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#946 of 5207 Water collection on both front and back passenger side
Nov 12, 2001 (2:25 pm)
I have been experiencing water problems in the 1997 Honda Civic I have on the right side floor of the front and back passenger side. Any time it rains, which is quite often here in Seattle, the whole floor on the right side is totally wet. I have taken it to the dealer who finds nothing broken or wrong, including any holes in the under carriage. Does anyone have any suggestions or have experienced such problems and have been able to solve them? There does not appear to be any leak on any of the rubber seals as I have sat int he car and have had someone pour water on the car and I have not seen any water come in. This problem baffles me and I would appreciate any answers
#947 of 5207 98 Civic EX Sedan issues
Nov 14, 2001 (9:18 am)
I got my car used in July and overall am very satisfied with it. I'm planning on taking it in for service but wanted other opinions as my local Honda shop's sevice dept has a reputation and it's not a good one. I just want to be as eduacated as I can going in there and know what to tell them.
Car Specs - 38K miles, automatic, 98 EX Sedan.
1. Rattle near Sunroof - shouldn't think that would be very hard to fix - I can push near the light and it will stop.
2. Rear Suspension Creaks - noticeable when going over bumps and backing out of my garage (there's about a 1" drop in the concrete from my garage to driveway - when it goes over it bounces and creaks) - I think it's coming from the rear.
3. Loose Brake Petal - brakes work fine, however, if I place my foot on the petal (without depressing the brake) I can actually move the petal to the left and right maybe a 1/2" either way. Is this normal?
4. Engine (?) Area Rattle - I seem to be able to get it as I'm slowing down to make 90 degree turns in either direction. Doesn't always happen, but seems to happen most when I'm also on a slight decline. Any ideas here?
I appreciate any help. Thanks!
#948 of 5207 The rear suspension noise
Nov 14, 2001 (11:03 am)
Is normal. My Civics and Integras have all had noisy rear suspensions. Didn't really bother me though.
#949 of 5207 jolson
Nov 14, 2001 (1:09 pm)
i had similar on my 85 civic. replacing the distributor rotor and cap, wires and spark plugs solved it. but make sure you use dielectric grease when assembling those. most shops will skimp and not apply dielectric grease. if you are going to do it yourself then, it will only cost you an extra $2 for a tube of it. one tube will last you for more than 5 tune ups.
#950 of 5207 2001 Acura EL 1.7 Wind Noise
Nov 14, 2001 (1:15 pm)
This car is similar to the US Civic EX. I also experience wind noise from the from front windows, more severe on the passenger side. I think the noise is caused by the window rubber seal being too far into the trough (the vertical side on the door latch side) on the window metal frame. I managed to minimize the noise by taking the seal out of its trough and re-seat it but couldn't stop it completely. I am about to bring the car in for other problems. I am not sure if the dealer or Honda will or can fix this problem.
#951 of 5207 Honda Civic EX 01' Gas Mileage Concern
Nov 15, 2001 (11:15 am)
I purchased a new Honda Civic EX in July 2001. One of the main reasons I bought this car was for the gas mileage of 31-39 mpg City/Highway (as shown on the sticker). Being that 90% of my driving is highway, I was looking forward to an average of 37mpg minimum. For the first 2500 miles I was getting an average of 27 mpg. I called Honda, and they said that at aprox. 3000 miles, something in the fuel lines disintegrates, and I would get improved gas mileage. At the 3000 mark it did improve, however, I'm holding now at 5000 miles and the best it's ever done is 31-32 mpg. I went to the dealership and they said they have no way of testing this, and it will get better. I've been reading some of the postings about how some owners get 44mpg! I think I've waited long enough!Should I be concerned, and what can I do?
I would appreciate any advice or comments.
#952 of 5207 re:Honda Civic EX 01' Gas Mileage Concern
Nov 15, 2001 (12:45 pm)
I bought mine in July too and the worst and best I've got was 32 and 37, respectively. I do notice a small difference if I go a little faster on high. but nothing like below 30mpg... I guess you have the AC on most of the time and you like to floor the gas pedal on most occasions.
Nov 15, 2001 (6:54 pm)
Have you had your first oil change yet?
I noticed a significant increase after my first oil change at 8000km.
#954 of 5207 01 Civic Headaches
Nov 15, 2001 (11:11 pm)
We purchased this vehicle 6 months ago and the car stalled 3 times within the first 4 months. The SRS light comes on intermittantly while driving, the front rotors warped at 6000 miles causing a vibration while braking, the CD player has a mind of its own, the left front tire wore down to its wear indicators at 7000 miles, a trim piece mysteriously dissappeared or was never placed on the vehicle during manufacture, the battery died at 8000 miles, and to top it off, the dealership put 2 dents in the roof and is going to need to refinish the roof.
The first visit to Buena Park Honda, they reset the SRS light test drove the vehicle and stated the brakes were operating properly blaming the vibration on metallic pads. They could not duplicate psycho CD player problem and stated they have not had any other complaints about the units.
The second visit to this fine establishment they replaced the left front tire, and "ordered" the replacement CD player. The brake problem to them was "normal" even though the vibration has turned into a grinding which was duplicated during this visit. The shop reset the SRS light which was now coming on for no apparent reason and stated these systems are sensative. The shop will call us when the radio arrives.
Two days later tire was replaced again as the one they stuck on our poor vehicle had a hole in it and had not been balanced when mounted.
Two months later...Still no call for the radio. Guess its on Galactic backorder. So we called them not because of the radio, but because the car won't start. Battery died? In a new car? Is it possible? Took 2 days for them to find a 1.5 volt drain coming from somewhere. They need to order a special part (Hope it's not on Galactic backorder). They reset SRS system again but could not pull any codes. Car has intermittant stalling problem still. It's starting to feel like we purchased a 99 Toyota Corolla from Enterprise Rent A Car. Not a bad car. After a total of 7 days, they supposedly replaced the radio, replaced front pads and rotors, replaced the trim piece and hopefully fixed the stalling and battery drain. WOW 7 days to do these relatively minor things. I've replaced engines in less time. Guess cars are more sophisticated nowadays. We still need to take the car to the body shop which means more time in our soon to be favorite 99 Toyota Corolla. Still not a bad car.
As for the service at this dealership. We rate it poorly. The "Customer Service Manager" walked into the back area of the shop not knowing we trailed behind him as he snapped his fingers at a worker and said "get rid of them." That's appreciation for you when you buy a car from them. When we bought the vehicle they didn't want to get rid of us. They wanted us to fill out a customer survey because they care about customer satisfaction. What a gimmick!!!
I guess Honda just doesn't have the experience in dealing with poorly constructed vehicles. At least the posts in here tells us we're not alone. I thought Hondas are supposed to be reliable? What has happened? I browsed through the Honda Accord problems discussions. Scary. Hope Honda doesn't handle their problems like Ford.
#955 of 5207 re:#936Honda Civic EX 01' Gas Mileage Concern
Nov 16, 2001 (7:16 am)
I want to thank you all for your comments. Based on your comments here are some more details. I have not had an oil change yet, But it sounds like a good idea. I don't use the A/C much, however, I do like to keep the pedal to the metal.
My question is for those drivers who claim to get 44mpg. How do you do it? Do you always drive highway at 55mph?