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2008-2009 Honda Accord Accessories

I recently bought an after market remote start for my 08 Accord and had it installed at Circuit City. When I picked it up the installer told me that he wasn't able to get the updated circuit diagram for the 08 from the third party install company or from Honda and was unable to bypass the alarm. So basically, the remote start works, but if the alarm is set, it will start the car, and trip the alarm.....kind of defeats the purpose of remote start. Now, I'm getting the run around from Circuit City saying they are waiting on word from Honda before they can fix it. Has anyone else run into this problem?? If so, is there information on how this can be bypassed? Please help!
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  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Has anyone seen or gotten the extra LED lighting for the front floor boards? It looks really nice!!

    You know what really bugs me about the 06 SE Accord, is that they only gave me 1 light, (on the ceiling) as interior lighting. Now if you get the EX, or maybe the EX-L the front lights above the stereo come on as well as the ceiling light. It seems crazy the honda skipped that, it doesn't even seem like it would be extra money to have the switch hooked to the front lights too on the SE, the lights and such are already there. It really seems crazy, its like they got lazy, and said were not hooking it up on the lower models. Its not that big on a deal, but it got me thinking.

    When I get my 08, I am going to have the LED lights put in, I saw them on youtube. They look amazing. Not much, but cool.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    The faint blue ambient footwell lights only cost a discounted $82.80 but they require a fourteen-page set of Installation Instructions. Too much to bother with for me.

    http://collegehillshonda.com/instructions/8thgenaccsedan/ambientlighting.pdf

    I just installed the Splash Guards, Cargo Net and Cargo Hook in my 2008. I'm done.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    I've purchased from College Hills and HandA and was very satisfied with both companies.
  • I bought the 08 Honda front mask and can't get it to work. It is a 2 piece mask, when I put the hood piece on, the hood won't close. Any experience with this? I have to bring it in for the first oil change and figure I will ask them to take a look. It seems like the hood fits so good the space isn't enough for the 2 peices to fit. I left the bottom on because I drive on I95 and the front end gets beat up.

    Any suggestions?
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    I wonder if anyone has installed the auto starter, fog light, back up sensor, and side molding from a Honda dealer? or if you have installed any of the above, how hard were they? do you recommand doing on yourself?
    also, please tell me if any of the above are useful at all. thanks for any help. :)
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    I did consider the backup sensor and the rear-view camera. They both are as much involved and pretty much impact the same locations of the car. The installation instruction for both are available on-line. I decided not to do it myself after reading the instructions. It seemed like too much work for what it entails and involves putting holes in the car body. You really need to know what you are doing, have patience and have the right tools. The estimate to complete is about 2.5 to 3 hours for each. I opted to have it installed by the dealer. I paid $660 for the rear-view camera, installed.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    Thanks for the info, parviz.
    Since I am so bad at parallel parking, i am going to buy the back up camera.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    Sure. I don't know which Accord trim you have (or considering), for the navi model, you can have both the camera and/or backup sensors. For all other trims backup sensor would be your only choice in helping with your parking!
  • I installed the side moldings and its pretty easy if you follow the instructions they provide and use the supplied templates. I think I did both sides in an hour.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    roger that. I was thinking about doing this by myself too. Honda charges $354 for parts and labor, while the moldings only cost $209.

    Has anyone installed the cargo hooks? How easy is that? do i need any special tools for this? I am also thinking of installing the fog lights myself.
  • Anyone know a fair price for this accessory- I'll be picking my car up in a week and am wondering what the going rate is - i know MSRP is 599 + install but i'm sure there is a lot of markup on these after market accessories.

    Thanks!
    Andy
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    Did you buy it online? How much and was there shipping charges? Thanks.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    Hi Mcpdjohn:

    Smart guy. Where did you buy the 4 moldings? Price? Web? Your car's doors are now better protected from dents, dents, dents...!.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    IMO the 08 Accord looks better without the moldings (they take away from all the other lines of the car), and since they are so low on the door, they don't prevent dings. If you open a car door, it will hit the car next to you much higher than where the moldings are.
  • vietviet Posts: 847
    I have noticed most latest model cars including BMW, Lexus & Infiniti... have no door moldings.

    Also, I just "paired" my bluetooth cell phone with my Accord "handsfree link" while enjoying the aromatic smell of my new car. That's the best smell in life. Bluetooth works nicely. Like Mcpdjohn I fall in love again & again with my new Accord. It has only 24 miles and currently sitting in the garage covered by an extra large car cover. My brother-in-law bought a sport Mercedes Benz @ $70K. According to his wife (my sister), he puts his Benz in his garage to collect dust and drive his used car most of the time.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Although I wasn't interested in them, the moldings only cost $154.80 here:

    http://collegehillshonda.com/honda_accord_4dr_accessories/2008_accord_exterior.h- tm

    I purchased and installed the cargo hook and cargo net from here, and am glad that I did:

    http://collegehillshonda.com/honda_accord_4dr_accessories/2008_accord_interior.h- tm

    For those installations it is necessary to use their loaner 6mm Rivet Nut Tool, explained on that page.
  • We just purchased our new Honda with addl accessories - remote start. We thought we were getting the HONDA remote start. ($499 + installation). However, the dealer installed code-alarm CA500 model which lists for $219.99.
    Dealer charged us ttl of $867.50 fpor remote start.
    Is there a way to get the dealer to give us the HONDA remote now?
    No one advzd us this was a FACTORY installed option...Although at time of ordering, we did say we knew we would want remote and Salesperson advsd when car comes in, we can add the accessories....
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    hyperchickmom,

    The 2008 Accord Remote Engine Starter System (Part# 08E91-E22-100A) is not a factory installed option. It is a Honda-brand option that is installed by a dealer. You can see here http://collegehillshonda.com/honda_accord_4dr_accessories/2008_accord_electronic- - - - s.htm that the hardware lists for $499 and is available by mail order for $364.80 plus shipping.

    If your sales agreement didn't specify the Honda-branded option you may be out of luck. I'd still recommend that you make lots of noise at the upper levels of the dealership management for the obvious reasons. The following from an FAQ may be helpful:

    Q: What are the benefits of the Honda Remote Engine Starter vs. an aftermarket system?
    A: The Honda Remote Engine Starter System comes with a wiring harness specially designed for select Honda models that integrates your Immobilizer and Security System with the Remote Starter System. Aftermarket systems need to deactivate the Immobilizer and Security System, which leaves your vehicle unprotected. Additionally, the Honda Remote Starter System carries a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty (when installed in a new vehicle at the time of purchase), and you have the support of your friendly Honda dealer if a problem occurs.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    Honda told me that they would not install the remote engine starter if i did not purchase it from them (even if it is the same one, from online).

    anyway, I have checked with a car audio shop that they will install a remote starter and a security system with a two-way remote controller for $550. There is a 1000ft range and life time warranty. In comparison, the Honda one only comes with a 3yr warranty and a 200ft range.

    What are some cons you guys see from installing a non-Honda system?
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    If the remote starter was installed by the dealership, they are responsible for any problems with the system. If the audio shop installs the remote start, a loop-hole is created for both (dealership and audio shop). The dealership can say "the remote start system is causing the problem", while the audio shop can say "the car is causing the problem, and the remote start system is functioning like it should". Sounds like a recipe for disaster.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    "There is a 1000ft range and life time warranty. In comparison, the Honda one only comes with a 3yr warranty and a 200ft range."

    Why would anyone need to remote start their car from four city blocks away?
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    well, with barriers, you will only be able to remote start your new accord right around it with the 200ft range. This 200ft range works on an open field, nothing between you and your car, and the battery in the remote is optimum.

    My current car has a 500ft range remote starter. when there is a SUV/miniVan in front of me, i can only remote start it with less than a 100ft range, once the car starts, i can walk to it in seconds. What is the point of wasting these money? would it not be simpler if i just manual start it with that 10seconds time? :P
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Use of a remote starter would probably be against a new air pollution control law in my county if the engine was left idling for more than three minutes. How long does it take you to walk 200 to 500 feet? Not enough time for an inside-the-car temperature change.

    My 2004 and 2008 Accords put out heat from a cold start in about a quarter mile of driving. I've no need for, or interest in, a remote starter.
  • diuneidiunei Posts: 23
    I See your point.
    I mainly use the remote start to start up my car (5 minutes) in the morning to work. But i can only start it for less than a minute (due to barriers) when walking to my car at the parking lot of my work place.

    Oh, think about that the Honda remote starter comes with a 10/20 min timer.

    Anyway, My Honda dealer also has other types of remote starter (other than that $499 piece) with different range and price. I will drop by today to find out more.

    Blane, thanks for the advice and concern. Happy holiday... :D
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,811
    You realize that other than getting heat into your vehicle, there's no real need to warm up a car. You should drive it gently until it reaches operating temperature. Letting it "warm up" is a waste of fuel and increases emissions.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    I agree. Mostly good for getting the defrost working if you park outside. Otherwise like you have stated it is better to drive slowly and warm the engine.
  • brockpbrockp Posts: 11
    Anyone get quotes on this from a dealer? I just purchased it online, wondering how much others have paid before I start calling around.
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