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2008 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan



  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    In regards to the stereo,
    I have the 06 SE Accord, and I Memphis Audio speakers installed all the way around. That was the best decision that I made. It is truly amazing. These speakers are awesome. I was skeptical at first, but they are very efficient, and work on minimal power, I just never heard of them til I saw them in the showroom. It was like night and day difference! The standard factory system speakers have no character at all. Look at your trunk speakers magnets, they are so so small! they are so flimsy. That is what is installed all the around.

    When I get my 08 Accord, I will have to have the Memphis audio speakers installed! I'll probably leave the factory sub there. So anyone wanting to upgrade, seriously, I love sound systems, and own high end speakers, and these Memphis Audio speakers are wonderful!! You cannot go wrong! They very efficient, look at the rating on the specs.

    I had them bought and installed for $400, add an amp, and you have an amazing system. But, I will tell you, that these speakers do take awhile to break-in, but after that, WOW! It totally sounds amped, but its not.

    They are very clean sounding, and have awesome separate tweeters. These are "REAL" speakers, unlike the factory speakers. When you see the factory pulled out, you'll literally laugh. You'll know why the sound the way they do.
  • wandlwandl Posts: 40
    If you're looking for a great deal, now isn't the time - I live in WV and have checked most dealers in WV - MD - OH - PA and no dealer is budging from MSRP; who could blame them, its a hot car and just came out, they will sell them at MSRP to someone else if not me...
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    Those trunk liners actually keep the interior of the car quieter. Most road noise goes back into the cabin thru the back as it goes around the car.
  • texasestexases Posts: 7,911
    True - you can really notice it with cars that have flip-down access to the trunk - wonder what it would cost to order one from Honda parts?
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    I don't think they are available unless they came originally with the car. Does the top of the line 08 have it? then maybe in can be retrofitted to the lower end models.
  • My 08 EX-L V6 has the trunk liner. I believe I've read that it is only available on my model & the EX-L V6 w/Nav.
  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    If the trunk lid has the holes for the fitting of the liner's attachment buttons - which it should, as economies of scale for the stamping of the trunk would tend to dictate - you should be able to order the liner for an LX, LX-P, etc. directly from your dealer's Parts Department.

    This is another case of Honda's bean-counters at work. Honda's not alone in this, as every manufacturer is looking at ways to pull costs out of a car.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I think the definition of Korean copy is more along the lines of copying the look. For example, take the new Elantra. Do you see a strong resemblance to VW Jetta’s rear? Or, is that style somehow an evolution of older Hyundai design?

    In case of new Accord, the association is largely with two design elements. One the upward tapering of the tail lamps, but that is a contemporary design feature. Some follow the inside of the C-pillar (seen in Toyota/Lexus), and others follow the outside line of the C-pillar (1996-2000 CL, 2003-2005 Accord, 2005-2008 RL, 2005-2008 Sonata, 2006-2008 5-series, 2008 C-class, 2008 Accord sedan). There you have one similarity with 5-series.

    The other is the kink on the C-pillar. Honda has used them on and off since the 1970s, but rarely on the Accord. 1996-2000 Civic had it (just put thick chrome on it, and you would have something very close).

    BMW has almost always used the kink since they made it one of their design elements, so much so that it has literally become a BMW signature since the Hoffmeister days. But that doesn’t mean they started it. You could draw similarities to the kink on Model-T as well.

    Combine the two elements (C-pillar kink) and tapering of the tail lamp, and it comes as no surprise that many see similarities. Infiniti G35 has the kink too. In fact, if you look at new Nissan GT-R pictures, you might see C-pillar similarities with Acura TL (the shape of the glass around the c-pillar). This doesn’t mean Nissan copied Acura. You might also see shape of rear glass in 350Z (and G35) being virtually identical to that from first generation Audi TT. And Honda put a thin amber line running full length along the bottom of the headlamps in 1998 Accord, something we also saw in 1999 Audi TT (now Audi has taken it farther with LEDs, Honda, as always, keeps changing things). Things like these happen!

    Some copies are simply more blatant than others. You want to see one of the most blatant ones (even worse than Kia Amanti), look here.
  • bug4bug4 Posts: 370
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    as every manufacturer is looking at ways to pull costs out of a car

    Yep. The new Accord LX-P has a lot of features that my 1998 Accord EX-L doesn't (except for leather and moon roof). And it costs $1K less than my EX-L did ten years ago. So, prices have largely stayed the same despite inflation, refinements and content. So, somewhere costs have to be reduced. But then, my 1998 EX-L doesn't have the liner either.
  • mackabeemackabee Posts: 4,709
    The Chinese are copying everything under the sun!
  • colloquorcolloquor Posts: 482
    No one is being a troll, certainly not I, as everything I've heard regarding the Sonata, for example, is how Hyundai appears to have copied the previous generation Audi A6, which well it should since it was Hyundai's benchmark. Or, others have said Hyundai copied the previous generation Accord, and on and on. Why then do some, especially Hondaphiles, tend to get upset when a Honda product appears to look like another exterior design? If Honda patterns their exterior design from a brand of higher caliber - that's OK, but not from a perceived lower caliber brand. Ah, now I see . . . some of you guys are just simply incredulous.

    Forums are just that - anyone can add their 2 cents worth to a discussion. This is not a "members only" discussion group.

    Although the 2008 Accord's exterior does take on connotations of a 5-series BMW, I submit you park a Saturn L200 next to the 2008 Accord - side by side. The side profile and lines are almost identical, as well as the tail light assemblies. Check it out!

    FWIW . . . I own a 2005 Honda Accord LX, 2007 Toyota Camry LE, and, yes, a Hyundai. But, since I own all three brands, at the very least, I try to be objective.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    If things are put in the right order, then I think this discussion about look-alikes makes sense. So, let me ask you, what connotations of 5-series do you see in the Accord that you haven’t in any Honda/Acura in the past?

    As for Saturn L, let us take your word and park them side by side. imageimage

    There are few design elements in common, the creases and the upward tapering of the tail lamps. But, I’m not sure what similarity do you find in the profile. There is more in common to that aspect in this Accord to 1998-2002 Accord except for the higher front.

    Back to the crease, 2008 Accord isn’t the first Honda/Acura to have it. This one closely mimics 2004+ TL in that regard, while others used a different design (CL, older TL, 1998-2002 Accord, 2003+ Accord, 2004+ TSX, 1996+ Civic, early 90s Legend and so on). In all cases, believe it or not, Honda has wrapped the crease around (I can bet you haven’t noticed it). In a few cases, above the tail lamp/license plate (as is the case with 2008 Accord) and in most cases thru the license plate (even 1998 Accord has it).

    What you see in the 2008 Accord is also seen in Audis and Mercedes. Are you now saying they too copied Saturn? How do you establish who copied who? The best one can do is go back generations and see the evolution. Try it.
  • ykangykang Posts: 88
    I think the definition of Korean copy is more along the lines of copying the look. For example, take the new Elantra. Do you see a strong resemblance to VW Jetta’s rear? Or, is that style somehow an evolution of older Hyundai design?

    Keep believe what you want to believe!!!

  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Since you missed it, that was a question. I could post pictures to help, but we're already "off topic".
  • brunnabrunna Posts: 53
    Thanks for your impressions. I have not written it off yet, as I said I love Honda products. My 94 was just lighter on its feet, reminiscent of my 89 Integra, maybe that's what I miss. But alas, I have grown since then (now 6'2", 225) and my family has grown (3 young boys), so maybe the extra room isn't a bad thing.

    Coincidently, I replaced the speakers in my 94 with Eclipses all around, added a JBL sub in a box in the trunk with an additional amp, because the soundstage and low end from the stock system was awful. I pretty much have replaced all the stereos in my cars (including a 99 Infiniti I30 with the Bose system) until I ran into the new odd-sizing and custom dash mounts that car companies, including Honda, are doing now. It infuriates me that I would have to lose the integrated look of the original dash, so I was glad that the 08 system was a step in the right direction at least.

    Now I am pondering stepping up in class to the new CTS. I didn't get to drive it, but the interior is simply to die for. Cooled seats! You kidding me! Why didn't they do that years ago? And the HUGE sunroof - NICE!
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Cooled seats! You kidding me! Why didn't they do that years ago?

    The Navigator did do that years ago! ;)
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    You can get it on a Toyota Avalon too. Lincoln MKZ. Others.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Yes, but didnt the Navi have them first, out of under $70k vehicles? I cant remember how long that concept has been around.
  • I'm in the market for this model and will appreciate advice from other buyers in North Carolina for the dealership with least hassle and best value.

    Additionally, I have a 2000 Accord SE with about 93000 miles. Is it best to trade or try to sell on my own?

  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I would recommend trying to sell on your own first.
  • I'm having problems getting the voice activation to set up in my 08 Accord. Anyone else having issues? I can't get it to stay on long enough for me to finsih saying the # as well as understanding my commands.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Did you mean bluetooth?
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 26,381
    Frankly, I only care if it looks good on it's own, and not what cars it resembles from certain angles.

    I also saw what I think is my first one on the road, in an owners hands. Looked pretty sharp. Same silver as my '05, but it looked a lot nicer (classier/more expensive or something).

    FOr the trunk, it is quite likely they only have 1 trunk lid stamping, so you likely could buy one and put it in. Or, maybe try some type of Dynamat (sp?) I know they have sound insullation for under carpets, etc. Maybe that would work?

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • bvdj84bvdj84 Posts: 1,724
    My dealer is slowly getting a bigger lot of 08 accords, that good! But, I have not seen any of them move since they have arrived. Only about a few have had a "sold" on them. Thats it! Also, I laugh at it, because those that are buying them, are more than likely paying top dollar for them. Although I have seen deals on the forums, but it is not typical.

    I think once, they have a full lot, and the newness wears off a bit, it'll get much better. Dealers are drooling all over these. They see $$$ signs! Honda, needs to get these cars moving, if they want to promote them, make quota! They better not wait too long to offer an incentive. Dealers need to realize that too, when they sell a car, and its out on the road, its a like a advertisement sign, bringing others in. They need to get their stock rotating. The 08's sitting on the lot is not gaining them any profit, but getting something for them helps. I am totally going to wait til next spring, when lease numbers are better!
  • Any talk of them putting the manual transmission back into the V6 Sedan in the next year or two? I'm still years off from a new car, but if they decide to go back to that again, I think it would be a no-brainer as my next purchase.

    What would be even cooler is if they ever came out with an Accord Si. I doubt it would ever happen because it would chew too much into the TL and TSX, but there's always hoping!
  • 06nighthawkv606nighthawkv6 SE TexasPosts: 55
    Let the new 08s that are collecting dust(and water) on the lot sit on the lots and rot so the dealership can take the hit especially when 2008 rolls around and the re-designed 09 TL and TSX will be coming up... Who cares about ugly Honda Accord sedan and coupe...Honda didn't step up and make the Accord extreme enough, both in looks and powertrain so that is why they are not moving, not because there is some newness factor that people can't get over. The style is not original and the powertrain, although great against maybe GM, is only average for Honda especially due to the fact that the outgoing 244 hp J30 performs the same as the new 3.5 liter 268 hp. Ohh, and noone can see "Ace structure" to really give a hoot! All they need to know is ACE is why their Honda is so ugly and remember Americans are the most shallow. That and "Honda didn't "step up" due to Acura TSX and the TL. duh.
  • jaxs1jaxs1 Posts: 2,697
    Maybe they are concentrating on getting rid of 2007s for now. Many people are going to the dealers and "looking" at the 2008s, so buyers are there for the right price.
  • "Maybe they are concentrating on getting rid of 2007s for now. Many people are going to the dealers and "looking" at the 2008s, so buyers are there for the right price."

    Taking a look at the "Prices Paid and Buying Experience" thread is informative on a car that has been out for a month! Most people aren't interested in being early adopters and will wait for the newness to wear off a bit to get a better deal. That's what I'm doing.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Honda didn't step up and make the Accord extreme enough,

    Remember my friend, the more extreme you get, the more polarizing you get (extreme designs that come to mind are when BMW first introduced the current 7-series sedan, and Scion's xB). Some may love it, but some will HATE it. I'd guess more people buy the Accord based on its actual attributes and reputation than its styling. Honda chose to try not to disgust people with overstyling and instead chose a more reserved design that will age better and attract buyers rather than distract them. To me, the TL is starting to look a little tired; sort of how the first-gen CTS is getting.

    I'd bet more people would be alienated by a radical design than would buy the thing.
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