My accord tourer EX has just passed it's MOT with only the front drop links required (last year it was the rear drop links). But there were a load of advisories... if that's the right term under these new rules that downplay some things and exaggerate others... Doesn't mean that they'll 'be' required and as I don't do more than 5-6k a year on average... possibly won't. but I have to assume they 'could' be a factor. So there were plenty of mentions of dust covers on bushes on the front lower and upper control arms, very minor play in a couple... not enough to fail. But that's gonna mean 2 lower control arms (it's cheaper to replace the whole thing that remove, take out bushes and refit... labour costs too much on the latter when compared to the job of swapping a complete one). A quick check on prices gives me around the £130 for a pair, plus a similar amount for the labour (not something I can do with my disability). Add in another £70-100 for the upper bushes, they're not expensive and won't require the whole arm replacing, just the one bush. Then there's some minor wear and tear items, which I'm not counting as they're things to be expected. I then got them to do a regass of the aircon as it wasn't blowing cold.. and that failed the leak test. They partially filled it with gas/dye and ran it for a while... got it up on the ramp and checked all visible parts of the system with the UV lamp and the sniffer... and couldn't find any sign of a leak... Which normally means it's in a part of the system that can't be seen without stripping stuff out... an expense I don't deem to be worthwhile. For a car that is classed as Cat C after the twonk in a BMW drove into me... and they wrote it off, but we repaired it because the damage was so minor it was pointless not too... I don't think I can expect more than £1000 for it now. and the prospect of a £400+ MOT bill next year makes me think it's not worth keeping any longer... especially as it's got 171k on the clock now. Now the car starts and drives superb, being the EX it's got all of the toys and everything works brilliantly, the leather is in superb condition, the nav works (although map disc is out of date). I refurbished all 4 wheels (powder coated) and had new tyres, there's also a 5th rim with tyre too and by the time it goes it will have had new brake pads all round (did them 3yrs ago and 15k miles.. so must be due) and a service. It's wanted for nothing really, I've had help from a couple of former members who went above and beyond to advise and help fix problems and I've been happy to spend money to fix issues whenever required. So I'm thinking of getting another one... but newer obviously... lower mileage.. prefer a 8th Generation if possible but would settle for one of the last 7th Generation's from 2008... I think I'll be a little more choosy on colour this time too, so either a plain silver, or a dark grey/black... no green, red, white or blue (my last 2 cars have been blue and I'm sick of them nowadays) and no way I'd touch a gold/bronze type of colour as both cars I owned or almost bought in those colours were lemons.. so to me those kinds of colours are cursed.. Not entirely logical I know... Budget will depend on what I can get for mine obviously and if I can part ex it.... So let's assume I can and I get a grand for it... and that I'll need a grand in reserve for insurance and essential repairs and maintenance.... I think I can scrape together £3000. It would have been a lot more... But unfortunately I had to replace the entire roof on my house last month which blew nearly all of my savings of £6k. It doesn't have to be an Accord... but given how well this one has served me the last 3yrs... I'm definitely leaning towards a Honda again, and will only be looking at Jap cars in general... unless a decent Volvo XC70 comes into my price range (they're nice to drive and my Uncle won't have anything else for the last 13yrs)... Space is a big factor, whilst I don't absolutely need the boot space of a tourer, I would struggle with the higher boot lip on the saloon (I'm officially classed as disabled nowadays with the badge to go with it)... I also use my car a lot to take elderly people out in, so getting in and out with ease is essential, as is a reasonable amount of legroom in the rear. For that reason I have discounted the Civic purely on practicality... and not because I find the last few gens... well... hideous to look at. Not knocking them as cars, just I personally find them ugly... Like some one only got around to watching the original Fast & Furious movie 15yrs later and thought.. ohhh... lets do that. (I'm gonna cop some crap for that I know... it's just an opinion, unbunch those panties). I've discounted the FR-V for the same reason... I don't like the look... although the 2015 newer models... are nice... but are out of my price range for a few more years yet. The CR-V is a contender... if I can find the facelift 2008 onwards model... Then we come to the endless Petrol Vs Diesel debate... Now I don't do a huge amount of driving... 5-6k a year on average... a max of 7k at most. So to many people a diesel is pointless. But most of my journey's are shorter ones with a few longer ones every 10-15 days. So at the moment I am averaging 41mpg in the 2.2CDTi... I know that those same journeys in say the 2lt petrol would not be close enough to make the savings per litre work, and I like the torque of the 2.2... so I'd probably be looking for the 2.4 petrol to be honest if I had to go petrol... and then I realised road tax would be £540 a year... so fudge that. If it's a diesel... then I think pre DPF should be a factor, especially with the tightening of diesel regs for MOTs... my next car after that will then have to be petrol... maybe even a hybrid. I have enjoyed this Accord... I'd owned Jap cars for the previous 10yrs before getting a Mondeo diesel... which whilst comfy and nice to drive... was a money pit and a borderline Lemon... So I switched back to jap cars again and haven't regretted it... this car has survived when others have failed (like the BMW that hit it and caused a minor dent in the wing and some dings to the door... whilst it was a write of entirely with broken and bent suspension, wings and bumpers hanging off, airbags deployed and buckled wheels)... I'd DEF get another if I can.