Wow that is a very detailed and well thought out reply!!! Hats off bro!! I would like to correct you on the part where u say UAE version will have better quality. they dont!! They are same quality cars, if not worse and they are worse when you compare the features offered in the two countries. even 8th gen used to come with black door handles like xli and a cassette player in the early years only. anyways... i ll be buying a newer version so thats not an issue.
I ve heard a lot about this faulty power steering pipe. i remember HONDA guys issuing a recall and calling it an "upgrade" instead. i am hoping Honda UAE also fixed these issues if there were any here.
as for maintainience, thats not an issue. throttle body plugs filters etc are easy fix. what about the cat converter btw? remember that we have high octane fuel here so may be CATS get clogged quicker may be? how diagnose a problem with CAT while test driving a car? yes i will prefer to buy the car from Al futtaim but cant be sure if they ll have one to my liking or not so may be will buy from outside. but will not sacrifice on upper spec and excellent condition InshaALLAH.
apart from the defects, how do u rate the 'steering feel' on an 8th gen? i ve heard that its a bit hard but feels very nice. i am the kind of guy who is into a bit aggressive driving. so i would love a responsive steering. Not too hard but not as soft as 9th gen's.
btw whats up with this 9th gen? why is yours breaking down so frequently?
thanks a LOT for the reply btw... will really help me!