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Honda Accord, Coupe, Sedan
#28341 of 32216 Re: First oil change [jjjaymmman]
Feb 03, 2013 (10:19 am)
I had a 2009 Accord before, now have a 2011 Pilot and 2012 Accord. I following the Honda reminder, usually when i hit 40% I start thinking about going to the service department. I use synthetic, and usually the oil changes work between 5500 to 6500 depending on the type and condition of driving, and the computer is very good at calculating when. Service department always put a different mileage reminder sticker on the window, which always depends on the technician.
Regarding first oil change, I have done it when the car hit 4k - 5K. MY understanding is first oil is the the break in, whether special or not I have stuck with it. ON the 3 honda's that I have followed these procedures no issues.
Last, someone I work with surprised me quite a bit. He has an accord, probably a 2005, on which he has 135K now, and the only thing that he does is oil changes. Before that he had another accord, which went to 260K, again only regular oil changes. After 150K he told me he switches to the thicker oil. I still use synthetic, yes it is more expensive, but I don't mind.
#28342 of 32216 Re: First oil change [jjjaymmman]
Feb 03, 2013 (10:20 am)
$9.99 oil change...is that for synthetic as well? I was told that the car comes from the factory with a blend. I plan on using either a blend or synthetic to protect the engine, not traditional. Any thought?
#28343 of 32216 Re: First oil change [wetwillys]
Feb 03, 2013 (10:57 am)
It is my understanding that most engine oils are a blend now in days and that's one of the reason they last more.
#28344 of 32216 Re: First oil change [wetwillys]
Feb 03, 2013 (11:32 am)
I have not had the oil change done yet but the $9.99 special will cover the oil specifically to meet the manufactures specs (within warranty guidance). I'll ask about synthetic and see what they say. I ran synthetic in the VW Jetta I just traded in so I know it cost more $.
#28345 of 32216 Re: First oil change [jjjaymmman]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Feb 03, 2013 (12:01 pm)
Stick with what your manual tells you...
Except for a few Euro exotics, no car needs an oil change after 500-1000 miles.. And, you said your manual states that the car has "special break-in oil" that needs to be in there to protect your engine? That seems pretty clear to me...
Doing something extra that's not needed? No big deal..
Doing something that the manual tells you is specifically harmful? Why chance it?
#28346 of 32216 Re: First oil change [kyfdx]
Feb 03, 2013 (12:26 pm)
"Why chance it"
Exactly! They use a special break in oil that enables the rings to seat in etc. Changing it early ESPECIALLY using synthetic may cause it to use oil throughout it's lifetime.
#28347 of 32216 Re: First oil change [kyfdx]
Feb 03, 2013 (12:53 pm)
I did not mention anything about "special break-in oil" someone else did. Also, the manual does not mention this anywhere. It does mention words like "should" and "may" which are always weak in my opinion.
I sent an email to American Honda, since they cover the warranty on the vehicle, for a second opinion. Having a response from them on record wouldn't hurt. I'll pass on what they say.
#28348 of 32216 Re: Finally bought my 2013 EX-L V6, without Nav. [pegasus17]
Feb 03, 2013 (1:53 pm)
Dealer's Matt Castrucci Honda... Awesome Dealership & awesome sales guys...very courteous, no pressure tactics and very professional in their dealings.. I would buy from them again if I ever need another honda.
#28349 of 32216 Re: Finally bought my 2013 EX-L V6, without Nav. [amty007]
Feb 03, 2013 (2:27 pm)
what was your out the door price?
#28350 of 32216 Re: Accord V6 EXL good price? [brian125]
Feb 03, 2013 (5:04 pm)
Those of us who have had Hondas for years are amazed at the quietness. It uses similar technology to BOSE headphones that cancel the noise with specific sound tones. The audiophiles hate it and disconnect it so it doesn't interfere with their custom stereo. It is as quiet as a Lexus.
As for the wind noise, I _have_ heard a little bit of wind by my left ear, but not loud enough to bother me. Those problems are mostly limited to the early VINs and are being repaired by dealers now.
I have the V6, so no CVT for me. And I'm not experiencing the vibration that other V6 owners have. It does downshift when it decides it wants to, but I'm growing fond of it.
The mirror camera is making me (and all of us) a little bit stupider because there's really no reason to check the mirror anymore. The camera is better. Not so clear at night.
My seat heats up quickly. The A/C is especially quiet under "Econ" conditions as the blower is kept slower. It is doing the job.
I assume you meant your wife would be in the "trunk", not the "truck". I can tell you that no one outside your car will hear her scream if she's in the car.
I am comparing all of this stuff to my 1999 V6, so just about everything is an improvement.