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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by godzilla84, Wednesday 12th Jun, 2013.

  1. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi folks. I'm new to the world of Honda ownership. I have just taken ownership of my dads 2003 Accord Tourer. Its a 2.0 Executive auto in what i believe is Graphite Grey. Its completely standard and I intend to keep it that way for the most part. The only changes I want to make to it are

    1. Fit a tow bar and electrics so i can tow my camping trailer/bike carrier.
    2. Swap the standard 15 inch wheels for 16 or 17 inch wheels off a different Honda, possibly from a Civic as Civic alloys see to be more common on eBay.
    3. Either replace the head unit with something that is iPod/iPhone docking friendly or see if there is a facility for an Aux cable in the car.

    I have a rusty land rover discovery off roader which is now my project vehicle so the Accord is my new daily driver. I'm used to spannering on the Land rover but the Honda seems much more complicated and intimidating. I'm guessing my big hammer won't be used as much when i do jobs on it. I'm looking forward to a lot more reliability than i have been used to. I will get some pics up soon.

    Mark
     
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Hi Mark,

    Welcome to AOC bud. you can't go wrong with a 2.0 Accord they are very very reliable. You may want to upgrade the brakes they are grossly inadequate if you are towing then it makes it more of a necessity.

    Have a look at this thread for some ideas http://hondakarma.com/threads/2705/

    The alloys from the Civic will be suitable but once you upgraded your brakes however you can't go back to 15 alloys with the uprated calipers. If you don't want to go to the ATR caliper I am sure the owners who have upgraded will sell you the 300 mm calipers from the 2.4 and 2.2 diesel. You won't see the sales section for now but you will as your post count increases.

    For question three just search for xcarlink and if you want to buy it approach me or any of mods for a discount code.
    Would like to see your landy and your work :Wink:
     
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  3. AccordCU2 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Hello and welcome to AOC
    No need for hammer on Honda:Rolf:.
    Enjoy it.
     
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  4. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Thanks for the welcome. I have noticed the poor brakes already. I assumed the pads just needed changing or the system needed bleeding. As for wheels I have no intention of going back to 15 inch wheels. They don't look right on the car. The xcarlink looks like a good investment and I think that's number one on my list now. I will put some pics of the Landy on with the pics of the Accord.
     
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  5. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Ok, I've owned the car for 5 days and I love it. As soon I get paid I'm going to get it serviced. I have noticed that the gear box is a little slow to change up and with my past experience of autos, this is usually cured with an oil change. This is the first car I have owned that hasn't had a Haynes manual available, is there an owners service guide availablein book format or is it just the "how to" guides on here?
     
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  6. Hoho15 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Welcome pal enjoy your stay bere
     
  7. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Hi there is a brake bleed, a manual gearbox oil change, if you need a workshop manual there are a few original Honda ones for sale on ebay. I would avoid the counterfeit ones thou. Just search using the search facility for the DIY's.

    And if you see there isn't a topic already covered then just start a new topic and we will help.
     
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  8. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi again folks. I'm starting to collect items for servicing my car and I'm pretty confident about the fluid changes but i can't find much info about the air filter. Does anybody have any recommendations for a particular brand? I have seen that K&N do a filter element for my car and this is what i have in my land rover without any complaints but I wondered what other Accord owners are using.
     
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  9. AccordCU2 Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I personally use Honda own filters from HH.
     
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  10. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    genuine for me too they just work perfectly. no mither.
     
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  11. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    They are reasonable comments. I might just stick with standard honda items for the time being the I used k&n on my land rover because they are washable and it gets driven in dusty environments a lot so it saves me buying a new paper element all the time.
     
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  12. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Just got lucky and won a set of 17" Penta alloys with tyres on eBay. Hopefully picking them up on Sunday.
     
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    Welcome to AOC GZ84.

    Lets see some pics of your car and the new wheels when you get them :Smile:
     
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  14. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Apologies, the wheels are actually "Epsilon". They are undamaged but the laquer is peeling off them in places so I am refurbishing them myself this week and gonna give my car a good clean before I fit them and take some pictures.

    Mark
     
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  15. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Epsilons were the worst out of all the European sourced Honda alloy wheel that Italian vendor must have used nail varnish for lacquer.
     
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  16. godzilla84 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Apologies for the lack of pictures still. I have just got back from a camping trip in the lakes in the accord and had a bit of a disaster two days before i left. The exhaust backbox separated itself from the rest of the system leaving me with no real silencer and the car sounded horrible and seemed quite sluggish to drive. My local exhaust "specialist" ordered me a replacement system as i discovered its one piece from the CAT back. It arrived, they took the knackered one off and put the new one up to fit it and the bends were in the wrong place so it wouldn't fit, they checked the order system and discovered that the suppliers had sent the wrong item and there were none available in the UK for my car.

    The correct part was ordered and apparently shipped in from japan.In the mean time, they bodged my exhaust so that i could still use my car for my camping trip without deafening other people. The replacement arrived yesterday morning just as i was packing my camping gear away in the lakes and i got it fitted last night. Its a genuine honda part with the H logo embossed on the backbox. I know i have probabbly paid over the odds for it but how much over does £448 fitted sound?

    In the mean time I have stripped all the laquer off my second hand alloys and given them a coat of acid etch primer and they are going to get a couple of coats of gun-metal grey followed by some new laquer, i know its not a factory look but for now its good enough for me. Im on nights for the next few weeks so i should get a chance to get the car properly clean and ready for some pictures.
     
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  17. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Just seen you have a 2.0 tourer have you seen this ebay listening this is the correct exhaust for your car Genuine Honda Accord Complete Exhaust System | eBay

    and it cheaper you will need to pick it up thou.genuine exhaust are marked with Honda and they are made from superb stainless steel. They will outlast any grey market replacement exhaust if you can find one for the Tourer.
     
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