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#1262 of 4041 re: Honda Civic EX Seden & Thank you Patrick45
Sep 30, 2001 (5:53 am)
at autobytel, i was quoted the 2001 at invoice and the 2002 at about $200.00 over invoice. quoting the price over the phone saves about 3 hours when you actually go in to buy the car in person. from autobytel, you're actually buying straight from the dealer.
we own a 1991 civic sedan dx. we've only had one major repair on the car, $400.00, to fix something that was on the normal wear and tear list.
hope this helps.
Sep 30, 2001 (6:52 am)
Oh, one other thing: I saw a site with a bunch of aftermarket shocks for '01 Civics...Tokicko, KYB, Koni, etc. I'll try to dig up the link for anyone who wants it.
#1264 of 4041 01 partial suspension solution!
Sep 30, 2001 (8:50 am)
I have managed to reduce the rear end "bounce" in our 2001 Civic EX sedan. A friend suggested that the problem may be the result of improper weight distribution between the front and rear axles. I began by selecting a "bump course" that included parking lot speed bumps, railroad tracks and a pot holed street. With the gas tank near empty we drove the course at normal speeds and made notes on the ride. Next we filled the tank and drove it again. We noticed that the ride improved. Next we added 100 pounds of lead bars scavenged from the bottom of an old main frame computer cabinet. They fit snugly into the space between the spare tire and jack in the bottom of the trunk. We drove the course again and discovered a drastic improvement. It isn't perfect and the rear end still bounces at higher speeds but it helps with the worst of it. I expect more improvement when we replace the tires and shocks in three or four years.
Oct 01, 2001 (3:07 am)
I a little curious as to what kind of oil owners are using in their new Civics. My 2001 LX sedan is approaching 8,000 miles. I had the first oil change performed at the dealership at 5,000 miles as recommended and intended to switch to a synthetic at 9,000 miles (after engine is fully broken in and rings seated). Amsoil seems to be the only company currently making a 5W20 synthetic (although there seems to be a fairly good selection of conventional 5W20 choices). I've used Mobil 1 in my last 2 vehicles with good results but they don't make a 5W20 yet. Is there any reason for not using a synthetic 5W30 in this car? I would think that it would provide comparable gas mileage and superior protection than the 5W20. I have to decide what I'm using soon. Also, I recently noticed that the dipstick indicates the oil at a level about 1" above the "full" mark and the dealer may have overfilled it. Could this create a problem due to higher oil pressure if overfilled? I'll be doing syn. changes myself and will do it sooner if there's any chance of that...
Oct 01, 2001 (5:50 am)
at 95 k miles, you should look for the records whether the timing belt has been replaced, if not, it will cost you about $500, and if not replaced the engine can be damaged. also, look for rust spots in the wheel wells and the doors. if it is an Si model,y ou probably will end up paying through your nose for your son's insurance. other than that, i can't really think of anything else to look out for, just make sure the car is in nice condition, and has not been stolen (slavage title) this was one of the most stolen cars in the 90's, i believe.
#1267 of 4041 TruckDude, Color and not Paint
Oct 01, 2001 (6:39 am)
Is Pearl Green those new dark-type green cars? My sis-inlaw has the same 01-Corolla type color (nice at the showroom, but now regrets buying that color). Dark color and lots-of-sun, the worst combination (ever see a black car?).
Oct 01, 2001 (9:50 am)
For 1900.00, it's probably already been snapped up by another buyer!
If it's in halfway decent shape, it's a steal.
These are nearly impossible to find and are in high demand, especially the SI's.
#1270 of 4041 RE: Oil for Civic
Oct 01, 2001 (11:11 am)
Honestly, I'm not sure i would waste the money on the synthetic oil for the Civic LX. I would use the conventional oil 5W-20 and change it yourself. You'll save a ton of money that way. The engine is made for this oil. Why spend the extra money on the Civic since it's not a performance car?
#1271 of 4041 new to board not to Honda
Oct 01, 2001 (7:09 pm)
I would like to know if anyone has the invoice pricing for the 2002 Lx and Ex sedans. I am going to be buying an EX most likely and I heard that even though the MSRP only went up $100 from last year the actual invoice price has risen. I am only willing to pay $200-300 over invoice which is the price from carsdirect and seems reasonable. For a 2001 EX I would pay $16.5-16.6 for it, so I was thinking only $100 more for a 2002, does that seem reasonable? I'll just buy online if I can't get a decent offer from the dealers in my area.
Just a note on how long a civic can last...I have a 1990 Civic DX sedan with 181,500 miles on it, aside from some minor repairs and the A/C which I gave up fixing it still runs like a champ. I am going to try and sell it instead of a trade. I had put it in the paper a few months ago for around $1500 and people were falling over themselves to buy it even with the "classic" Honda rust from that era! So when I put it back in the paper this time it will be for $2200 obo, and hopefully I'll get at least $1500 for it.
Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated, but go easy since I am new. Thanks.