About Honda Accord
Honda Accord, as a series of vehicles, has been produced by the renowned Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda Motor Co., Ltd. since 1976. When the first Honda Accord was released in 1976 to Japanese market, it was a 3-door hatchback to replace the Honda 1300. Then since 1989, its 4-door sedan has been one of the best-selling cars in the United States. Countless awards such as 1994 Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year, Car and Driver's 10 Best for 32 years, 2014 Green Car of the Year and so on has proved Honda Accord's strong prowess. Until now, Honda Accord has gone through nine generations.
The eighth generation Honda Accord (2007-2012) made its debut at North American market for the 2008 model year in 2007. In United States, Honda Accord was available in LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navigation, EX-L V6 and EX-L V6 with Navigation for full-size (E-segment) sedan, and EX, EX-L, EX-L with Navigation and EX-L V6 with Navigation for mid-size (D-segment) coupe. It was powered by engines varying from 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine to 3.5L V6 engine and engines were mated to 5-speed manual or automatic or 6-speed manual transmissions. The ninth generation Honda Accord (2012-present) went on sale in 2012 in United States. And besides the trim levels carried over from previous generation, it adds Sport and Touring trim levels as well as an Accord Plug-in Hybrid. Available powertrains are 2.0L, 2.4L inline 4-cylinder and 3.5L V6 engines and engines are mated to new CVT, 6-speed automatic or manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.
Honda Accord Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
When Honda Accord reached at about 10,000 mileages, many problems start to find it according to Accord owners. For your Honda Accord's long lifespan, you had better know these:
First, transmission slipping and jerking or complete failure. Honda Accord drivers complained at CarComplaints.com, the car repair statistics site about transmission slipping and jerking while shifting gears. Some even said that the faster they drove the harder Accord shifted. And these symptoms often happen when the Accord reached at about 10,000 miles. If you notice that your Accor is suffering from hard shifting and could hear grinding noises from underneath the vehicle, then transfer case seal, clutch slippage, transmission pan and valve body need a thorough inspection.
Second, engine and braking went wrong. Engine as the heart of a vehicle would experience performance reducing, hard starting, loss of power when acceleration or lower fuel efficiency. And these phenomena just happen to Honda Accord. Generally speaking, when the Check Engine Light in the vehicle is illuminated, the Accord air filter, oi filter, oxygen sensor and valve cover gasket should be checked. As for braking failure in Honda Accord, you should keep a close eye on the brake pad set and brake disc.
Unluckily, a Honda Accord with long life expectancy needs lots of time and energy to be devoted to in maintaining. And electrical auto parts in it also belong to easy-to-go-wear components due to long-term exposure to repeated usage. Door lock actuator, for example, is responsible for locking and unlocking power door so that you can enter in conveniently and prevent from being stolen. It could wear out as accumulation of usage times. So could the power window switch. And cabin air filter, wiper blade and emblem also should be serviced regularly.
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