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#1 of 3564 Honda Accord Quality Control Problems?
May 20, 2001 (1:17 pm)
To date, the Honda Accord is the number #1 sedan sold in the United States for 2001. The majority of the Accords are produced in Ohio with a few being exported from Japan. Has the quality control of the Accord gone down hill in the last 3 years since the inception of the 6th generation model? There seems to be various issues debated regarding the quality of workmanship of the I-4 and V-6 Accords produced in the United States. Some of the issues I have been reading at Edmunds.com are transmission problems with the V-6 Accord, balancer shaft seal problems with all Accords, front brake and rotor problems, fuel sending unit problems as well as paint and finish flaws. Is it me or are there more quality problems developing in the US built Accords? There seems to be a host of problems listed on the Maintenance and Repair section of Edmunds. Comments please!
#2 of 3564 Clutch Problem
May 21, 2001 (11:44 pm)
Well, recently I sold my 99 Accord EX Coupe because it had such an annoying clutch problem. The dealer Service Manager test-drove it and could not disagree, but he could only offer a fix if it finally BROKE DOWN on me (under warranty). It had one of those "intermittent" roughness problems that was especially annoying. I had suspected a clutch plate improperly mounted. It drove like the mounting bolt heads were grinding against the clutch plate material.
Anyway, my biggest complaint about Honda's is that they never mastered the transmission -- automatic or manual.
May 22, 2001 (3:51 am)
Honda has slipped a lot quality wise. All you have to do is look at this board that lists all the problems with Honda products. I can no longer name any car manufacturer that has an outstanding automobile.
#4 of 3564 Much ado about nothing.
May 22, 2001 (7:44 am)
Forget the fact (if you can) that I sell Hondas.
The "problems" mentioned here have been greatly overblown.
Any car can and will have an ocassional problem. Since Hondas are so reliable, when something DOES happen it gets front page news.
They are better than ever!
#6 of 3564 Much ado about Something isellhondas
May 22, 2001 (2:33 pm)
I would say that Honda's reliability has fallen off dramatically since the inception of the V-6 Accord in 1998 in its 6th Generation model. NHSTA has a listing of all the transmission problems in the V-6 Accord. A bad supplier was blamed for the initial problem but why are the problems continuing?Since you sell Hondas, your bias is quite evident. Don't get me wrong, I own a 5th Generation Accord which I like a lot.Let's just say, that Hondas of today are not like Hondas back 5 to 6 years ago.
#7 of 3564 quality, Acura vs. Honda
May 23, 2001 (6:20 am)
In the recent JD Powers survey the Acura TL was near the top on the list with 76 defects. The Accord had 109 and the Acura CL 152. Why would there be such a difference? All three are made at the same factory with many shared mechanicals. Do they put away the quality checks when the Accord (though 109 is still pretty good) and the CL are being built? Someone once mentioned stricter quality for Acura, so how does that explain the CL having twice the defects of the TL?
FWIW my own experience with an '89 Accord has been quite satisfying. It was built in Japan. For the short time I had an Ohio made '01 Accord there weren't any major initial issues. I have to agree with Isell, I think Honda has such a good reputation that anything bad is magnified.
May 23, 2001 (7:11 am)
Not to be too nitpicky, but a V-6 Accord has been available since '95.
#9 of 3564 lancerfixer
May 23, 2001 (12:00 pm)
I was talking about the 6th Generation Accords (!998-2001) in particular regarding the problems. I am aware that the first V-6 Accord was produced in 1995. Strange that it did not have the same type of transmission problems as the 6th generation Accord V-6's? What could be so different?
May 23, 2001 (1:17 pm)
I dunno. I drive manual trannies exclusively.