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2008 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan

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  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Yes, the '08 COUPE looks fabulous. Unluckily, as a ("dirty") old man I should buy the sedan instead. I am crazy with the '08 V6 EX-L w/ navi.
  • I agree with you too.dont even pay attention to these bull crap that these looser people has to say about the best car on the planet"HONDA ACCORD".Long live Hondas,and Long live Accords.check It out."WWW.HONDABEAT.COM".Click on High milage club on the left side of the page.And on Emunds.com,they posted a honda civic with more than 9300000 miles and still gonig.And there are thousands of hondas with definately 250k and more.Its normal for these cars.I owned about seven honda accords in past with 250k miles to 500k.And that we are talking about origanal Motor and origanal tranny.I would go and buy any honda with 250k miles on it then buying any american junk with 90k miles on it.which includes all junky chevy,ford,chrysler crap.I simply trust honda more even with more than 250k.
  • I recently test drove a 2008 Honda EX-L V6. I was surprised with the amount of tire/road noise which is in excess to my other owned vehicles - Acura TL-S, Camry SE, Maxima SE and even Mazda 3S that I own. I plan to drive another Accord to see if perhaps the tires may have been under/over inflated or something as I cannot believe that it is so noisy. Any similar experiences?
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Yes, some people say Honda products do not have good suppression of road noise.
  • Does anyone know anything about adding a remote car starter to the Accord? I am looking at putting one into my new Accord, but do not want the starter sold by Honda. The range is terrible, so I would like one with 2000ft range. Astrostart is a brand we used in the past with great luck.

    Anything I need to know specifically to the Accord about the non-factory starters? Anyone have one? What type, costs, etc etc

    Thanks!
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Honda builds their vehicles to be relatively fuel efficient. Then people put in remote starters, so that they can have their vehicle idle for five or more minutes (either heating up or cooling down) wasting fuel and adding pollution to the air unnecessarily.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Whoever installs this remote start better know what they are doing. If it interferes with the immobilizer system, you could be caught dead in the water.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    An electric heating element for instant heat in winter would be more efficient that idling your car for 10 minutes before hopping in.
    Trying to cool down your car that's parked in the sun with the windows closed is a big waste also. To cool down a car that's been frying in the summer sun, you need to open all the windows and exhaust all the super-heated air first.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    To cool down a car that's been frying in the summer sun, you need to open all the windows and exhaust all the super-heated air first.

    Which is why the remote window-roll-down feature is one of my favorite creature comforts of my Accord.
  • jb_turnerjb_turner Posts: 702
    Why do you want to start your car 1/3 of mile away?
  • I live in North Dakota where temperatures can regularly fall much below zero. Starting your car a few minutes before departure is not only a convenience, but also a near necessity to keep your car running well throughout the winter. Also, with Honda's remote start, I would be nearly standing in front of my car to "remote" start it, which does not seem "remote" enough. 2000ft means my wife can start it while she is inside the grocery store, and actually get some use out of the remote start feature.
  • I've had mine 08 EXl/navi for a week now. I have not noticed any excessive noise. I had a 04 Maxima, Accord seems quiter to me.
  • I have an 08 Accord with the Michelin tires that some people claim are noisy. I think the tires are no louder the Michelins I have on my 2 Toyotas. One reason the tires may seem relatively loud on certain road conditions is that the car itself is very quiet. I believe Michelin is the best brand of tire you can buy, and thats the only brand I buy.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    I don't understand why you presume that "I would be nearly standing in front of my car to "remote" start it, which does not seem "remote" enough." As you can see here http://tinyurl.com/2q8pcx the Honda remote has a 200 foot range.

    Wouldn't an engine block heater and an extension cord http://tinyurl.com/326ofn be best for parking at home or work?

    You wrote "my wife can start it while she is inside the grocery store". Even in North Dakota, she'd have to be on an extended shopping spree for the engine to cool down enough for a restart to be of much concern.
  • oarsdadoarsdad Posts: 64
    In that review, Mark Phelan said:

    The Accord achieved fuel economy ratings of 21 m.p.g. city and 31 m.p.g. highway in EPA tests. Those figures, and its combined rating of 24 m.p.g., put the Accord squarely in the middle of its competitive set for fuel economy.

    I did a little looking at the Accord's competitors(excluding Hybrid's). These are all 4 cyl. automatics. 2008 models. Also, all but the Passat have less HP than the 190 in the Accord EX I4, in some cases, considerably less.

    Nissan Altima 23/31 = 54
    Honda Accord 21/31 = 52
    Toyota Camry 21/31 = 52
    Saturn Aura 22/30 = 52
    Chevy Malibu 22/30 = 52
    Kia Optima 21/31 = 52
    Dodge Avenger 21/30 = 51
    Chrys Sebring 21/30 = 51
    Hyundai Sonata 21/30 = 51
    Ford Fusion 20/29 = 49
    Mazda6 21/28 = 49
    Mitsu. Galant 20/27 = 47
    VW Passat 19/28 = 47
    Subaru Legacy 20/27 = 47

    Sorry About my pathetic columns

    I wouldn't exactly call that "squarely in the middle", but then, my check is not signed by the same people that sign Mr. Phelan's. OTOH, they're all so close, who really cares.

    Footnote - I'm willing to give Subaru a break on their numbers given that you get AWD with the Legacy. Also, I had never really looked at the Legacy, but I think it looks quite nice. :)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The Subie's reason for low MPG is almost excusable (AWD standard across all Subarus). With the exception of the Altima, the Accord is unbeaten for fuel economy.

    It just shows that some people don't do their homework when writing articles for print.
  • 200ft range is not enough for most situations. Good enough for home, but not work or any other instance most likely.

    An extension cord would work for home in the mornings, but that is the only time basically.

    Letting your car sit at the mall for the afternoon in 10below weather will cause to the car to be a little cold. Maybe the engine itself will be ok in that situation, but my wife wouldn't be.

    The remote start is not only a necessity, but also a luxury. I want my wife to have the luxury of jumping inside a warm car every morning and every time she gets back in at night.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Range might be for safety reasons, just like remote locking is. In case of Honda, if you unlock doors and don't open one of them within 30s (or 15s, can't remember which), it will re-lock.

    Perhaps they could have you do it from 1000 ft and leave it open as long as you want it to, but the problem is, what would reduce the chance of someone, uninvited, getting in car?

    I'm also wary of remote starts as it increases the chance of a running car in a closed garage. It could be kids doing it, or people by mistake. Besides, doesn't it also defeat the purpose of having immobilizer? Or does it have additional safety built-in? (in that, someone manages to get in but can't drive off).
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    The unfortunate thing about these fuel economy discussions is that there is a strong tendency to base them off EPA ratings. Based on my observations, a simple tweaking of transmission logic seems to be the key to achieving higher EPA ratings than some of the cars are capable of achieving. Since most of EPA’s test cycles involve maximum speed below 40 mph, combined with the fact that Honda isn’t one of the companies that takes the “tweak the transmission logic” route, their numbers tend to be more realistic and the cars have the potential to do much better than EPA ratings suggest.

    But I don’t expect these so called auto reviewers to know all that. Most of their points tend to be opinion, and many times even that is flawed. The least I expect them to know is that EPA ratings couldn’t care less about engine’s power rating either. All cars in EPA’s world are equal when it comes to performance. But it is transmission logic that makes the difference and a big reason for many people not meeting their rated EPA fuel economy, even the new rating which seems to be the case with my GF’s new RAV4.

    Another issue is that the new EPA rating has actually brought the numbers closer (higher mileage cars are now closer to lower mileage cars).
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    There are a few kind of road surfaces that those Michelins don't like (but same can be said of most tires, actually). But otherwise, the noise issue does seem to be a bit exagerrated. While Accord has slightly more transmittal, it is likely due to greater mechanical linkage too. This is pretty much the difference between a directly linked manual transmission versus DBW systems, in former one can literally feel the vibration while the other smooths things out. I would rather have the former for greater connection with the car and the road and that is something Accord gets over most of its competition.
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