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2008 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan

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  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Why? will it get stolen?? Do other places have to worry about their accords? Is it really big there?
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    He's just saying that since people would then know I have a NAV in my car.

    The thing is, I use it in two vehicles (both Accords). That's the joy of portable. I can change vehicles every day in 30 seconds if I wanted to do it.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    True, that would be nice, but I have been told that the honda has one of the best Nav's available.

    Also, One time when I first got my car, and I went to open up my workplace, so my car was out far in the parking lot where I always park it, so it doesn't get dinged. I had a cop come in the building and asked whose car that was, and had asked if it was stolen. So that was a little bit bizarre, but not uncommon I guess. I am sure, if I left it unlocked and running somewhere in downtown chicago or big city, it would be gone.
  • Had a couple of inches of snow and freezing rain to deal with today. My driveway is slightly pitched uphill but the EX-L V6 handled that and everything else that today's weather threw at it. Others had told me the Michelin tires leave a lot to be desired in winter weather, but my first impression, at least in this small storm, has been favorable.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    I have had no problems with Michelin's on my car, It drives pretty good in the snow. It kept its composure quite well. I have 06 accord and I was impressed that it did really well in the snow last year when we got over a foot of snow. I think they do fine, and really, I would pick any other tire, they wear so well. The 08 might handle a bit better because of the bigger size and stance.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    It's not just the wonderful navigation capabilities, but the complete integration. It understands your voice commands for control of the heating, ventilation & air conditioning system, the audio system, navigation system, etc.

    I have the OEM navigation system in my 2004 Accord, but since I have a pocket sized Garmin nüvi 350 that we'd been using in my wife's old car, I decided not to get the OEM system in our 2008 Accord. I'm fine with it for a $1,700 savings, but it surely would have been nice to have in both Accords.
  • I'm having real difficulty finding a manual transmission EX-L in anything but black if I want the Ivory interior. Anyone have any suggestions? One dealer says that he sees one on scheduled to be built in a couple of weeks and would like to trade with another dealer so that it is shipped to him instead. Is that for real? or just a sales pitch? Honda doesn't have a way for consumers to find the current or planned inventory of dealerships and I'm tired of people trying talk me into color combinations I don't want. Do I have to just move on to another manufacturer? :confuse:
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    One dealer says that he sees one on scheduled to be built in a couple of weeks and would like to trade with another dealer so that it is shipped to him instead. Is that for real?

    That seems to be the way it works. If you are picky about the colors (interior/exterior) and transmission, you will have to wait for it to come in.
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,690
    I special ordered one of these in early Oct. with the Ivory leather and plood interior, and the white exterior. I'm expecting it to come in any day now. But that means it's been a wait of 2 months. It'll be worth it, I think!

    I wonder if your dealer is seeing mine...
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Another thing about built in nav is that it is usually an item that makes people buy an extended warranty because they are afraid of how much it will cost to fix if breaks out of warranty. You can get an 8 year HondaCare service contract, but can you imagine how dated and crude the factory nav will look when the car is 8 years old? Never mind worrying about the cost of repairing it.
    It will be like a tape deck is today. I wonder if people will still be using Bluetooth in 8 years from now?
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    You can get an 8 year HondaCare service contract, but can you imagine how dated and crude the factory nav will look when the car is 8 years old?

    It will be like a tape deck is today. I wonder if people will still be using Bluetooth in 8 years from now?


    If someone doesn't mind driving an 8 year old car, why would they care if the Nav also looks like it's 8 years old too?
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    'm having real difficulty finding a manual transmission EX-L in anything but black if I want the Ivory interior. Anyone have any suggestions? One dealer says that he sees one on scheduled to be built in a couple of weeks and would like to trade with another dealer so that it is shipped to him instead. Is that for real? or just a sales pitch?

    As been posted earlier, Honda has the rule of 30 for rare color/trim combinations. Apparently they require orders for at least 30 of the same color/trim level before they will run them. If you want a particular combination, you need the dealer you're working with to add that to their allocation. Once the plant knows they can ship out 30, they'll run your car along with the others and ship it to your dealer. That's why the process can take months.

    Manual transmissions are usually found in the V6 coupe or in the the LX models. EX-L manuals are very rare and many dealers would not stock them as a general rule because they are apparently not in demand. Add to that your particular color choices and that explains the delay.

    But if it's something you really want, it's worth the wait.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Because 8 year old tech items like a GPS nav system is much "older" than an 8 year old car.

    This is still an OK car:image
    Could drive almost as nicely as some new cars.

    An older GPS unit would be like trying to use Windows 98 today.
    Actually worse than an 8 year old PC, because GPS nav technology from 8 years a go was so bad compared to today.

    image

    You will still be able to get spare parts on a 20 year old Accord, but will you be able to buy DVD map updates anymore when the nav technology is obsolete?
    In a few years you will be able to buy a nice portable nav with new features and technology that hasn't even been developed yet for less than they charge for Honda nav map DVD updates today.
  • hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,187
    Has anyone heard whether Honda will offer its diesel in the Civic, in addition to the Accord? I know the diesel(s) will also be available on certain Honda/Acura SUVs, but I'd be interested in a Civic diesel.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    If the Accord diesel is a big hit, I bet you can expect a Civic diesel by the next redesign for 2011 or 2012.
  • khoeykhoey Posts: 35
    My new 08 coupe is my fourth Honda with navi. To me, there is no other way to go.

    The total integration is seamless and just looks and works better. The bluetooth feature is great. Plus, in NY state at least, you can get a ticket for having any device that obstructs your vision. The interpretation is in the mind of the trooper. My son got a speeding ticket a couple of years ago, and the trooper piled on by writing him one for his radar detector obstructing his view. I see all kinds of devices suction-supped to a windshield, which offends my sensibilities.

    Portability? My wife's Lexus has navi as well- IMO the Honda system kicks its azz.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Portability? My wife's Lexus has navi as well- IMO the Honda system kicks its azz.

    How is the Honda system any more portable than the Lexus system??? :confuse:
  • I have a new 2008 Accord EX-L Coupe and there is a noise coming from the back/trunk like I have something loose in the trunk. It only happens when I go over bumps with the rear tires. I tried wrapping a bungee cord around the tire jack/tool foam carrier thinking it was "bouncing" on the spare but it did not eliminate the noise. I am starting to think it is the "lift up" cover that you lift to access the spare tire. Anyone else have this problem? I think I can easily fix it with a piece of velcro holding the "flap" down but I wondered if anyone else had heard this noise.
  • khoeykhoey Posts: 35
    Sorry, I wasn't clear.

    What I should have said is that portability is not an issue, as my wife's car has navi as well.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Oh, gotcha. :)

    Portability is a HUGE plus for someone like me. In the span of one year, I will have used my Garmin in a:

    2006 Accord
    1996 Accord (both Accords are mine)
    1997 Civic - Christmas Trip with Grandparents
    1997 Maxima - Trip to Atlanta with friends
    2005 Odyssey - Trip to Oklahoma City with my great-aunt

    As you can see, for me, portability is one of the BEST qualities about buying aftermarket; I frequent different vehicles. The price being less than 1/6th of the built-in unit made having one a reality as well - I'd never have spent more than $500 on a Navigation system since I know how to read a map.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    I can't believe Honda didn't put traffic service in the new Honda Accord nav system. I have it on my portable and a portable with traffic is more useful and convenient to me than a built-in without traffic. This is true even though I only use the portable nav in other cars a few times a year.
    I use the portable nav daily on my commute for the traffic instead of having to listen for traffic reports on the radio.
    There other ways of mounting portable nav systems than putting them on the windshield. So, scares about tickets from ticket happy cops don't apply.
    I use mine in the console, but there are also other places it could go.
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    Its real. It is my understanding that a Honda dealer cannot order a specific car, but they can check allocations from every other dealer in the U.S. If another dealer has been allocated a car that you want, your dealer can have that allocation changed to their dealership if they have a customer who is willing to sign an affidavit that they will buy the car if it is in proper mechanical condition when it arrives. I was presented such an affidavit for an EX-L, MT, in the end of October. Apparently, Honda America requires the affidavit because, at some point, they had too many dealers getting all the more marketable cars by claiming they had buyers, when they didn't. According to my dealer in Denver, CO, Honda will re-allocate any car that has not left the factory upon the signing of the affidavit (I also would have had to give a $500, refundable, deposit.)

    I started through this process until they offered me a deal on an automatic transmission car from their lot that I couldn't pass up. If I had to do it all again, I wouldn't :) The auto tranny is awesome for an auto tranny -- but its still an auto tranny without any gear-selection mode. If your into the driving experience and want control of your engine --- Hold out for the manual!!

    Good luck!
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Jaxs

    Good photo illustration! Funny.
  • Very sad day...my first problem with the new 08 EXL V6

    Finally got cold enough to use the heater at full blast to warm up the car as we drove. At the three highest fan speeds there is a whistle or hiss that is audible. Not terrible, but definately there.

    We took it in and they replaced the fan motor. Didn't solve the problem. They called Honda and they had not heard of this problem. The shop wanted to take the dash all apart and "look for the problem", but I have waited on that so far, as I don't want any new rattles from dismantling the dash.

    Here is the info I have on the problem:
    Whistle or hiss to me sounds like a leak in a duct or something??
    But, it doesn't occur with AC is on, even if it is at full blast fan
    It only occurs when heat is on and above 70 degrees
    The whislte gets louder and louder from mid speed to max fan speed
    The whislte gets louder and louder from 70 degree all the way to HIGH.

    Any help/advice is appreciated! Please reply in the Maintenence Section for the Honda Accord where I originally posted. I posted here too just to make sure some "super mechanic" would see it! Thanks!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    If it does it when the heat is on, it sounds like there could be a leak in the ductwork leading to the floor, not the upper-level vents.

    Play around with the modes, see if it makes the noise with the heat on full blast but with the vent set to the top vents instead of the floor. See if you can isolate the problem further before the techs start dismantling your car.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    They called Honda and they had not heard of this problem.

    That's the problem with buying in the first few months even if you buy a car that's a reliable brand and model.

    "You are the first person to complain about this. We have never seen this before. We don't know what that is or what caused it. Maybe that's normal. Let's use trial and error replacing random parts in that area and see what happens. There are no spare parts in the warehouse to replace those for the new body style yet. They are on backorder for 6 weeks. They came in. Oops, all the replacement parts have the same defect. We'll report that to Honda and they'll have the parts vendor manufacture new ones in a few months."
  • Thegrad,
    Thanks for the advice. I just checked out the fan modes, and you are right, it basically does it only in floor mode. It does not make the noise when it is only blowing right in your face.

    So, what the heck does that mean? There is a leak possibly in the duct of the heater to the floor vent?

    Jaxs--That is basically what they told the techs at our local honda,..."never heard of this problem, etc etc" so I was leary to let them explore in my car's dash!

    Although, to be the first and only one driving the all new 2008 Accord in town makes the "unknown problem" with the fan hurt less! ;)
  • A whistle is usually caused by a blend door not closing completely. Think of the way you would hold your fingers in your mouth to make a loud whistle blast by exhaling violently. Same thing. Try different setting combos with the fan manually on high. I suspect you will hear the whistle go away and then come back as the blend door changes position. The other possibilty is a mismatched connection within the ductwork. If there is an opening it could cause a whistle (like a flute or recorder would make) when air is passing at high speed.
  • They may be able to access the floor ductwork through the filter access panel behind the glove box. It may be a poorly attached floor duct that is whistling. If they can it will reduce the amount of dash that must be removed. I will state this - the Honda Tech had to take my dash apart to replace the navigation head unit and he did a good job putting everything back together "factory fresh".
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Also worth checking would be to see if something is obstructing the vent.
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