Drivers seat has play in it, and moves while driving. Honda will NOT repair

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by kirk.malajian, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. Hello all.

    I've noticed some discussion on this topic, but it seems to have been a
    bit dated.

    I have a 2004 Accord EX coupe V6MT. I previously owned a 2003 Accord
    EX coupe V6Auto.

    In both cars I have experienced a problem with the drivers seat moving
    ever so slightly while stopping, starting, or turning. I traded in my
    2003 Accord, because Honda did not want to fix the seat, so i figured,
    I'd get a new one and all would be fine. This was not the case.

    I have taken my Honda Accord to 3 different dealers. Mahway, NJ;
    Paramus, NJ; and Nanuet, NY. All three have told me that the drivers
    seat moving is "Normal Operation". Basically, the service technician
    at the Nanuet, NY service department told me that if he swaped out the
    seat rails, that the parts would cost $1,000 and labor would be 6
    hours. He also mentioned that the dealership would probably not recoup
    the money because Honda does not recognized the problem with the seat

    I also had previously contacted Honda of America and talked to customer
    service representitive. He was very unhelpful, and told me that he
    couldn't find anything in his system on this subject. He also asked me
    if I "TEST DROVE" the car. I said, of course i test drove it, but the
    seat in that car didn't move when i drove.

    To me, this is not only a quality control issue, but a saftey issue.

    At this point, i will most likely be selling or trading in my Accord
    for a better built Toyota or Nissan. It's unfortunate that a car that
    would be fun to drive, becomes something I dread on getting into

    If anyone is willing to sign and send a peition together please let me
    know. I'd be willing to put a petition and a letter together.
    kirk.malajian, Oct 23, 2006
  2. Toyota has had some quality issues too. And Nissan is even worse.
    High Tech Misfit, Oct 23, 2006
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    Art Guest

    I had this in a 91 Taurus. It was replaced several times before I gave up.
    My current Hondas don't do this. My chrysler 300M did slightly. Don't
    remember whether my Avalon did. Basically I think it is a function of
    plastic gears used in power seat mechanisms and slight slop that develops.
    Art, Oct 23, 2006
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    Seth Guest

    It's just a little play in the track. What makes you think it is a safety
    issue? Mine's been exactly the same for 168,000 miles and has not gotten
    any worse.
    Seth, Oct 23, 2006
  5. --------------------------------------

    Here's a TSB about the Civic having a similar problem . . . . Shame to
    throw out the whole car for such a simple problem . .

    'Curly Q. Links', Oct 23, 2006
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    edavid3001 Guest

    My 1994 Toyota Celica does the same thing. It moves just a little
    forwards and backwards. Maybe a few mm or so. Never thought of it as
    a safety issue, though. Sometimes if I adjust my seat, the first stop
    I come to the seat moves a half inch or so and locks in place. But it
    still has that few mm of play in it.
    edavid3001, Oct 24, 2006
  7. My 97 Camry with power seats did the same thing. It bothered me so much I
    gave the car to my wife to drive. (I bought a 98 accord) It didnt bother
    Then she was rear ended on the highway. Some rear end damagen minor injury
    to my wife.
    The seat motor made a grinding sound now.. The repair guy said it was normal
    untill I showed him that the passenger side did not make the noise.
    He called the insurance adjuster out and they repaired the drivers seat. Not
    sure what they did but it fixed the problem.

    I found the movement to be very annoying every time I started and stopped I
    would feel the seat move slightly....

    I wouldnt recomend going out and getting rear ended but it did fix the
    problem with my seat..

    comcastss news groups, Oct 24, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    did you know that some individuals get paid to spread fud [fear,
    uncertainty, doubt] like this? something to do with "competition"
    apparently. now remind me, how do i sign up for an internet email
    account and become a first time poster???
    jim beam, Oct 25, 2006
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    John Horner Guest

    I had this problem on my '03 and the dealer eventually fixed it by
    replacing the seat track. I had to be persistent, but they finally
    sorted it out.

    John Horner, Oct 26, 2006
  10. kirk.malajian

    TomP Guest


    If the power seat mechanism was a tight as you think it should be. The
    electric motors would have to be as big as starter motors to get the job

    If a little play in the seat track is such a life altering problem, you're
    a lucky man.


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    TomP, Oct 28, 2006
  11. It a little play in the seat track is such a life altering problem, he's
    a very disturbed man.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Oct 28, 2006
  12. kirk.malajian

    .... Guest


    don't listen to those he think it's nothing. What you describe is one of
    the most annoying little things you can experience in a car just because it
    is such a tiny thing and you can't get anyone to fix it.

    ...., Apr 29, 2007
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