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Honda Accord Problems 2000-2005



  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    LOL! When they make a nice one, I'll consider it.
  • ramidaramida Posts: 67
    "See, we -- the people -- are not stupid. Those who sit in their fancy offices in Detroit are the idiots. Idiots to a level of being CRIMINALS."

    Corporate America pays hefty salaries and bonuses to CEOs, many of whom are opportunist, incompetent, and greedy. They get their huge bonuses even if their companies are losing (or not making enough) money. Pity are those naive investors who buy stocks and support the lavish lifestyle of these greedy animals.

  • jjaxonjjaxon Posts: 27
    655 pages of 13061 entries most of which are problems with honda.. so they arent so great are they?? :) :) :lemon:
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 19,599
    Best to ignore him.
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Yeah, you're right. They're not so great, especially when you consider how many posts are from people with Hondas from the 1980's and early 1990's...don't have to worry about that on the Chevy boards...

    Sorry, isellhondas, I couldn't resist.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 ChicagoPosts: 707
    People come here with problems. Those who have no problems don't come here.

    Beyond that, no atter what one poster thinks, OR WISHES, the numbers are out there for anyone to see... Asian car makers are constantly on the rise, and American are constantly on the decline.

    As Americans, it's not something to be happy about. It's actually SAD.

    But it's a fact.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,564
    Trying to judge a car from ONLY reading a forum on "problems" would be like trying to judge the condition of the human race by visiting ONLY the ER rooms around the country.

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  • jjaxonjjaxon Posts: 27
    yea u are right mamamia.. its sad... all the pinko commie magazines ( Consumer) and writers and tv news have tried their best to break american car makers... look what they did to the ford explorer.. honda h as many more transmission problems than any other mfg.. but u will never see it on tv or read about it any where else.. had that been a ford or gm it would have been the lead story on network news for days on end.. remember the chevrolet pickup gas tank issue?? cbs was convicted of fabricating a story on that... network news castigated chrysler mini van transmission problems... never a word on honda... get my point???
  • That's enough! Haven't you heard? This is a global economy. Wherever GM finds itself is there own doing. It's a fact that when Daimler-Benz took controlling interest in Chrysler, Chrysler's Mid-level execs made more money in salary and bonuses on average than the CEO of Daimler-Benz. It's a fact that GM built in faults with their vehicles for years. It's also a fact that while GM was laying people off in the 80s their top people were driving German. Chevy has always been a good brand. Ford has always done well world-wide.
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    The problems that are being faced by Ford,GM and Chrysler today had their roots back in the 1970s. During those years, they all produced very poorly made products, and when customers complained about the issues with these vehicles, the factory reps. were not very helpful. As a result of this treatment, many loyal GM, Ford and Chrysler customers when over to Honda and Toyota. Over the years, their extended family members have joined them by purchasing; --- Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Volvo, BMW and Hyundai products. If all the people in the US would go back to purchasing from the "Big Three", they would not be in trouble today! The "Big Three," would like everyone to believe, that the demands of the "unions" have put them into this financial situation, when in reality, it was their own poor management and a lack of a sound customer satisfaction program that drove customers away from them in the first place. I personally own two vehicles, ( A Ford Mustang and a Honda Accord). I think both vehicles are quality products, but I have two great dealers that I use for service. If the "Big Three" can get the American Vehicle Buying Public to come back to their line of products, and treat them in a professional manner when something is not right with the product, they can recover. But if they simply blame the "Unions" for their current state, and take no responsibility, they will be history, and it will be their own fault! ---- Best regards. ---- Dwayne :)
  • I came to Honda (2 Accords) from Chevy. Owned 5 Chevys. Four were not very goods cars. I had several different problems with each. Everything from power window motors to transmissions. My 91 Lumina was the best of the Chevys I owned (built in Canada). Another family member swears by Chevy. My point is it comes down to tastes and preferences. IMO my Accords are of better quality than my Chevys were. I haven't posted on this problem forum because I haven't had a problem with my Hondas. The big 3 better wake up (Chrysler may be waking up) or the big 3 will soon be Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai. Meanwhile my dollar votes will go to Honda. The damage has been done.
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    Maybe you should try to be less emotional and look at the real situation. "all the pinko commie magazines ( Consumer) and writers and tv news have tried their best to break american car makers... look what they did to the ford explorer" Was it the media or Ford & Firestone that created the Wilderness tires that demonstrated major problems when reaching the end of their functional lives while they were run in hot climates? Was it the media or the attorneys for people who were killed or seriously injured who sued Ford & Firestone? Granted the media will frequently sensationalize an issue, but there has to be an issue there to sensationalize. Had Ford and Firestone look at the tire design instead of the bottom line, maybe the issue would never have developed. If you want to vent, vent at the corporate leaders who were responsible for the component design.

    Now what about American car makers? Both of my vehicles were make in the USA. One is called a Honda Accord and the other is called a Ford Explorer. Ford and GM are American corporations who make vehicles and vehicle parts all over the world. Honda & Toyota are Japanese corporations that make vehicle and vehicle parts all over the world. The fact the Toyota and Honda are beating the pants off of GM & Ford involves complicated issues involving costs of pensions, healthcare and product design and quality. You can’t dismiss the issues with name calling. I believe we all want GM & Ford to do well because we all win when that happens. The Japanese auto makers are doing a better job producing vehicles that we want to purchase, so we purchase them. Their vehicles are not perfect, but their rate of failure is lower. I brought my Explorer back to Ford at least 8 times to correct problems and have recalls worked on. I had to bring my Honda Accord back to the dealer three times for some minor problems. I am pleased with both of my cars, but why do I feel better about my Honda? We have to learn to compete in a new, global economy. We will do that with our creativity and hard work. Of course, while doing that we will still use these forums to discuss issues involving our cars!
  • kanukanu Posts: 19
    Story: I have 4cyc accord 05. I really want to go to local franchise shop to have oil change, not other maintenance services. I try to avoid going to the Honda dealer because it’s far from my home/work. I plan to have oil change every 7500 miles instead of 10,000 miles per manual. I drive under normal condition (to work in Tennessee for 20 miles (one way: 30-40 minutes) : 50% highway ~75mph and 50% local ~40mph).

    My questions are:

    1) Can the shop uses any 5W-20 motor oil, or it must be a particular brand?

    2) Should I change the oil filer for every oil change? if so, what is the brand that Honda uses?

    Thank you,
  • altair4altair4 Posts: 1,469
    Use any oil that meets the requirements taht Honda has in your owner's manual.

    Change the oil filter every oil change. It's cheap. No point in not doing it.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,564
    This forum is for Honda Accord Owners Problems and Solutions. Please confine your posts directly to issues related to solving problems on these cars, okay?

    Off-topic posts *WILL* be removed in the future so as to keep the forum's direction as intended.

    There are a LOT of discussion on global economy, Big Three, Consumer Reports, etc. in the News & Views Message Board. Please join those if you wish.



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  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    "Should I change the oil filer for every oil change? if so, what is the brand that Honda uses?"

    I agree 100% with altair4's response. As to oil filters, Honda dealers will install a "Honda" brand oil filter. Most of the Honda dealers in the U.S. and Canada use a Canadian made filter from a plant operated by FRAM and distributed under the "Honda" brand name. These filters are NOT identical in appearance to their FRAM-branded equivalents on sale at parts stores and mass merchandisers, but they do share similar construction. (You really have to hunt to find the much better made Japanese "Honda" filters anymore, though some dealers will order them for you.) There's nothing wrong with the Canadian "FRAM" Honda filters, but you can get better quality for much less $$$$$ with the "Purolator" brand equivalent. As to oil brand from Honda dealers, their parts departments stock and will sell you "Honda" brand motor oil in quart bottles. ExxonMobil is the actual blender and bottler of "Honda" motor oil. If you were to buy Mobil Clean 5000 or Exxon Superflow in 5W-20 viscosity, you'd be getting the same oil but in different quart bottles. (As it is, with Honda as the middleman, guess what that translates to in the final dealer pricing markup?...) That's not necessarily what dealers put into your car in the service bays, though. Most dealers of any size have bulk drums delivered by a jobber. It's metered out by pump to your car through a nozzle - cheaper for the dealer (not you), less mess, and no plastic bottles to contend with for proper environmental disposal. (Empty bulk drums are cleaned and refilled and the jobber handles the return at the time he delivers another full drum.) The oil inside the drum will be one of a number of name-brands, so is very good quality. (When a car dealer buys wholesale by the 40 gallon drum, the actual price per quart only works out to around 50 cents. You, of course, will be charged around $2.50/quart. Ask me what I think of car dealerships.) If you buy your own oil, as long as it states it meets API "SM" and ILSAC "GF-4", and is 5W-20 viscosity, you're good to go for warranty purposes regardless of brand or price paid. Just keep your receipts and a hand-written log if you do your own oil and filter changes. Given that 50% of your daily driving is city, I'd be more inclined to change oil and filter every 5,000 miles. (Forgive my freely admitted skepticism, but I'd find it a very novel experience, indeed, to be able to average 40 mph through city environs - legally, anyway. ;))
  • My Honda dealer uses Chevron motor oil. Previously they'd used Castrol. Like most anything else, it's probably whatever they can get the best deal on.

    I have two nearby Toyota dealerships. One uses Kendall, the other uses Valvoline.

    So much for servicing with 'genuine' Honda and Toyota products. It's odd that the service department would use something different than what their parts shops stock, which is only the company labeled product. Go figure.
  • dtroydtroy Posts: 6
    The problem I have with the big 3 is they refuse to make a quality 4 cyl. car. Simply because of profit margins. Young people are apt to buy 4 cyl. because of economics. If you think 4 cyl. you think Corolla or Civic. Once you've lost a market it's hard to bring them back.
  • It was the speed sensor. Took it to the Honda dealer and cost about $220. Part number 78410-sv4-003 ($122.03) Labor $96.88. I was in at 7:30am and out by 9:15. Not too bad.
  • kanukanu Posts: 19
    To heafr,
    Wow! Thank a lot. You're right, there is no ground for 40mph. If I change oil filter every 5000 miles, I can use any FRAM filter that the shop has.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 ChicagoPosts: 707
    Thanks for the update...
    Just wondering whether it was you telling the mechanic what's wrong and needs to be replaces (based on my suggestion) or if he came up with that solution.
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    Since paulhaire dealt with a Honda dealership's service department, probably a little of both. I imagine the tech verified the problem by pulling the fault code(s) with the scan tool.
  • Alnero,
    I was wondering if you resolved the problem, as I had a similar experience with my son's '91 Accord today, and found your post on this forum. We adjusted the valves, replaced the cap, rotor, and plugs. Now, there is no spark. We have 12V to the coil. Earlier symptom he described was that when he hit the brakes, all the lights went dim. Also, the car has been hard starting, or only firing while the starter is engaged. I'm wondering if bringing the car into a warm shop amplified a short somewhere...? Any help from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
    Funked out in SD,
  • ttbttb Posts: 40
    Dear All:
    What should I use to lub the weather stripping and window run channel?
    They're kind of hardened now in the cold weather. The plastic and rubber Honda used is getting cheaper and cheaper. I'm hoping lubricating these plus foam tape in the run channel will ease the rattling.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    The title of this forum Honda Accord Owners: Problems & Solutions really needs revision. With over thirteen thousand posts, there are too many generations of Accords being discussed here now. There are probably not too many seventh generation (2003-2006) Accord owners who want to read about problems and solutions for Hondas built in the 70's, 80's or early 90's and vice versa.

    Since most members want to read posts related to their own generations of vehicles, and since the eighth generation Accords are scheduled to be the 2008's, I suggest that this be split into two forums, namely:

    Honda Accord: 1976 though 1997: Owner Problems & Solutions
    Honda Accord: 1998 through 2007: Owner Problems & Solutions
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    Undiluted glycerin works fine and is non-toxic.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,564
    Okay, let me think about how/if we might do this. Thanks very much for the suggestion. I will pass it along and follow up on it. Why are you breaking it at 1998 BTW?

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  • ramidaramida Posts: 67
    I think the idea is great, but a better split, in my opinion, would be:

    Honda Accord: 1976 through 2002: Owner Problems & Solutions

    Honda Accord: 2003 through 2006: Owner Problems & Solutions

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 21,308
    I think people want to see the historical problems from the 90s included with the current Accord form. I liked the earlier split better -

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  • ramidaramida Posts: 67
    I think there's something wrong with this car -- a strange gas pedal vibration, and engine sound not smooth while gas pedal vibration is felt. It happened on my way home from a Christmas party last night. Odometer reading is only 420!

    I didn't feel the gas pedal vibration today.

    I did some search on this forum and found similar occurences! I wonder if this is a defect that needs to be addressed by Honda.

    Frustrated, ramida

    P.S. In a previous post, I mentioned that I had problem merging in a short-ramp fast freeway with this automatic transmission. After reading the manual, I found out that with the D3, 2 and 1 gears, I can drive this car as if I have a stick shift! Now I have no problem merging when I start with the D3 gear and then at the right moment shift to D. Awesome! On slow sharp turn with uphill drive, the "2" gear is my friend! I don't feel any lugging anymore, even if I carry a full load (family of 5!).
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