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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Moon Township, PA
Model Year: 2007
Color: Nimbus Gray Metallic
Re: J35A91 vs J35Z5
Anything can go wrong with any vehicle at any time. Things go wrong with vehicles. That's just the way it is. Doesn't matter if it's Honda, Toyota, Dodge, Ford or Ferrari... vehicles break and things happen. Gouranga, I'm very sorry that so many things have happened with your truck, but buying used is always a risk. You have no idea how that truck was treated before you owned it. It could have been thrashed on test-drives at the dealership. It could have been neglected by its previous owner. It could have had a flaw at the factory that was never caught until now. Even if it has good maintenance records, the owner still could have been a very aggressive driver. That's just the risk you take buying used.
That being said, I bought my truck with 75k miles on it from a guy on Craigslist. Sound scary? Absolutely. However, doing some vital research before I committed to buy it made me feel comfortable about it. I don't part with tens of thousands of dollars easily, but my truck was a one-owner vehicle that was in Florida. The guy who was selling it was the nephew of the guy who owned it. Unfortunately, the original owner passed away and the nephew inherited it. He already had a pickup, so he sold it. The truck was serviced regularly with receipts as proof, garaged constantly and it even had pictures of the road trips the gentleman had taken in it. Carfax was clean and the truck was in great condition. I've been very strict with my maintenance and my truck is still running like it was new at 127k miles now.
If you go to ANY other vehicle forum out there, the most posts will always be in a "Problems and Issues" section. Just check out any Dodge, Volkswagen or Saab forum. They make this one look tame. Things go wrong, people want to know how to fix them, so they post there. They may not post ever again, but they do when something is wrong. I am a member over at Hondaaccordforum.com. I have 12 posts there and all of them are asking about issues and how to correct them. Bottom line is that you have a truck that is not good. It's extremely unfortunate for you, but it is not the norm for the RL or for Honda in general. I can't blame you for never wanting to have another one based on the issues you've had so far, but, as I've said before, for every one member who posts about a serious problem with their trucks, there are hundreds of others with tens of thousands of trouble-free miles. The J is a very strong, reliable engine that is used in several Honda vehicles (I have two), but there are bound to be a few that have issues. I'm sorry you've been one of them. If you trade yours in on a new one or a newer pre-owned one with a warranty, I'm sure you'd be happier.
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