All I can say is that had this coolant leaking happened after the
expiration of the warranty, I would have been saddled with thousands of
dollars in repairs!
I realize that no car manufacturer can build the perfect automobile but
having an engine block leak coolant is pretty bad. It does not speak
well for Honda's QC people.
This is one thing that bugs me about Honda dealers: they don't have a
car loaner program as Toyota and other dealers have. OK, one might say
that Toyota dealers' loaner cars are also not free because the dealers
include their cost in the repair bills, but I'm not sure it's as
expensive as renting a car at the Honda dealers. But I may be wrong.
One of my local Honda dealers has free loaners regardless of whether you
bought your car there or not, but you have to reserve them in advance in
order to guarantee availability. Unfonrtunately, that particular dealer
is quite a distance from where I live, otherwise I'd probably take
advantage of their loaner car program once in a while. My dad bought his
'03 Accord there and has gotten a loaner car from them on several
I ended up writing a complaint letter to American Honda Motor in
Torrance, Cal. They refunded me approx. 70% of the $300.00 expense for
the rental car. No explanation as to how they came to the 70% figure
was enclosed with the check...
not true. they're a problem for people cutting corners. casting is
centuries old technology. porosity, and the reasons for it, are well
understood and completely avoidable by anyone competent and familiar
with that technology. indeed, honda never used to have a problem with
it - the fact that they do now pretty much tells you everything you need
to know about how their commitment to quality has changed.
[honda used to use forged cranks and now cast them - that tells you a
whole lot more about their ideas of quality too.]
I think I will stick with my old 1998 CRV. It has 120 thousand miles on
it and my mechanic says if I continue to keep it serviced, the engine
should last until 300 thousand.
I sounds like Honda has given up on quality and the oldies are now the
best that Honda would ever make.
My old Honda had the ignition switch failure that affected millions of
Hondas. I had it replaced with the "fixed" ignition switch. So far
nothing else has been amiss but my radio. I am going to install one that
plays digital media.
yup, that's what i'm doing. that crv has great suspension too compared
to the newer ones.
i also add a little red line break-in oil to my engine - it brings the
zddp additive level back up to where it used to be before the current
generation of low zinc oils came out. it reduces cam wear.
based on what i've seen, yes.
i recently had to disassemble and clean the contacts on my light switch.
the grease had dried out and i was getting contact failure. that's
happened to me a number of times no on my gen of civic - your crv uses
the same type of switch. just remove the steering wheel, pull off the
column cover, and remove the switch assembly by taking out two screws.
can be disassembled and cleaned from there.
yikes, cracked castings are a pretty bad situation, but I'm surprised
they don't just alumi-seal for porosity.
Is there a specific spot on the block that's common? I'm still just
seeing 2004 and older Hondas in my neck-o-the-woods, as of yet.
You didn't get just a new block, you got a whole new "short block"
assembly, which means new pistons, rings, rods, bearings, and crankshaft in
addition to the new block. This means your engine is basially brand-new
Follow the original break-in procedure as though the engine was brand-new.
Otherwise, enjoy your Honda.
no, no more than you would with any engine - assuming this new one's not
defective of course. just make sure you check the coolant system for
leaks, especially during the first few weeks, and you're good to go.
recommend you stick with honda branded coolant for the time being.
after that, never use tapwater to refill - only distilled water or
pre-mix "asian vehicle" formula.
That's right. I learned it the hard way and costed me a new heater core.
Hopefully nothing worse happened from it because I haven't seen any
coolant level change since then. Unfortunately too many mechanics also
use tap water to mix concentrated coolant, too, figuring that by the
time a problem happens, nobody can nail it to them.
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