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Honda Accord Seats 2008+

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  • faster73faster73 Posts: 3
    I played with the seat adjustment and finally found a position that is comfortable for me. I find that the seat lacks support above the shoulder blade area. If you try to place your upper back against the seat it forces you to arch your lower back. This may be causing some peoples discomfort.
  • This is definitely one of the areas that the seat lacks in. In my thread where I gave the directions to fix this problem I added foam to the upper part of the seat to fix this problem.

    You are correct, this area needs attention also.
  • jmwoody99jmwoody99 Posts: 1
    Folks, I'm now part of the sore back Accord owners club (2012 SE sedan). Ive seen MikeBike's post on how to remedy but I can't figure out how to get the seatback off. Can anyone advise? I've removed the elastic and felt up under there and I seem to feel two pointy clip ends. But theyre so small, I can't do much with them. I've thought about just pulling on the back plate and hopefully breaking the clips...but i'm afraid of what else i may be doing in there. Plus, I don't know if the retaining system/seat have been redesigned so that I could be more than just the two clips that Mikebike mentioned. Anyone know for sure how to get the back off of the 2012?
  • marie99marie99 Posts: 21
    I have a 2012 Accord LX, just a couple weeks old. I knew when I bought it about the seats but it wasn't a deal breaker. My 1996 Accord was also uncomfortable for me. I add a wedge for the seat and a good back support. I then add a matching towel on top of the wedge. This keeps the seat like new underneath. The back support fits in between the bolsters and sits on top of the wedge and towel. I know this stinks because you just bought a car and you can't sit in the stock seats. With my set up, I am extremely comfortable. Here are the specific products I use:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007YT1IQ/ref=cm_cr_asin_lnk

    http://www.amazon.com/Obus-Backrest-Orthopedic-Support-Moller/dp/B001QL00IY/ref=- pd_sim_hpc_1

    I found the Obus back support on ebay for less.
    I do not know about the pointy clip ends, but the back support covers the entire back area in between the bolsters. I have back issues and design of the seat is wrong. It should not angle so far down towards the back of the seat. A wedge or two makes it level. I still love my Accord.

    Best of Luck!
  • marie99marie99 Posts: 21
    Just changed my seat again. I bought a gray sheepskin cover that works with side air bags. Put a wedge under it and cut foam to change the shape of the lumbar and upper back. So far this has been the best solution for my Accord.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 705
    Hi All:
    I have the solution for the uncomfortable Honda Accord Seats! ---- From 1997 to 2007 my wife and I owned five Honda vehicles, (three Accords & two Civics!) The 1997, and the 2000 Accord seats were comfortable, but the 2003 Accord "killed my back!" (I was going to the doctor for weekly back adjustments.) ----- Finally in 2007 I found the solution to the problem. I purchased a 2007 XLE Toyota Camry! ---- Great seats, and a high quality car. ---- When I traded the 2003 Accord, at about 90,000 miles, the extended Honda warranty had paid for three Cat Converters, two Oxygen Sensors, Motor mounts, an A/C Compressor, and a window regulator / motor. ---- My 2007 Camry has about 80,000 miles, and the only thing that was replaced by the extended warranty was the flexible oil line for the VVT at my request! ----- Both vehicles were serviced at the dealer every 2,500 miles! ---- I am in the market for a new car. ------ I like the Honda Accord. I think that they build a high quality four cylinder engine. ----- I go to the auto shows, and every time I sit in an Accord my back is not comfortable. ----- In 2010 my wife was in the market for a new vehicle. We looked at the Honda Accord, but the seats were very uncomfortable. She purchased a 2010 Malibu LTZ. I find it hard to believe that the Honda Corporation does not know about this problem in the United States! If Toyota can build a comfortable seat, why can't Honda build a similar product. The answer is simple. They do not want to change the seat! ------ (The back of the Accord seat grabs my rib cage before my spine hits the back of the seat! This means that my back is being supported by my ribs! After an hour on the highway, I need a doctor to get me out of the car! ---- My right leg and my hip are in pain! ---- On the other hand, I can drive for hours in the Camry without a problem. Could it be the seats???????????????????????)

    Best regards to all! -------- Dwayne :shades: ;) :) :confuse:
  • Help ! I've owned Accords for 10+ years. I just sold my '04 and need a replacement in a few days. I found a great deal on a 2012 EX-L and want to close on it, but in the process of going though this website, I discovered the multitude back pain issues with the 2008-2012 Accord seats.

    So, my choices are: 1) Buy the 2012 EX-L anyway and hope that the back issues don't apply to me (hmmm) 2) Test drive a Camry LXE (must be similar in trim level, as it's an EXL spelled backward) 3) Wait for the 2013 Accords to come out (risk being the seats are the same as 2012 or worse and pay $K's more to be a first adopter) or 4) Buy some other car 5) Not buy a car and walk to work (but with a 30 mile commute, I'd be trading back pain for foot pain!).

    Somehow, Honda has sold a ga-zillion 2008-2012 Accords, but a number of folks have had (and I believe them) back issues with their Accords. I am surprised that after 5 years, I'm only now hearing about the seat issues. No articles in the paper, etc about this. Seems like this would have been a great 20-20 report.

    I really like my Hondas and, as you can tell, I really want to buy another Accord, but I would really appreciate comments from folks who do not have an issue with the seats, folks who had an issue but found a way to get used to the seats or found that, over time, the seats were really OK, as well as those folks who just plain hate their Accord seats.

    I've got to get a car soon or start walking to work :)
  • 2008 Honda Accord LX seats are fine enough - haven't had an issue with the seats or the occasional dimming of the lights. Rest assured the Honda Accord is a dependable, good, comfortable auto.
  • catmikecatmike Posts: 35
    edited August 2012
    Ditto to Miltiades !! Purchased my '08 EX L auto/4 cyl new - solid car, wonderful driver, decent mpg and reliable.
  • As others have said, the 2008-12 Accord is a fine auto. I'll admit that the seats took some getting used to but consider that I was coming from a '99 VW Beetle and the Feds had just implemented their new passive head restraint requirements. The seats were initially uncomfortable but spend a little time adjusting them, break them in a bit, and they'll be fine. I suspect you'll have less of an issue than I did since you're coming from another Accord.
  • After living with my 2010 Accord V-6 EXL I had it enough with the lousy seats and high highway noise level. Test drove more than 10 cars and traded it for a Nissan Maxima. Great handling, comfortable seats and quite on the highway. Best decision i made in regards to cars. Why do you want to buy a car with these known issue?
  • Thanks for your experience. Why I'm still thinking about an Accord?

    Well, a week ago, I had no idea that owners were having problems with their seats; I'm still trying to wrap my brain around this issue.

    Right now, I'm trying to figure out what to buy. My family has bought/leased 6 Accords in the last 10+ years and we've always been happy with them. My son has a 2010 EX (cloth, but with lumbar support) and says the seats are OK.

    I keep looking at the seats in a 2012 on the lot, scratch my head, and think "how can these innocent looking seats be that much of a problem"? But sitting on them, I can feel what folks are talking about. The question I have to answer is whether it will be a problem for me.

    I'm going to test drive a 2013 Camry XLE today. Years ago, Camry owners were furious over the small seat pans on their Camrys. The test drive will help me see if that has been fixed.

    I'm also thinking of sharing my wife's car and wait for the 2013 Accords.
  • I test-drove a Camry Hybrid back when I decided on the '08 Accord - didn't like it a bit. Hopefully they are much improved with regards to handling.

    Anyway, yes, the '13 Accord is upon us. Here's Honda's info, complete with pictures: http://automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/ You get slightly smaller exterior dimensions, a little less HP in the I4 which is balanced by more torque, and greater fuel mileage (although the numbers aren't out yet). Personally, I think its style is an improvement over the '12 - the front end looks more "acura-like" and the rear styling is much improved. Wait a couple of months and the dealers may be willing to deal.
  • npolitenpolite Posts: 33
    You can certainly wait for the 2013 Accord to see what changes have been made. I really didn't notice issues with the seats until I was in them for extended periods of time. I did notice that the material was a bit stiffer than the older generation Accords.

    My mother ended up with a 2012 Camry and the seats are great. One thing that I didn't like was that the Windows/door locks are not illuminated. Otherwise the standard bluetooth, touchscreen radio, engine is sweet.
  • I agree, I can probably wait a week or two, but I'll be down to one car once I sell my 2004 Accord day after tomorrow. I'm hoping we'll see some 2013 Accords show up on the lots by last week in August.

    I'm just wondering if there are other 2008-2012 Accord owners with the lumbar support who actually LIKE their seats and who wish to comment?
  • daneeldaneel Posts: 19
    We have a 2008 Accord LXP and both my wife and I are pleased with the seats - comfortable and supportive even during 600-700 mile trips. Something to remember is that dissatisfied owners are much more vocal and active than the plethora of satisfied owners on car sites like this one.
    Daneel Ferreira.
  • It is true, you and your wife may be satisfied. In fact my son and my wife do not perceive the problem, whereas I do, anatomies are different, but. there are hundreds of post related to this problem, and that will tell you there is an indication there might be a problem. Before buying my Accord, I never thought about making sure the seat had to accommodate me because I never experienced this problem, now I know better. I think in any case the words of caution are good for those who go and test drive this car, so they are not stuck with it afterwards, with something that is really annoying. I have talked to the mechanics at the Honda dealership and they have told me they are very aware of this problem, and also said, many people had traded in their vehicles because of this problem. Problem is that when I called Customer Service at Honda, they told me they will only record the problem for future model reference, but that they would not do anything. Again, they mentioned this has been reported, if it has been reported enough they should do what any other manufacturer does, which is to do an Engineering Change, I have worked in a car plant, and this is daily business. Engineers receive information, analyze the problem, come up with a new design and implement a change; actually they tell the seat manufacturer to fix the problem, a voila the problem is gone, but Honda has disregarded all these complaints and figured they will not to anything about it. I will discourage anyone to buy an Accord, or at least to make sure that they actually try the seat.
  • my wife and I drove this accord friday and loved it, only drove it for 20 minutes, read about the seat issue and then asked to take the car for a longer ride, they dealer was nice enough to let us keep it over night and we put 200 miles on it

    The reports are correct- The seats are horrible- we returned the car this morning. how does Honda let this happen? we loved everuthing else about the car, power, handling, the interior room, wonderful. but the seats killed my back to the point where I DREADED getting into that car.

    Looking at a Fusion or Maxima now
  • We have a 08 LX we bought new and it has been fine for my wife. For me, however, it has been a source of much pain. I should of done like you and taken it for a longer test drive. There have been a few annoying issues, but the worst for me has been the seats. Like you, I like most everything else about the car. Earlier this summer we went to Colorado, a 12 hour trip. I always have done most of the driving, but could only make it halfway before I had my wife take over. We had to stop overnight halfway back to make the trip more bearable for me. That was a first in over 20 years of Colorado trips. I would like to trade for something else, but it is paid for and we don't want a car payment for some time. I usually prefer to travel in our 01 Nissan Sentra SE, but it is hard to cram us and two kids and have any room left over for luggage. In October we are driving to Ithica NY and am wondering how I'll be able to stand it, as it is a longer drive than to Colorado....Would rent something more comfortable, but money is tight trying to save for the trip. Definitely check out the Nissan. I will be checking the Altima out when we are in the market again.
  • I just traded my 2011 Honda Accord for a 2012 Maxima and could not be happier. Great seats, much quieter on the road terrific and terrific handling
  • True. The other problem is Road Noise, it is terrible, even with the best rated tires for noise.
    For the seats there is a solution posted in this board, it takes away 90 percent of the problem. The only problem being that you disable the automatic head restraint system in the seats, a feature I can live without, most cars don't have this feature anyway. It takes 5 minutes to fix it.
  • The Goodyear Comfortreds aren't to loud compared to the oem Dunlops. I guess we are just used to vehicles with road noise. If I did the 5 minute fix on my seat then it most likely would be uncomfortable for my wife who has no problems with the seat. Oh well, at least it's paid for. Most of the time I drive our Nissan or the pickup anyway. Might have to take the Sentra on our road trip to NY.
  • About.com has an initial review of the 2013 Accord out. It looks very promising. An excerpt: "The front seats are miles better than last year: The intrusive lumbar cushion is gone, which means that human-shaped humans can now drive an Accord comfortably."

    The full review is here: 2013 Honda Accord Review
  • FWIW, on my '08 I4 Sedan I replaced my OEM Michelins with Continental ContactPro DWS tires that reduced the road noise some. Last month, it was time to replace the Contis and I went with Kumho Exstas that have proved to be both quieter and better-handling.
  • icyou812icyou812 Posts: 77
    edited September 2012
    Well that sounds encouraging. Anyone want to be the guinea pig and buy one to test it out and get back to us on that? First year for CVT transmission and GDI. Might be a good idea to wait and see and read a few more owner reviews before diving in.. Just bought a Tempur-pedic lumbar support to try for my 08. Personatech, I have a set of the Kumho Ecsta 4X's on my 01 Sentra SE and really like them. They are a nice tire with a quieter ride and great handling.
  • I have had many Accords for years and finally gave up due to seat problems and highway noise. In my opinion the Accord is a great short distance commuter car. Bought a 2012 Nissan Maxima for a bit more money. Very comfortable seats, quite ride and semi luxury. Best decision I made.
  • The Maxima's a sweet ride indeed, but the new Passat and, perhaps, a '12 TSX are worth considering as well. The new Malibu looks nice but isn't available yet in the 6.
  • Bad news on the seats. I test drove the LX (base model) today. Handling, ride, new features were great! The drivers seat was downright painful after only 5 minutes. No back support, just flat. Seat was the same way. It was bench flat, not comfortable. I didn't try the motorized seats as they cost $4000 extra and come with the "upgraded" models. The salesman said Honda made a deliberate effort to keep the price down and made several compromises to do so. What a pity. I have owned several Hondas and am ready to purchase again. The LX is unacceptable because of the seat. The EX is unacceptable because of the increase in price. I can't say the Camry or Altima are perfect, but they get more fundamental things right.
  • After owning seven (7) Hondas, we finally decided we had had enough of uncomfortable seats and excessive road/wind noise. In the last nine months, we traded both of our 2010 Hondas (Accord EX-L V6 and a Ridgeline RTL) for two 2008 Lexus vehicles, a ES350 sedan and a GX470 SUV. We couldn't be happier! Both Lexus are extremely quiet and MUCH more comfortable on long road trips than any Honda we have ever owned. Plus, the sound systems and luxury ammenities are vastly improved over Honda's offerings. The only thing we miss is the innovative storage bins and the in-the-bed trunk that the Ridgeline has. The GX470 has minimal storage space and a poorly designed console.
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