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#2382 of 3848 excerpted posts from Edmunds Honda Accord Maintenance & Repair 2003-2007
Jun 10, 2008 (6:18 pm)
I wanted to wait for a response from my last post before contributing this but darnit the forum just doesn't move fast enough. Most likely because this is one of the few forums where the naysayers outweigh those with actual experience. Btw, TY sparkland for your real world story regarding your camry alternator.So naysayers, please respond with your actual length of ownership ( some in the past have done so) And whether or not it was a lease. The following are posts to an edmunds forum on repairs. I went only back to April '08. By and large the Honda Accord is a fine vehicle and many had no problems. And note as well it excluded 8 years of ownership which would have included
2001-2002 and possibly some 1999. It's long, a-steve, no way around it . I tried to include all points of view, adding to it's length.
Summation; in the real world crap doth happen.
Own Accord EX 2003 (4 cyl, auto) with 112K (km) mileage. After 100K as Dealer recommended
changed tranny liquid (at Honda dealer shop). Four months later discovered red color spots on my
garage floor- tranny dripping (still not much as tranny liquid level is OK). Do not have any problems
with tranny- smooth and responsive. Honda technician recommended to replace (not funny!)
transmission ($4.5K) as "diff bearings worn". Really appreciate any advice what I should check for.
Anyone encounter this before? 75k miles. I have lubed all the applicable pivot points (they're only on
either end of the clutch mechanism since it's a hydraulic clutch) and it went away for a while, but
now it is back with a vengence. More lube does not help. Very irritaing. Hope I do not need to
replace the clutch master cylinder. Any insight would be very much appreciated.
Okay...I bought my lovely little '05 EX-V6 sedan in July of '05. I now have 53k on the odometer, and
all of a sudden my AC cut out. Now, if I lived in Chicago, or Wisconsin, it wouldn't really be of any
concern, but I'm in Panama City, Florida. It's already in the upper 70s to lower 80s during the days
here, and to my avail no AC. Being as handy as I could, I went to my local auto parts store and picked
up some R-134A with a gauge. Went home to fill it up, and presto, my pressure was too high (~95).
Took it to the Honda service despite the $123 diagnostic fee just so they could tell me that I needed a
new compressor. $1550!!! This car isn't even 3 years old! A compressor?!?!?! So I call Honda of NA to
see if they'll cover the repair. I've heard before that even after your warranty has worn out they'll
still cover some items that are deemed to be defective, or just prematurely go. I called them Thurs.
and the guy on the other end of the phone takes down all of my information, asks me a few questions
about my Honda-owning history (Wife has an '07 Pilot), what the problem is, etc. He kept asking me
what they said was wrong with the compressor. I have NO CLUE! I wish I knew and I'd just fix the
damn thing myself! He tells me I'll be contacted in 1-2 business days by a "Regional Claims Manager".
In the meantime, my local dealership has agreed to leave my bill for the diagnostic open in lieu of the
decision from Honda of NA. Well the 2 days have passed, I have re-contacted customer service and
they sent the dude an e-mail, but still nothing. We hit 81 today, and my 2 year old isn't really digging
riding in Daddy's oven. Are they stonewalling me? What should I do? I know what I really want to
do, and that's send them 5 certified letters, as well as a copy of the ad for my Accord and my wife's
Pilot up for sale! Hopefully Honda will come thru on this one, otherwise I'll go on to Nissan, Toyota,
VW, or someone else!
2003 Accord transmissions are failing in many cars. You can google 2003 accord transmission and you
will find site(s) with problems. Honda had a recall in 2004 to fix something with the 2/3rd gears but
it didnt do squat. I think they knew it will fail at 70-100k mi well above warranties to protect
themselves. My car is in the dealership almost had a wreck. Trying to Honda to replace their junk.
The transmission failures seem very common. My radio also went dark but was replaced as 'goodwill'.
Its another common problem. Be safe and I recommend not driving until transmission is fixed.
I have a 2005 Accord EX-L sedan (4 cylinder / AT). I'm starting to hear what I'd call a "metallic
sound" coming from the from end of the car when I turn left or right. The sound isn't constant when
turning; it's rapid. I don't hear the sound when travelling in a straight line, only while turning.
I don't think it's the brake pads...I've had no trouble stopping the car. Nor have I noticed a problem
with the car's handling. I don't think it's the transmission either...I don't feel any problems like a
missed gear or anything. It's just annoying because it sounds like the car is an old beater when in fact
it's only going on 3 years old come this June.
Any thoughts as to what this might be? Has anyone else experienced this?
Alright...I got my 05 Accords compressor replacement fully covered, out of warranty, by Honda.
They initially only agreed to cover the parts, but after prompting repeatedly, decided to cover the
entire $1550 bill. So, if you need to deal with them, be stern in your expectations, and don't accept
their initial offer! I swear it was just like buying a new one.
That's why I bought ext warranties for my Honda & Lexus. One repair like this will
pay for the warranty cost.
You never know when & what parts are going to fail.
Didn't he just give an example of how the extended warranty is not necessary?
I think what he is saying is that even if you never have to use it it's nice to know that it's there. Like
he said you just never know. It's better safe than sorry. Say the transmission blows out, the warranty,
at least in my case cost $1700 and change, while the tranny costs about $4000, which would more
than make up for the paltry $1700, and the warranty would cover the tranny. Money well spent in my
opinion. To each his own I guess.
Honda took the bill because his car is less than 3 yrs old even
though the mileage exceeded 36K.
Did you see how much hassles he went through to have it
repaired free of charge?
#3757 of 3944 Re: Dealing with Honda... [chucko3] by elroy5 Apr 09, 2008 (5:27 pm) Save | Reply
Replying to: chucko3 (Apr 09, 2008 4:49 pm)
I guess each person's experience with extended warranties is different. I made the mistake of paying
$600 for a 7 year/100k mile extended warranty on my last car. That $600 payed for 1 $5.00 knob, so I
actually wasted $595. Needless to say, I didn't buy an extended warranty for my current car. The head
unit display circuit board went out at 49k miles, well after
#2384 of 3848 Re: excerpted posts from Edmunds Honda Accord Maintenance & Repair 2003-2007 [duke23]
Jun 10, 2008 (6:28 pm)
Lord it's long, I apologise. The posters do go on.....
36k mile warranty had run out. Since
the circuit board was a known defect, Honda extended the warranty on it to 7 years/100k miles. No
charge. I think I'm saving myself some $$$ this time.
I think Consumer Reports said it best. "The only reason you should feel the need to buy an extended
warranty, is if you know the car you're buying is a " Why would you do that?
Aspesisteve, are you elroy 5 ? The CR clued me in.
I am back, ONE YEAR LATER, to warn others.... My original post was from exactly a year ago....
Finally, after many delays I went to the dealer with this complaint about a "chirping" sound that was
coming from the left side (Serpentine belt side) of the engine when in idle....
They kept the car for inspections, and after an hour called me and told me that since they need to
keep the car, and don't have a loaner, I need to rent a car (under warranty)....
I asked why can't I come back in a couple days when they do have a loaner. The answer was "no, we
don't want you to drive this car".... Turns out the Timing Belt tensioner was loose and was rubbing
against the belt itself.... This has been going on for OVER A YEAR now.... It could have caused the
belt to SNAP and RUIN THE ENGINE.....
So, any chirping sound, coming and going in a slow interval, like a bird was chirping...
prrrr...prrrr...prrrr... ---- Don't wait, bring it to the dealer.....
sidenote: he paid for the loaner.
It seems your Accord was cranking but would not start (turnover). If that's the case could be igniter
or something in the distributor, or some type of relay. I have a new 2007 Accord 4cyl. Seems my car
sometimes will not crank or start(turnover), however on the second turn of the key (without pulling
out the key), it will start. This happens very seldom, Im not really concerned at this point since it has
always started on the second turn of the key. Anyone knows what is causing this problem? I tried
changing to my second set of keys, the problems is still happening.. I think it's a bad starter or bad
I own a 2005 V6 Accord Coupe with 45,000 miles. It has been an incredible car and I have had no
problems with it, until the other day. I tried to start it and all the engine would do was turn over, but
would not start. I have had this problem with an Acura TL, and it was the computer key. I just waited
and re-inserted the key and the car started. The Accord wouldn't start after doing this. I had the car
towed to the local Honda dealer and after I got it there, it started up without a problem!
Yesterday, I noticed a man with a new Honda CRV and his car was doing the exact same thing! My
car hasn't done this since that one time. The Honda people didn't seem to know what was causing this
Has anyone here had this problem with any of their Hondas or Acuras?
I just purchased a 2004 Accord EX-L with a Navi system. I had it for about a week when the Navi
system started to act up. Intially it started by taking a long time (2-3 mins) to engage and within a
few days later the system rebooted. After I enter the unlock code the system would work for a day or
two and it rebooted again. I brought the car back to the dealer and they found the battery to be bad.
They replaced the battery and the Navi system continues to reboot. Now the dealer tells me the head
unit is bad and its going to cost 3K to replace.
The car is out of warranty and the dealer does not want to offer any goodwill.
Has anyone experience the same problem with their navi system?
#2385 of 3848 Re: excerpted posts from Edmunds Honda Accord Maintenance & Repair 2003-2007 [duke23]
Jun 11, 2008 (6:32 pm)
Olly Olly Income free. Hope I didn't bust aspesisteve and Wise.They were fun. A lessor and a pt cruiser owner . Post I'd love to see. "aspesisteve, well duke, the real reason I never had any mechanical problems was because I turned my Honda's back at lease end which were 36 and 48 months. But I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night. If i'm being too harsh, I apologise but the math seemed flaky to me with 5 Honda's and 7 years of owner or 5 Honda's and 8 years of ownership.So my guess was lease.
#2386 of 3848 Re: excerpted posts from Edmunds Honda Accord Maintenance & Repair 2003-2007 [duke23]
Jun 11, 2008 (7:46 pm)
aspesisteve could have owned two Hondas at a time. It doesn't have to be 5 Hondas, one at a time, if he has a family. Certainly people have many experiences with Hondas, and I've found that those who take extreme care of their Hondas have the least likelihood of breakdowns after the factory warranty. Consumer reports doesn't lie. CR is based on non-biased reports from real owners.
#2387 of 3848 Re: Extended Warranties = No peace of mind [wisemoney]
Jun 11, 2008 (8:02 pm)
If it takes that long after filling out a cancellation form with the F&I manager, I can't imagine dealing with repair claims.
Well I don't have to imagine what it's like dealing with repair claims with Honda Care because I've done it and it's the easiest thing to do. Once you have a Honda Care, they display your VIN number in the nationwide database that shows you have the coverage. So no matter what dealership you go to for service, they immediately know.
Furthermore, the repair shop has every incentive, to make sure that I get all warranty repairs that I need, because they get paid by Honda Care for all of their charges. They have NO incentive not to get you your repairs. They make money on every legitimate repair.
I don't even sign any additional paperwork or have to file any claims. The dealership does it all.
You're under the misguided impression that somebody is there thinking up excuses as to why they can't pay. It works exactly the opposite of that. They scour my car to make sure that I have every repair I need. Top notch service.
#2388 of 3848 On-line extended warranty in California
Jun 12, 2008 (1:50 pm)
I checked Saccucci and Hyannis and both are not selling to California right now. Does anybody know of any way for us who live in California to get the cheap warranty price without slugging it out with the dealer?
#2389 of 3848 Re: Extended Warranties = Becareful if bought
Jun 12, 2008 (1:53 pm)
This happened at Honda of Steven Creek, San Jose California. I bought a 2008 Honda hybrid and was convinced into purchasing an extended warrantee package (Honda Care) for $1595. After reading a article on Consumer Report and conducted my research, I went into this dealer to exercise my right to cancel the contract (within 60 days). According to Honda, you can come in any Honda dealer to cancel this warrantee. A Sale Rep (Asian,5ft.7, ~170lbs) was sent to help. Knowing I came in to request a "cancellation form" the guy changed his attitude and became an ass with rude, impolite, disrepectfull and full of helplessness. He made me wait indefinitely outside the finance doors, and when I was so frustrated and tried to approach the finance office, the guy just jumped on my face, raised his voice and verbally throw me out of the premises and thread he'll call cop (?!) if I continue. I think he knows the finance guys were in there selling extra packages to customers. It's totally outrageous to experience this attitude from a brand name dealership especially after the selling is done? Imagine if I need to come in to file a claim for the warrantee bought with that kind of manner. Don't expect to make your claim smoothly without some kind of hassles and excuses. After they got your money it seems nothing else matter to these guys. Btw, I heard they make about 40% of commission at the dealer selling this extended warrantee.
#2390 of 3848 Re: Extended Warranties = Becareful if bought [greensight]
Jun 12, 2008 (5:57 pm)
Totally unforgiveable greensave, I would write a complaint letter(certified) to Honda motors of America corporate. You were treated very shabbily. It's a little confusing but you went to another dealer to cancel the contract that you purchased from a different dealer right ? Either case they treated you very unprofessionally. Also difficult to know exactly which warranty you bought. This was a 2008 civic hybrid? Per hondaextendedwarranty.com you over paid a minimum of 60% at highest cost. 120,000 miles, 0 deductible. For anything lesser it was of course much more. It wouldn't surprize me if your figure was correct for commission but I'll defer to someone who has first hand knowledge. You were absolutely correct to cancel the contract. As a sidenote always do your homework before entering any dealership. Additionally, jet10000 was also correct. When you have a claim you deal with the service department, never f&i and the service department is more than happy to perform your warranty work with no hassle. They are getting paid for all legitimate work. Imo, it's a very good product and covers the vast majority of mechanical parts.Follow through with your complaint against this dealership. Honda corporate does not want the field acting like that.
Available coverage for your 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid with 6 miles.
Coverage Level $0 Deductible $100 Deductible
5 years/60000 miles $380.00 Not Available
5 years/80000 miles $570.00 $470.00
5 years/100000 miles $660.00 $560.00
6 years/80000 miles $590.00 $490.00
6 years/100000 miles $725.00 $625.00
6 years/120000 miles $835.00 $735.00
7 years/80000 miles $615.00 $515.00
7 years/100000 miles $800.00 $700.00
7 years/120000 miles $915.00 $815.00
8 years/100000 miles $885.00 $985.00
8 years/120000 miles $1,000.00 $900.00
#2391 of 3848 Replying to Wisemoney
Jun 12, 2008 (6:17 pm)
You are correct and I had not considered more than one vehicle at a time. But we would still need to know aspesisteve 's age and length of ownership of his 5 Honda's. The last is the real key. Has he owned any long enough to get into the zone where mechanical breakdowns occur even with a good car. Also a reply to my query if any were leases. While CR maybe real owners in the real world, it is also an overview of EW's by all manufacturers not just Honda and those sold at retail prices. The excerpts from the Edmunds forum , maintenance and repair Honda Accord 2003-2007 were also real world and real people.