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#3998 of 4041 My take on 2001 Honda Civic LX
Apr 08, 2007 (6:44 am)
Just drove my sister's Civic back from Arizona to Indiana on a 1900 plus mile trip to sell it up here. It is four door and 5 speed. I have driven her car before but not to this extent. She went from 1993 Tarcel to 2001 Civic to 2005 RX330.
Fit, finish, and feel are excellent for a small car. The interior colors, fabric, and contrast in colors are tastefully done. The feel of switches are excellent. The gas mileage was as high as 43mpg.
Road noise; nothing a good sound deadning/ rust proofing and set of new brand-name tires could not improve.
Light/flimsy feel of the doors when shutting. Honda should have benchmarked 1999-2004 Jetta for door shutting feel (and VW should bench mark Civic's gear shift feel). It gives the car a very cheap feel. I know the Civic is not a cheaply-built car. I had 84 and 94 Accords, and I am familiar with Hondas. They are great cars.
I regard Hondas and Toyotas top notch cars with the rest of the Japanese cars trailing behind. This may not be fair since I have not owned any other Japanese cars beside these two brands.
#3999 of 4041 Re: 1997 civic ex [podunk503]
Apr 08, 2007 (8:26 am)
If you hear a whine when you are putting in your clutch, it would mean the clutch throw-out bearing is bad. The face of this bearing, contacts the pressure plate, which when continued to press in allows the pressure plate to release it's grip against the clutch plate. At this point, your engine is now dis-engaged from the transmission.
If you allow this to continue squealing, you may end up damaging the fingers on the pressure plate and have to replace that as well (a much more expensive part).
Throw out bearings go bad, if you ride with your foot on the clutch pedal, or the clutch isn't adjusted correctly. Normally the bearing only has to spin when you put the clutch in. If your clutch is misadjusted, then it could be too close to the pressure plate and forced to spin all the time.
#4000 of 4041 Re: I have a question about interior lighting [elmoblatch1]
Apr 09, 2007 (8:58 am)
My fiancee has an 04' Civic and recently I noticed that the automatic floor shifter doesn't have any lighting. She said that yes it used to be lit, but there is no mention of anything in the owner's manual. I'm thinking that it has to be a fuse, but they looked fine. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks..
#4001 of 4041 1997 Civic LX Lights Flickering
Apr 10, 2007 (8:25 pm)
Hi guys. I am getting ready to take a trip in my grandparents' Civic Sedan. It's an LX Sedan, with about 110,000 miles on it. When I drove it over the weekend, I noticed the lights dimming and then going to full brightness. The headlights and dashboard lights did it, at the same time. They dimmed to probably 80% brightness, and then would go back. It happens very quickly, and as many as 10 times in 15 seconds. I would normally chalk it up to A/C cycling on and off, but the A/C was not engaged.
Any ideas what it could be? My granddad said its been doing it for awhile now, so he didn't think it was the alternator because the battery probably would've died by now.
Any thoughts are welcome!
#4002 of 4041 Re: 1997 Civic LX Lights Flickering [thegraduate]
Apr 11, 2007 (3:19 am)
Take it to an autoparts store (AutoZone, PepBoys, etc), where they can do a free alternator & battery check under load.
#4003 of 4041 Re: I have a question about interior lighting [mpwbw]
Apr 11, 2007 (5:07 am)
Could be a burned out or loose bulb. At least with my Honda experiences, dash bulbs have the tendancy to either come loose from the connection or burn out. My parents have replaced their clock bulb at lease twice and the light that illuminates my sun roof switch only intermittently works.
Of course you want to make sure that there even is a light for the gear shift selector.
#4004 of 4041 Re: 1997 Civic LX Lights Flickering [kiawah]
Apr 11, 2007 (5:14 am)
#4005 of 4041 Pricing On Alternator Replacement - 1997 Civic LX 1.6 Auto
Apr 12, 2007 (1:01 pm)
What price should we expect to pay? I'm getting quotes that seem awfully high, but I want to see what prices you think would be fair.
#4006 of 4041 Re: Pricing On Alternator Replacement - 1997 Civic LX 1.6 Auto [thegraduate
Apr 12, 2007 (9:44 pm)
My sister just had her alternator replaced on her 99 Escort and I believe she paid around $210-$230. Last time I had one done was in 2001 on my old 89 Accord that ran me $350, but the guy had also replaced all belts, and did a full tune up including new plugs, wires, valve adjustment and valve cover gasket. You should be able to find a good reputable garage that can do it for under $250.
#4007 of 4041 Re: Pricing On Alternator Replacement - 1997 Civic LX 1.6 Auto [thegraduate [wsustudent]
Apr 13, 2007 (5:34 am)
Ok. Our quote was approx. $375 so its a little high it would seem.