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    We GX owners are facing serious problems. As with the 'new' fuel fiter pricing which was outrageously expensive for the newer GXs, other parts of the GX system are also outrageously expensive.

    I own 2 GXs and I have had two CNG problems, both covered under warranty.

    One was the 'fuel sender' which caused the fuel gauge not to work. If not under warranty, this would have been a $2000 repair. While you're driving, the fuel gauge floats down to the bottom in about a minute and the low fuel light flashes. At first I thought there might be a massive leak and got out of the car fast. When I didn't smell anything I realized that it was just the gauge that died, not the tank.

    The other was a 'high pressure regulator' failure which caused the car to die. It had to be towed to a Honda dealer. After the problem was diagnosed, it took SIX WEEKS to get the part. I was told it had to come from Japan because there wasn't one in the US. SIX WEEKS. In fairness, Honda paid for a rental after they found out it was coming from Japan. This also would have been about a $2000 repair out of warranty.

    I also have had the CVT replaced in both cars under warranty. While the CVT is not limited to GXs, it is one of only a couple of models that have the CVT. Although Honda has repair procedures, no one will attempt them (because they don't work), and the only remaining options out of warranty are a 'reman' for $3000 or a new one for $6500.

    Any one of these repairs can 'blow' a year's worth or more of savings over gasoline, not to mention the downtime and hassle.

    So, Curtis, can the same people who worked with Honda to get reasonable prices on the fuel filter work with them on reasonable pricing and stocking of GX parts in the US. Otherwise, out of warranty GXs will be become more useful as boat anchors than cars.
    02 GX
    01 GX
    03 Crown Vic
    06 GX
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    Re: Repair Parts Cost and Delivery Time

    Michael, I assume you're coming to my Expo/Cruise-in??
    Honda will be there as well. Perhaps a little sit-down with them is in order to express our concerns.

    I pulled off a little miracle once... and I'm honored that you think I have that much clout that I could change Honda's entire pricing structure for all GX parts for every year model out. As a GX owner myself, I share your concerns. As a realist... how flexible they can or would be is questionable. A service item is reasonable to reconsider. A part that exists only in Japan, or something they have no problematic history of... I dunno.

    I'm just another little fish in a big pond. Honda happens to listen to me simply because I do more for promoting the car than any dealer in the country, or like you, perhaps I'm just the squeeky wheel... Let's ask them when they're here... politely.

    And for the record, you have yet to face a serious problem. In fact, it sounds like Honda has bent over backwards to prevent it. What you've had is called an inconvenience. You want real problems... buy a Kia.
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      I buy Hondas (my first was a '79 CVCC Wagon if you don't count my XL250 motorcycle) expecting long life, few troubles and reasonably priced repairs, and had not been disappointed until the GX. $2000 for a fuel regulator or a fuel sender is outrageous. Not having one regulator in stock in the US is outrageous. A transmission which can't be repaired is also outrageous.

      On the CV transmission, Honda is kicking the can down the road with the extended warranty (which they dragged their feet in sending out anyway). They need to come up with a retrofit kit for the GX with a 4 speed auto tranny.

      Not the kind of treatment I am used to from Honda.
      02 GX
      01 GX
      03 Crown Vic
      06 GX
      Home Fueler

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        If you could get the 06 5 speed tranny instead of the gen 1 4 speed it would be better, because you get better gas mileage with the 5 speed auto.

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          Originally posted by Curtis View Post
          You want real problems... buy a Kia.
          I've had a handful of Hondas dating back to the 70's, and am looking forward to picking up my 2008 GX tomorrow to take it's place beside my '07 Civic Hybrid, '08 Escape Hybrid, and...........

          my '07 Kia Spectra. Haven't had a lick of trouble in 22k miles (though resale value stinks). Frankly, the standard 100k mile powertrain warranty on the Kia blows Honda's out of the water

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            I guess it depends on what you want to buy... a quality vehicle with legendary quality, reliability and value.... or a warranty.

            Kia sells warranties. For what you lost in resale... you could have bought a 7yr/ 120k Hondacare warranty and had money left over.

            Kudo's on your other choices though.
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              Re: Repair Parts Cost and Delivery Time

              Originally posted by Curtis View Post
              I guess it depends on what you want to buy... a quality vehicle with legendary quality, reliability and value.... or a warranty.

              Kia sells warranties. For what you lost in resale... you could have bought a 7yr/ 120k Hondacare warranty and had money left over.

              Kudo's on your other choices though.
              All you say is true, though so far the quality and reliability are okay on the my 07. I know they were junk for a number of years, to be sure. I may use the Kia to experiment with HHO power (Hydrogen and Oxygen pulled from water by electrolysis and fed into the airstream into the engine), since it's now a 4th car in a 2 driver family, and resale is so bad.

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              • #8
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                I've been told that the H2 systems can rust out exaust systems unless they're stainless. I've also heard that it is best to have internal engine components ceramic coated for the same reasons. But what the heck... it's a Kia, right.

                Myth Busters tested some kits obtained off the internet that claimed to generate H2 from water, that were supposed to increase gas mileage & power by 30% and reduce emissions by the same amount, some costing $1000. Their gas mileage actually decreased and the whole thing was "busted".

                I've been to freeenergy.com and printed out plans for such a device. Parts were common and easily available... never got around to trying it. Always was curious until I saw the Myth Busters episode.

                We're getting off topic though. This is fodder for another forum.
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