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Aug 12, 2012 (7:34 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 (8:41 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 (5:58 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 (1:11 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 (4:41 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?
#194 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [silberma]
Aug 14, 2012 (7:26 am)
Thanks for your experience. Why I'm still thinking about an Accord?
Well, a week ago, I had no idea that owners were having problems with their seats; I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this issue.
Right now, I'm trying to figure out what to buy. My family has bought/leased 6 Accords in the last 10+ years and we've always been happy with them. My son has a 2010 EX (cloth, but with lumbar support) and says the seats are OK.
I keep looking at the seats in a 2012 on the lot, scratch my head, and think "how can these innocent looking seats be that much of a problem"? But sitting on them, I can feel what folks are talking about. The question I have to answer is whether it will be a problem for me.
I'm going to test drive a 2013 Camry XLE today. Years ago, Camry owners were furious over the small seat pans on their Camrys. The test drive will help me see if that has been fixed.
I'm also thinking of sharing my wife's car and wait for the 2013 Accords.
#195 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [accorderer]
Aug 14, 2012 (8:17 am)
I test-drove a Camry Hybrid back when I decided on the '08 Accord - didn't like it a bit. Hopefully they are much improved with regards to handling.
Anyway, yes, the '13 Accord is upon us. Here's Honda's info, complete with pictures: http://automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/ You get slightly smaller exterior dimensions, a little less HP in the I4 which is balanced by more torque, and greater fuel mileage (although the numbers aren't out yet). Personally, I think its style is an improvement over the '12 - the front end looks more "acura-like" and the rear styling is much improved. Wait a couple of months and the dealers may be willing to deal.
#196 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [accorderer]
Aug 14, 2012 (8:25 am)
You can certainly wait for the 2013 Accord to see what changes have been made. I really didn't notice issues with the seats until I was in them for extended periods of time. I did notice that the material was a bit stiffer than the older generation Accords.
My mother ended up with a 2012 Camry and the seats are great. One thing that I didn't like was that the Windows/door locks are not illuminated. Otherwise the standard bluetooth, touchscreen radio, engine is sweet.
#197 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [npolite]
Aug 14, 2012 (8:42 pm)
I agree, I can probably wait a week or two, but I'll be down to one car once I sell my 2004 Accord day after tomorrow. I'm hoping we'll see some 2013 Accords show up on the lots by last week in August.
I'm just wondering if there are other 2008-2012 Accord owners with the lumbar support who actually LIKE their seats and who wish to comment?
#198 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [accorderer]
Aug 15, 2012 (9:27 am)
We have a 2008 Accord LXP and both my wife and I are pleased with the seats - comfortable and supportive even during 600-700 mile trips. Something to remember is that dissatisfied owners are much more vocal and active than the plethora of satisfied owners on car sites like this one.