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Honda Civic, Honda Civic del Sol, Honda Civic CRX, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#1467 of 5207 Re:What's Happening to Honda?
Sep 28, 2002 (6:46 am)
Well, just to throw in my two cents worth: I have one of the much-belly-ached-about 2001 Civics, and I must say that out of the three Hondas I have owned and purchased new ( others were: 1991 Civic DX hatchback, 1995 Accord EX sedan) this latest one has been the best assembled and least 'troublesome' out the door of the three. None has had any mechanical problems, but all except the 2001 have had minor assembly issues (mis-aligned hood, loose trim pieces, etc). The only issue to date the the 2001 has been the lock on the interior trunk release didn't work, which was cheerfully replaced with much apology for my inconvenience by the dealer. The service I have received from the dealer I have dealt with for these past 12 years has been second-to-none. Anyway, if reliability and poor workmanship is a topic for discussion, then I will present the 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis I bought new between the 95 Accord and the current Civic. This was supposedly one of Ford's best models...HA!...failed tranny, 2 sets of rotors...the list is too long for this forum. Honda is still on the right track. No car is perfect, but for the money, Honda, and most of the other Japanese makes can't be beat. FWIW, also have a very early production 2000 Mazda MPV. Completely trouble-free.
Sep 28, 2002 (7:30 am)
Take a deep breath....relax....mellow....
The sky is not falling!
Sep 29, 2002 (6:29 am)
I can't speak to the newer Hondas, but my '86 Civic DX was a great little car - it was made in East Liberty, OH - I had it almost 15 yrs - nothing major went wrong - did have a freon leak once and the radiator needed flushing after 13 yrs, and finally in it's 15th yr it developed a very slow oil leak - I followed the recommended scheduled maintainence - I still love Hondas but rate Toyotas just as highly -
#1470 of 5207 osum02: Well Said
Sep 29, 2002 (4:05 pm)
The Honorable Soichiro Honda hears you.
#1471 of 5207 Calling Jersey for auburn63: Wiper Problem Resolved
Sep 29, 2002 (4:19 pm)
I replaced the upper arm/blade assemblies with Honda parts. The arms aligned nicely, and the rubber blades slide across the windshield with a smooth swoosh! Warn the Jersey Troopers, because I'm going to open up the carburetor, wind out the third automatic gear, and bust 76mph on the Jersey Turnpike. Maybe I can get in the tailwind of a S-2000!
Thanks auburn63... you da' Man!
Sep 30, 2002 (10:58 am)
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but the East Liberty Honda plant didn't come into existence until 1988. I believe that's when they starting building Civics. Marysville came on line in 1982, which was the first Honda automobile plant in North America.
Sep 30, 2002 (11:31 am)
you are too funny...glad all worked out have a good one and keep it down before the fenders burn off
Sep 30, 2002 (2:45 pm)
well, you may be right - I just went and looked at the VIN number for my old Honda and it does start with a "J" - so that means the car was built in Japan, correct? The night I bought the car, back in August of 1986, the salesman told me that it was built in East Liberty, OH, and I just took his word and never checked it out - anyway, that was a dependable little car - sold it last year for $1400 - went out and bought a '01 Corolla LE which I really like -
#1475 of 5207 piston knocking on startup
Oct 02, 2002 (10:36 am)
Check out message number 1387 on this board. I have had problems very similar to yours and would also like to know the cause and how I might deal with it. In my case I can rule out valves, which are properly adjusted, and oil, which is changed regularly. A Subaru owner described a somewhat similar problem that turned out to be caused by a timing belt tensioner. I have no idea whether this might be relevant in Civics. Glad to hear I am not alone, but frustrating not to know the cause or cure. I have been wondering whether I should let the engine idle long enough (2-3 min) for the noise to go away, i.e. whether it hurts the engine to accelerate when you can hear the knock. Please let me know if get any information on this problem.
#1476 of 5207 Brake noise! 2001 LX HELP!
Oct 03, 2002 (11:09 am)
Every morning when I start to drive away and apply the brakes for the first time the brakes make a grinding noise, like the pads are shifting. This happens when the brakes are first applied but then stops once I start driving and braking, etc. HONDA said it is normal....this can't be normal! Can it?? When it rains, the noise does not happen...I assume because the moisture creates a barrier and stops the friction.