New Honda Accord too wide, cannot get into garage safely.

Discussion in 'Accord' started by Frank, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Too tight to drive into single wide garage door, about 1/2" clear on each
    side and mirrors don't fold back. I guess with practice you could get in and
    out of the garage but for now it has to be parked on the street. If Honda
    make the car wider, the mirrors should fold back. Dang!

    We also have an old Acura Integra that fits into the same garage nicely,
    with or without folding the mirrors. Wife has a Camry without folding
    mirrors that fits into this garage as well. My small Nissan truck fits as
    well with the mirrors folded.

    Are there folding mirror conversion kits for the Accord?
    Frank, Feb 26, 2008
  2. Frank

    Jeff Guest

    What you need to do is put in small rubber doors in the side of the
    garage door (like sideways doggie doors), so that if you hit the sides,
    it goes right through without damage!

    Or get a new house.

    Jeff, Feb 26, 2008
  3. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Sorry, that should be Civic Si, not Accord. Son's new car, not mine.
    Frank, Feb 26, 2008
  4. The garage is so narrow you can't get a Civic in it??? Either the
    garage is a joke or this upsizing thing has really gotten out of hand.
    Gordon McGrew, Feb 26, 2008
  5. Frank

    Tegger Guest

    This must be a newer house. Older houses were built for full-size American
    cars, which were wider than your Accord.

    Some markets legally require folding mirrors. You may be able to locate a
    set at a European Honda dealer (England, maybe?). Be prepared for serious
    sticker shock!
    Tegger, Feb 26, 2008
  6. Frank

    Jeff Guest

    But the doors might be designed differently or there may be other
    differences that would make it so that the parts are not interchangeable.

    The cars are built in different palnts, perhap to different specs.

    Jeff, Feb 26, 2008
  7. Frank

    Brian Smith Guest

    Renovate the garage. Replace the existing doorway with a larger doorway.
    Brian Smith, Feb 26, 2008
  8. Frank

    Tegger Guest

    That's perfectly true. Replacement could be a minefield. Eupropean Accords
    are smaller than ours. The Acura TSX is based on the European Accord, but
    even then...
    Tegger, Feb 26, 2008
  9. Frank

    Frank Guest

    I'm thinking about it. On one side of the door is a structural wall holding
    up three floors above, on the other side of the door is a partial wall with
    multiple gas meters mounted on it. Moving either of the walls to allow
    additional clearance will be an expense. Further, the entry way, the same
    width as the door, has full size brick fascia - it could cut that with a
    wet saw which will give an additional 1" clearance on each side. But the
    door opening is the problem. Maybe cheaper to get a smaller car or one with
    foldable mirrors.
    Frank, Feb 26, 2008
  10. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Its an old house, built around 1910 - Model T, horse and carriage width, I
    Frank, Feb 26, 2008

  11. You said that it was the kid's car... Let him figgerout whattadoo..

    Grumpy AuContraire, Feb 26, 2008
  12. Frank

    Jeff Guest

    The model T was introduced in 1908. In 1910, there were only 12,000
    produced. My guess the garage was not originally intended to house a car
    or truck.

    Either way, increasing the width of the garage door may increase the
    value of the house.

    Jeff, Feb 26, 2008
  13. |
    | Sorry, that should be Civic Si, not Accord. Son's new car, not mine.

    Do they have different mirrors on the Si than on the other Civics such as
    the LX? In the photos on the Honda site they look like the same mirrors. My
    2008 LX has folding mirrors...

    John Grossbohlin, Feb 28, 2008
  14. Frank

    Joe Guest

    The new civics are certainly larger than the older ones, but not so
    much that they shouldn't fit into a garage.
    Joe, Feb 28, 2008
  15. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Don't think so, the Si has the soup up engine and sports suspension and
    Frank, Feb 28, 2008
  16. Frank

    Joe Guest

    Standards change. His house is old. Hell, when his garage was built,
    there were few to no cars on the road. A 7' "standard" today is
    meaningless to him.

    My house has a damned 34" entry door. That's not "standard" today,
    either, but it doesn't change the fact that it's there and needs to be
    dealt with...
    Joe, Feb 29, 2008
  17. Frank

    Al Guest

    Yo - Mr. OP - please state the exact measurement of your garage opening.
    Al, Feb 29, 2008
  18. Frank

    Frank Guest

    Yo Al, the house is 1.5 hours away so I won't be able to measure it right
    away. FYI, the width is about the width of the 2007 Civic plus about 1"
    clear on each side of the mirrors. I'll post the exact measurements when I
    have a chance to get out there.

    Its in San Francisco and the garage opening is pretty typical for buildings
    of that period around the neighborhood. I see people pull in their vans in
    the garage but the newer Civics must be wider than I expected.

    Friend of mine was going to buy a multi million dollar house but he changed
    his mind when he found out he couldn't get into the garage without folding
    the mirrors.
    Frank, Mar 1, 2008
  19. Frank

    Dana Guest

    Shouldn't need folding anything , opening should be a standard 7 feet . To
    the best of my knowledge ,that's the standard size`garage door . You should
    have more then 1/2'' clearance on each side , should be no problems getting
    in or out of the garage with that vehicle .
    Dana, Mar 1, 2008
  20. Frank

    Dana Guest

    Missed the post where he said it was a 1910 house
    Dana, Mar 1, 2008
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