Say it ain’t so…the Accord is squealing again

I just recently posted a 6-month update about my experience so far with my 2013 Honda Accord.

Well, I’m disappointed to say that within this past week, the high pitched squealing/grinding when turning has come back with a vengeance.

After perusing the driveaccord.net forums, it looks like there has been an update to the original tech service bulletin 12-081 regarding the issue with the brake pad retainer clips. According to the updated TSB, it looks like Honda may now be replacing defective brake pad retainer clips with a newer part number. Hopefully this will put an end to this problem once and for all.

In addition to the squealing, I’m also noticing a low speed jerkiness during acceleration which has been occurring more frequently. It usually seems to happen when the engine is cold, but that’s not always the case. It happened this past week a couple of times trying to accelerate from probably 5 mph going uphill. Really hoping this isn’t a major CVT issue, as I was a bit apprehensive about buying the Accord with the CVT in the first place.

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2013 Honda Accord, 6-months later

I’ve previously blogged a few times about my 2013 Honda Accord experience, a couple of issues with squeaky brakes, fuel economy, radio issues, and my overall satisfaction.

I’m happy to say that every one of the items has been resolved or improved.  Huge props go out to the service department at Crown Honda in Holland, MI.  I’ve never experienced the kind of exceptional service that the folks at Crown Honda provide.  Anyway, here’s an update:

 

  • Squeaky brakes while turning – I had to take it in to the dealer twice to fix this. To the dealers credit, each time was a different wheel and the squealing hasn’t come back.

 

  • Fuel economy – I was a bit disappointed in that I was averaging around 27-28 mpg at first.  I had been going back and forth between using what Honda calls their “ECO” mode, it limits quick acceleration and is supposed to improve fuel economy.  Frankly, I think it’s a bit gimmicky, and acceleration is terrible with it on, not to mention my fuel economy got slightly better with it turned off.  I regularly get 35-37 mpg on the highway , and overall I’m averaging between 30-31mpg.  I did notice an increase in fuel economy when the warmer weather came about.  It will be interesting to see if it drops again during the winter months.

 

  • Radio – well, as the great Meatloaf once said “two out of three ain’t bad”.  The radio still leaves a lot to be desired.   The stability issues (lockups, occasional audio scratchiness) look like they have been resolved with the radio firmware upgrade that the dealer applied earlier this year.  I have had a couple of strange issues with Pandora and Aha where I had to turn the radio off and on to clear it up.  I just experienced a new problem this past week though – the CD player won’t allow me to insert a CD anymore.  So back to the dealer I will go.  Luckily, I rarely use the CD player anymore, I mainly use my iPhone over bluetooth or USB.  The radio’s touch interface still frustrates me – if I release my finger too quickly on the touch screen after touching a “button”  when changing a station, tuning, etc., I still get the audible beep and the button lights up as it normally would – but nothing actually happens.  If there was one thing that would keep me from buying this car again, it would definitely be the radio.

Honda, please do all of the 2013 Accord owners with the “premium” sound system a favor – offer a free or low cost replacement (yes, I’d even be willing to pay for it – I dislike it that much!) with something that consistently works and that I don’t have to pull my eyes off of the road all the time to use it.

I did finally end up getting the side and rear windows tinted in the Accord.  This was the second car that I’ve had tinted at Extreme Car Audio in Grand Rapids, they did another fantastic job.  It has made a huge difference keeping the interior cool, and it has a nice classy look now.