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Honda Accord Seats 2008+



  • fenderguyfenderguy Posts: 1
    Know exactly what you are talking about. Had car for about a month. Called Honda Customer service, they have no complaints filed,,,yet. Took it to the dealer,,,same answer, suggested something like sending it out to a apolstry shop. A few moments ago, I pressed very hard against the back of the seat, and did, indeed, feel something hard there. Must be the Lumbar plate, and if I can feel it with my fist, means this is indeed,,,defective. I will ask for either a new seat, or,,,as the dealer suggested. Please make Honda customer service aware of this. Appears to be on select care, not wide spread, but enough to elicit responses from us. Let me know the outcome, I will post mine
  • acaracar Posts: 2
    "...I don't get it. Since 2003, Honda has built the BEST passenger seats in the class for the Accord..."

    What class would that be?
    Accord seats are NOT class leaders. Sit in any Volvo to understand why Honda seats are inferior. Way inferior. BMW sport seats also put Honda/Acura seats to shame. Heck my '89 Legend has better seats than the new Accord. Don't get me wrong, you can find worse seats if you look for them. But Accord seats are pretty crappy and it's not uncommon for them to cause complaints.

  • minder11minder11 Posts: 10
    I went the upolstry route---I have mixed results. They disengaged the lumbar plate but now there is too little support. Seems the plate plays a major role in the seat construction. Without it, I felt like I was sinking too deep didnt feel right from the start. I used those plastic white zip ties to prevent the plate from pushing too far out whic seems to have eleviated the lumbar feeling but the seat still isnt right.

    I called Honda and comlained to them the the lumbar is rediculus 2 months ago. I had 12 people sit in the car and 11 of them all said there was "something wrong"

    I am thinking about seeing if I can get a 2007 Accord seat installed. Noit sure of that will work. Any one with additional ideas I would love to hear them

    Also, there is a user here (mvc753) who talked to rendar about going to the dealer and they "fixed" his seat. I would love to hear more about that
    I am curious about a couple of people mention that differnat 08 accords seemed to have differant levels of curverature in the seat back.
  • rendarrendar Posts: 4
    That is what I was afraid of, which is why I decided to go against going to an upholstery shop. That is pretty much exactly what the dealer told me would happen if they took out the lumbar plate. I also asked the dealer when I brought mine in if it was possible to install an 07 seat, they said no, because the 08 seats are wider. What I am crossing my fingers for now is that the 09 seats are better and that I can get one of those installed. Not holding my breath, though.
  • minder11minder11 Posts: 10
    Yeah, I will hold on for 09's to see what that feels like. I cant beleive that more people have not complained about this.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    With the Accord coming in in the number 2 or 3 spot in US Sales, don't look for a change in the seats. They won't fix what sales say isn't broken.
  • catmikecatmike Posts: 35
    My leather driver's seat has excessive wear at it's outboard edge and an ugly transfer stain from my belt. I doubt any of this is covered under warranty. So can anyone recommend a brand of seat covers which I'd put after I replace the seatback.
  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    If you do decide to purchase seat covers, they must be compatible with the airbags contained inside the seat. Or, you could just be more careful entering and exiting the car, so as not to damage the seat. When the leather seat in my 03 gets worn to the point where it bothers me, I will just purchase a new leather cover from Honda.
  • msmgmiamsmgmia Posts: 1
    I have the same problem. We got our 2008 in Nov 2007 and the leather around the seam is already worn. The bottom and back of the seat get very dirty and I do not know from what. You can not remove the stains. Told the dealer and they recommended their leather cleaner which we have been using. If we do not clean it weekly it looks like gray leather instead of tan. I work in an office, no one get in with dirty cloth. I'm very disappointed in the quality of the leather seats, I don't think they will last very long.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    Finally, I got a chance to take the seat back off on both seats and fix the bulge.

    On the passenger side, I had to make a cut out in a plastic back support and cut off lower supporting rod. The ouline of the plastic cover is needed since it supports some wirings with cable ties.

    On the driver side, I removed the plastic cover and the lower supporting rod, A black cable is left intact. It is loosely tied to inside of the seat frame. The fix to driver side disables the power lumbar support that we never used anyway.

    When we are ready to sell the car, I will put the driver side back to the way it was and leave the passenger side the way it is.

    The seat back are now decent and are no longer poking us in the back. Once I get the outside temp read out for the car, we should be set for several years now.

  • elroy5elroy5 Posts: 3,741
    The Accord's seats have rather large side bolstering, so when you get in, and the seat is not all the way back, your rear end will usually rub on the side bolster. Most likely the part that's pealing is the side of the seat, which is not leather but vinyl. If you don't want this to happen, I suggest being extra careful not to slide across the bolster while entering. Have you tried "saddle soap" to clean the seats? It's the only thing I've found that works. I have the tan leather seats in my 03 Accord. They are looking a little worn, but it doesn't bother me much. It's kind of like an old baseball glove. When it's well broken in, it may not look great, but it feels better as it ages. When my driver seat gets to the point where it looks bad, I'll just buy a new cover from Honda, and change it myself.
  • minder11minder11 Posts: 10
    Good Point, I guess my only response to this is that this issue isn't discovered until post sale. These lower back issues dont start until you drive 100-200 miles or so. Great car, and deserves to be in the 2 or 3 spot, just very poor design when it comes to the active head restraint and the seat back. I would bet there are many more people out there that are dissatified with the seat at some level. I called Honda and the person on the phone told me that they are starting to field these complaints.

    I agree with you though, I dont think they will change their stupid football like seat back.
  • minder11minder11 Posts: 10
    Joe, we spoke about this offline. For the driver's side, with the plate out, does your back sink too far into the seat? Also, the upper wire, does it come out like the lower one does? Thanks, Sean
  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    Prepping new leather:

    The leather does not come delivered to the dealer all prepped and prepared for the long haul. You have to prep it, like cleaning it and moisturizing it. It comes to the dealer quite stiff and dry, and just think of how long it sits in the hot sun and up and down temperatures before you get pick it up at the dealer. Some cars have been sitting for months before being moved. My leather was really stiff and dry, then I got lexol, and it felt much better, and it looked better.

    The leather has to be cleaned often, otherwise, all the small debris is going to like sand the surface of the leather. I used alot of lexol on the boltster part of the seat because you get in and out often and it takes a beating. Many don't prepare the seats when they first get the car, and often put a moisturizer on it. We just don't think about it. Even doing this now after some damage, will reverse some of the wear, but not all. It will look better. Just a quick spray, wipe, done.

    If you get a new car with leather, you have to prep the leather or "vinyl". :)
  • catmikecatmike Posts: 35
    I've tried moving the seat "to the back of the bus" and have modified my entry with "Batman" like grace - it's not in the cards that bolster grabs me each time. So it's live with until I cant stand the look and replace. Thanks for you comments.
  • cdn2cdn2 Posts: 8
    I drove from Colorado to Kansas and my back hurt so bad that I could barely get out of the car.

    I told the Honda dealership and they said I was the first to ever complain and there was nothing they could do.

    Oddly enough, my wife doesn't have a problem. I thought it might have to do with me being 6'5????
  • csr67csr67 Posts: 58
    I was worried about the seats after reading this thread. Just got my EXL v6 last night, and I love the leather seats. I add a little lumbar support with the electric adjuster, and all is good. I'm 6' with a 32 inch inseam, so maybe it's certain body types.... Coming from a VW GTI, I'm used to very good and supportive seats and no complaints on the honda from me.....
  • wcellawcella Posts: 6
    A small puncture hole mysteriously appeared on the upright portion of the driver's seat (cloth seats) (no one around the house knows anything). :mad: Can this be "invisibly" repaired??
  • csr67csr67 Posts: 58
    I took delivery of my v6 EXL sedan last week. Last night I gave the seats, armrest, and steering wheel a thorough conditioning with Lexol leather conditioner. Everything was very dry from the factory, and it really soaked up the conditioner. The end result is much better looking and feeling leather... Well worth the 30 minutes needed to condition the leather.
  • mrbill1957mrbill1957 Posts: 823
    My suggestion would be to see an auto upholstery shop. See what they can do to repair the seat. My guess is they will offer options of sewing the tear, but it will show, or replace the damaged panel with matching fabric, but that will cost more.

  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    Yes, I totally agree, it makes a big difference in the feel of the leather, and lexol really does a great job without making shiny, slick mess. It makes it feel more natural. My leather was also very dry from the factory. I am sure if I had not done anything to it, it would show wear and tear very quickly. It could possibly crack. Looks great now. First time having leather, I will probably never go back to cloth. It is so much easier to clean.
  • The latest magazine ad about the Honda Accord touts the fact that "It's more spacious and more lumbar-supportive than ever before."
    Given that Honda considers their lumbar support a plus, I'm pretty sure they won't be changing their seats anytime soon.
  • minder11minder11 Posts: 10
    I am not so sure....Looks like that ad about the robust lumbar support is more like a warning to potential buyers who may find it obtrusive to be aware....Most people dont discover it until after purchase...

    Also, their lumbar support is only the result of their stupid active head retraint design....No active head restriaint = no football in your back!
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    I also got the Lexol, however, the instruction says to clean the seats first, how do you clean it> Other than the saddle soap that I read lots of pros and cons about, would just lukewarm water and mile soap do the trick?
  • csr67csr67 Posts: 58
    If your leather is new, there's no need to clean it. If it's older or soiled, Lexol makes a spray cleaner to use prior to the leather treatment. I've tried lots of different leather products, and Lexol really does work the best. It fully soaks in, and after a quick buffing there's no shiny residue or added slippery feeling to the conditioned seats. Pep Boys should have both the Lexol cleaner and conditioner in spray bottles.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    I have had my Accord since last december so it needs cleaning. I bought the Lexol conditioner from the dealer for $8.95 which is cheaper than most auto part stores (surprised me!), but they did not have the cleaner. I'll try Pep Boys. Thanks for the response.
  • jam1000jam1000 Posts: 182
    Go to a horse tack shop. It will have all manner of leather cleaning and conditioning products, including Lexol cleaner and conditioner.
  • parvizparviz Posts: 484
    Thanks, I'll try that. Just hope that I don't leave the store with a saddle :)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Yeah, because with 268 horses, the other 267 that don't have a saddle might be jealous. :)
  • I'm going to hit up the inside of my new car with Lexol this weekend. Besides the seats, what else is leather inside the cabin. For example, the dash looks kind of like a "football" leather but I'm not too sure. Same with the part of the door panels. Can anyone please confirm exactly what is leather inside the cabin.

    Thanks in advance.
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