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#184 of 211 Re: Honda Accord 2008 Seats [mikebike125]
May 19, 2012 (1:27 pm)
Folks, I'm now part of the sore back Accord owners club (2012 SE sedan). Ive seen MikeBike's post on how to remedy but I can't figure out how to get the seatback off. Can anyone advise? I've removed the elastic and felt up under there and I seem to feel two pointy clip ends. But theyre so small, I can't do much with them. I've thought about just pulling on the back plate and hopefully breaking the clips...but i'm afraid of what else i may be doing in there. Plus, I don't know if the retaining system/seat have been redesigned so that I could be more than just the two clips that Mikebike mentioned. Anyone know for sure how to get the back off of the 2012?
#185 of 211 Re: Honda Accord 2008 Seats [jmwoody99]
May 22, 2012 (9:06 am)
I have a 2012 Accord LX, just a couple weeks old. I knew when I bought it about the seats but it wasn't a deal breaker. My 1996 Accord was also uncomfortable for me. I add a wedge for the seat and a good back support. I then add a matching towel on top of the wedge. This keeps the seat like new underneath. The back support fits in between the bolsters and sits on top of the wedge and towel. I know this stinks because you just bought a car and you can't sit in the stock seats. With my set up, I am extremely comfortable. Here are the specific products I use:
I found the Obus back support on ebay for less.
I do not know about the pointy clip ends, but the back support covers the entire back area in between the bolsters. I have back issues and design of the seat is wrong. It should not angle so far down towards the back of the seat. A wedge or two makes it level. I still love my Accord.
Best of Luck!
#186 of 211 Re: Honda Accord 2012 Seats [marie99]
Jun 19, 2012 (1:39 pm)
Just changed my seat again. I bought a gray sheepskin cover that works with side air bags. Put a wedge under it and cut foam to change the shape of the lumbar and upper back. So far this has been the best solution for my Accord.
#187 of 211 Honda Accord Seats
Jun 26, 2012 (1:47 pm)
#188 of 211 Honda Accord Seats
Jun 26, 2012 (2:14 pm)
I have the solution for the uncomfortable Honda Accord Seats! ---- From 1997 to 2007 my wife and I owned five Honda vehicles, (three Accords & two Civics!) The 1997, and the 2000 Accord seats were comfortable, but the 2003 Accord "killed my back!" (I was going to the doctor for weekly back adjustments.) ----- Finally in 2007 I found the solution to the problem. I purchased a 2007 XLE Toyota Camry! ---- Great seats, and a high quality car. ---- When I traded the 2003 Accord, at about 90,000 miles, the extended Honda warranty had paid for three Cat Converters, two Oxygen Sensors, Motor mounts, an A/C Compressor, and a window regulator / motor. ---- My 2007 Camry has about 80,000 miles, and the only thing that was replaced by the extended warranty was the flexible oil line for the VVT at my request! ----- Both vehicles were serviced at the dealer every 2,500 miles! ---- I am in the market for a new car. ------ I like the Honda Accord. I think that they build a high quality four cylinder engine. ----- I go to the auto shows, and every time I sit in an Accord my back is not comfortable. ----- In 2010 my wife was in the market for a new vehicle. We looked at the Honda Accord, but the seats were very uncomfortable. She purchased a 2010 Malibu LTZ. I find it hard to believe that the Honda Corporation does not know about this problem in the United States! If Toyota can build a comfortable seat, why can't Honda build a similar product. The answer is simple. They do not want to change the seat! ------ (The back of the Accord seat grabs my rib cage before my spine hits the back of the seat! This means that my back is being supported by my ribs! After an hour on the highway, I need a doctor to get me out of the car! ---- My right leg and my hip are in pain! ---- On the other hand, I can drive for hours in the Camry without a problem. Could it be the seats???????????????????????)
Best regards to all! -------- Dwayne
Aug 12, 2012 (8:34 pm)
Help ! I've owned Accords for 10+ years. I just sold my '04 and need a replacement in a few days. I found a great deal on a 2012 EX-L and want to close on it, but in the process of going though this website, I discovered the multitude back pain issues with the 2008-2012 Accord seats.
So, my choices are: 1) Buy the 2012 EX-L anyway and hope that the back issues don't apply to me (hmmm) 2) Test drive a Camry LXE (must be similar in trim level, as it's an EXL spelled backward) 3) Wait for the 2013 Accords to come out (risk being the seats are the same as 2012 or worse and pay $K's more to be a first adopter) or 4) Buy some other car 5) Not buy a car and walk to work (but with a 30 mile commute, I'd be trading back pain for foot pain!).
Somehow, Honda has sold a ga-zillion 2008-2012 Accords, but a number of folks have had (and I believe them) back issues with their Accords. I am surprised that after 5 years, I'm only now hearing about the seat issues. No articles in the paper, etc about this. Seems like this would have been a great 20-20 report.
I really like my Hondas and, as you can tell, I really want to buy another Accord, but I would really appreciate comments from folks who do not have an issue with the seats, folks who had an issue but found a way to get used to the seats or found that, over time, the seats were really OK, as well as those folks who just plain hate their Accord seats.
I've got to get a car soon or start walking to work
#190 of 211 Re: Honda Accord Seats [djm2]
Aug 12, 2012 (9:41 pm)
2008 Honda Accord LX seats are fine enough - haven't had an issue with the seats or the occasional dimming of the lights. Rest assured the Honda Accord is a dependable, good, comfortable auto.
#191 of 211 Re: Honda Accord Seats [miltiades]
Aug 13, 2012 (6:58 am)
Ditto to Miltiades !! Purchased my '08 EX L auto/4 cyl new - solid car, wonderful driver, decent mpg and reliable.
#192 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [accorderer]
Aug 13, 2012 (2:11 pm)
As others have said, the 2008-12 Accord is a fine auto. I'll admit that the seats took some getting used to but consider that I was coming from a '99 VW Beetle and the Feds had just implemented their new passive head restraint requirements. The seats were initially uncomfortable but spend a little time adjusting them, break them in a bit, and they'll be fine. I suspect you'll have less of an issue than I did since you're coming from another Accord.
#193 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [accorderer]
Aug 13, 2012 (5:41 pm)
After living with my 2010 Accord V-6 EXL I had it enough with the lousy seats and high highway noise level. Test drove more than 10 cars and traded it for a Nissan Maxima. Great handling, comfortable seats and quite on the highway. Best decision i made in regards to cars. Why do you want to buy a car with these known issue?