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#490 of 513 Re: Honda sales for 2012 [stickguy]
Jan 05, 2013 (7:36 pm)
Your 2000 TL is in the majority of transmissions that didn't fail, but a significant minority of failures gave the '00s-'03s, especially, a bad reputation. Sorry to tell you, but your '05 Odyssey's transmission was probably okay. As for the timing belt, I believe it's good for 105K.
Did you change the fluid in your TL's transmission, and, if so, at what intervals?
#491 of 513 Re: Honda sales for 2012 [hpmctorque]
Jan 05, 2013 (7:43 pm)
Timing belt is a years or miles deal, and it was up on years.
I changed the fluid in the TL a year or so ago to be safe. not sure when or if it was changed prior to that. Most likely at around 105K, since my sister always did what the dealer said was due. So if it was on the maintenance schedule, probably when it was done!
#492 of 513 Re: Honda sales for 2012 [hpmctorque]
Jan 06, 2013 (10:39 am)
I suspect the V6 put out more torque than the unit could handle, or the applications where it was used were too heavy - or maybe there was just a bad batch of a certain component. I've met more than one person who experienced a failure, esp in Odysseys.
#493 of 513 Re: Honda sales for 2012 [fintail]
Jan 06, 2013 (2:05 pm)
Could be any of those things. As far as I know Honda never came clean on the problem. Regardless, the problem went away by the '04 or '05 model year, and, as you know, now they have new CVT and 6-speed automatics.
My take and experience with Honda/Acura, of which our family has owned several, is that they're not the most exciting choices, but they're solid, reliable and relatively low maintenance. I'd consider another TL if they sort out the styling, but I don't have any particular brand loyalty.
#494 of 513 Re: Honda sales for 2012 [hpmctorque]
Jan 07, 2013 (7:11 am)
Yep...solid, reliable and low maintenance is exactly what my Civic is but just a tad on the boring side. Had a free coupon for a battery check, was there at 6:45 this morning and they plugged it in and the reading came back as "good"...bought in 4/10 so it's still good to go though I did have a starting issue last week. I have an Interstate model and it's pro-rated if it fails before 48 months I believe. But yes, this car doesn't ask for much to keep it going though I've already done the tranny fluid change, brake fluid change, and do oil changes once a year since I rarely drive more than 4k/year now, if that much. It's 6.5 years old now and probably due for the coolant to be changed but with only 35.4 on the clock, I was planning to wait another year or two.
But I am getting a bit itchy for a new car actually. Seems silly really but that itch won't seem to go away. I'm trying to be strong here...but for how long I'm not sure!
#497 of 513 Re: J35 Back on "The List" [anythngbutgm]
Feb 22, 2013 (10:17 am)
I assume that is the 3.5l V6 in my 2013 RDX? If so, it really is a sweet engine.
#498 of 513 Re: J35 Back on "The List" [stickguy]
Feb 22, 2013 (11:52 am)
Pretty much. The J-series has been around since the late 90's IIRC so the one in your RDX should be a derivative of it. I had one in my 03' MDX and it was perfect for the application, a V8 was not necessary.
BTW, those RDX's are becoming quite popular here in New England. I see them quite frequently and have spotted the full color pallette. Basque Red is my fave so far.