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#1243 of 2720 VCM test drive
Mar 29, 2008 (9:07 pm)
I took a test drive in a new 2008 V6 Accord. Planned on purchasing one to replace my 2001 Accord coupe which has given great service with little or no repair expense, good performance. We also have a 2006 Accord.
I drove the car on city streets, no VCM problem noticed. During acceleration on the highway, no problem. Cruising on the highway at any speed produced a sensation every 15-20 seconds of the engine surging or searching, like a torque converter surge or the air conditioner in an underpowered car, constant switching on and off.
The engine performed perfectly, good power, the car is everything I hoped it would be, but the engine/transmission/VCM would drive me absolutely crazy. There is no chance I will buy this car unless all new cars drive like this, or Honda sees the light and corrects the problem. Without the VCM function, this would be a dream car.
#1244 of 2720 Re: VCM test drive [osumb]
Mar 30, 2008 (11:36 am)
Thank you for honest feedback and futher validation that Honda has gone wrong here!! I agree wholeheartedly.. if it was a straight 6 like my 04,, it would be a DREAM car. It's maddening in every respect. Let the forum ride, we shall see many more of these everyday as they find this thread..
HONDA PLEASE WAKE UP AND HELP US.
#1245 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [phantomv]
Mar 31, 2008 (11:09 am)
I currently own a 1999 Accord Coupe V6 and is looking to replace it with the 2008 V6 Sedan. I test drove one last weekend and like many of you, I am very disappointed with the engine. I don't know much about engines but I sure noticed some difference sin the 2008 model that I don't like. Firstly, the car didn't excel when i floored the gas pedal - i.e. it remained at 60 KM (or 40m) for the longest time before the speed eventually went up to 70Km. I cannot feel the power of the V6 at all!! Secondly, I did experience the VCM problem everyone is talking about here. I really hope Honda would address these issues quickly and correct them for the 2009 model. Otherwise, i will look at Honda's competitors for a replacement - Camry, Altima, etc.
#1246 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [osagi]
Mar 31, 2008 (2:28 pm)
We are looking at replacing our accord. We were concerned about transmissions. I know accords have had trouble with them from the late 90s thru mid 00s (2003 being the worst year). We drove the 4 and 6 cylinder models. The 4 scares me because of the transmission issues of the past (honda didnt fix them, they extended the warranties - i believe due to class action suits). The 6 cyl felt like a pump kept coming on and off while in cruise mode (40 mile trip). My big concern is that honda wont fix this, but extend the engine warranty - perhaps after a class action lawsuit. I dont want an extended warranty, but a car that doesn't constantly have a "pump-like" kicking in and out on a steady basis. I believe we will wait to see if honda fixes this in 2009. If not, we will buy our first non-honda in a very long time.
Mar 31, 2008 (3:22 pm)
The VCM issue is simply unbelievable. Cannot Believe Honda let this go to production. this is the first time I have heard the explanation of a "pump-like" feeling from the VCM that is very accurate. Maddening and accurate. Its a show stopper for me personally if I had it to do over again.
#1248 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [juxto]
Mar 31, 2008 (8:10 pm)
The 4 scares me because of the transmission issues of the past (honda didnt fix them, they extended the warranties - i believe due to class action suits).
The 4-cylinder has never had transmission issues that I know of, unlike the V6. They DID fix them, by adding a transmission cooling line, I believe.
Seems like whoever gave you information was misinformed.
If the six worries you, and the four is sufficient, go for the four.
#1249 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [thegraduate]
Mar 31, 2008 (8:54 pm)
Ours was one of the 4 cylinders involved in one of the class action lawsuits. We were number 11 on the waiting list to get it replaced at a small dealership. We were not misinformed. We bought our car from a friend who told us IF we ever had a problem with our new car it would be the transmission, but not to worry because honda usually extends the warranty to 100k miles. We were well informed by our friend - the salesman. And we have had no problems other than the transmissions (yes, plural).
#1250 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [osagi]
Mar 31, 2008 (8:55 pm)
I'm curious about your description of the the acceleration you obtained during your test drive. You floored the accelerator and the car stayed for a long time at " 60KM " till ir reached "70KM". I imagine you mean kilometers per hour.
Did you floor it at 60 kph or did you floor it from a standstill.? You're talking of going from about 37mph to about 43mph taking a very long time. I can't understand that. I haven't seen any other postings here about the V6 being sluggish.
Also, which VCM symptoms did you encounter during your test drive?
#1251 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [juxto]
Mar 31, 2008 (8:56 pm)
Never heard of a major transmission problem outside of those who didn't get them serviced. What year?
#1252 of 2720 Re: I Love VCM!!! [thegraduate]
Apr 01, 2008 (4:26 am)
Our 2000 and 2003 models (both 4 cylinders) and both had transmission serviced every 30k - took the advice of our salesman friend to service early for preventative maintenance. No other problems with the car.