Report: Defective Timing Belt Tensioner May Cause Premature Timing Belt Failure
Honda Accord Problem
Engines Affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder, 2.4L 4 Cylinder, 3.0L V6
Average Mileage: 115,785 mi (101,570 mi - 130,000 mi)
Accords powered by the V6 engine had a defective timing belt tensioner that could result in excess "slack" in the timing belt. This could cause premature timing belt failure, which could result in serious engine damage.
2000 Honda Accord SE. All services (including replacing timing belt at 90K mi) done at dealer on time. Car babied. 90% country-freeway miles.
Timing belt broke before 45K miles on it. Engine ruined. Cost more then bluebook to fix (even though I was expecting at least 200K from freeway driving Accord).
Honda's timing belt. Honda installed timing belt. Honda inspected belts during services.
Either it was a defective belt or belt component, incorrectly installed or never replaced in the first place (but I was billed anyway).
Honda dealer would not help. Said "all belts warrantied 10K" and wanted 3,500 to fix.
Sold the car to dealer for scrap for $200.
Should have asked dealer to see belt to see if it was OEM (in case they never did actually replace belt).
Buying an Accord and spending the big $ on dealer services was the worse financial move I ever made.