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Outstanding Drive and Excellent Mileage, but ....
By chebuck on
2014 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Was very reluctant to purchase another Honda Accord after having engine oil consumption issues with '09 EXL v6.
Test drove 2013 Toyota Avalon and was not impressed.
Wife loved the ride of the '14 Accord EXL-V6 so we decided to give Honda a second chance.
So far, 10K miles, we love the ride and get average 32-34 mpg at 70-75 mph hwy.
Just got 38 mpg in 200 mile stretch of North Carolina. Typically get 27-29 mpg combined.
Ride is smooth and comfortable.
Now the negative. At 7K miles, 1 qt oil low so I added 1 qt 0W20 synthetic.
At 9K miles added another 1/2 qt.
Maybe this will never pose a serious problem, but I am extremely irritated that we have to keep checking oil periodically!
Ride comfort, fuel economy
Revamp the console controls for the ipod connection.
It's easier to disconnect the ipod and scoll through music files than to access with the console controls.
This is especially true if you have large music library.
The Econ mode is essentially useless, as you can get better fuel economy with it Off.
Hello Honda suffers: The problem with Honda v6 engines is oil is getting up into the combustion chambers, causing oil to coat on the sparkplugs causing them to degrade. This causes the engine light to come on(In my case the VSA light). Honda will tell you all Honda engines leak or burn oil. NOT TRUE all late model engines do not leak oil, if they do something is wrong. The problem is not only the sparkplugs, it is causing a lack of oil to its job in the lower half of the engine. It is not lubricating the bottom of the engine where oil is suppose to do it's job. The culprit is the Variable Cylinder Management,(that's when one bank or three cylinders go off line to save gas) You will see the ECO light comes on in flat road conditions. When you climb a hill or try to go around someone and the rpms go up, the VCM goes off. I suspect what's happening is when the bank of cylinders goes off the oil continues to pore oil in the three cylinders which is causing the problem. This really over works the engine. Now while this is happening there is an insufficient amount of oil that flows to the bottom of the engine. This causes rods, lifters, bearings, etc. to premature wear out, and you get heavy metallic noise in lower part of your engine.
This is a systematic design defect. Honda will not own up to this, but, they did lose a class action Lawsuit on this. To see the TSB on this look up TSB #11-033, or Honda class action law suit, or just Honda problems.
I hope this was a help to you or Honda other owners.