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#2336 of 2720 EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG!
Mar 26, 2010 (8:38 am)
I purchased the 2010 EX-L V6 couple with this "VCM" everyone is talking about. I had a lease on a 2006 Infiniti and had to turn back in. So I wanted a more practical car that is known for reliability since I drive to work about 44miles each way. When I test drove this car I didn't notice the VCM as I drove mostly non-highway. OMG. Please drive this car on the beltway at highway speeds. The VCM is VERY annoying to me. It feels like the engine is constantly "surging" and hesitating when it goes into less cylinders. It's VERY noticeable especially when coming out of a "regular" powerful v6. The "ECO" light constantly comes on and the engine feels very szchophrinic (kind of like it doesn't know what it wants to do when it grows up - LOL) and will take ME A LOT to get used to. If I had noticed that when I test drove it as bad as I do now I would NOT have purchased this car. The gas mileage isn't all that great either. If an engine is going "in and out " of power as frequently as this car does it should be getting VERY good gas mileage (Which it really doesn't).
I'm very disappointed with that new engine!! I honestly think it should be recalled because the transition isn't "SEAMLESS" as Honda claims on their website and literature. I HOPE this car ends up to be reliable (IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASON I BOUGHT IT). What I'm reading is that it's one of the least reliable of Honda's in many years. I didn't do all that much research on this model because I thought to myself how can you go wrong with buying a Honda? Well...the VCM for starters. We''ll see with reliability. In addition, the seats are very uncomfortable and (like most Honda's) has too much road noise.
On a positive, I think it's a nice looking car, the engine is quiet/smooth (when not constantly shifting on beltway speeds), spacious, uses regular gas (which my Infiniti required premium), like the hands free technology and the dealership I bought at has a LIFETIME WARRANTY which you can't beat. It's the only dealership in the area that gives that. SO, to recap, I probably wouldn't have bought this car if I noticed the VCM activating at highway speeds as an engine/transmission is very important to me. If it did all the VCM thing seamlessly and didn't notice it, than it would be perfect. Now that I have it, I hope it's something that I will get used to. Can anyway let me know if it bothered them at first, but now it doesn't??
I know a lot of people who have new accords, but all have the 4 cylinder so I can't ask and inquire about. I wish every luck in their car search.
#2337 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [nathanieljh]
Mar 26, 2010 (8:11 am)
#2338 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [nathanieljh]
Mar 26, 2010 (8:17 am)
#2339 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [blue_boy]
Mar 26, 2010 (8:31 am)
That's what I said the first time I drove long distance at highway speeds! LOL.
#2340 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [nathanieljh]
Mar 26, 2010 (8:54 am)
I've had mine about ten weeks now with 2000 miles. I have not gotten used to it. It is extremely annoying on the highway. The weird thing is the smoother the road, the more annoying and noticeable it is. I feel about four different sensations:
- When eco light goes on/off there is a surge/hesitation
- While eco is engaged car vibrate/shimmies, also a side to side lurch/sway that occurs every 5-10 seconds, surges and hesitations and the power steering gets very light and loose feeling.
I also noticed it gets worse the more you drive. On a ten mile drive its not as noticeable, but the vibrating, surging gets worse on longer drives.
I have a meeting with a Honda Service Rep in two weeks. I have been complaining about this since the 3rd day I owned it. Honda doesn't seem to give a hoot about its customers. What good it a warranty if they refuse to address the issue?
By the way, am getting the worst gas mileage of any V6 I have ever owned by far!!
Had a 95 Maxima and a 02 CLK320. Both easily got 25-26 mixed driving. I'm lucky to get 22.
#2341 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [nathanieljh]
Mar 26, 2010 (8:59 am)
Yes, it takes sometime to get used to it. I didn't care for the VCM shifting either, but I've gotten used to it. I do however disagree with Honda that the VCM is unnoticeable. I've only had one long road trip thus far, and I used the cruise control most of the times. It stayed in ECO mode pretty often, except when going up hills. So, on my long road trip, it didn't bother me. It's more noticeable for me in heavy traffic when I am not going a constant speed for a long period of time. I do wished they had given people the option to turn it off. Other than that, I am still pleased with the car. It's a great-looking car, the gas mileage is very good, lots of options, spacious, etc. Also, I don't care for the squeaking real brakes. It squeaks periodically, and I learned from this forum that this is another issue many folk are having. If I had to give a grade to this car thus far, I'd personally give it a B.
#2342 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [dinofl]
Mar 26, 2010 (9:01 am)
Thanks for the feeback! It's good to know I'm not the only one experiencing this. We seem to have the exact sensations while driving this car. I honestly don't think it's anything that they can do about this probably with the exception of changing engine/transmission. That would be very costly for Honda is why they are ignoring and not addressing the issue. Please let me know what the dealer says when you go to the dealer if you're able. I would really like to know if they did anything to help with this issue. Thanks again!
#2343 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [dinofl]
Mar 26, 2010 (10:11 am)
190hp, 215hp, and you got 25mpg. 268hp and a much larger car, on the same commute, I'd say 22 is pretty good. Actually 22 is what the EPA says you should expect, I believe.
#2344 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [nathanieljh]
Mar 26, 2010 (4:46 pm)
I have owned my EX-L (V6) (2008) for over 2 years now and I can honestly say I've never noticed the VCM. I haven't had any problems with the car at all. Too say the engine is unreliable is ridiculous and I've never heard that besides certain people that complain about the VCM. I'm confident that I will have many years of happy motoring with my Honda. My wife has a 2003 Civic with 80,000 miles and she's never done anything too it besides routine maintenance.
#2345 of 2720 Re: EX-L Coupe V6 (VCM) - OMG! [whampa65]
Mar 26, 2010 (5:07 pm)
Thanks for your feedback. I'm glad you're happy with your Honda with the VCM engine. I think you misread, I never suggested that the engine wasn't reliable. I was stating that I HOPE with the VCM it doesn't become a reliability issue. All the reviews on edmunds and consumer downgraded the rating of the Honda's with the VCM is what I was stating, but I hope it's not an issue as I'm sure it will not be. I had a Honda Civic in early 90's had for over 5 years and had 120k miles and it was still running. So I'm aware of their history, However, VCM is a newer technology for them as well.