I've posted a problem I had in a much older thread but since it's been confirmed I thought I would post something more recent as a warning to all new car buyers. It's happened on 2013/2014/2015 model years and I'm willing to bet it will happen on 2016 model years.
It will be even worse for 2016 model year owners as the area it leaks from is covered up in plastic and won't be easy to identify.
A month after I purchased my 2015 Accord I saw a thread on here about an oil or CVT leak so I checked my car and found the first photo.
I had the dealer who I bought the car from inspect it. We agreed that the oil stain might be left there from assembly and we would monitor it, we cleaned it up and I checked it periodically for a leak. I checked again a few months later and I found a new oil stain… not as large as the first but definitely oil or CVT fluid. photo 2
I cleaned the stain up again so that I could pin point how quickly it would show up, it took about 3-4 days for the oil stain to return.
I’m concerned about the level of my CVT fluid as I can’t check that myself (or not willing to given there is no dip stick). What annoyed me was that I asked them to check at the dealer and they apparently "did" by just removing the drain check bolt and saying "hey, nothing came out so you are good" but admited its at operating temperature and they only checks if its over full not under filled... but "it didn't matter anyway as they will be removing the transmission to repair it and will be reviewing the fluid level at that time." What about the fluid level for the last 8 months I have been driving with this stupid leak.
I’m very disappointed in my experience with this car to date, and Honda’s manufacturing quality.
This was after 1000kms (1 month after purchase)
After 10,000kms (6 months)
After 200 km (3 days).
I brought it in on Friday and the master tech, service manager and myself had a look with the car on a hoist. They removed the small black inspection plate from the CVT and right away confirmed it was leaking from the Torque Converter Seal. Apparently motor oil and CVT fluid look about the same when they are new.
This will be a full day job where the engine and transmission are either removed from the top of the bay, or the transmission is removed through the bottom. The service manager wasn't sure.
I will post details once the repair is under way.
Guess I should have stuck with 6MT....