- Feb 26, 2011
Was it also made in India?I owned Ford, Nissan, and VW brands. In 2018 decided to go Honda.
Worst decision I ever made. Bought a demo 2017 Honda Ballade Trend. The build of the vehicle is crap. Just under 40K and rattles from the front dashboard and bonnet. Rear seat rattles on bumps (creaks when a passenger sits on it). Occasional irritating squeak from driver’s seat. Water drips into the passenger side door compartment. Becomes irritating when raining.
After sale service is pitiful. My complaint on Hello Peter.
Pads were replaced at 33K due to a vibration on the steering. This came off my maintenance plan. The problem is that we have limited Honda dealerships. We don’t have the luxury, like VW or Toyota, to go to another dealership if you are dissatisfied with their service. This dealership is a few km’s from my place of work. The next closest dealership is in Pinetown and, because of the distance, they do not offer a lift to work. A colleague of mine wanted to purchase a Honda Jazz. After travelling in my car and reading of my experience, she ended up purchasing a Hyundai.
A colleague of mine owns a 2018 Ballade Elegance, also unhappy with the after sales service. Took his vehicle in as he could hear a noise whenever he applied his brakes. They took the car for a test drive and informed that nothing is wrong with the vehicle. They could not hear the noise. 2 months later – a loud grinding sound. Goes back to the dealer and they tell him his pads are worn and now scoring the discs. Replacement of pads and disc came of his maintenance plan.
I am now forced to trade in the car early next year. As much as the vehicle may look good, I would avoid the new Ballade like the plague.