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#20345 of 32216 Re: 2008 accords road noise/vibrations [isellhondas]
May 06, 2008 (9:12 am)
We own our new 08 accord about 2 mos. now. And after driving 3 camries for the past 14 yrs. (we still have the 03 xle) neither of us find the car to be any noisier than our previous camries. Even though our car is a 4cyl., we test drove 4 different V-6's (3 of the cars we drove extensively) and the VCM would not have been an issue as to whether we bought the car or not. Our car is an ex-l non-nav, and my wife does miss the extra power seat, the homelink, and the fog lites. We really liked the v-6, but could not justify the extra $2000 grand. I think Honda should make these standard on the 4 cyl. ex-l, like Toyota does w/ the 4 cyl. xle. I know it's only been 2 mos. w/ the new accord but so far so good. I'm sure some people are having real issues w/ road noise and VCM. But be careful that something you keep reading about on the internet, gets in your head and stays there. Try and be open minded when you test drive. Because that perceived problem may just be a figment of your imagination and you just might dismiss a car (honda, toyota, nissan, etc.) you really like. Just go online and you will find plenty of people complaining about each and every car out there, some of the people don't even own the car and other's took a 5 min. test drive.
#20346 of 32216 Re: 2008 accords road noise/vibrations [hp6130]
May 06, 2008 (10:18 am)
I agree with hp6130. I recently tried a 2008 accord exl 4cyl and right across the street was a toyota dealership and I tried a 2009 camry SE 4 cyl with leather. I drove in the city and the highway and was expecting a huge difference in road noise. The difference was very very little. I was expecting the accord to be so much louder based on what others have discussed here and other places.
If you haven't done so, test them both out on the same route, on the same day. You may find that this is not an issue. For myself, its not.
Just my thoughts.
#20347 of 32216 Re: 2008 accords road noise/vibrations [hp6130]
May 06, 2008 (11:04 am)
What bothers one person isn't noticed by others until it's pointed out to them.
Things get hugely overblown in forums like this and some people will believe everything they read.
As an example, we had a beautiful 1999 Accord V-6 coupe and I never, ever noticed the sunroof squeaking over bumps until someone made a HUGE deal out of this in one of these forums.
About a week later, I was in an underground parking facility with my radio off and to my horror, I too, had the dreaded squeak!
The cure was a ten second application of a silicone lube which solved my horrible problem!
#20348 of 32216 Re: 2008 accords road noise/vibrations [isellhondas]
May 06, 2008 (11:14 am)
It is always a good idea to read the "professional" roadtests and the comments of owner's or other folks who have test drive the car you are interested in. They can give you some key things to look out for to see if they bother you or not - things you might not notice otherwise. Often you will find that they really don't bother you as they do others. I purchased a new 88 (IIRC) Civic Si and I remember the road testers complained about the moonroof switch - couldn't find it, hard to see/reach. After just a couple of weeks driving in that (my only car) I could operate it with no problems .
#20349 of 32216 Re: 2008 accords road noise/vibrations [nickwoods]
May 06, 2008 (11:34 am)
I had looked at 2008 Honda Accords, all models... I got a 2006 Honda Accord Hybrid off Craigslist for $20,500 (33,000mi) (one owner, no "added charges" for window tinting , etc.you get at a dealer.) The HAH (Honda Accord Hybrid) 2006-2007 models are awesome! They didn't sell due to high price tag and nerdy wheels. I bought it used, (like new) and changed out the wheels to 2006-2007 Honda Accord 10-spoke sport wheels. It is the only Accord with sound-dampening. It is very quiet. It is a MUSCLE CAR! and yet gets way better mileage (and acceleration) than the new V6/s or than BMW's or Mercedes. Rock solid dependability (except there was a notice on the Hydraulic Control Unit for the ABS brakes - fixed under warranty). Much better choice than noisy 2008 Accords, Civics, or Prius, or Camry Hybrid. Although this concept would have sold better in an Acura body with sport wheels initially, it still looks sporty without being "uppity"
and has the light "dance-floor" light sports car steering not in Acuras.
May 06, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Just never sold well and I don't think the wheels were much of a factor.
They were quite a bit more money then the non hybrids and they didn't get that much better mileage.
I never heard any complaints about the wheels. Most hybrid buyers don't care. It was just a car that didn't sell well.
#20351 of 32216 Re: Hybrid Accords.. [isellhondas]
May 06, 2008 (12:28 pm)
Originally no moonroof and never a folding back seat or spare tire. Then you look at the cost for ownership, no matter if you compare invoice or MSRP I once figured it would take more than 200,000 miles to get your money back out of one - compared to buying a non-hybrid Accord. Yes, it was the fastest of the bunch with mileage about the same as the I4 Accord but it was a niche that few Accord owners wanted. If they had made it an I4 Hybrid with mileage much better than the other Accords it would have been cheaper and probably would have sold better.
Another flaw was no electric only mode. Even if you are stuck in crawling traffic it always fires the gas motor even to pull forward a few feet. The Prius and the current Civic hybrid can move on electric only to really save fuel in slow / stopped traffic.
Once Honda announced they were dropping them from the lineup I saw several dealers giving them away to get them off the lot. At those prices it was not as bad a deal .
#20352 of 32216 Road Noise in 2008 Honda LX-P
May 06, 2008 (1:04 pm)
I test drove the 2008 Accord in Great Neck, NY and I must say overall the car is solid. I am a stickler for quiet cars and I noticed when you drive under 50MPH the car is pretty quiet, however, when you get to 65MPH, you really hear the road noise protruding into the cabin. I never understood that with the Honda line.They make great cars but can't add sound deading materials to make it enjoyable that you want to drive more. I also drove the 4 cyl EX-L same results. I Have an Acura MDX and it's a pleasure to drive. Very little road noise at any speed.
#20353 of 32216 Leasing 2008 Accord Coupe EX, manual transmission
May 06, 2008 (1:23 pm)
Hey, I am a second year college student and am looking to lease a 2008 Accord Coupe EX with a manual transmission. So far I got a local dealer to agree on $21,824 for purchase of the car, which is just about invoice. For a 36 month term lease, 12,000 miles/year, they offered $1,000 down (+$842) in taxes, $316 a month. For $2000 down, +$768 in taxes, it would be $288/month. The Money Factor is .00200, and the residual is $12,849 (54%). Does this look like a good deal? I have been told that before agreeing to anything I should make sure to get all costs up front before going to the dealership. I am totally new to this process and want to handle it the best way possible. I really appreciate any comments/advice! Thanks!
#20354 of 32216 Re: Leasing 2008 Accord Coupe EX, manual transmission [dparker313]
May 06, 2008 (1:40 pm)
What dealership / part of the country is this? I am looking for a manual EX Coupe as well, and they are pretty scarce - there are two in my entire state. If you can get one near invoice without any hidden charges added on, you are most likely getting a good deal.
The residual looks a little low, but I'm sure one of the dealer / salespeople on this forum can confirm the numbers for you. Almost everyone here will tell you to put as little money down as possible on a lease, since you can't get that money back if the vehicle were totaled or stolen.
You're best off negotiating the out-the-door price on the vehicle, and plugging that number into one of the lease calculators available online to figure out what it will cost you each month. Never negotiate a lease by monthly payment or down payment - there are just too many variables.
Make sure you are aware of any fees (documentation, tire tax, etc.) and dealer upgrades that may change the price of the vehicle. Honda also charges a $595 acquisition fee on its leases. I'm nearly positive that this fee is non-negotiable. Good luck in your search.