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Honda Accord (2003-2007) Maintenance and Repair



  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    I have a 2006 Accord EX 4 with 45K on it. I just checked my local Merchants Tire store and the Michelin P206/60R16 MXV4's are running about $175 each. Apparently, these tires are suppose to be rated for 60K miles. Should I be getting an additional pro-rated warranty discount from Michelin or do OEM tires not qualify for a mileage rating?

    Also, is there anything from Goodyear that's similar in quality, performance, and ride, but less expensive?

  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    I would open the search beyond Michelin and Goodyear. Bridgestone and Yokahama both make tires that are a good match with the Accord.

    What type of driving do you do? Mostly highway or mostly city? Is it a curvy area or mostly straight roads? Any snow or just rain to deal with?
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    Thanks for your reply. I do a lot of highway driving. The roads I frequent are mostly straight, but there are some routes that I use that have quite a few curves. Snow is not too much of a concern, but rain can be. I don't mind another brand, but I'd prefer something that offers a comparable ride and performance.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Bridgestone Serenity. They are just as smooth as the Michelins, and have better wet traction. They are heavier though, which could cost you a mpg or two.
  • I went thru the same exercise you're going thru...RE new tires. I have an 05 EX 4. I did a lot of research and decided on the Toyo Versado LX. All in the tires cost me about $150 a tire. Total bill came in around $600. I have about 18k on them and so far I'm very pleased. Tread wear is good. I live in the Northeast and snow traction is good and rain traction is excellent. Time will tell but so far so good with these Toyo's.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    I just put Yokohama Avid H4s on my 2005 4 cyl. EXL. Great tire. way better than the crappy OEM michelins. And I put over1K highway on them in the last week, much of it in the rain, and they did great.

    Check out tire rack for reviews. THey tested them against the Bridgestone (G009 pole? something like that) as a "sporty" tire.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • tankbeanstankbeans Posts: 585
    Thought I'd put my 2 cents in here. I recently put Bridgestone Potenza G019 Grid tires on my 03 LX Coupe I4 auto and I've been loving them. I haven't noticed a net decrease in gas mileage from them because in my area winter blend is still around for a little while yet. I can take corners a little faster than I used to do with my Republic Ensigns and I don't notice any extra noise coming from them. At $100 a pop they're not too expensive, but they seem nice.

    I've only had them since February so I'm not sure how they are in heavy rain, but in light snow I noticed a significant decrease in my car's tendency to slide around. It takes minimal effort to correct the slipping car with these tires.
  • lilengineerboylilengineerboy Posts: 4,116
    I have an 05 EX 4. I did a lot of research and decided on the Toyo Versado LX. All in the tires cost me about $150 a tire. Total bill came in around $600.

    That seems steep for a highway tire. My other vehicle's Bridgestone RE960 PP A/S tires were $100 under that. Regional mounting fees and disposal fees in addition to taxes might be some of that, however.
  • kcrossleykcrossley Posts: 172
    Thanks everyone for your responses. I finally decided to go with a set of Michelin MXV4 Primacys at $175.99 per tire. Although they're a bit pricey, I didn't want to sacrifice my ride or mileage. Plus, I've never had a problem with Michelin, so why change. Thanks again! - Kelly
  • ezshift5ezshift5 Posts: 852
    I'm getting Primacy MXV4 (215/50-17s) at EOM (new credit card billing period: I expect to fork out about 800 of my Naval Reserve bread for four of these)

    Appreciate your addressing this tires noise profile (TireRack gives it high marks here)

    best, ez....
  • mookie14mookie14 Posts: 252
    Got a 07 Ex-L Accord and to my Surprise Thanks to my spouse im almost out of Warranty like this week. And NO $$$ TO BUY A WARRANTY so being this is the first time i have not had a extended warranty on any auto and im going to try to get a 2010 Accord in march is when i have 6 mos left on this lease. But honestly this is the best auto i have ever had hands down am i sh..... out of luck and out of alot of paper seeing i will be naked with no warranty until i get a new accord thanks guys
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    Well, a couple of points:

    1) No, I don't think you should worry. Accords are quite reliable, expecially one as new as yours, so the odds of anything major happening (certainly expensive enough to cost more than the price of the warrenty) are very, very low.

    2) Buying an extended warrenty for a lease car makes no sense in the first place, since you will logically never get to use it. I suppose you might be able to cash in some of the value at the end? But it still makes little sense.

    Either get a lease, or buy a car with an extneded warranty and keep it for 6/7 years.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • mookie14mookie14 Posts: 252
    Is There a such there that exist as automotive credit vs retail credit that finance arms of auto companies use. I saw a some thing from experian that says dealers have access to that info is that correct??? ps thanks for the info about the warranty im still tripping about being out of one though. Heck at least i do not have a gm or a ford or dodge thats 4 sure i know i would be ..... out of luck.
  • sarahapsarahap Posts: 10
    The little old lady across the street is selling me her '03 LX. It has only 23k mi. We're wondering if we need to think about replacing the timing belt and do all that 5 yr maintenance even though the miles are low. Would appreciate any thoughts. Her records show she had it into the dealer in Feb for maintenance but they just did an oil change and standard check-off.

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    If it is a 4-cylinder model, there is NO TIMING BELT to deal with. I'd change the brake fluid though; it gets water absorbed into it over time, and will break down the seals if left in there. It should be changed every 3-4 years.

    Also, check the tires to make sure they aren't dry-rotting (check for small cracks along them). Stuff like air filters should be changed at 30,000 miles. Hopefully she has the owner's manual? If she does, it'll have all the details you need. :) Enjoy your (like) new Honda!
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,693
    I agree. I'd definitely pay very close attention to the tires and probably replace them or at least have one dismounted and inspected carefully.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    just had the rears done yesterday on my '05 (at a whopping 43K) Work much better now. Smooth and quiet, nice firm pedal, and no groaning/grinding (will see if that comes back on a wet day!)

    Also had the brake fluid done. I was having it flushed anyway, but they did a dip strip test (like checking pool water) that showed purple, meaning time to change! Doubt it was a scam, since I had already told them to do it.

    With the new brakes (front pads have about 7mm on them, so good for a long time yet) and recent Yoko tires, roadholding and braking are light years better. I can even go around an off ramp at more than 10 MPH without plowing right off it!

    For the brakes, it was the inner (right side) pad that was worn down. Mechincs felt it was a sticky caliper slide that caused the problem (making the pad drag slightly), although the rotors had penty of meat to cut still.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • amygdalaamygdala Posts: 6
    i recently bought a certified 2006 se automatic accord,this is my first accord, the problem is acceleration isnt smooth, i need to press hard the gas pedal, when accelerating from lower speed i could feel the shifting of gears and also at certain speed i can feel vibration of gas pedal, with these problems i took it to the dealer , he said tires are overinflated and they adjusted the tire pressure and re balance the tires, but i still have same proble, some body please help me what this problem could be and what is the best way to deal with this, thanks a lot for your time
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,602
    Every car has it's own feel. And gas pedal feel is a big part of it. Quite possibly it is just a matter of getting used to something different than you had before?

    I have an Accord, Odyssey and and Acura TL. The TL drives much differently than the Odyssey, even though they have essentially the same engine and tranny (the Accord doesn't really count since it is a stick).

    You also tend to "feel" the drivetrain a little more in a Honda than in some other cars, especially a 4 cyl automatic.

    I would say go back to the dealer and test drive another used one like yours to compare. If they are the same, then you can pretty much assume it is the way they are supposed to be.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I completely agree with post 4609. Ask to drive another one and compare.
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