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Honda Accord (2003-2007) Maintenance and Repair

Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
In order to make the original and highly popular “Honda Accord Owners: Problems and Solutions” forum more manageable, we are dividing that forum into “Accord generations”.

Please make sure you are in the right generation for your Accord, and then post your questions concerning any maintenance or repair item.

Thank you again for helping to make the Accord forums so great here at Edmunds!



  • user777user777 Posts: 3,341
    shifty - please see my comments Forum's Software! Your Questions Answered forum.

    oh boy - my advice: look out for flying snowballs and icicles!
  • Thanks for splitting the Problems Forums into Accord Generations. Great suggestion.

    Has anybody tinted the windows? I want to tint rear doors and back window. I will have a professional do it. Any ideas on how dark to go? Any problems with tinting on the Accord. I have an 05.
    Thanks in advance.
  • I also recently bought a 2006 Accord with automatic V6 engine and have found that the shifting of the transmission is fairly noticeable and annoying at around 20 to 25 mph both when letting off the accelerator and when gradually applying the accelerator. If I accelerate moderately (or strongly), it's not as noticeable.

    I have also noticed a vibration in the gas pedal at lower city speeds and a pull to the left when driving over 40 mph.

    Anyone have ideas as to if these are common problems?

    Thanks. Great split on the form BTW.
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    This is a great idea. It will make it much easier to deal with issues pertaining to our specific generation of Accord. How do we get to the archive of the old forum? There is a lot of valuable in that forum that is now gone.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    Anytime you are posting here, you can just scroll up to the top of the page where you will see the links Forums > Maintenance and Repair.

    If you click on Maintenance and Repair, it displays the entire list of discussions available on the Maintenance & Repair Board.

    And on the top of that list is the "Archived Discussions" link.

    Also you can just use the "Search Forums" feature to the left of this page and enter the keyword "Honda Accord" and you will see all active AND archived discussion about the Accord.

    Shifty the Host
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017
    Thank you Shifty. Now, if we can reopen the MGB and FIAT 124 forums...
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    someday my boy, someday, this too shall come to pass.
  • haefrhaefr Posts: 600
    "Now, if we can reopen the MGB and FIAT 124 forums..."

    In other words, don't hold your breath...
  • mamamia2mamamia2 ChicagoPosts: 707
    Seems to me from my OWN experience, with an '05 bought in August, and reading stuff here, that IT IS COMMON.

    It seems that Honda has ALWAYS had issues with its transmission. It's been ALWAYS shifting more roughly than some other cars (its archrival Camry, for instance), though comparing my new '05 to my old '95 (both V6), there is quite an improvement...

    And yes, I have also noticed some slight vibration at low speed, sometimes....

    Pull to the left? That needs to be addressed by your dealer. But before that, have you checked your tires' air pressure?
  • I have a 04 Accord Ex with a CD Changer in the dash.The lighting for the radio and heater controls has failed and Honda says the radio must be replaced for $650. The radio and heater still work. The car is 2 years old with 65000 miles. Any suggestions?
  • Your Accord is out of warranty, but I'd suggest calling, writing, or emailing Honda's zone office or whatever Honda entity might satisfy a reasonable complaint.

    If your problem is common, Honda might be willing to absorb most or all of the repair cost. It's worth a try.

    Let us know of your success--Honda (as well as other car manufacturers) will sometimes accommodate customers with repairs even beyond the warranty period. Isn't that why we buy Hondas? Because they're unlikely to have the kind of problem you're having?........Richard
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    I followed your instructions and all I found was the "Honda Accord Hybrid Problems & Solutions" Forum. The original forum that preceded this one is missing.
  • bmr123bmr123 Posts: 60
    I own a 05 Accord EX-V6. Seems like since the weather in jersey has been getting colder, the radio has been running very sluggish. When I'm flipping channels on the XM (which is great) and the radio, it moves very slowly through the channels and when the volume is increased. Did I get a junky battery or are other people noticing this problem?? In my old 00 EX-V6 I ran a 600 watt amp and never had a problem with the stock battery in any weather condition. Seems very strange to have this issue in a new car. Anyone have any input on this issue or have the same problem? I just don't want this problem to get worse and my car not starting or electrical issues.
  • webby1webby1 Posts: 209
    I also just purchased a 2006 SE V6 ( for wife ) and noticed the rough feels as the brakes are on when decelerating not running freely.
    According to the dealer that is normal for that tranny.
    No vibration on my yet ?!
    Also, car is pulling to the right and I am sure it is the crap Michelins Pilot HX is checking the wheel alignment this week and if that is not the problem he will replace the tires.
    Other then this the car is great....very squeaks or rattles.
    HP overrated at 244 330i feels so much faster !.....I know, I know it is the torque !
  • dob3dob3 Posts: 1
    when driving in cruise if i turn left or right with turn signal it turns off my cruise i have a 2006 honda accord v6
  • Just wondered, does the main Cruise switch go to off?
  • kanukanu Posts: 19
    I have a 05 accord still under the warranty (6000mile). I look at the estimate costs on dealer service maintenance costs on the Edmunds, and majority of expenses are for labor inspection costs (~$200). My questions are:

    1) I wonder how useful are these inspection? or they are just dealer profit. If I don’t feel anything wrong with the car, would you recommend to skip them and just do only the “real maintain” like oil change/ air filter, etc.

    2) Does the warranty (and Honda care- extended warranty) require us to complete the inspection?.

    3) If the inspections are useful, I might do them at 30000 miles services (skip 10000, and 20000 miles inspections). What would you think?

    Thanks in advance
  • biomanbioman Posts: 172
    There is a difference between the "Recommended" maintenance schedule that the dealer suggests and the "Required" maintenance schedule that Honda states in the Owners Manual. In order to maintain your warranty you must follow the required schedule that Honda outlines in the Owner's Manual. Some people feel that the dealer recommendations go a little over the top. If you follow the Severe Driving Conditions schedule in the Owners Manual you can't go wrong. If you are handy and inclined to do so, you could probably do most of the inspections yourself.
  • blaneblane Posts: 2,017

    Have you checked your cold tire pressures against the inflation specifications on the door jam label? If your wife's car is pulling to the right, it sounds like one front tire has more or less air than the other.
  • This problem has been asked about many times. I have found the TSB # in the archived messags. A free replacement is expected.
  • mamamia2mamamia2 ChicagoPosts: 707
    I don't see what all that you describe here about has to do with the battery...

    XM radio IS sluggish to change station, just the way it works. The only explanation to it being even more sluggish in the winter, which I doubt, maybe clouds, or atmospheric interference, since your car gets the XM signal directly from the Satelite up there high in the sky...
  • webby1webby1 Posts: 209
    Have not had a chance has 400km.
    Taking it in tomorrow for a wheel alignment check so will have the tire pressure checked.
    Will post when find out.
  • After posting slippage problems over the last few months, my '03 EX V6 tranny quit this evening with 51k miles.

    The 2nd gear slipped about 8-10 times over the course of 20k miles before failing today. Yes, it passed the 2nd gear color inspection recall.

    I pulled the car onto the shoulder of a busy interstate in rush hour. The smell of burnt trans fluid filled the car. The engine was revving as I pushed the accelerator but the car did not move.

    To make a long story short, I was able to limp the car into my driveway.

    I refuse to pay for a tranny replacement on a $26k car (I bought brand new) with 51K miles. Honda should goodwill a new trans.
  • I second that.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I have a brand new 2006 Accord EX, and from the factory, the rubber seating that helps guide the flap into place so it will latch, was misapplied (its hard to explain where it is, but it is on the door above the latch (not on the car)). This caused the gas flap to pop open any time the trunk was shut tight, or a door was closed hard. Took it to the dealer and had them fix it while I watched...simple procedure. Just in case someone else out there has this problem, I wanted to let you know its a VERY EASY and QUICK fix, and not a big problem. Now, for the next 1,000 miles!
  • djm2djm2 Posts: 712
    1.) Did you ever change the trans fluid?
    2.) If the answer to this question is "yes", did you use Honda fluid?
    3.) Did you purchase a Honda extended warranty?
    Honda does not have to "good will" anything! You are well beyond the 3 year / 36,000 mile new vehicle warranty. If you wanted to protect your vehicle investment, you could have purchased a 7 year / 100,000 mile warranty for $875.00 at the time of the vehicle purchase. You cannot have it both ways, (saving on the purchase price of the warranty, and getting a warranty as "good will") You took a gamble and you lost! :cry:
  • I might agree with U djm2, except for the fact that Honda tried to fix their transmissions. Meaning they saw a problem. Their fix did not work in this case. Obviously they owe some relief in my opinion.
  • ken972ken972 Posts: 162
    I think this sounds like a normal problem with lcd radios. In every car that ive had..when its freaking freezing out the radio lcd will be sluggish. As soon as the car warms up it returns to normal.
  • 1.) Did you ever change the trans fluid? (1) The Honda maintenance schedule does not require transmission fluid change until 100k miles.

    (2) Did you purchase a Honda extended warranty?
    No, I bought a Honda for reliability. American Honda is pretty fair about replacing/fixing items that are premature failures. I don't think anyone will dispute the fact that transmission failure at 51k is considered premature. My car has a full service record at the dealer where I purchased the car new.

    You took a gamble and you lost!
    If I bought a Ford, GM, or Chrysler I would agree. Those companies typically do not stand behind their product like Honda. I trust Honda will replace the transmission for free since they recognized the problem early w/the 2nd gear recall.

    IMO, I think Honda will extend the transmission warranties to 100k on the +'03 V6 Accords like the 99'-01' Odyssey campaign. And yes, I am also a victim of 2 transmission replacements in my '00 Odyssey.
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