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Tomorrow I take delivery of a new 2010 EX-L - just in time for Christmas. As you would expect, I'm just a little bit excited.

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My name is Houston Haynes, and I'm a composer by education AND avocation, but the day gig is with a large entertainment company. This is my first new car purchase, and and spent a LOT of time researching various options. Until September of 2009 I was a full-time motorcyclist - then when someone totaled my bike (by pulling in front of my while I was driving it) I decided to take a step back and consider my options while taking advantage of public transport. I spent a year+ using the Metro system here in LA (as well as cycling/walking) and really found it useful for what I was doing at the time. But now it's time to "fan out" a bit into new areas, and the logistics of renting/cabbing/Zipcarring around just didn't work - and yes, I tried them all in the course of the year.

So it was time to look into "grown up" transportation - with focus on a vehicle that could haul my music-related gear and have a bit of a sporty attitude. While pedaling back and forth to work, I'd occasionally see a Crosstour at the local post office. I *always* liked the way it looked, regardless of the approach/angle that I saw. I was surprised to see all of the negative feedback on the design of the CT when I started researching it specifically - but after some reading around I began to get that those who were commenting were *not* the demography that Honda had in mind when they designed it. (which makes me wonder *why* they did a Facebook launch of the vehicle, but I digress...) I like the feel of the interior and enjoyed the ride - and plan to do the type of driving that it seems to be designed for - so it's a home run as far as I'm concerned.

I had looked into other makes and models of vehicle - and to honest I was looking to take advantage of the end-of-model-year-clearance deals, so that was a big factor. But on the merits of the vehicles alone I found that the CT fared better in many, many respects. Again - the online chatter about the Crosstour "being too expensive" gave me a bit of pause - but when I started configuring the competitors with similar amenities (many of which are "standard" on the CT) I found them to be largely similar in price. Color me surprised that NO ONE who wrote an online review seemed to catch onto that - including the biggies...

So, I feel really happy to have found a car that matches so well to what I want to do - and since I plan to keep this car for a long, long time I'm doubly glad that it's a Honda.

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I'll be pouring through the record here to find tidbits on aftermarket accessories. I'm really glad to see this resource here, and would like to NOT ONLY say hello but also wish everyone here a great holiday season and a happy and successful 2011.
 

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Congrats to you and I'm excited for you! It sounds like you did your research as I did back in August. My partner and I got ours Sept. 1st and really love it. I agree with all your observations so far! We'll be taking our first real long trip on Monday when we head from MI to FL for the winter(about 1300 mi), but we've accumulated about 3000 miles so far here in the midwest. The forum is fun to monitor and check from time to time, although I don't check the postings everyday. Good luck and Merry Christmas!
 

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Congrats to you and I'm excited for you! It sounds like you did your research as I did back in August. My partner and I got ours Sept. 1st and really love it. I agree with all your observations so far! We'll be taking our first real long trip on Monday when we head from MI to FL for the winter(about 1300 mi), but we've accumulated about 3000 miles so far here in the midwest. The forum is fun to monitor and check from time to time, although I don't check the postings everyday. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Wow. Holy cow - that's quite a haul! Thanks for the kudos. I'm still in the novelty phase of the car, but it feels like SUCH the perfect decision for me, I couldn't be happier. I already added an aftermarket backup camera to mine - a "Day 0" mod that was more of an impulse-buy, finding a decent unit off-the-shelf at the local auto parts mega-store on the cheap. I'll likely do a thread about it in the proper forum in a day or two - after I get a chance to go back and take a few pictures for real show-and-tell quality.

Thanks again and happy holidays to everyone!
 

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Welcome to the Forum. Some of us call the Crosstour "the bean."

My bean hasn't had any of the problems you may find listed in various posts. Well, I did have the vibration for a few days but it went away and hasn't been back.

Happy Holidays to you!

-fred
 

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Welcome HH, nothing like due diligence to get you off on the right foot. I think you will see your honeymoon stage extends further than you think it might. Most of us are very happy with the CT. As you look at reviews on here please notice that we report every little nuance that we encounter. These are not complaints but mostly are reported so that anyone else experiencing the same thing can report in also.

This is an excellent way to find little bugs in a car that has been out only a little over a year. Most things are minor and arbitrary but every once in a while we find problems that are a little stickier. And then when someone gets a resolution we pass it along to other owners for their collective benefit.

Best wishes and give us your impressions once you get a few miles under your belt.
 

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Congrats! What color did you get? I'm in OC and I've had mine since February and still just as much in love with it as the day I drove it off the lot. I'm finally starting to see more of them now.

I think you'll be very happy. It handles so well - even in this rain we've had for the last couple of weeks. The stability control works great. Make sure to adjust your mirrors out.
 

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Congrats! What color did you get?
Same as you did, it seems. I put a small Apple logo sticker in the back window on each side (where there's a blind spot anyway) so that we can tell ours apart. The aftermarket backup camera on the rear bumper might be a giveaway too. :)

I'm in OC and I've had mine since February and still just as much in love with it as the day I drove it off the lot. I'm finally starting to see more of them now.
I'll be in Anaheim for the weekend of the NAMM show in January. If I spot my OC twin I'll honk and wave. :)

I think you'll be very happy. It handles so well - even in this rain we've had for the last couple of weeks. The stability control works great.
I just broke through 100 miles today, and only driving in the rain was to ferry a few people back and forth to West Hollywood on Christmas Day. I did the Rainex thing and that seems to have been a smart move. Anyway, I'm surprised at the amount of power and smooth ride that the CT has. It'll be interesting to see how it does through rainy season.

Make sure to adjust your mirrors out.
That's one of the first things on my list today - re-program the mirror positions. It's one of those things that I forgot to do when setting the seat position memory.
 
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