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#1169 of 1615 Re: 2008 Honda Accord LX automatic Dunlop Tires [berri]
Jan 19, 2010 (9:12 am)
I sure agree with you that Hondas can be noisy. We had two Odysseys that were really noisy, especially window/door seals. If you buy them new, and you have a good dealer, their mechanics will at least attempt to fix/reduce the noises.
I believe what we're seeing is the Americanization of the Japanese car makers, meaning that Japanese cars that are made in America are more and more starting to resemble American cars when it comes to poor quality control and more importantly, excessive COST CUTTING. The problems we are seeing with our Hondas (by no means are these Honda-specific though) are primarily due to these two items. Unfortunate for us.
Perhaps it's just the nature of the auto industry in today's economic environment, but I first noticed the decline in 1995, when I bought a new Toyota Tacoma pickup that was so bad Toyota finally took it back after two months and gave me a different vehicle instead. Looks like the days of thoroughly testing and improving vehicles before they hit the market are gone forever and the manufacturers now prefer to let the consumer do the testing (the Microsoft model). A good reason to not buy the first year's production of any new model.
#1170 of 1615 Re: 2008 Honda Accord LX automatic Dunlop Tires [rcummelin]
Jan 19, 2010 (11:04 am)
Japanese cars used to be safer to buy the first year out because they had already been on the market in Japan. That isn't true anymore and there are specific US models. It seems to me lately that some of the Ford and GM cars are actually quieter, screwed together tighter and more comfortable than some Honda and Toyota. If they get their long term durability up to snuff they may become serious challegers in a few years. Competition is good for the buyer.
#1171 of 1615 New Accord noise reduction using Dynamat
Jan 24, 2010 (3:52 pm)
Today I had the chance to hit the freeway to see if my application of Dynamat under the rear seat and in the trunk had any effect in reducing the road noise.
Good news!! Yes, the road noise WAS reduced a bit, but I may order some additional Dynamat (I ran out) and proceed to finish the trunk and maybe do under the carpets too.
Mar 12, 2010 (2:20 am)
Had my 08 EX-L V6 serviced yesterday 29,400 miles. Got a call work about an hour after dropping it off and to no ones surprise I was told I needed the rear brakes done, rotors and all. Quotes $418.00 for rear brakes to which I replied that all my previous american cars could have had all 4 corners done close to that cost, and around 30,000 miles later. They finally acknowledged that the rear brakes have been somewhat of an issue and we settled on splitting the cost.
My transportation to pick up my car after work was a Buick Lacrosse 2010 AWD with pretty much all the bells and whistles an out the door cost of close to $40,000. I drove the 10 miles or so to the dealership and was left with mixed impressions. Acceleration was acceptable at best. While the car seems even bigger from the outside then the Accord, it seemed a tighter fit inside. Not compact car tight but not as roomy as the Accord. Seats seemed a tad more comfortable but visibility fore and aft were much worse then the Accord. For a GM product the ride seemed tight and well controlled with none of that boaty-floating over the road sense I've always felt from their vehicles. Steering was better weighted then most of the overly assisted feeling I remember from most GM vehicles. Bottom line, near $13,000 more then I paid for my Accord I felt most of that money went to all the electronic gadgetry and the vehicle dynamics while a big improvement over former GM vehicles still fell somewhat short of the Accord.
All serviced up and ready to hit the road in week for a 10 day 3,000 mile+ plus trip. We'll see what my impressions of the Accord will be after living in her and thrashing her up and down the east coast.
Happy motoring to all!
#1173 of 1615 Re: Oil Changes [rbbrick]
Mar 18, 2010 (9:42 pm)
I now have 43,000 on my 08 accord V6 and the oil consumption has increased to 2-Qt's every 4000 miles. Honda America continues to state that this is normal for my vehicle. I have a case with BBB and im hopping they can help resolve the situation. Where are you at with your 08?
Any input would be much appreciated.thanks
#1174 of 1615 Re: Oil Changes [Grilltender]
Mar 19, 2010 (4:41 am)
I have 54K on my 08 Accord Coupe V6 AT, with my new short block and heads at 24k I am going 4500miles using less than 1/2 qt. I drive spirited and cruise at 78mph for my daily run to San Jose. The first 10K miles on the new short block I was using about 1 qt at 3500miles than decreased to current over time. I also switched to Mobil 1 5-20w at about 15K miles as well.
Honda will not help you until you get to 1qt per 1000 miles. I noticed that my prior oil consumption went up as the oil aged and I drove it hard by keepin it in 3 and 5000 rpm for 5 miles. If you try that and see what it does on your dip stick. You should see movement on the dip stick after doing that a few times. Wipe out your exhaust ports before and after you should see black oil residue. I checked my oil everyday during the time I had issues which helped me reach the conclusion. Honda did for sure have some of these engines go out of factory missing one oil ring on one cylinder but will not admit it. Honda dealer can scope into the cylinders and see what is going on in my case they saw scoring and a oil fouled head on that hole.
Keep at them or go to a new dealer
#1175 of 1615 Re: Oil Changes [rbbrick]
Mar 19, 2010 (5:50 am)
Do you know where I can obtain a copy of this Honda internal service bulletin that states- 1qt. per 1000 miles is acceptable?
#1176 of 1615 Re: Steering Wheel Shimmy/Vibration at Highway Speeds [jmillerjmiller]
Mar 22, 2010 (2:02 pm)
I am having 2009 Accord EXL 4cyl Sedan and having the same problem. I have taken to Woodbridge, Virginia Honda Dealer and they checked it and said that the wheel rim has bends. I am really surprised that he said that I need to change all four rims for $2000. Since this is with the wheel rims, he told he cannot do the Road Force check. I am now 32K miles on it. Now I am having doubts on Honda quality.
Any solutions ?
#1177 of 1615 Re: Steering Wheel Shimmy/Vibration at Highway Speeds [itsmaheshp]
Mar 24, 2010 (12:30 pm)
It is surprising that all 4 of your wheels are bent - did you hit something really hard?
There are places that can repair your wheels, or you can go aftermarket for cheaper.
#1178 of 1615 Accord Coupe Brakes
Apr 06, 2010 (9:50 am)
I just took my Accord EX-L V6 Coupe in for the B12 Maintenance work to the dealer. The car has 28,000 miles on it. I was told the front brakes had 75% life left on them but that the rear brakes had only 10% life left on them. I questioned that it was hard to believe that a car with only 28,000 on it had used up 90% of the rear brakes and told them that I was going to wait on this. I would like to hear anybody elses thoughts or experiences with this. I will take it for another opion.