Last post on Sep 22, 2012 at 6:19 AM
You are in the Honda Accord
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Honda Accord, Interior, Coupe, Sedan
#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?
#194 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [silberma]
Aug 14, 2012 (8:26 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 (9:17 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 (9:25 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 (9:42 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 (10:27 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.
#199 of 211 Re: Should I buy ?? [daneel]
Aug 15, 2012 (12:31 pm)
It is true, you and your wife may be satisfied. In fact my son and my wife do not perceive the problem, whereas I do, anatomies are different, but. there are hundreds of post related to this problem, and that will tell you there is an indication there might be a problem. Before buying my Accord, I never thought about making sure the seat had to accommodate me because I never experienced this problem, now I know better. I think in any case the words of caution are good for those who go and test drive this car, so they are not stuck with it afterwards, with something that is really annoying. I have talked to the mechanics at the Honda dealership and they have told me they are very aware of this problem, and also said, many people had traded in their vehicles because of this problem. Problem is that when I called Customer Service at Honda, they told me they will only record the problem for future model reference, but that they would not do anything. Again, they mentioned this has been reported, if it has been reported enough they should do what any other manufacturer does, which is to do an Engineering Change, I have worked in a car plant, and this is daily business. Engineers receive information, analyze the problem, come up with a new design and implement a change; actually they tell the seat manufacturer to fix the problem, a voila the problem is gone, but Honda has disregarded all these complaints and figured they will not to anything about it. I will discourage anyone to buy an Accord, or at least to make sure that they actually try the seat.
#200 of 211 2012 EX-L seats terrible
Sep 02, 2012 (1:12 pm)
my wife and I drove this accord friday and loved it, only drove it for 20 minutes, read about the seat issue and then asked to take the car for a longer ride, they dealer was nice enough to let us keep it over night and we put 200 miles on it
The reports are correct- The seats are horrible- we returned the car this morning. how does Honda let this happen? we loved everuthing else about the car, power, handling, the interior room, wonderful. but the seats killed my back to the point where I DREADED getting into that car.
Looking at a Fusion or Maxima now
#201 of 211 Re: 2012 EX-L seats terrible [pauliew1156]
Sep 02, 2012 (1:57 pm)
We have a 08 LX we bought new and it has been fine for my wife. For me, however, it has been a source of much pain. I should of done like you and taken it for a longer test drive. There have been a few annoying issues, but the worst for me has been the seats. Like you, I like most everything else about the car. Earlier this summer we went to Colorado, a 12 hour trip. I always have done most of the driving, but could only make it halfway before I had my wife take over. We had to stop overnight halfway back to make the trip more bearable for me. That was a first in over 20 years of Colorado trips. I would like to trade for something else, but it is paid for and we don't want a car payment for some time. I usually prefer to travel in our 01 Nissan Sentra SE, but it is hard to cram us and two kids and have any room left over for luggage. In October we are driving to Ithica NY and am wondering how I'll be able to stand it, as it is a longer drive than to Colorado....Would rent something more comfortable, but money is tight trying to save for the trip. Definitely check out the Nissan. I will be checking the Altima out when we are in the market again.