I have a 98 Accord EX V6 and am having the alternator replaced today. With 85,000 miles on the car this is the first time it has been to the shop for anything other than routine maintenance. Getting 9 years and 85,000 city miles out of an alternator seems reasonable to me. No transmission complaints like others have mentioned either. Been a great car, kids are driving it now and they love it.
I thought Hondas were known to be "good" cars. I just came from the Honda dealer today to find out why my check engine light is on. I was told that the gas cap may have not been being closed properly, which turns out to be something that I wasn't doing. So I made sure that I did turn it 3 clicks and a month went by and the light was still on. Come to find out, my transmission is about to fail. I have a 2002 Honda Accord V6-EX with 59,000 miles on it. I asked why this would happen. Response: "There's no rhyme or reason." Great answer huh? I guess it's time to trade or sell.
1999 Accord V6; at 170,000 miles and the check engine light is on. EGR. what should I do? Nothing! I don't care... I am not going to be stupid and trade in a car that has never failed us ever just because of one check engine light. Transmission is original. We will buy another Honda after this because besides the EGR and the alternator we have had no problems. Unless you think new tires every 50k is too much? Our GM cars needed many more repairs than this Honda.
As to the transmission problems, I have read that there is a cooling problem where a portion of the transmission does not get enough fluid circulation, and therefore is not cooled properly leading to failure. Search around on-line for it, you'll find it. Here is one place that seconds this. "http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1502084". Getting a transmission fluid cooler installed is not a bad idea for any car.
Also, we have been told that the best way to go about fixing a transmission is to have YOUR transmission rebuilt, otherwise you will easily keep having problems. We heard this through a transmission shop that has been doing only transmissions for decades, found through our trusted shop (our mechanics leave something as specialized as a transmission up to a specialist. My apologies for not being able to remember the name of this shop. Call Auburn foreign car and get it.)
It only make sense that Honda repairing people's transmissions hasn't turned out the best. They do not specialize in transmissions. Would you have your family practice physician do open heart surgery? And what is better, getting a new heart from someone else, or doing the work on your own? I understand a car is not a person, but an automatic transmission is the most complicated mechanical part of your car. And such a highly complicated piece of machinery is only going to be fixed correctly by someone who knows exactly what they are doing. The Honda tech is not that person. In fact, there are not many people who are the skilled enough to be the right person.
If you have transmission problems, Honda is not necessarily going to be the best option, as they are just going to want to replace your transmission with another transmission. Again, they are not transmission specialists, do not trust them with this decision! Spend the time to find an established transmission shop that knows what they are doing, and has many customers to back them up.
We have a 2001 LX and are definitely worried about the transmission problems people are having. (Just hit 94k miles, owned for 10k miles). But luckily, so far we have not had any problems. Our 4 cylinder VTEC gets 30+ MPG with mediocre acceleration performance. Although, if you want to speed past everyone, don't buy a 4 door sedan such as this, and don't do it with your kids in the car, no matter what size of engine!! Just my 20 cents. :)
Honda Accord 2001 V6 2 Dr. Coupe- Replaced complete brake system at 120K. at a cost of $1200., battery @ 130K, All engine mounts at 132K @ a cost of $1200.00 (engine mounts made by GM in Mexico, Honda forced to install at the factory as part of trade deal) Auto transmission replaced at 120K by Honda.
The above has shaken my faith in Honda! This is not a reliable auto! I have been loyal to Honda products but I'm not so sure any more.
I have a 99 Accord V6 and the instrument cluster was made by Ford. If I wanted GM and Ford Quality I wouldn't have bought a Honda. Might have to look at Toyota for the next car?
13:18 Maybe examine the huge Toyota recall first. I would go with a 100000 mile warranty on any new car today.
2001 Honda EX-L V6 with 75000 miles.
Last weekend just found out the front and side engine mounts need to be replaced, when I took my car to the dealer for an airbag recall service.
My overall comment for 2001 Accord V6 is pretty good, except the CD changer died 4 years later. Other than that, I have no issues with mine.
No transmission issue; I get 30MPG on highway and drive from San Jose to Irvine (~400 miles) with one tank of gas easy, local and highway combined is not that good at average 20MPG.
I did replace the brake pads 3 times, rotor twice and new tires 4 times, but that's just my personal driving style; engine is smooth as 10 years ago; paint still shines like new. I would definitely buy another Accord again than 'boring' Camry.
I own a 2001 Honda Accord EX V-6. It runs so smooth and is so comfortable for long trips. I average about 30 mpg; not bad for a 6 cylinder.
It's so nice not to have a sore behind, and the amount of room you have is impressive. No problems with my car at all. Just normal oil changes.
I had bought this in may 2004 with 23,000 miles on it for 19k. It now has 177,000 miles and is still strong as a beast. Honda makes great cars.
I own this car. It's the V6. It's been a great car. Had it since new. It has 132000 miles on it. Just changed the brakes and rotors, and did an oil change every 3000 miles.
I guess that's why the instrument cluster was the only part of our Honda that DIDN'T fall apart. Ford is currently rated AHEAD of Honda in quality, and light years ahead of Toyota. Ford and GM have more cars in the top three in J.D. Powers quality rankings than ANY car maker, foreign or domestic. I didn't want Ford or GM quality in a Honda either... I wanted it in the WHOLE CAR. That's why our crappy Honda is rusting in a junkyard, and there is a Ford and a GM in our garage now.
I own a 2000 Accord V6 coupe, which currently has 117k miles.
This has been the worst Honda vehicle I have ever owned!
Transmission replaced @ 76K miles.
Original piece of crap Delphi alternator failure @ 54k miles.
If I had wanted a GM vehicle, I would have bought one. It burns my ass that I have inferior GM and Ford parts on my Honda.
Now @ 117k miles the alternator is putting out over 16 volts, time for alternator number 3.
Check engine light starting coming on @ 85k miles; bad EGR valve, which Honda has a service bulletin out on calling for a replacement EGR valve, along with drilling out the aluminum intake manifold, which requires its removal. I was 5k miles over, but within the 8 years of the extended warranty, but was denied by Honda in CA. So every 5k miles I have to remove the original made in Mexico EGR valve, and clean the carbon out and blow out the ports in the intake manifold.
I also had to replace all 3 engine mounts, which broke @ 86k miles.
I've owned older Acuras and Hondas, and they were great cars, but they were all made in Japan with quality made Japanese Denso parts, not the crap that's on this made in Ohio POS Honda. Delphi (Delco junk) alternators and blower motors, Ford gauges and other assorted Mexican made parts that do not belong on a Honda. This is definitely my last Honda car.
Also like to add that Toyota was also using Delphi junk alternators on the newer Corollas, and they were failing at a high rate. Toyota was replacing the alternators free of charge as a goodwill gesture with Denso alternators, according to a friend of mine, who is the Parts Manager at my local Toyota dealer. Why doesn't Honda do the same thing! Alternators should last over 100,000 miles. I still have the orginal Denso alternator on my 1992 Toyota Supra Turbo with 133k miles.
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