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Honda Civic, Honda Civic del Sol, Honda Civic CRX, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#1185 of 5207 To Buy or Not to Buy!
Mar 17, 2002 (9:39 am)
Looking at buying a 1996 Civic LX that has 160,000 miles on it. Body integrity and interior is very good. Mechanically seems good except owner says we need to check idle when car heats up a little; tach registers a little low when at a stop. Could this be just a minor timing adjustment needed or could this be an indicator the timing belt is about to break? Owner doesn't think timing belt has ever been replaced, only a "major" tune-up about 70,000 miles ago. Owner asking price is $3,995 which is great price considering KBB pricing for "fair" ($4,805) or "good" ($5,525) condition. Comments/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Especially from Honda-lover mechanic(s).
Mar 17, 2002 (3:02 pm)
I have a 97 Civic EX with the 14" steel rims. The rims seems to have accumulated a noticable amount of surface corrosion over the past six months.
Is there any product out there that will remove this? Would a rust paint stand up on these rims?
Or would I be better of just to get new rims?
Mar 18, 2002 (11:57 am)
The idle has nothing to do with the timing belt. If you buy this car, have it replaced immediatly...it's long overdue!
That is a TON of miles but the price is excellent.
Pay the money for a used car inspection at your Honda dealer.
Mar 18, 2002 (3:24 pm)
I've just developed a rattle in what sounds like the passenger door of my new 2002 Civic EX with barely 1,000 miles on it. Someone else was talking about a problem like that but I can't remember which discussion. Has anyone else had this and is it something the dealer should be able to cure? I wanted to ask before calling the dealer and going over there since it's about 50 miles away. Thanks.
#1189 of 5207 1996 Civic Ex Clutch.
Mar 20, 2002 (6:33 am)
On cold days when using the clutch the first time and pulling out the car jerks. Mileage is 63,000 and looking at the fluid in the clutch reservoir looks dirty. This has been coming on very slowly for the last couple of years and has got to a point where now it is time to do something about it. When it warms up the problem goes away. Does anyone have a answer ?
#1190 of 5207 Brake/Clutch
Mar 20, 2002 (11:31 am)
Fluid does absorb moisture over time. There is a replacement interval on it. I don't know right off hand though. Drain and flush the system. Might wanna do the brakes too while you're at it.
#1191 of 5207 Knocking noise in front
Mar 20, 2002 (2:40 pm)
Hey Sgrd0q,post#1158, i put up a post about the very same problem,in early Jan
I took my 2001civic ex to the dealer when the car had 10000 miles and they performed
the 7.5k service check for $100. Paragon Honda in NYC. It turns out my struts were leaking.
They have changed the passengers side strut and i still have to go back to put the other one in since they had to order it, but the knock is gone. The service guy told me that it had been a common problem with the new civic. I'm not sure if its because of the redesign or because
i drive on real NYC crap roads,but in any case i was surprised they went that early.Other than that the car is great....
I blew away a Toyota Matrix on the Grand central Pkwy, Poor guy can't handle the 180HP
i killed w/my 127HP ex...ha
#1192 of 5207 The Matrix's 180 hp
Mar 21, 2002 (9:19 am)
Is at the top of the tach above 6000rpm. Otherwise it's just a big ole slow box. I don't know what they were thinkin when they put a sports car engine in what is essentially a station wagon with attitude.
Mar 22, 2002 (7:38 am)
I've got a leaking strut too, on my 01 EX coupe... front driver's side, after 9000 miles. Part is on backorder, and I've been waiting 3 weeks now. Starting to get annoyed... but except for some knocking and gurgling sounds, the car still drives pretty well. I can be thankful for that at least.
#1194 of 5207 RE:leaking strut
Mar 22, 2002 (11:52 am)
hey Ronin_88, check w/the parts dept, I was waiting for them to call me too, i fiqured
that wasn't happening after 2wks. They should'n take that long to get it. The Matrix looks like a fun car to drive but really didn't feel confortable with the way Toyota does business. Before i got my 01 civic i was really interested in getting Tacoma Double cab pick-up. But they force u to get
the options which IMHO, should be on a car. All of a sudden, a $17000 truck becomes $24500
, this is BS man! I realized they do this with all Toyota, anyway I prefer Honda's.At least the engines&tranny's are still built in japan.