When a "premium" piece of machinery continually fails or provides a very short "lifespan", that is expertly/professionally cared for beyond specs, and owned by such, was lightly used, disappointment will come across. Some bashing may very well be justified
It was a difficult purchase, something so "fuggly", but ingenously put together; I swayed. It appealed to the wife, and she really wanted a do-everything vehicle. Honda and aftermarket warranties included. It was done.
If it weren't for the yearly auto-emailer reminder system, wouldn't have an inclination to check back again, and still don't own a Honda (never again with an Automatic):
There can be a sense of the skewed/biased perceptions towards a professional on a forum, especially if what we're saying isn't of the rah-rah-go-team variety. It's common, not just here, as evidenced in the thread. I don't always bring my credentials and experience to light, or mention it the numerous forums I participate in, or have created. Sometimes it must come out, when others spout non-sense and the like (recently a member who was "boisterous" in approach, then back pedaled, and the next day asked for a job, as that group knows my background). In this case mentioned to hopefully ad credibility to what was a very poor experience for me/us. Thankfully the bottom line cost wasn't an issue. Keeps me a bit more objective, let's say.
With that said, the forums where I deal with high end cars, most people tend to be more Enthusiast based, and are nearly always humble or appreciative of input and comments, wanting to know what to expect, or how to prevent issues. Even the younger generations, who we know can be tempermental at times. Most are genuinely sad when someone has major issues, or leaves a group. In the end all types of people call on me from around the country, even other countries. At least in those groups. FWIW- Very few full time working techs (in my case well beyond that level) offer up their hard earned knowledge for free to help the common good. Naturally, I get to learn a few things along the way, rarely truly technical, but more of general info and trends.
It could be entertaining to hear how many powertrain issues people have had, and issues in general, over the last 2.5+ years. Hopefully not, but Honda has a less than stellar reputation with this manu-matic (it's altered from a manual) auto transmission.
In the end do not miss the RL, but for it's overall practicality. Living with it always showed some inherent short coming, poor ergonomics/spatial relations, weak windshield, alignment issues, powertrain flubs/failures, and high maintenance needs (trans, r.diff), and lack luster off-roadability (idiotic trans and ABS logic, low clearance, overly stiff suspension). Things that Honda could do much better at. Corporate Honda was no help (windshield), and the dealer less than helpful on anything other than major issues. Now Honda has been recalling bad airbags, other Class Action issues, and now discrimination in vehicle sales towards ethnic people.
My new Honda (China?) power washer is spitting it's guts out with major bearing material loss. Probably due for another flush and more Amsoil to give it a chance. The carb is persnickity and is a gas hog unlike my older Japanese made Honda mower. Times do change...
For those that take this personally, the underlying objective point(s) obviously wizzed right past. It happens.
Not saying I won't ever buy another Honda, but until they redesign the transmission and offer either a turbo V6 or Diesel with some solid torque, and clean up their act a bit, then we'll keep watching from outside the box.