January 24, 2011
I felt the same wobbly steering wheel that Takahashi noted a couple weeks ago. It's not bad by any means, but I figured it was worth investigating a little further. Pulled the front wheel and found nothing but this pristine-looking rotor. If I were a betting man I would say the other side is probably just as smooth.
Someone in the office suggested that maybe it's the rear brakes? Or maybe it's not the discs at all, but the pads instead? Looks like we'll have to take it in for a proper inspection to get to the bottom of it. We'll keep you posted.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com
January 10, 2011
Our Crosstour's brake rotors seem to be warping ever so slightly. At first, I thought the telltale steering wheel wobble may have been caused by our choppy road surfaces. A smooth stretch of road proved otherwise. With my hands off the wheel, I let the Crosstour coast a bit. No wobble. Then I eased into the brakes and the wheel started to shimmy. It's a quick, but small wobble -- low amplitude, high frequency. Nothing like my old Mustang cobra regularly had, which was a big slow shake.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 17,767 miles - Photo by Scott Jacobs
November 29, 2010
Twenty bucks, twenty minutes -- that's all it took to fix our 2010 Honda Crosstour's leaky left-rear tire. Our local tire emporium, Stokes Tire Pros, was able to handle it this quickly because the above inch-long nail was found square in the middle of the center groove in the tread -- the most easily fixable spot it could have possibly chosen to puncture. We're back on the road and don't expect another TPMS warning -- unless we hit another hunk of debris, that is.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,288 miles
November 29, 2010
The low tire pressure warning in our 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour came on again this morning in the wee hours on my way to the office. The TMPS lamp eye winked and caught my eye about a minute after I left my driveway.
I thought about turning around and heading back to my garage, where I have an industrial-grade air compressor. But with the clock reading 5:09 am, I figured my neighbors would get cross. Besides, the nearest local gas station lay only a mile ahead of me. I soldiered on.
The gas station wasn't open yet, so I couldn't ask the attendant to trigger the compressor. It was the wimpy coin-operated kind, but California law says that air for tires must be free for customers who request it. The mini-mart attendant usually has access to an override button near the cash register.
I inspected each tire to see if one was obviously low while I waited for the place to open. No such luck. All of them looked fine, but the truck-driver's "thump test" seemed to implicate the left front.
Within a few minutes the "Open" sign came on and I was able to get the compressor going. I went first to the left front, but it was OK. Same with the right front. Turns out the left rear was down to 20 psi -- decidedly low, but apparently not low enough to "look" low.
I added air and started for work, and the light extinguished itself within the first minute. It's still off now, but this constitutes the Crosstour's second TPMS warning in 10 days. A single tire stood out this time. It's time to take it in to the shop to have the left rear inspected and patched.
Eyeball estimates of tire pressure don't reveal anything until the tire is arguably past the point of no return. The thump test isn't trustworthy on low-pressure, low volume passenger car tires. Tire gauges are king, but it's impractical to expect commuters to do a proper pre-flight check each and every morning before they set out.
That's where TPMS comes in. It's always on, always sampling. Here again, TPMS proves its worth. Another driver has been alerted to another slow leak well before the tire gets low enough to overheat and blow out. Since TPMS has become standard it has saved our bacon something like 20 times. More than that, I think. I've lost count.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 16,235 miles
November 15, 2010
Our long-term 2010 Honda Crosstour has been hounding us for a B16 service. We took it in last week at just over 15K miles. The "B" indicates minor service, the "1" calls for tire rotation, and the "6" is requesting replacement of the rear differential fluid. (B16 -- that sounds like some highway in Europe, or an airport runway.)
The car asked for a rear diff oil change, not the service guy. But we asked Honda Motor why the rear diff fluid needs to be replaced at only 15K, which seems to be a short interval. They responded that the first change is for the break-in period. Honda feels that metal particles from break-in wear and manufacturing residue needs to be removed on that first change. The rear diff fluid is then changed every 30K miles, thereafter.
The service was done in only a few hours without an appointment. The total bill was a bit high at $296, but not out of line for a 15K service.
Need I remind you that our office is located in lovely, but dreadfully expensive Santa Monica, CA?
Albert Austria, Senior Engineer @ 15,200 miles
October 25, 2010
Driving our long-term 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour into work today I saw a yellow wrench appear in the gauge cluster, just above the tachometer, during the last 2 miles of my 50-mile commute. My first thought was, "Aw crud, what mechanical issue has arisen?" (I'm paraphrasing, of course.)
For a few seconds I just assumed I'd have to take it to the dealer to find out. Then I glanced down at the LCD display, below the two primary gauges, and saw the message, "B16 OILIFE% 15."
I should note that in the photo above I've dropped in an inset shot of the LCD readout so you could get a good look at both elements of this service message. I would have had to take a wide shot of the gauge cluster to get both images in one photo, making each of them much smaller and harder to read.
I really like these oil life monitors, as they base changes on actual oil condition, not on a set schedule that could have you getting unnecessary oil changes and wasting a non-renewable resource. The 15 percent warning is a good spot for advance notice, too. Not so early that you feel a need to rush to a dealer, but no so far ahead that you're worrying about an oil change long before you should.
Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor at Large @ 14,516 miles
September 22, 2010
During a moderately firm braking event on last night's carnival of stupidity that is Interstate 405, I detected just the slightest hint of brake judder in our longterm 2010 Honda Crosstour's pedal and the steering wheel. It was very subtle but there it was.
The judder went away after that, but at the next service we ought to have checked the thickness of the Crosstour's front brake pads and its rotors' runout.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 12,950 miles.
September 15, 2010
Honda is recalling more than 3,000 Crosstours in the U.S. due to a possible problem with the front passenger airbag.
U.S. Federal Regulation requires that airbag deployment be tested using an unbelted six-year-old-sized child dummy in the front passenger seat. Certain airbag modules installed in a limited numbers of 2010 Honda Accord Crosstours do not meet this requirement.
Of course, in the U.S., many states do not allow children under 6 years old to ride in the front seat of a vehicle, and certainly not unbelted.
The recall starts September 22. We'll let you know if our vehicle is one of the affected.
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
September 08, 2010
I heard an intermittent rattle in the rear of the Crosstour and went in search of a rear seatback that might not be fully seated, or an errant bit of forgotten cargo flotsam, or ...? What I found was both sides of the rear hatch trim had been dislodged from their respective surrounds. Of course, I'm not certain how long these perches have been like this, but the fact that both of them were identically removed suggests some sort of forgotten replacement after an inspection--or an onboard gremlin.
Easy-peasy fix as it was like a snap-together model.
July 08, 2010
As IL's Engineering Editor Jay Kavanagh reported last week, our 2010 Honda Crosstour was requesting its first regular service. Yesterday afternoon I called Honda of Santa Monica to make an appointment for this morning. The operator transferred me to the service department and the phone rang, and rang, and rang. Eventually she came back on the line and said all the service writers were with customers. She asked to take my name and number and said she'd have someone call me back.
Yeah, sure, I thought.
Five minutes later my phone rang. It was Gladys, the operator, saying she gave my message to Service Writer Karl who would be calling me shortly.
Wow, I thought. I got a call saying I would be getting a call. I immediately vowed to buy a Honda.
A few minutes later Karl himself called, and we scheduled the Crosstour's first oil change for 10:00 a.m. today.
Dropped it off in the morning without incident, and was told the Crosstour, which was filthy from a few days of drizzle, would be washed as well.
Karl called at 11:30 a.m. to say our Honda was ready. Total cost $49.30.
When I went over to pick it up, I found the glowing service wrench was gone and the oil was back at 100 percent.
Unfortunately, the Crosstour was still dirty. It's not like I expected them to wash it. But they offered.
Nearly flawless customer service. Nearly.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 7,760 miles
July 01, 2010
Our 2010 Honda Crosstour has been away on special assignment, which is why there's been radio silence for the past few weeks.
When I climbed into it last night, I noticed straight away in the display the glowing orange wrench employed in all modern Hondas, plus the little code: "A" for oil change and "1" denoting tire rotation.
Will head to service in the near future. Do not taunt happy fun wrench.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 7,289 miles.
May 14, 2010
Dipsticks don't lie. And yesterday our Honda Crosstour's dipstick told me to add some dead dinosaurs to the its V6. And so I did. It drank down a full quart.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 5,535 miles