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Honda Accord (2008-2012) Maintenance and Repair



  • isles1isles1 Posts: 110
    I should have clarified that I did not let Honda do the work. I purchased the pads myself and had my prefered repair shop turn the rotors and install the new pads...labor was about $140 and about $20 for the pads after rebate. The Honda offer was about $20 less than the invoices I submitted, but covered my actual out of pocket costs (after rebate) so I did not make an issue about it.

    And I generally expect one set of front and rear pads during a 3-year lease term, so there is also normal wear and tear to consider. No sense in getting gready.
  • kendall8kendall8 Posts: 28
    I have the same problem 2010 accord 25k miles(highway) South Shore Honda (LI NY) saying talk to Honda America. American Honda, giving me the run around. How do I make them do what is right?
  • isles1isles1 Posts: 110
    See my post from earlier today. Contact information, including fax #, is on Honda America website. Referring the the Class Action Lawsuit for 08 and 09 models, and the numerous complaints found on the Internet about 2010 models should help.
  • mcar10mcar10 Posts: 2
    Ok, looks that more and more of the 2010 owners are coming out, so the PROBLEM IS WIDESPREAD AND THEY DID NOT DO NOTHING to remediate a known issue.

    I really hope that SOON a Class Action lawsuit will be in place even for ALL 2010 owners...
  • chebuckchebuck Posts: 3
    I have an 09 Accord Coupe V6 and have experienced oil consumption of about 1 qt every 6,000 miles. I now have 25,000 mi and oild consumption continues. Under dealer test presently. I am very disappointed with oil consumption. I have owned numerous Honda's, both 4-cyl and 6-cyl and never encountered this problem previously. I am suspicious that consumption is related to the VCM or valve seals. I have been using 5W-20 synthetic oil with no change in consumption.
  • 2hondaguy2hondaguy Posts: 14
    For waht it's worth i have 46,000 miles on my 08 exv6. I do change oil at 3,000 mile intervals with no oil consumption between changes. I use recomended weight. My previous Hondas have never used oil. Make sure to not give up on your issue with the dealer. Also, no real problems with the car whatsoever and on my original tires and brakes. Was one of the first coupes off the line.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    one quart every 6,000 miles you say? There's nothing wrong with that. That's quite normal. I wouldn't even worry about it.


  • rkirchoffrkirchoff Posts: 65
    oil changes every 3000 miles? lol your honda has a maintenance minder built within the system and it will tell you when you need to change your oil. changing the oil every 3000 miles is a waste of oil and assuming you have it changed at the honda dealership, all you're doing is putting money in their pocket. according to the honda factory reps, you ought to pay attention to the car's maintenance minder and only change the oil when it says it needs to be changed. i use honda filters and honda oil and go approximately 8500-10,000 miles per oil change and never has my car ever used any amount of oil even when i have driven in extreme heat and bitter cold and cruised at speeds of 80mph for several hours. i have an 08 accord ex-L v6 with 79,000 miles and my dealership reminds me to pay attention to the maintenance minder on my honda. they have also told me they will not change my oil unless my car's minder says it has 20% of life or less. this is my 2nd accord ex-l v6 and i had 85000 miles on my 04 and it never used any oil between changes and it too went 8500-10,000 miles between oil changes per its maintenance minder.
  • 2hondaguy2hondaguy Posts: 14
    edited October 2007
    Thats just fine sir. What you do is your business. What i do is mine.
  • chebuckchebuck Posts: 3
    One quart every 6,000 mi may seem OK to you, but this is not normal for a brand new Honda engine. I suppose Honda will be more than willing to change my catalytic converter when it fails prematurely due to the extra hydrocarbons passing through the engine. I think not!
  • gee, my maintenance reminder crapped out on me 4 times.. Oh well.. And If I listened to the Honda Factory reps (which I didnt) they told me I dont drive my car correctly for my brakes and front rotors to go at 7500 miles... WOW , for 40 years I have driven my cars wrong... I change my oil every 3,001 miles.. wouldnt want to upset you.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,403
    edited July 2011
    I just wanted you not to worry. It is normal and it doesn't effect emissions or your catalytic. Trust me on this.

    NOW...if over time the consumption would get lower and lower at each oil change, THEN I'd be on the same page with you. But if it is a constant 1 quart per 6000 miles, then I'm with Honda on this one---it is perfectly normal. I have rebuilt many engines for many years, and this is the case.

    In fact, it's probably *good* for the engine to throw a few drops of oil every day into the upper combustion area.

    You would be *shocked* to learn Honda's official policy on how much consumption is "normal". It's well below 6,000 miles per quart.


  • npolitenpolite Posts: 33
    Has anyone seen the brake pad issue on the 11? I don't mind changing them myself but hate to do it frequently. My sister had a awful time with her 08 before she traded it in 09. Her rear pads went out at every 15k. Now mom is up for a new car and why she wants an Accord I have no idea. I may have her wait another year before buying the full model change.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I don't care what your maintenance minder tells you. That is too many miles between changes. It may not show up in the first 100,000 miles, but it will show up in the 2nd 100,000 miles. I change mine every 5,000. Oil changes are not expensive and it is the life of an engine.
  • dont get me started... I was told I didnt know how to drive by the service manager because my brakes and rotors were going at 7,500 miles... I took my car to my local garage and told him to rip out everything connected with the brake system , even calipers.... 1,000 dollars later I must have learned how to drive the car... Now I feel totally fine when my wife and son take the car... I am not going to wait for some recall.. I would suggest you dont either and dont go to the dealer nor by OEM. You dont want the brakes going on you when you drive down a hill. good luck
  • rawhide4rawhide4 Posts: 1
    Handbook defines procedure for measurement of transmission level. Car on the level: warm engine with fan running: switch off engine and measure level with dipstick between 60 seconds and 90 seconds after switching off the engine.

    I find that the level on the hatched side of the dipstick is at the bottom of the hatching and a bit higher on the back side of the dip stick. This seems low to me since I am assuming that the level should be within the range of the hatching. I made the measurements very carefully, making sure the dip stick was clean and that the measurement was taken within the 30 second time range allowed.

    Yet Dealer claims that measurement is exactly where it should be.

    Would appreciate some expert comment on whether I should add some transmission fluid.
  • 2hondaguy2hondaguy Posts: 14
    edited July 2011
    I'm i wrong, but it seems that most of these problems are with the four cylinder models? My 99 was a v6 and i didn't have problems. My 08 is a v6 coupe and i have had no problems with brake wear. I was a member of the class action lawsuit but as i said i had no problems.

    The mechanic i use when i need brakes is very honest. Most people who own Hondas know about him. Adout 90% of his work is on Hondas.

    When he looked at mine he said that there was a modification of some sort that he installs. It's just not a straight replacement. It's suppost to keep the pads away from the rotors better. That's about all i know. I cant believe that Honda continues to have brake issues. It's been an ongoing problem for years. I have been lucky. Maybe because my last two Hondas have been v6's having different pads/rotors/calibers??? I don't know.

    Also, a mechanic is just that. Being human beings they are not always right. I had a Honda dealership tell me one time i had a bad instrument cluster when it was actually a bad alternator on my 99 Honda.
  • rkirchoffrkirchoff Posts: 65
    According to Honda's factory reps, the maintenance minder is correct and it will tell you the correct time to change your oil. I was a bit skeptical about it too and was worried the honda oil filters would collapse after more than 4500 miles. I then took an old fram filter that had been used for 5000 miles and my used honda oil filter that had 9500 miles on it and cut them apart. I wanted to see the contents. I was shocked to see that the fram filter was coming apart drastically whereas the honda filter still held together and showed no signs of deterioration. That alone helped me decide to pay attention to the maintenance minder.

    I must point out that I trade cars every 3-4 years or whenever my car's mileage reaches 85000 miles. And yes, I purchase a new car and it has less than 5 miles on it.

    In this day of oil problems, I am concerned with too many people letting the dealerships con their customers into believing the maintenance minder doesn't work. I've been told by some dealerships that my warranty would void itself if I didn't change the oil every 3000 miles. That is bs too. All you're doing by changing your oil every 3000 miles is helping the dealerships and oil change businesses stay in business.
  • icyou812icyou812 Posts: 77
    I have seen many debates on forums pertaining to how many miles to put on an oil change. It would be interesting if you would be willing to spend a little bit of money and have the oil sent to a lab for testing after 9,500 miles. Just Google "engine oil analysis". I think it costs about $25 and they can tell you the condition of the oil and the wear on your engine (if any). Depending on the results, they would either confirm or dispel that the maintenance minder is correct. Personally, I run Mobil 1 5-20 synthetic 5K miles or 6 months in my 08 2.4. It's what I'm comfortable with. I don't plan on trading my car as often as you do so it seems like cheap insurance to keep the oil as fresh as possible. Years back my father ran his little 88 Dodge Ram50 15-20K on AMSoil with a new filter every 5k and that thing ran forever, even after he sold it. It had to have at least 200k on it, very unusual for one of those 2.6's. :surprise: I'm not that brave though....
  • icyou812icyou812 Posts: 77
    I personally never had oil analysis done because I don't put that many miles on. For the first 30K I did use conventional oil changed at every 3K w/Honda filter. Now using WIX filters with the Mobil1. People that are in to AMSoil and other extended mileage oils tend to do analysis to find out just how long they can go. If anyone is interested in more info about oil and other lubricants then check out They have forums and a bunch more to read up on. (I am not affiliated with them nor even a forum member)
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