Last post on May 16, 2013 at 8:22 PM
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#265 of 274 Re: First oil change [suydam]
May 08, 2013 (9:23 am)
I'll have to give Richfield-Bloomington Honda a call as they're not far from me. In the end, however, with the coupons Honda and the dealer send out, for $25 I'm not going to worry about changing the oil a bit early (despite the environmental issue).
#266 of 274 Re: First oil change [evped2]
May 08, 2013 (10:21 am)
I would not let any of my vehicles go over 5,000 miles on an oil change. Oil is the life of an engine and it is such an inexpensive thing. I have a Honda and my wife has a Cadillac CTS. If I went by the maintenance minder on the Cadillac, it would be 13,000 miles on an oil change. Talk to a mechanic that you trust and he will tell you the same. In my case, I have talked with my dealer's service supervisor whom I have known for a long time. Some don't trust their dealer's service department on this, but oil changes are not big money generators
#267 of 274 Re: First oil change [temj12]
May 08, 2013 (10:30 am)
I'm sure Honda wants their vehicles to last a long time. For my Nissan the interval was 7500 miles, which I followed. Sold it at 139k and still going great. Times have changed.
May 08, 2013 (2:25 pm)
The engineers know what they are doing and they usually incorporate a 2:1 safety factor. If they say it can go 10,000 miles it will probably go 20,000.
I change oil in my Accord about every 9,000 miles (according to the minder). 162,000 miles and the top of the engine still looks brand new (under oil fill cap). No sludge, so deposits, no visable wear.
I do use full synthetic as a little bit of extra insurance, but changing oil too often on a modern car is just throwing your money away.
I used to be a 3,000 mile guy (on my '90 Integra), but after 100,000 miles I got tired of throwing out oil that didn't even look dirty. So now at 231,000 miles I have a 23 year old vehicle with a great engine. Problem is changing the oil does not help the alternator, the cv joints, the brakes, the clutch, the water pump, the belts, the slight rust that is starting, the wear and tear on the seats, the slight musty smell of a 23 year old car. Those are the things that become a problem. Any engine can go 200k miles these days. Doesn't do much good if the car is worth basically nothing at that point.
#269 of 274 Re: First oil change [evped2]
May 10, 2013 (7:56 am)
Honda uses a special brake in oil. Many other manufacturers don't do that. I was told by the head service guy at my dealer to let the oil monitor get to 20% before I bring the car in for the first oil change. It is important that the break in oil have enough mileage to do its job. My research has indicated that the oil life monitor Honda and Acura use is pretty accurate and you can let it run down to around 20% before you change the oil. However, after the first change, I will not go more than 7,500 miles without changing the oil. I am a little old school in that way.
#270 of 274 Re: Audio issue with Hondalink [jsin1]
May 10, 2013 (7:58 am)
I got the HondaLink software update about 12 days ago and have not experienced the audio issue since the update. Hopefully that solved the problem.
#271 of 274 Maintenance light at 50 miles?!
May 14, 2013 (6:34 pm)
I just completed my purchase of an Accord Sport and drove it off the lot this evening. At about 45 miles, I had the system maintenance light come on already! I've tried resetting - followed exactly what the manual said - and even reset the vehicle systems to default. The light is still on. Anyone else have this issue or thoughts on it?
#272 of 274 Re: 2013 Honda Accord Issues [ronbrored]
May 16, 2013 (4:40 am)
I had a similar experience (weird jerking acceleration when I test drove the Accord. I also test drove the Nissan Altima (also with a CVT) and was more impressed, even though I have read of similar problems with nissan's CVT. I ended up buying the Altima and have not been disappointed.
May 16, 2013 (5:57 am)
Never had it or heard of it even on Accord boards. Take it to the dealer - maybe just a glitch in the prep process as they may have to initialize the computer or something like that.
It is under warrantee so you are covered.
#274 of 274 Re: - [dudleyr]
May 16, 2013 (8:22 pm)
The warranty isn't helping the 2013 Accord and 2013 Altima CVT issues because the manufacturers are not sure what is causing the problems (proposed "fixes" have had mixed results) or else are saying the jerkiness or lugging vibrations/noises are normal and there is nothing to fix.
If you don't like the way it drives, you may be stuck with the issue warranty or not.
These are the types of issues you have to deal with when you buy the first year model of a new design. The previous generation Altima did not have any of these CVT issues and the previous generation Accord did not have a CVT at all.