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#120 of 4041 Finally a new radio...
Dec 26, 2000 (5:50 pm)
Called the service rep today, my 2001 EX is going in for a new radio tomorrow! That's one of three problems eliminated so far (on a car with less than 1500 miles on it). I find this very discouraging, why this brand new car rattles and squeaks, and has an unacceptable level of engine noise (fuel injectors?) is beyond me. I guess we were so excited over the rave reviews on the 2001 Civic EX that we overlooked the poor assembly and quality of the vehicle. It's sad that our second car, a 1996 Plymouth Neon with 54K miles on it runs quieter and doesn't rattle like the Honda. So the old rule of never buying a first production year vehicle still holds true...the redesigned 2001 Civic EX has been a disappointment.
#121 of 4041 I like my 01 LX ...
Dec 27, 2000 (6:41 am)
Wow! So many people disappointed with things about this car. I just want to say that mine is A)Quiet as a mouse. At a light we have thought that it is stalled. B) Tight and squeak free. Have not had a single complaint about this stuff. Really like the steering and the control while driving over railroad tracks. C)Plenty of power. Pulls out quick and runs on the highway. D)Great fuel economy. 32 MPG average for me and I drive aggressive. E)Radio on the LX works great. Sorry you EX folks.
Anyway, thought I would register as one happy owner. Hope you guys with problems get them worked out.
#122 of 4041 What should I expect to pay for 01 lx civic w/auto
Dec 27, 2000 (8:16 am)
Dec 27, 2000 (10:56 am)
I bought a 2001 Civic EX Coupe automatic last week. Already has over 700 miles on it. The only problem was fixed in five mins by the dealer. The passenger side window switch was sticking...at first I thought I had an "auto down" window over there too. The shop just lubed it...seems to be fine now. What is wrong with the EX radio? Mine is fine. I LOVE the in glass antenna! The blue/beige combo that I have is nice I think. The silver coupe was nice too, but the beige interior is pretty classy for an economy car.
As far as engine noise....every Honda I have driven has made noise when you "floor it"...can't hear a thing when it is idling. The power is fine for a 1.7 liter engine.....the car is roomy, and thanks to the "downgraded, less expensive front suspension, it steers and corners MUCH flatter than my 97 HX coupe did. The HX did cruise smoother though....
#124 of 4041 A New Radio....Yessssss!
Dec 27, 2000 (11:14 pm)
Got my new radio today. Now, maybe, I can enjoy the car. My advice to ANYONE who has an EX is to swap radios now, whether it has "gone to code" or not. Honda admits there is a bug in the software. All of them have it. It is only a matter of time. Get a new radio while you can.
#125 of 4041 Wish I could say the same...
Dec 28, 2000 (1:41 am)
f6biker, I guess the difference is in the model...your LX doesn't have the sunroof, does it? Because that's the primary source of the rattling noise. The other squeaks and rattles occur whenever I go over any sort of bump in the road. Most of that noise seems to resonate from behind the gauge cluster in the dash. The engine noise is very perplexing. I agree with the dealer that it's the fuel injectors, but why they make so much noise, I don't know. Otherwise the car seems to be put together fairly well. We'll get our new radio hopefully today. It's just disappointing when our 96 Neon doesn't make a rattle or squeak, even when going over the occasional undetected pothole.
#126 of 4041 Improving handling on 2001 Civics?
Dec 28, 2000 (7:18 am)
I know that people are disappointed by the somewhat poor handling of the 2001 Civic sedans compared to the 2000 model.
Question: does anyone know if any aftermarket company has produced a new shock/spring/swaybar combination that will improve the handling of the 2001 Civic without unduly affecting ride quality?
#127 of 4041 Solution to queasy Civic suspension
Dec 28, 2000 (3:01 pm)
I don't know an aftermarket company that has made an improved '01 Civic suspension system. But I do know a beforemarket solution: '01 Protege ES or Sentra SE.
#128 of 4041 2001 EX: Gas milage
Dec 31, 2000 (3:02 am)
I'm averaging 9.4L/100km (25 US-MPG) on my 2001 Acura EL (same engine as Civic EX sedan). So is this normal? I know it's been cold lately and we've been getting a lot of snow. I'm doing 100% city driving.
Also, I've been using my heated seats and mirror a lot so that may be draining the gas.
#129 of 4041 2001 vs 2000
Dec 31, 2000 (1:50 pm)
Guys, Don't fool urselves, The 2001 Civic handles BETTER than the 2000 & it is no surprise. It has too with more quick & precise steering which is now variable assist like Accord which make it to track MUCH better in straight line at higher speeds & makes it easy to park in tight places.
NOW I am writting this the LAST TIME:
The change in suspension to struts is NOT a cost saving solution. It is obvious that they won't spend billions to prepare all-new suspension when one with bones war ready(tried & true). The change was for two main reasons:
1)To change engine's position to create better crash-worthyness & 2)Make more interior room by allowing slightly Cab-Forward design
3)Flat-Floor by making rear suspension to intrude less in the trunk AND to allow relocate the exhaust. It takes HIGHLY precision & superlative enggineering to make such changes that too for a car which is in ECONO category !!
As u can see it has improved Carsh scores: All around Very good(5 star) for coupe & 5 & 4 for the sedan.
So don't let anti-Honda or pro-toyota/nissan people fool u around with this by saying it was cost saving etc etc. it is NOT at all COST Saving....rather it was atleast multi million dallar effort on th epart of Honda to develop an all-new suspension.
Why there was SO MUCH effort to increas engine-power. clealiness(ULEV), Gas Mileage(increased), Increased Space with smaller experior dimension.
Quick Steering with variable assist, MUCH better carshworthyness. It takes efforts of a life time to come up with such a product. Honda has done it again !!