27th Feb 2009, 15:03
I have heard from automotive engineers that the internal test data they have indicates that the oil lifetime is much longer even than the recommended service intervals. But the dealers want the extra money from the oil changes, so the oil change recommendations are left relatively short. Just be aware that by following the recommended service intervals, you already are being conservative and doing a good job maintaining your car.
The 3000 miles oil change idea is a hold over from when manufacturing tolerances were not nearly as good as they are now, and there were more bits of metal particles left in an engine when it was made new. Now, by comparison, engines are practically particle free when they are brand new.
14th Mar 2009, 20:04
I agree with you 100%. It is really a tug of war with dealers wanting their cars to look low maintenance and the oil change places wanting the business. I usually take the middle of the road (5K or so highway driving) and also check the oil often to see how it is holding up. If it is really black or smells burnt up, you have gone too long on it no matter what your engine tolerances are...
6th Aug 2009, 21:43
I bought my Accord LX-P last year, and I really like it, but there is a few things make me worry.
There's a noise coming from power steering pump. I went to the dealer twice and still the same thing.
Today I had to replace my rear brake pads after 24000 miles. This is not right.
I'm wondering is that a new way of building cars or.....
9th Aug 2009, 11:53
Frequent brake replacement just goes with Japanese cars. Our Honda went through brake pads three times as fast as any of our domestics. In addition, it was constantly breaking down and never even made 100,000 miles. We switched back to Ford and GM products and have had zero problems. The oldest (a GM) is now 9 years old and has had one light bulb replaced and that's it. By that time the Honda was in a junk yard.
31st Oct 2009, 15:18
I just traded in my 2003 Accord LX with 109,000 miles for a new 2009 LX-P (couldn't resist with trade offer plus $1,000 below invoice!)... I don't recall ever changing the brakes on my 2003 LX... Additionally, the radio in the '09 sounds terrible compared to my old '03. Has anyone changed out the radio/stereo on their 2009 LX-P? Or, has anyone changed out the speakers? Did it actually make a difference in the sound? What speakers were installed?... Thanks.
18th Jun 2010, 13:46
My Honda Accord LX-P has been great so far. 27,000 and not one problem.
However, the road noise is on the loud side. I have read that certain tires will quiet the noise.
I also found the sound was pretty weak. I had an Alpine Alpine 50 watt amp professionally installed in the trunk and it made a nice improvement $350.
Next, I installed some Pioneer 6-1/2" coaxials in the rear and some Sony's in the front $110. It was an easy installation. Just pop the grill to access the rear speakers. You must remove the door panels for the front. If you buy your components from Crutchfield, they supply good instruction. This was another noticeable sound improvement.
Lastly, I installed a Boss 8", self-powered sub woofer onto the roof of the trunk $125. This is the spot where Honda installs the factory sub woofer. It does not subtract from the trunk space. I drilled some holes on the back deck for the sub. I connected the power and input wire to the Alpine. After adjusting the Sub and speaker levels, adjustments are essential, The sound is now full and natural.