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#2472 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems
Oct 18, 2010 (8:18 pm)
One week ago I bought a 2010 Honda Accord V6 EX-L for my wife. After a few days she asked me to drive it b/c she felt a bad shake in the wheel on the highway. I drove it and took it straight to the dealer. They said it was just the tires and they needed to "wear in". They balanced all 4 and gave it back, "problem solved" they said. I took the car back on the highway and the shaking was better but the vibration in the steering was bad. I spent the next day at the dealership for 6 hours until finally they put 4 new tires on the car. "problem solved" they said again.
Nope, i got home this evening fuming and went looking on the net for info. and found this forum. I can't believe it. This is my 3rd Accord (1997, 2003)and I've never experienced this with Honda. I realize now the vibration has nothing to do with the tires, which is why 4 brand new tires made no difference. I also realize that the surging I feel on the highway is not my imagination, but a by-product of the VCM.
Has anyone been successful in fighting this ? I have 600 miles on this car and I absolutely do not want it.
#2473 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [eagle747]
Oct 18, 2010 (8:46 pm)
They keep saying problem solved to try and avoid linking all the visits together under one issue. Most states when you hit three tries to fix the same issue, you can invoke lemon law. Depending on the state, that can help a lot, or not much at all.
If you dig back into this forum to when the 08's were fairly new, you can find a person or two that managed to get a buyback, or their dealer helped them out by taking some more of their money and putting them into a different car - either the four cylinder sedan, or the manual coupe v6 which didn't have vcm in 08, etc. Watch the four cyl though, some people were really pissed off about the way the headlights dim when the ac clutches in at night.
Mine has some shimmey, but I don't do a lot of highway driving now, and just ignore the jitter. Hope to trade it next year at the three year mark. Some people aren't bothered by the vibration, but others like us know it shouldn't be there and find it unacceptable.
#2474 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [eagle747]
Oct 18, 2010 (9:01 pm)
I would push this. I would not deal with a car that made me miserable. I have an '05 Accord 4 cylinder and it has been a great car. What I find on here are problems that I never read about until the new model in '08. What I find in comments on here is that Honda is resistant to doing much to help you. Stay at it! If you do not get this resolved, you will never be happy with this car.
#2475 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [eagle747]
Oct 18, 2010 (9:19 pm)
Sorry, but bluntly you screwed. Just like me. You can do a search for my posts.
#2476 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [dinofl]
Oct 19, 2010 (11:38 am)
Why does the Lemon Law not apply in this situation ?
#2477 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [eagle747]
Oct 19, 2010 (11:51 am)
Because the car is safe and driveable?
#2478 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [thegraduate]
Oct 19, 2010 (12:06 pm)
So if you purchase a car and find out it has a defect which the dealer knew of, didn't inform you of, but had you been told, you would not have purchased the car, your screwed because the car in not dangerous to drive. It rides terrible and is very uncomfortable, but its safe, so too bad ?
#2479 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [eagle747]
Oct 19, 2010 (12:45 pm)
...essentially, I think that's how it works. Extensive test-drives are a must.
#2480 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [thegraduate]
Oct 19, 2010 (1:32 pm)
Well I am not going to quit. If you had a serious paint defect, the car would still be perfectly safe to drive, but that doesn't mean you are stuck with it.
I just can't let it go yet.
#2481 of 2715 Re: 2010 VCM Problems [eagle747]
Oct 19, 2010 (1:39 pm)
The problem with the lemon law is that you have to somehow prove that it is an actual defect. Honda keeps claiming to me that the car is "working as designed" regardless of the vibrations and surges. So we would somehow have to prove that the car has an actual defect. You may win, but unlikely is my conclusion.
I have 26 months left to my lease and am counting the months until I get rid of this piece of junk.