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Honda Accord (2008-2012) Maintenance and Repair

thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
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  • I bought a new Accord on Fri. 10/19. When I was driving to work on Mon. 10/22 the car started sputtering and lurching. It had 50 something miles on it. When I turned the car off and restarted it, the engine check light came on and the ECO light would no longer come on, though the car was driveable at that point. Brought the car in and they are working on it.

    Update: the problem has been diagnosed as a defective fuel pump. I have to wait a week for a new fuel pump.
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    You might want to check this also (this is from driveaccord forum)

    Pre-Delivery Update: Low Power During Acceleration

    link title
  • yuryyury Posts: 146
    oops, that was for I4....
  • deke3deke3 Posts: 4
    I bought a 2008 Accord it didn't have but 300 miles on it when the audio display went bad. It started cutting out and showing half of the letters and numbers.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    Auto what? display.
  • deke3deke3 Posts: 4
    The audio display.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    What did the dealer say was the problem? How do they plan to fix it, and keep it from happening again? Would be nice for potential buyers to know, if you could elaborate.
  • deke3deke3 Posts: 4
    The dealer said, the car is so new that they had never seen this problem. They ordered a new one.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    That's interesting, considering the audio displays were recalled on the first year model of the last generation Accord too.
  • Oops. I meant defective OIL pump. Seems too much oil was being pumped into the engine causing valves to remain open when they shouldn't be.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    I don't think the display was recalled, the warranty was just extended for those displays that did go out. I never had to bring my 03 in, and my display has not gone out, yet. Still have 20k miles of warranty left on it (70k miles)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Oh, well, TSB/Recall or sort of the same in my book. They exist to recognize a problem and to remedy that problem. My dad's 2003 EX Accord (which was wrecked a day later) had his display go out in 2004. Since it was wrecked a day after going out, we never got it fixed!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Not meaning to be picky, but actually TSBs and recalls are very different things. Recalls involve safety issues and apply to all of a certain set of vehicles. The manufacturer attempts to notify all owners to bring their vehicle in whether they've noticed the issue or not. A technical service bulletin is issued to a dealer explaining a remedy for a problem if an owner happens to experience it and report it. Owners are not notified and like elroy says, they may never need to have it applied.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Thanks for the clarification. I'm a very picky person most of the time (as I'm sure you've figured out :)) so no problem!
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Seems too much oil was being pumped into the engine causing valves to remain open when they shouldn't be.

    I hope this does not cause you problems down the road. Is Honda sure you have suffered no engine damage due to this, if possible?
  • Has anyone had to have an oil change yet? I am almost at 3k miles and still show 80% on the oil display. If this is accurate, it's going to save me maybe hundreds a year, all cars should have this feature.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Sounds about right. Even before the maintenance minder, Accords had a 10,000 miles oil-change interval. 3,000 mile oil changes haven't been necessary on Hondas in decades (if they EVER were). I know my 12 year old Honda has a 7,500 mile interval.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Most vehicles today have 7,500 miles or more written as the oil change interval. However, it also depends on what type of driving you do. Stop and go vs highway. I change mine (Mazda6) every 5,000 because the North East is just one giant traffic jam.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Yes, you fit in the "severe" schedule that Honda laid out before the Minder was put in place. Lots of idling, extreme temps, etc...

    I end up going every 7,000 or so with my mixed commute. It is at this point I hit 15% on the oil life monitor.
  • The Service Manager assures me no damage was done, but what else is he going to say? American Honda did offer to give me a free warranty extension, so I appreciate that. However, I still do not have my car back. The oil pump is on backorder. I have my license plate, but sadly no car.
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    burningedge ---- You have a brand new car that you can't even drive --- that's wrong! However, I have one bit of encouragement for you . . . .

    Let them take as long as they want to get your car back to you. . .there may be some benefit if there is real damage to the engine. Although I have never worked with California's lemon law (I think you said that is where you are from), it looks like you would qualify for relief only after your car is out of service for at least 30 days. Of course, the 30 day requirement is only one criteria among several. (see this web site: )

    No matter where you are from, in most states, the longer your car is at the shop awaiting repair, the closer you get to qualifying for a buy-back. For your sake and so that you start enjoying your awesome car, I hope you never have to worry about the lemon law :D
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    I understand that my 08 EX-L, I4 (190hp) Accord has a timing chain that does NOT have to be replaced. Can anyone confirm this for me? Thanks!
  • Yes, it's true. Honda has dropped the timing belt in the I4 beginning with the 03 model.

  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
    Thanks! My 98 needed it and it was a relatively expensive service -- nice to know my 08 won't need it! :D
  • I have owned a 2008 Accord Coupe (EX 4 cylinder) automatic for about one month now and just today noticed a thumping/rattle type of noise coming from the passenger side (I suspect the door).... Anyone else have any similar issues ?

    I thought maybe it could be due to the cold weather here in upstate ny - bout 20 degrees-- and I checked to make sure no objects were in the car rolling around on that side...

    Besides this- it is my second Accord and I love it!
  • My '08 EXL-4cyl Sedan w/1200 miles had a clunking/rattle noise from the first week of ownership. Sounds like its coming from the driver side door(s). At first I thought it was the car jack in the trunk but ruled that out.

    I am going to have the dealer look at it during my first oil change.

    Last Accord I owned '03 V6 was a rattle trap, hopefully, this one will be a little better.
  • I too had an 03 Accord (LX model though) that was made in Mexico... Overall it was a good car and pretty solid after 40,000 miles of ownership (sans a paint chipping/peeling issue that I believe had more to do with Honda's Tafetta White than its first year status or build locale) but I digress...

    My 08 was made in Ohio...I'll have to make a special trip to my dealer though as I only put on 5,000-7,000 miles per year now and do not want to wait till my first oil change (next October) to address this issue...
  • We recently purchased a 2008 Honda Accord V-6. This is our fourth Honda and we love them. Presently we have about 2000 miles on the engine and are not experiencing very good fuel mileage. The best we have gotten is around 28 and that is highway miles. We got about 20-21 mpg combination highway and in town. Is this typical during the "break in" period? Could it be the fuel we are using. We are using a 90/10 ethanol blend which we have used in all our accords and other vehicles. We assumed utilizing the VCM with the "eco" option would give us better fuel mileage. Anyone have an idea for us??
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    There's no question that ethanol will reduce mpg.

    What are the outside temperatures? Winter blends and winter temperatures impact mpg too.
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