Honda’s and the Check Engine Light

by Ryan on January 5, 2008

I’m on my fourth Honda and I must say that I love Honda products. However, I have to point out the one, highly annoying aspect of my latest Honda that may prevent me from purchasing another Honda in the future. The little yellow check engine icon comes on sporadically, and no, the engine is just fine. Basically, it’s a false alarm. My old 1994 Civic hatchback used to have the check engine light come on when I was driving down a steep hill. I believe this is because air entered the engine are through the hood when driving down hill and caused the sensor to trigger the check engine light; however, this time around with a brand new 2007 Accord, the light just seems to come on sporadically, particularly when the car is cold and the gas tank is above half full. It seems that Honda, in the 13 years between 1994 and 2007 has been unable to successfully fix the check engine light from false alarms. I am annoyed. Very annoyed, as I cannot possibly think of a bigger waste of time than taking a brand new car back to a dealership for a totally unnecessary repair / check up / fix up. I really don’t wanna try and pull a fuse, but I’m considering the idea.