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VCM (variable cylinder managment) misfire, engine
33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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By jarred
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2009 Honda Accord EX V-6 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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UPDATE. This whole ECO mode is not good. Now we wish we bought a 4 cyl. reg engine. I had to change sparkplugs again after only 35,000 miles. I had the light engine come on again so I just changed the sparkplugs and everything works again. The ones sitting at the back of the engine were much more worn out-more burned/blackish. and this is after the software update. So either they still wear out very unevenly, or Calgary Honda never replaced the back sprkplugs, since access to to back ones is more difficult. So either Honda desing sucks, or Honda dealrship sucks, take your pick.


----------------I'm posting this review for those who had problems with the VCM/engine misfire. It happened to us last week. Without a warning the car started stuttering and the flashing engine light came on. It sounded to me like a timing/sparkplugs problem. We found some scary info about class action suit against Honda due to the engine design problem. Took it to Honda dealer. They replaced 4 out of 6 sparkplugs and updated the car software. I talked to the shop foreman (yes, you have to insist on it, though the reception girl will first tell you that mechanics don't talk to customers, WHY??). This is what the foreman told me:


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Best Car I've ever had
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By commuter15
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2009 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought my 2009 Honda Accord EX-L 3.5 L with Navigation new from the dealer in 2008.
I now have 93,xxx miles on it with no problem.
I changed the oil every 6k mile and that's it! Dealer sold me 4 oild chnage for $100.
That is it.

Oh, I almost forget.
After 6000 miles, the dealer replaced the rear breaks at no charge to me.
Buy it, drive it and enjoy it.
It is a most dependable car I've had.


Best Features

Navigation Blue Tooth Seat warmers Slick interior and exterior Power!


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V6 VCM has serious design problems
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By vu_du_man
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2009 Honda Accord EX-L 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)


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As evidenced by class action settlement last year the 2009 Honda Accord Coupe with the V6 variable cylinder management system is an absolute lemon and has seriously damaged Honda's reputation for producing a quality vehicles.
I purchased my 2009 Honda in 2008 and started having misfire issues last year.
My car has been in the shop seven times for the same issue.
In December 2013, my local
Honda dealership a fix to cylinders 1-4 as recommended by the service bulletin issued in response to the class action settlement.
My car stalled less than week after this fix was applied with misfire issues on cylinders 5 and 6 and it has been in the shop 3 times since.


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Honda Tech has recommended the front head be replaced. Honda is claiming the current issues are not related to the design of the engine and is requiring me to pay $825 for labor to fix my car. When the "Check Engine" light came on my car I have always taken it to the nearest Honda dealership immediately and this car has never overheated. When they applied the fix in December, they checked the heads to make sure they were not warped. Therefore, how Honda has concluded misfire issues on the front bank cylinders are not related to problems caused by the VCM system is beyond me. Bottom-line, I strongly recommend you do not purchase any 2008-2012 Honda with the V6 VCM system.


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Replace this engine with a new design. Do your research on Honda V6 misfire issues if you're thinking about buying this car.


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do not buy
3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By txdriver88
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2009 Honda Accord EX-L V-6 4dr Sedan w/Navigation (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I only signed up to this site to write this review.

This car is a big dissapointment.

very noisy on inside

eco boost is horrible, you constantly feel it going on and off, felt like car was gonna break down, but mechanic and dealer said its normal to feel that eco boost jerking.

Seats are very uncomfortable.

you can feel every bump in the road.

voice activation/recognition is pretty bad.

I bought certified used, went back to the dealership in less then 2 months and traded it in. Yes it was that terrible


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looks fancy


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An Aston Martin it isn't, but it's pretty damn OK
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By slimm1470
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2009 Honda Accord EX V-6 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought it with 48k and now it has 68k. I have all service records, it's been cared for properly. Nothing has gone wrong with this car! It's a V6 sedan and it's fast! It has about the slickest engine and transmission combination I've ever driven. Except for some body roll, the handling qualities are great. The steering is agile and it's goes exactly where you nudge it. Fine car.
Update: the car has 109k miles and is still top notch. I modified the suspension and it handles like an Audi. Have HondaCare and replaced pwr
steering pump and steering rack. An even finer car!


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