I have a 2003 Accord Sedan and I am experiencing the same problems. Honda's quality standards clearly are going down hill fast. I will definitely consider another manufacturer for my next purchase. It's tough when you pay extra for quality and don't get it.
I know car companies do have lemons, it comes with the manufacturing process, however Honda could be proactive with good, courteous customer service when you do bring your vehicle in for warranty work. My overall experience has been disappointing from the quality of the vehicle to service and judging by the reviews for the 2003 and 2004 Accords I do not stand alone.
I'm glad to hear your 2004 Accord is sweet. Make sure you get Honda to check the transmission as per their recall notice. Honda sometimes forgets to check these things.
I'm happy to hear some people out there are having the same noise problems as me, unfortunetly for us there's nothing we can do. The dealer won't do anything about it.
The thing is, I also own a Camery and it has a set of its own annoying noises and problems. Basically, all cars suck.
I own an 04 Camry and at first I regretted not buying a Honda, but after reading this I don't feel so bad, I mean my camry runs fine its just all these annoying little issues. Why is the deal with Honda and Toyota? Next time maybe I will look a Mitsubishi, Nissan, or Mazda.
Mitsubishi has declined much more than Honda has. After looking at a Galant, I couldn't help, but laugh. The interior is awash in a sea of course black plastic and poor ergonomics. A major step down from the last generation. Furthermore, their large 3.8 L V6 can't even match the output of Honda's slick 3.0 L V6. Nissans are recovering from a quality dip, Mazdas have held steady. I wouldn't rule Hondas out entirely, from what I have read, the Accord is by far Honda's most unreliable vehicle, others don't seem to suffer the quality issues. Our '03 EX V6 is very quiet and fun to drive, but it too has its share of rattles. I hope these issues are fixed in the next redesign, although Honda may have already fixed them, I have heard of no 2005 Accords with rattle, transmission, or brake problems.
Thank you all for your comments on this site. I was seriously considering an Accord as my '04 Dodge RAM 1500 with the Hemi has transmission problems and, of course, drinks gas eagerly (though not as bad as some would think (about 15-18mpg). After reading all these comments about rattles and transmission recall on the Accord I'm going to take a pass -- at least the truck doesn't rattle... the search goes on for a "reliable small car with good gas mileage"...
I wouldn't be satisfied with any car if I were having problems with it regardless of make, Honda included. After my experience with my Honda Accord I will definitely try something else the next time. It's great having a choice.
All motor vehicles have some problems, but my '04 Honda Accord is the pits. We have attempted numerous times to have the brakes repaired and after invoking our rights under the State Lemon Law, we were treated as less than human. The dealer has now refused to honor the warranty, even though the vehicle is under warranty. The dealer offers a free loaner car during repair, which was part of the purchase incentive, but their word is dishonorable based upon their behavior. I will never waste my money on buying ANY Honda products, and will recommend all others behave likewise. Our only other recourse is a lawsuit.
Well, The Accord that is sold in North America, is no longer the same design as the ones sold in the rest of the world.
The true Honda Accord is imported into the USA as the Acura TSX.
This has been true since the last generation introduced model year '98.
People immediately noticed that year the new totally American designed Accord drove like a Buick or Ford Taurus. Gone was the tightness, sporty handling, and fine ergonomic details.
The 'super-size me' mentality has invaded American Honda Corp.
This separation in design from Honda Motor Corp of Japan has obviously manifested the slide in quality.
It's sad that most people still don't realize that the quality and reliability of import cars like Honda and Toyota are not the same anymore.
Meanwhile, GM and other American cars have improved much more in recent years (sadly ignored by most)
If you don't want to buy Accord and Camry. I highly recommend you the
2005 Chevy Malibu which is rated the BEST for midsize sedan from JD powers best quality, it's a bang for the buck with more build quality.
My '04 Accord LX Coupe is at the dealer as I write this...I'm attempting to have them address the loud "clunk" I hear when I turn on the A/C. Also, to have them check out the grinding sound when I switch the fan from blowing on the floor to defrost and vice-versa. I brought it to a different dealership about 6 months ago, but they said there was nothing wrong.
Other than that, I actually like my car. The 5-spd manual is smooth, great ergonomics, and decent styling (for the coupe anyway)...The rattles are kind of annoying though.
Has anyone else had the same issues with their HVAC system?
I've got an Accord LX Coupe as well, and have the same A/C problem. I didn't really consider it a problem, I just figured it was the A/C kicking in and pulling a lot of power from the 4 cylinder. It even makes the car jerk when I'm driving at a high RPM on a given gear. I tend to shift around 4k RPM. I've learnt to slow down the engine before turning on the A/C.
Let us know what happened with your service.
I have a 2004 Honda Accord EX 4 door sedan. It is generally a great car up until recently, when I hit 19,000 miles. I started having problems with starting the car. Cranking the car is now longer than it was when I first brought the car. Honda is having a difficult time troubleshooting the problem, and this problem only arises periodically, not permanently, so, they are causing me some problems about the issues with the car. Today, Honda said, there are no malfunctions, but luckily, the service guy was with me when I was having problems so he told the technician to take my car out overnight, stop at several places and see what happens. God willing, they will target the issue and fix it under warranty. The negative about Honda, I must admit, is they can be pretty "touchy" about the issues with the car. For example, if a car breaks down, they will most likely turn around and say... "what did you do? and try to find a way to void the warranty" however, that usually depends on the dealership. So, if you get that kind of attitude from one Honda place, go to another, chances are, the other will be nicer! Anyhow, hopefully Honda will target the problem and I will get my car back, and rid myself the loaner they provided (a KIA YUCK!)I will let you all know if they found the issue and if they covered it under warranty!