So far my C has been a great car virtually problem free for 4,000 miles Woohoo. I have often stated in my posts how good the Japanese (Honda/Toyota) cars are esp compared to American cars. Last year I bought an 04 Perfect Toyota Sienna which had a pre delivery recall for a gas tank leak in a crash test. Ours had a whine from the blower motor which cleared after 3 months and a fan belt squeal upon start up which the dealer fixed by tensioning the pulley, it recurred and eventually went away after 5 or 6 months. One power outlet had a bad fuse and was discovered on our first trip when I tried to use my Escort, another dealer trip I just got an 05 Perfect Honda Odyssey on 11/19 and took off on a 1300 miler on 11/20. I just got to the freeway and the kids were asking to see a movie, no power to the DVD screen I was only 10 min from the dealer and had a svc tech check it who said "it's broke". I suggested checking the fuse and we discovered that there was no fuse in the DVD port That is correct, the car was delivered with no fuse, I suspect the dealer is supposed to put one in. Before you ask, they went over everything when my wife picked it up but no one had a DVD to check its function at delivery. I also found steering wheel shimmy which improved significantly with more miles (almost gone now) and it drifts right or left with the crown much like my C, more so than any FWD car I have driven. It has MDS and is rated at 28mpg, my best was 25 all freeway (engine still green though), the Sienna got 28-29.5 from day one though anemic power when freeway merging. My experience shows that my C is at least as good as Toyota and Honda. Long term, time will tell. I plan to keep the C and Odyssey for 7+ years and we'll find out who is most reliable. Oh, btw, no DRL just like the 300, I'll be adding a kit.