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2008 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan



  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    A 2011 model is closer to 3 years away, not two and there is no reason you have to buy during the first few months after the 2011s come out, so it could easily be over 3 years.
  • st1300st1300 Posts: 59
    Believe me when I tell you this..if i could get my 99 Accord back with the105,000 miles that were on it when i traded I would do so in a heartbeat..don't people wonder why the Accords are not selling...they already have special factory leases on a car that is less than 6 months old and they are giving them away on the dealer lots. Just check Ebay for the serial numbers on the accords for sale..the last 6 numbers are the car's production number..J in the front is a japanese built car..A in front is a american built car. At the rate they are going they will be lucky to sell 300,000 this year. You are absolutely right, you just don't see any on the road. Besides all that, Honda's customer service has reverted to the same attitude of GM of the eighties and you know what happened to GM.
    If you go the NHTSA Government site you will see the complaints filed against the new Accords already. Unbelievable for Honda. By the way this is my 5th honda and I have two of their motorcycles in the garage, so I have an idea about honda quality or lack thereof. Speaking of gas mileage I dont find 24 mpg on the highway acceptable.
  • Thanks Bug4

    I do use these forums as general guidance, its a great way to "take the temp" of the consumers view of the car before you go and spend your money on one. I was considering it because I need a car with a little bigger backseat because we are expecting a new baby soon. Otherwise, I wouldn't even be looking. I agree with you about being way ahead of the game, I just don't think I can fit three carseats in my car. I could probably with the new one since its huge. Thank you for your comments, and your review of the 08, I appreciate it.
  • redvwredvw Posts: 40
    Thank You for your informative reply. My one hesitation in purchasing a Ford over a Honda is long term reliability. Do you have any information on this topic?
  • After reading this and other forums, I am starting to reconsider my choice of purchasing an 08 Accord EXL and keeping my 03 EX. I do understand that most people that post are unhappy, but I just don't see too many new Accords around here (metro Atlanta). I know the economy is bad, but I sure see a lot of Altimas and Camrys with drive out tags on them. Its also wierd to me that the deal that I have in place is basically MSRP (23500) without negotiations? Its like they are giving it away at cost just to get it off the lot. By now, I expected to see a lot more of these around, like when the 03's came out, they were all over the place. I supposedly have until Friday to do the deal, we'll see. My concerns are the MPG, the flickering lights?? wierd and maybe an indication of being underpowered or other electrical issues?, the 3 star rear crash rating ( I have two little ones in car seats), and cummulatively the overall quality. From what I have read, this doesn't seem to have Honda's legendary quality and reliability. I have had 4 Acccords and I haven't had a problem with any. I have read several stories of people in my shoes being dissapointed. Its hard to pass up a good deal and really low financing rates, but I have 79k on my 03 and it is reliable. I may end up just keeping it.
  • st1300st1300 Posts: 59
    Quick messege....1 in front of serial number is an American made car not an "A"..sorry folks.
  • Thanks st1300, I am leaning towards keeping it now. I have no headaches now with my car and don't want any in the future. Its just such a good deal, my payments would actually be cheaper with a new EXL. I guess that is indicative of the problems selling it. Thanks for your comments.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,703
    There is no lease deals to be had on the Accord, they show only a general lease, but it is no deal. No lease support, just a standard lease.

    Many are leaving Honda, because other company's are offering some amazing lease deals, and unless Honda does something about that, they WILL NOT make their quota. I barely see any around here. Hopefully with Spring on its way, they'll spike up their sales. There are many other good cars out their, and when it comes down to leasing and price, the honda lacks.

    With that said, I am waiting on the Accord!
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    Every couple of months I get frustrated with this forum and have to write this message -- so here it goes:

    lowe41, I'm not sure you have to "reconsider" the 08 Accord. I can't believe all the negative vibes about the 08 Accords on these forums. My problem is---I own one - a 4-cyl EX-L. It is not a perfect car - but its nice and it IS built with Honda quality. I realize there are some valid concerns expressed on these forums and I don't mean to belittle them one bit -- but Honda cars have never been perfect. They are budget-minded cars. Damn nice budget-minded cars - but budget cars nevertheless.

    Please remember who the members of this forum are. . . . we are the people who like cars, like talking about cars and who notice every detail. Our brand new, shiny 08 Accords are like newborns to us -- we are the over-zealous parents who notice every runny nose and slight cough. We are no different that the group of parents who gather at the party and find themselves discussing their child's latest BM :)

    These forums are good and very useful, but they MUST be taken with a grain of salt. I think the comments in here should not be used to form an opinion about the Accord, but rather as general guidance. For example, since there is an entire thread dedicated to the VCM problem, then you should take note of that and invest time in a comprehensive test drive. Since multiple people have noted the headlight flicker, you should explore that on your test drive and make sure you can live with it. If several posters find the driver's seat uncomfortable, make sure it works for you before buying the car. With the possible exception of the VCM issue in 6cyl models, I have not seen one thing on these forums which makes me believe that the 08 Accord is inferior to any other Accord. It certainly may not be better in every respect and, as ALWAYS, when you make 400,000 cars per year, some of them are screwed up. But, I remain unconvinced that they are bad cars or necessarily inferior to any other car Honda has built.

    I'll get off my soap box --- really all I can say is that MY 08 Accord is a nice car for me. I remain convinced that, for me, it was the very best car I could buy for $25k.

    [p.s. lowe41 -- I think you should keep your 03 - not because the 08's sucks, but because you are WAY ahead of the game in terms of $$ to just keep the old one. An 03 model is not old and likely is still a VERY good car. Take it to a detail shop, spend the money to get it all shined up and save your $25,000!!! ]
  • itochuitochu Posts: 107
    The 2008 is using the ACE body platform/structure - a complete change from 2007.
    Given Honda's record on safety, I suspect the engineers are working on a fix for that shortcoming as we write here.
  • redvwredvw Posts: 40
    I have a 97 Civic and I am looking for a new vehicle. I have narrowed my search down to a 08 Accord and a Taurus. Any information in comparing these vehicles would be helpful.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The 2008 Taurus is actually a SCREAMING BARGAIN. I have gotten quotes on the 2008 Taurus as low as $20k; this is for an SEL with no options, but it is still nicer than a 4-cyl LX Accord, which happens to cost more.

    I say all this, and I have 2 Accords. Drive them both and see if the Accord feels worth the extra money. The $20k Taurus has a 263hp V6, while the $21k Accord has a 177hp I4. The 4-cyl Accord will get marginally better mileage though (21/31 vs. 18/28). The V6 Accord only gets 1 MPG better than the Taurus, at 19/29.

    A lot of people dislike the looks of the Taurus, but it is the roomiest car with the biggest trunk in its class. It's going to feel twice the size of your Civic; the Accord has grown a lot too, but should drive smaller.
  • itochuitochu Posts: 107
    If you are considering a V6 with automatic, be aware of issues regarding the VCM and check another forum here - 2008 Honda Accord VCM to be fully informed.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    The Taurus is OK if you need that much room and if you get a low enough price to make up for the low resale you'll get later.
    The Taurus is going to be drastically restlyed again in 1-2 years because it is such a dud lookswise.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Taurus reliability hasn't really been a problem lately, but you should be able to espect better from the Honda. The Honda is more likely to go to 200K miles, if you really plan to take it that far. Few people keep cars that long.
    Resale value of the Taurus will be a bigger issue.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I know that Ford Fusion scored higher in Consumer Reports than my own Accord did. I'd check out CR to get an idea, but I think the Taurus is no dud reliability-wise. It's not a great looker, but its very practical.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Most maintenance and repairs will be cheaper on the Taurus too.
    You can probably worry less about the reliability of the Taurus and more about how little you will get back when you try to trade it in compared to an Accord.
    It will only be worth it if you buy it new for a bigger discount than you will give up at resale.
  • Amen man....I was just thinking the same thing. I am loving my Accord. I got to say that reading some of these posts has cause me to find some of the flaws of the car, like the light flicker, which does not bother me at all since my 98 Maxima did the same thing, and the "loose bolt" sound in the rear, which I would have never noticed if it wasn't for this forum. Now I just read on to share and learn about how to fix such problems. But I got to say I love my car, and have no regrets whatsoever.
  • I keep seeing talk of relative resale value. I understand it's important to folks that cycle their cars fairly frequently. OTOH, I try to keep a new car for close to a decade. At that point, resale value between an Accord and something else isn't enough for me to really consider. The beauty is that keeping my Hondas for 10 years has proven to be a realistic expectation.
  • A 2011 model is closer to 3 years away, not two and there is no reason you have to buy during the first few months after the 2011s come out, so it could easily be over 3 years.
    jaxs1 is correct. The 2011 will be out in closer to 3 years (more like 2yrs 6-7 months assuming it comes out in Oct).

    As far as size goes, II'm not thin myself yet can easily fit in the car(06 Accord) comfortablely. I can understand why you prefer the new styling though, it does look less 'boring' and more upscale on the 08. However, the styling of 06-07 is not bad looking either IMO(otherwise I wouldn't have bought it). :)
    Are you driving a VW diesel by any chance? If so, diesel is likely the best way to go for you with their high torque and amazing mileage!!! :D
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