16th May 2009, 21:56

My Honda sounds a lot like yours. I love it and have had it for about 6 years now. Unfortunately after the 8 months of lots and lots of repairs my transmission blew at 208,000 miles.

23rd Oct 2010, 14:40

This is the original poster. As of 118,000 miles -

The replacement power steering pump has developed high steering effort when parking like the one it has replaced.

The temperature for climate control with a mind of its own got steadily worse, with the temperature of the air coming out of the vents fluctuating more frequently. Replacement of the "module" was $300.00.

The ping got steadily worse, to the point where even running 89 octane did not address the ping. Shortly after that point, the Check Engine light lit steadily. It was a OBD-II P0401 code ("EGR Flow Insufficient"). Cleaning the EGR passage did not help, so a new EGR valve ($304.00 installed) which corrected the problem.

The rear brake rotors pitted and required replacement.

The transmission is occasionally downshifting with a thump on the closed-throttle 2-1 downshift when coming to a stop. Usually worse when it has not warmed up fully (per the engine coolant temperature gauge). Hopefully the transmission isn't on its way out. Time will tell.

13th Sep 2012, 19:10

This is the original poster.

As of 132,000 miles -

- The passenger side power window is becoming intermittently slow/clunky when lowering/raising.

- Odd quirk - if you try to "hypermile" by coasting down long hills (in gear - NOT neutral) for any length of time, to invoke the fuel cutoff, you will start getting (in a matter of days) a Check Engine light indicating "O2 Sensor Circuit Slow Response Bank 1 Sensor 1" (code P0133). It is interesting, in that most vehicles have an algorithm built into the engine management software to turn on the fuel flow periodically during long downhill stretches, to keep the O2 sensors/catalysts warm enough to do their job. Hypermilers beware!!!