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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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Honda's Lawyers Trying To Track Down Jalopnik Reader



Jalopnik receives millions of views every month so it's no surprise when a few of the commentators claim to be employed in the automotive industry and there's generally no way to ascertain if what they're claiming is actually true or not but in order to catch Honda's attention, you must have posted something with a grain of truth behind it.

Earlier this month, Honda's Lawyers contacted Jalopnik about one reader whose comments have caught their attention. The offending comments came from a Jalopnik member who claims to be a technician at Honda’s research and development facility and she calls herself HondAnonymous. A string of complaints posted from her account last December about the "garbage" Continental tires and how Honda's turbo engines, including the one in the NSX, "have an “issue” with the studs on the cat either backing out of the head or snapping altogether" has caught Honda's attention.

Honda’s attorneys now want all posts made by HondAnonymous taken down and all account information submitted during the registration process be released to them. This move by Honda could be seen as a confirmation of the commentator's confidential information regarding the NSX. Luckily for HondAnonymous, Jalopnik does not track member IP addresses, logins or passwords and she used a burn account for her registration.

Should we still take HondAnonymous' posts with a grain of salt?
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 10:44 AM
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I wouldn't be too concerned about the Conti tire comment, this is almost always the case with supercars like it, stock tires don't complement it that well. Someone who wants to get more out of the NSX will get better tires.
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post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 10:49 AM
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Honda is pretty bold to try to get a bunch of information about this person from Jalopnik. I'm not a lawyer, but they have no right to such information. It's anonymous. Makes them seem petty.
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-28-2016, 10:54 AM
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If it's someone that violated contract terms then its grounds to bring in lawyers.
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post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 08:32 AM
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Even if they violated the contract terms, nobody would have been the wiser until Honda was outed by Jalopnik. Now people will go back an re-read what she's posted and actually believe it.



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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-29-2016, 02:17 PM
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Honda has no way to prove that this person actually works for them since they don't I know who they are, and given that, Jalopnik shouldn't give Honda any information.
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post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-01-2016, 09:17 AM
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I don't think Jalopnik gave them anything and Honda probably assumed the person worked for them if the info posted was true.

She also mentions delivery in one of her comments.

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And no, production will start in spring and I think Iíve been hearing early 2017 delivery.

The parts suppliers arenít set up right to do such a small volume (by comparison to, say, a civic) so basically weíre waiting on them. And then, when we make small changes (such as NACA ducts all over the rear underbody because of the immense heat from the turbos), they have to redo all the tooling. (No, I donít fully understand how asking for less of an item takes longer. I just work on them and fix them)


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post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 08:55 AM
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Not surprised if some people will be taking delivery early next year if ordering starts the end of this month.
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post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 11:28 AM
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That's not even that bad of a thing to write. maybe she shouldn't be doing that, but I can think of far worse and damaging things to say in that situation.
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post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-03-2016, 08:53 AM
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I don't think her comments are that bad either sure she mentioned "an ďissueĒ with the studs on the cat either backing out of the head or snapping altogether", even on new vehicles but she did kind of redeem honda's reliability:

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But itís a Honda. Itíll survive nuclear blasts with all the cockroaches.


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