I have a 2006 Accord 2.0 SE (petrol) which is now nearly 10 years old and has done 67,000 miles. The only failure has been a leaking brake master cylinder which was replaced under Honda Extended Warranty 2 years ago. The car also needs new rear brake pads abut every 25,000 miles which seems to be a 'feature' of this model. I'm having great difficulty finding a new car as quiet and refined as the 7th Generation. Accord which also has a decent ground clearance / breakover angle to cope with a steep drive I need to negotiate. Many modern car designs have an extended wheelbase with no compensating increase in ground clearance which makes it difficult to negotiate steep changes in incline without bottoming! I was quite impressed with the Lexus IS300H until I realised the breakover angle was insufficient. The Mazda 3 Fastback is potential replacement since it has a decent ground clearance, drives well and seems to have good reliabilty. I don't really want a SUV unless there are no other alternatives. I'm interested in your views on: What common faults am I potentially facing if I keep my Accord a while longer bearing in mind its modest mileage (67,000 miles) and excellent reliability history? What other replacement cars can members recommend? My preference is for a refined good handling car with excellent reliability which probably means staying with a Japanese brand. It also needs to have a good ground clearance / breakover angle. Mazda cars are quite good in this respect. What do members think of the Mazda 3 2.0 petrol Fastback which is the main option on my buying list? I might have been tempted to buy another new Accord but sadly the Accord is no longer sold in the UK.