now lost all faith and want rid, it's only just over 5 years old with only 35k on the clock but this year it's shown it's true colours with a failed alarm system, battery and most seriously the steering rack which on it's own cost £1k to repair. I decided on an Accord based mainly at first on my dad's experience of owning one. He has a 92 J plate accord which has the rear wheel steering! it's coming up to the 200k mark and aside from routine servicing and wear and tear items it's never once let him down. Another thing that justifies my decision to get one is that fact that looking on this forum there are hardly any owners on here asking for help with issues, there are one or two threads about issues but having read them they are hardly reason to be put off having an Accord. But if anyone can advise me on what I should be looking for based on their own experiences I'd appreciate it. So that's why I'm here. I've had a test drive of a 59 plate 2.2cdti and was very impressed by the drive, comfort, solid build quality and I have to say I think it looks stunning far more imposing than the 7th Generation model which is still a nice looking car. I don't want another diesel though, I've decided on the 2.0 Petrol Saloon, a slight compromise for me on size over the S-Max but still perfectly adequate for my needs with a small young family. I would say that the actual floor space in the boot is larger but I lose the height, no great shakes though as we only really lug about a pushchair these days. I only cover 4-5K miles a year so don't feel the need to have a diesel any more plus in my experience having had 4 diesel powered cars they cost more to run in terms of servicing, cost more to buy and tend to be less reliable these days. Anyway the good news for me is the Honda dealer I have been in contact with have sourced a 2008 EX GT in Black for me with some extras like Sat Nav, it has full history and has only done 20k, the good thing is that although (to secure it) I've put a deposit on it they are adamant that they will not sell me the car until I have seen it, driven it and made a decision and, if it's not for me they'll give me back my deposit and find me another one. So for now I am an Accord Wannabe Owner but I hope to be able to say that in a couple of weeks I should be able to change my profile to "Accord Owner"