The scheduled oil change intreval on my Accord calls for every 3,750
miles or 3 months, whichever occurs first. Until recently it usually
occured before 3 months but lately I drive a lot less and sometimes it
takes even 5 months to get another 3,750 miles into my car. This causes
a dilemma, because I also have some other maintenance items at every
7,500 miles, which would be normally at every other oil change. Since I
still want to have only one oil change in midway of the 7,500 mile
maintenance interval (i.e. at every 3,750 miles,) I am in conflict with
the 3 month maximum interval. So I've been thinking of switching from
natural oil to synthetic which would not degrade as fast. What do the
experts here think about it and which synthetic oil would they
recommend. Right now I use the same 5W-30 Castrol oil that Honda dealers
I've been doing this oil change at every 3,750 miles for such a long
time with the intervals shorter than 3 months that I never even bothered
to recheck this in my Owners Manual. Now I did and you're right. Again.
Seems to be he has mostly been doing Castrol (BP) the big favor. I doubt
engine failure will be the reasion the car goes to it eventual resting
place, even if the normal maintenance schedule is followed.
It starts with solid engineering.
Which has NOTHING to do with the piece of shit transmission that Honda
put in my $30K 2002 model van, the transmission that--despite
maintenance--failed at 73K gentle in-town miles of my wife driving the
small children around.
And my story is the rule, not the exception.
Fuck Honda. Whatever they are now, it has nothing to do with who they
used to be.
Well, we are talking about "used to be" Hondas when we're talking about
300K or more miles in them, aren't we?
On the other hand, even the new Hondas come out on the top along with
Subarus according to the following article. But maybe you know better.
Actually, I do. I have inside information from an engineering source.
Things are NOT good withing Honda, and the cars that come out today
truly have nothing in common with Honda's roots other than the nameplate
on the back.
CR isn't doing actual research into any of this. They just tell us what
their surveys say. And they survey ONLY people who have bought within
the last few months.
Not only is nothing apt to go wrong with the car or is any bad
engineering apt to show up in so short a time, anyone who has spent that
kind of money on a car is loathe to tell the world that he made a
I find it interesting that Chevies are junk, but Buick ranks RIGHT UP
THERE with Lexus in the JD Power ratings. Let's think about that, shall
we? Imagine the typical Buick buyer. He drives about 3000 miles/year,
and does so at 25mph or so. His car is perfect. The very same Chevy,
with the very same engine and transmission and platform and is built by
the same union workers, but which is driven by Joe Sixpack and his wife
hauling the dog and the kids around, gets poor ratings.
On 3/2/2011 6:50 PM Elmo P. Shagnasty spake these words of knowledge:
CR surveys owners for as long as they own their cars. I subscribed for
over 20 years.
That said, CR doesn't tell you much about current level of quality;
almost every car is going to run pretty well, and be pretty satisfactory
for a while. Honda may indeed have dropped in quality, and if so, it
will show up in a few years.
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