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2009 Honda Accord

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  • tankbeanstankbeans Posts: 585
    I can only assume that this link was meant as a response to my post. Although it should prove helpful for many others.

    Thank you for the link.

    Question, would you say I should find one and bring mine in to them for my 60k checks and stuff rather than spending the $360 or whatever the dealer wants? I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm not a car guy and probably never will be. Any way to save money is good by me.

    "Free" oil changes are hardly worth it if you spend an arm and a leg on everything else. Thank you for your help.
  • loucopitsloucopits Posts: 103
    I have all our routine service done by the dealers, but only what the book specifies.

    It paid off for me when they did an out of warranty repair free as a good will gesture since I had all service work done at the dealer.

    FYI a Lexus dealer's manager can good will up to $2,500 on his own, no higher person's approval needed.
  • To me, those 30k and 60k dealer service checks are mostly a waste of money. Sure, change the air filter, plugs, oil etc... that are manufacturer guidelines but I push back on the other fifty things. Think about it. Inspecting your brake pads is already done if you are asking them to rotate your tires. All those visual checks on the 30k or 60k service are getting done every time your car is in their shop. It's not hard to stand firm when they pitch that $500 service but it helps my piece of mind to have the manufacturer's list of recommendations.

    The other alternative is to build a relationship with an independent mechanic. I have two local shops that specailize in Honda staffed with former dealer mechanics. You pay comparable labor costs but they tend to tell you things like ".. those pads have another 5k miles on them" and not that your battery is two years old so you better change it.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    All good advice. I'd even add to follow the maintenance schedule outlined in your owner's manual making sure you do things that say "replace xxx filter or oil/fluid" but let things slide like "retorque propellor shaft bolt" and as the previous poster already mentioned "inspect brake pads".
  • tankbeanstankbeans Posts: 585
    Thanks for all the advice. I know Mr. Host person, wrong forum :blush: , I do have some things that I want checked soon. I know I'm no where near close enough for a full tune up and fluid changes. Probably brake fluid. I'm sure it hasn't been done yet. 60k since new. I'm responsible for 24k of them. Just trying to save money.

    I know I've always been more comfortable with my dealer. They charge about $100/hr for labor, or around the same thing as most indies charge and they only look at Honda's website rather than having shop standards for time and distance before X has to be done. If I'm confusing sorry. The only thing they wanted me to do was get my drive belt done, I know I have a timing chain, but the belt looked okay to me. I said no thanks and moved on.

    Having no money is an effective way to avoid getting screwed in those situations. ;)
  • What's the feeling about replacing the timing belt on my 2003 Accord EX-L V6 at 107K miles? Is it really necessary at that interval. About 90% of those miles were on the open road. thanks.
  • Anyone know of any special financing for purchasing a new 2009 Accord Sedan through Honda? Will they budge off the 3.9% they tout for an excellent credit score? Thanks. Other comments I have read from other owners on other details have been very helpful.
  • mikefm58mikefm58 Posts: 2,882
    Check your owner's manual. On my 99 CRV, it said 7yrs/105K miles to change the timing belt. That's not a maintenance item to let slide.
  • I am in the upper tier of credit score and got 1.9% for 36 months on 1/2/2009.

    The car is certainly a more economical option than the 2009 Toyota Prius. Dealers would only budge $1,000 off the sticker for any car. I was able to get over $4500 off the sticker on this car. If you want to find out how my 2009 Honda Accord 2.4L EX-L is working for me view the review I published here: Epinions - 2009 Honda Accord Sedan Review
  • xmechxmech Posts: 90
    Most people I know who have disregarded replacing the timing belt at the necessary interval have regretted it. Some going over by perhaps 2000 miles. And when the belt goes, depending on the engine, so do valves, sensors, etc....

    Like Nike, just do it!
  • It is not a freewheeling engine. If the timing belt breaks ppistons collide with valves, etc. and the engine is ruined. Had a Dodge Intrepid with SOHC V6 with freewheeling engine - timing belt broke at 34,000 miles - no engine damage,
  • I have an 09 accord ex v6 and it makes a slight clicking noise while in reverse does anyone else have this problem?
  • jhrostjhrost Posts: 35
    I was wondering if a better grade of stainless steel is standard on a 2009 Honda Accord exhaust (like a non-magnetic austenitic grade like 304), or do they just give you a ferritic grade like 409 that the muffler shops put on? I seem to remember that the original equipment on my 1995 Honda Accord exhaust lasted quite a while compared to the stuff the national muffler chains use for replacements.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    It's definitely better quality than most local muffler shops use. You can buy high quality aftermarket exhaust systems, but they will cost you.
  • jhrostjhrost Posts: 35
    Just purchased a 2009 Accord LX sedan, but am also keeping my 95 LX sedan which still, for the most part, runs wonderfully. In comparing the two, I noted that, whereas the old Accord has hinged retractable side mirrors (ie which can fold inwards toward the car body when struck from the front - a possibly useful feature for a narrow garage door opening) the new Accord LX seems to lack this feature. The mirrors kind of look hinged, but I can't figure out how to fold them and the manual says nothing about this - so I'm assuming it's not possible (whereas it's easy to do in the old Accord).

    Is that assumption correct, or I am I just doing something wrong? Any advice will be appreciated.
  • jhrostjhrost Posts: 35
    to answer my own question, I guess they are retractable - I just wasn't going about it in the right way, lol.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I guess they are retractable - I just wasn't going about it in the right way

    We had a few folks who were curious about the mirrors bending both ways a while back. It takes some courage to push on them hard enough for them to swivel... either way you push. ;)
  • jhrostjhrost Posts: 35
    Thats right - they do go both ways.
  • I got a new Honda Accord 09 coupe ex have you guys heard of any accessories or after market stuff to do? Anything from bluetooth to intakes!? help please thanks!
  • Google search is your friend on that.
  • su_a_vesu_a_ve Posts: 68
    Couple of online places at decent prices...

    I've dealt with Bernardiparts.com - I also bought the Honda Care extended warranty thru them...
  • arthur1011arthur1011 Posts: 1
    I test drove both the 09 Accord and Camry V6 -- and bought the Accord... have had a week and put about 1K miles on it.. The accord has a stiffer more ridged ride.. but all in all.. one of the best values for the money.. love it.. paid 23800 plus tax,tag..etc.. 09 EX-L V6.

    btw -- the seats aren't as soft.. but I wouldn't go as far to say that they are uncomfortable..
  • mark_wnymark_wny Posts: 64
    I realize this is an 'out of the blue' question - but just wondered if any of you have tried the lux cars - BMW 3 series or MB C-class - and then come home to Accord.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Well, a few reviews of the Accord had mentioned that had driven mercedes or other brands compared the Accord. Mainly because of its value that it offers.
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,721
    Is it true that there will be a Euro Accord model available through Honda? I saw an ad in our newspaper and did some research. I found minimal information, but it looks like they might be offering essentially a TSX with Accord badges on it. I would be interested in this. Also, hopefully they are careful about this, make the Euro Accord cheaper than the TSX, why bother with the TSX at all. Though, it will lack a few features of the TSX, but do we need them?

    Apparently it will come with 3 engines, a 2.0, 2.4, and a diesel. I would love to get more info on this. Though I wonder if Honda knows that this might eat the TSX's sales??
  • 34323432 Posts: 2
    I recently purchased a 2009 coupe and have found after driving it for a while that it is not comfortable. I am researching gas pedal modifications, perhaps looking to see if an Acura pedal can be installed? Anyone else have comfort issues with this car? I am 170 lbs, 5'11", am open to any suggestions -
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    You didn't tell us what the problem was other than "not comfortable." Could you be a little more specific about why you want to trade pedals?
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Posts: 1,786
    I was just reading about some problems in the Hyundai Sonata forums. I was tempted by the low price of the Sonata a year and a half ago when we bought our car, but boy am I glad I got the 08 Accord instead. I love this car. Glad we splurged and special ordered the EXL navi 5 mt. It's great. Haven't had a single problem yet. The transmission is butter smooth. Best manual I've ever had. That Navi and bluetooth are fab. The voice recognition works surprisingly well. It's so comfortable. And it has such a solid feel to it. Nice handling for a rather large car, I think. Honda quality is to be commended. I was worried about buying the first year of an all-new model, but it really worked out for us.
  • mitchfloridamitchflorida Posts: 419
    I can't imagine car pedals would make you more comfortable in your coupe. I would experiment with different seating positions, sitting upright with your knees above your hips, or adding sheepskin seat covers if you think the seat is too hard.
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