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#2169 of 2715 Re: 2008 Honda Accord VCM Burns Oil [elliott2]
Nov 15, 2009 (2:57 pm)
When I bought my honda new, I was told by a number of people that if you ever have any problems with it it will be a transmission. I had several put in mine. (I also had some seat belt recalls and things like that, but no big deal on that.) Honda lost a class action lawsuit that required them to fix transmissions from 1998-2002, but I was unaware the problem ran into 2003. My concern about honda's VCM is whether or not the VCM (be it the on/off or oil consumption or whatever) will turn out to be like the transmissions from 98-02 (and perhaps some others). I know one of the honda defense attorneys (aka employees/fans) will rebuff what I say, but that's fine. Honda makes a good car and keeps the resale value up by not overproducing and dumping on the rental car fleets. It's been a success for them. But like other manufactures, honda doesn't make a perfect car. They're machines and have problems. When I was car shopping I actually saw a (non-honda) salesman on the edmunds website and I read over his shoulder. The salesman do protect their interests!
#2170 of 2715 Re: 2008 Honda Accord VCM Burns Oil [wayne21]
Nov 15, 2009 (5:02 pm)
No, I'm not a salesman (of any brand). I am just an owner, of two Accords since 1991, who has been very impressed with his cars. I have driven many other brands, before and since, but they don't measure up imo. If that makes me a "fan", so be it.
#2171 of 2715 2009 Accord V6 VCM causing chassis vibration?
Nov 16, 2009 (8:01 pm)
Sorry but new to this forum. I just inherited a 2009 Honda Accord V6 with 19k miles. It is a great looking ride but when I picked up the car from my employer the steering wheel shook like crazy at 65-70 mph. I took the car to the local dealer and they balanced the tires and said it was fixed. Took the car and the same issue as before no improvement. Took the car back and they said the Mich. tires were causing the problem so they replaced them. This has fixed the steering wheel shake but the car from 50-70 mph has a constant chassis or driveline vibration.
I had to drive the car back home 900 miles and had plenty of time to experience this low grade constant vibration. Once back home I took the car to the local dealer who test drove the car and stated that it is normal.
Is this all related to the VCM activation and causing an imbalance/vibration being transmitted to the chassis? Please help very frustrated.
I have been reading many forums on this issue and I can not believe that Honda is not coming clean with a TSB solution to resolve this. I am glad this is not my car and I will tell you that I will never buy a Honda with my own money if this issue is not resolved by Honda Corp.
#2172 of 2715 Re: 2009 Accord V6 VCM causing chassis vibration? [wisalesman]
Nov 17, 2009 (7:47 am)
Have you driven any other Accords? They tend to exhibit rougher rides and transmit more feel through the steering wheel when compared to your average Camry or Sonata.
#2175 of 2715 Deleted posts
Nov 17, 2009 (6:27 pm)
Let's do without the name calling and personal attacks, please.
#2176 of 2715 Re: 2009 Accord V6 VCM causing chassis vibration? [wisalesman]
Nov 17, 2009 (6:28 pm)
Having had four Accords over the last several years, I can say that they do tend to have more steering vibration than other cars. The VCM engine is not likely to cause a constant vibration. The vibration from the VCM engine occurs when cylinders are de-activated; it seems to be worse in some modes than others. Could be caused by the imbalance in power when the engine is in 3 cylinder mode but even than would not be constant.
#2177 of 2715 Re: 2009 Accord V6 VCM causing chassis vibration? [thegraduate]
Nov 18, 2009 (8:14 pm)
I have driven both previous accords and camry. The issue for me is not the shift or surge of the VCM engaging it is the untolerable chassis vibration that I believe is occurring due to the unbalance of the engine during cylinder de-activation. The active engine mounts are not working as good as advertised and I would not expect a $30K car to be anything but completely stable. The car feels like it has constantly unbalanced tires. When the time comes to replace this sales car there is no way in the world that Honda will get our business if I have to put up with this for the next two years.
#2178 of 2715 Re: 2009 Accord V6 VCM causing chassis vibration? [elliott2]
Nov 18, 2009 (8:19 pm)
The vibration only occurs at speeds above 50 mph. Around town the car is perfectly smooth, and the vibration is not in the steering wheel. I feel it in the seat which leads me to believe that it is coming from the power/drive train. I have already had the car tires replaced and road/load balanced. Am I the only one who is having a constant vibration at speeds above 50? If there a fix I am all ears, please help. Thanks