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#132 of 179 Other Hondas that did not shimmy
Aug 11, 2012 (4:47 pm)
My 2011 Accord Coupe V6 was my 4th Accord, and 2nd V6 coupe. I would not have bought a 4th, if the first three had not been terrific. Apparently 2007 was the pinnacle year for the Accord. I had a 2003 V6 Coupe - drove it 60K Highway miles on factory tires. Every mile was smooth fun. I bought two 4 door sedans in 2007; one V6 and one 4 cylinder automatic. Both were outstanding. Our baby had gotten old enough to get in and out of her car seat without help, and I wanted back in a V6 coupe, even though the 07 EXL Sedan was perfect.
One thing that is worth mentioning, is that our Regional Honda rep paid to change my wheels because in 2008 the new body style came with a new wheel type for the V6. There was a replacement of many many sets of wheels on that 2008 V6 coupe, due to unexplained vibration / shimmy issues. He looked around the country to see if any of those replacement wheels were still in a parts warehouse somewhere, but none could be found. He suspected that the 2011 coupe might be plagued with the same issue, since 2011 coupes had a brand new wheel design. This ultimately led to me getting to select an aftermarket wheel and tire combo, which did not change the vibration / shimmy AT ALL.
The Honda Legal Dept rep told me my settlement would have been more, but they insisted that I keep the $3000 BBS + Bridgestone Serenity set as part of the settlement. I didn't want them, as I was 100% sure I wasn't replacing this frustration with another Honda. These are for sale if anyone has a non vibrating Sedan or Coupe and is interested...LOL!
As a recent post said, do the best you can and get out of the frustration car, and into something better. I believe this is good advice; this type of thing takes a lot out of you. Unfortunately things change for the worse sometimes, and apparently this is one of those times for Honda. My dad and grandad were diehard Chevy guys for decades until a 1979 model stopped that, and was handled by the manufacturer in a simaliar manner of denial.
Hope the other info helps
#133 of 179 Re: Honda Accord vibration/shimmy issue
Aug 15, 2012 (5:27 am)
If I had purchased, not leased this 2012 V6, i certainly would just get rid of it, but then that would passing the problem on to another unsuspecting consumer. I don't plan to "fight" Honda, i would like to bring a little more attention to the public on this issue. Has anyone gone to their local media on this subject? This is part of my approach, to hopefully stop other potential Honda customers from falling into this trap, because that is exactly what Honda has created, a trap for the consumer.
#135 of 179 2012 Honda Accord
Aug 19, 2012 (5:54 am)
I have the same issue with my new Accord. Dealer has confirmed a postive "shimmy/shaking" while driving 60-65 mph on highway, and they cannot repair it. Honda MFG has stated it is a "characteristic" of the Accord. What the ____? Does that even mean? Who is their right mind would continue to pay/drive a vehicle that does this? I was also told it was just "my oppionion" that I don't feel safe. It is not a comfortable feeling when driving on higway, that steering does that. So, basically I am spending over $20,000. to drive on the back roads. This is insane? Has anyone had any luck returning?
#136 of 179 Re: 2012 Honda Accord [lorna3]
Aug 19, 2012 (7:53 am)
I was in the same boat as you. Honda has just told you to go jump in a lake just like me. Bottom line.. Keep it or sell it. Those are your only options.
#137 of 179 Re: 2012 Honda Accord [lorna3]
Aug 19, 2012 (9:39 am)
Honda is now acknowledging that there are random thermal breakdowns in the front upper ball joints. After 2 to 3 hours of consistent driving under hot conditions you will begin to hear moderate but pronounced gear-binding noise in the front end while driving slowly or over a rough surface. You should also notice that your shimmy worsens under these conditions also. Honda still denies shimmy problems with these cars, but any accredited front-end specialist will tell you that defective or worn ball joints causes shimmies. Supposedly Honda Engineers are working on a corrective ball joint. No ETA on the fix yet. Please know that these malfunctioning ball joint can/may cause premature wear to the other suspension and steering components. Honda says that this is not a vehicular safety concern and that us consumers should not be concerned either. Sure, bull$$$$. I am going aftermarket with **Problem Solver Moog Replacements**, and just pay out of pocket for a front-end specialist to do the work. My family's safety is too important to me to wait on Honda.
#138 of 179 Re: potential class action lawsuit v Honda? [factfinder1]
Aug 19, 2012 (12:54 pm)
I purchased the 2012 honda accord ex-l v6 last week. The steering wheel vibration situation came to my attention the first time I drove the accord on the highway at about 65mph. Through the 200 miles, I can almost feel the vibration every time I drove. I contacted the dealer and they said they will check the wheel alignment tomorrow. After reading all the posts, I suspect that a simple wheel alignment is going to fixt the issue. If there is a class action lawsuit against honda about this issue, I want to say that I am willing to stand against the greedy car maker.
#139 of 179 Re: 2012 Honda Accord [keibie40]
Aug 19, 2012 (6:10 pm)
I can understand how you feel. You are describing my car perfectly!! I also have had the A/C worked on 3 times as well. I have been driving on back roads ever since. The most the dealer will do, is buy back the vehicle and I would have to pay 4000.00 to break the lease. Thats crazy...
The part I am most upset about is, why would a MFG...knowing there is a problem, let people to continue driving these vehicles with these major defects? My familys safety is just as important. I want Honda to take the car back and refund me the 4000.00!
#140 of 179 Re: potential class action lawsuit v Honda? [carguy162]
Aug 19, 2012 (6:15 pm)
Hopefully the allignment will work for you. They did that with mine, and a week later it was worse. Then they kept it for a week. Rotated tires, put new tires on, balanced again. Then they confirmed it has a definate shimmy/shaking and they cannot fix it. They informed me their was nothing they could do, and to contact the MFG. So, I am doing what I can to get them to take vehicle back.
#141 of 179 Re: Honda Accord vibration/shimmy issue [factfinder1]
Aug 20, 2012 (6:01 pm)
Yes, I did send a letter to our local new station. I plan on fighting Honda as well. My dealer confirmed shimmy/shaking at highway 60-65 mph. I just take back roads for now. I don't feel safe on highway! We shall see what happens. Just starting the process!