• Feb 19th 2007 at 12:25PM
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Honda has decided to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleges its odometers were racking up miles too fast. The automaker says odometers on some 6 million Hondas affected by the suit were accurate to within 3.75% on the high side. The NHTSA doesn't regulate odometer accuracy, and the only industry standard is a voluntary one set by the Society of Automotive Engineers that says odos should be within +/-4%. While the car's affected by the suit fall within that range, Honda recognized that its customers expected their odometers "would be based on zero," and they weren't.
The settlement will lengthen the warranty mileage of affected vehicles by 5% and Honda will pay lease-mileage penalties incurred by owners, which is expected to cost the automaker around $6 million. If you own a 2002 to 2006 Honda or Acura bought between April 12, 2002 and November 7, 2006, then you're eligible for the benefits of the settlement.

The lawsuit also prompted lawyers to test the odometer accuracy of other vehicles. It was found that on average domestic vehicles were nearly perfect in their odo accuracy, while Toyotas actually racked up fewer miles on the clock than they did in reality. Nissans, however, didn't fare as well, and a new class-action suit has been filed on behalf of Altima owners who say their odometers are counting the miles 2.5% to 3% faster than they should.

[Source: USA Today]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      As much as I enjoy my Accord, this is pretty disappointing. I knew there was something fishy when I noticed the discrepancy between the mileage shown on my odometer vs. the mileage shown on my GPS. Luckily I'm planning on keeping this car for a really long time so resale value isn't much of a factor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda was also caught in 96-98 when they didn't have their computer up to the OBD-II standard. The EPA then sued Honda. So it's not just some "Honda Bashers" who go after them.

      What they did here was two things..

      1- Got lessees to pay more for excessive mileage (made them money, since Honda Finance owns the lease cars)

      2- Got regular customers out of warranty quicker so that their dealers could make more money, honda could make money on parts.

      So the conclusion? Don't tell me for ONE MINUTE that Honda engineers just happened to "miss this" since the algorithm is in the SOFTWARE of the ECU! It was WRITTEN INTO THE COMPUTER! Deceptive and yes it should be criminal.

      But I'll probably have 10 million defending Honda and bashing the American Companies. Even though Honda has been sued more than once over deceptive practices. Fact is, they're not so "perfect" after all!
      • 8 Years Ago
      >> 1. This proves American cars are better than Japanese right?

      Nope. There's a simple answer. Honda is using American parts for the US market. Metric versus Imperial. That'll teach them for trusting American technologies.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This doesn't really fix the problem. Just because Honda agrees to take a one time hit and dish out a few bucks, ALL those folks are still stuck with the SAME ODOMETER READINGS.

      In other words, if you own one of these cars, it will continue to rack up miles at a faster than normal rate and when or if you go to sell it or trade it in, it's value will be LESS than it should be because it has more miles on it than it should.

      What Honda SHOULD be doing is replacing all those odometer/speedometer units with new ones that ARE accurate, and roll back the mileage to what it SHOULD be. This makes a lot more sense (at least to me) than shelling out a few bucks to whoever meets the specific criteria for the law suit.

      • 8 Years Ago
      hmm you're right it was a dumb supplier, so then they should be held liable for this fraud as well.

      And dumb americans? Well buddy, you don't like this country, we don't need you here.. I hear red china was hiring. they were looking for you.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8 MJS,

      begged to disagree; toyota & honda dealers are one of the worst dealers in us; they just don't like to fix minor problems & ignores customers concerns as they don't have any problems with selling honda or toyota cars & even trucks.

      dealers are not only ones arrogant; honda themselves are very arrogant. in this case, they blamed that drivers expected far more accurate odometers than they should. honda settled it without admitting or recognizing even a problem.

      i don't think this isn't limited to honda branded cars & trucks but also includes acrua branded cars & trucks. i noticed this on my 2006 rl as the trip meter reported differently from my previous car. the driver observed milage was also affected by this problem.

      • 8 Years Ago
      This proves American cars are better than Japanese right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It may be HONDA, but it was made in the U.S., by us stupid americans.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep, you really are getting 35mpg...NOT. And how much interst have they accumulated over those years from over charging their lease customers. I have a feeling it's much more than the $6mil penalty.

      First they over state their HP ratings and now they clock more miles than actual.

      You unsuspecting kool-aid drinkers beware!
      • 8 Years Ago
      A Honda is a Honda is a Honda.......Whatsoever, it is THE BEST car in the US today......
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is this warranty extension only valid in the US or is it worldwide? I have a 2005 Accord and I live in Canada.
      • 8 Years Ago
      200,000 trouble free miles, 35MPG Honda = 130,000 trouble free miles 24MPG domestic makes.

      Truth be told, Don`t believe perception, or deception.
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