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#4021 of 4041 1993 Honda Civic EX (170,000 miles) - cracked frame ?
Jul 22, 2007 (5:10 am)
Does it make financial sense to repair the vehicle?
I currently own a 1993 Honda Civic Coupe (170,000 miles). Last week, I had the vehicle checked for noise. The Midas technician asked if this vehicle had been involved in a collision, and pointed to a cracked frame in the passenger rear side. I told him no collision or accident whatsoever. The only possibility I can think of are pot holes, rust (due road salt in Michigan) and road constructions.
The technician recommended having the vehicle serviced by Honda. Is it worth the investment to pay for repairs ? Is a cracked frame repairable ? Is this a safety concern ?
This is my first vehicle and have been extremely pleased especially with the mileage.
#4022 of 4041 '02 Civic EX Govener
Aug 22, 2007 (5:11 pm)
I have an '02 Civic EX Coupe Automatic. When accelerating it redlines at 7,000 RPM. While going about 100mph it will not let my rpms go above 3,500.I can get the car past 100 if going downhill, the rpms just stay at 3.5k.
Now as I understand, the egnine's ecu has a govener in it that prevents excessive speeding. It does this by putting a limit on the rpm's while moveing at a high speed?
Also, the egnine has an rpm limiter that prevents going into dangerious rpms at any speed.
Are these two devicies the same or is there one for speed lock and another for rpm safety?
Also, if the car were to go 100 and I got the rpms past 3.5k... say to 5k, useing a modified ecu, would that be safe for the engine? Visual markings show 7k as rpm redline and from what I know speed doesent determine engine danger. It is the egnine's rpm that does. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Thank you in advance for any and all help you provide.
#4023 of 4041 Re: milidc [wenyue]
Nov 17, 2007 (8:23 pm)
I've looked at many used Civics thinking to move from my Echo, even test driven the Yaris, Fit, xD, etc
and nothing is close.
The Echo is rock solid, nimble, gets better MPG than the hybrids, and the cockpit seems more open and roomy than the Civic. The style is dorky, but I'm not worried. And mine is bone stock -big change for me- but now I kinda like it that way. It was soooo cheap too, until gas prices spiked up.
I tried with the Civic, I really did. I just fixed the trunk leak in the Echo finally and am holding until the next deisel econo car from either Toyota or Honda. I've bought lots of new cars but just can't find anything as good as this Altoid can on wheels!
#4024 of 4041 Can someone ID the noises my '05 civic makes?
Jul 05, 2008 (6:01 am)
I'm at 81K miles and have not done any preventive maintenance other than oil changes on my '05 civic sedan. When I pull out in first gear, or right after I shift into second and sometimes third, when I am accelerating and building up RPMs, it has been making a sort of growling sound, almost like a deisel engine. What could be causing this noise?
Also, when it idles there's a whistling sound? What could that be?
#4025 of 4041 Re: Can someone ID the noises my '05 civic makes? [mike890]
Jul 05, 2008 (9:03 am)
If it only does it when the motor is cold, it could be a cracked exaust manifold. From 2001 to 2005, they are known for that. When the car warms up, the manifold expands and seals the crack and the noise goes away. Hope this helps. The exaust manifold is warranty for 3 years 60k. However, the manifold and cat converter are all one piece and warranty shows the converter warranty for 5 years. This is a grey area for warranty coverage for this issue. Now, to get warranty, the dealer needs to show that your car has a bad converter and not manifold. This is the only way Honda Canada will cover it. If your dealer won't do it, check with other Honda dealers. In Canada, your looking at $900 to replace which makes it worth the fight for warranty coverage. If it's not the manifold, good for you. Good luck
#4026 of 4041 Quick Question
Oct 26, 2008 (12:07 pm)
I have a 1999 Civic and recently, every time I let go of the steering wheel on a straight road the car pulls to the right; when I added more air to the tires (they were underinflated) it didn't pull to the right so much, but it still pulls to the right when I let go of the steering wheel on straight roads...
I think the car's alignment is out of whack, but are there other possibilities as to what the problem might be? Or is there a problem at all? Is it normal for '99 Civics to pull to the right?
#4027 of 4041 Re: Quick Question [jchan2]
Oct 26, 2008 (12:49 pm)
If the road your driving on is built properly, it's normal for any car to pull to the right slightly as our roads are designed so that water will drain off the road on each side. But if it pull really bad, have your alignment checked as this would not be normal. Check your driver's inside door for proper inflation of your tires and follow Honda's recommendations on tire pressure on all 4 tires.
Nov 03, 2008 (12:18 pm)
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#4029 of 4041 looking at civics 2002 and 2003
Nov 09, 2008 (7:25 am)
I am looking at 2002 and 2003 civics to buy.( for my daughter)
pricing for a 2002 LX with 40K miles is at $8500 asking
pricing for a 2003 EX with 68K is at $7500 asking
Both are in decent shape.......
Can anyone help me with this?
How long will these cars last w/ good maintenance?
Any issues with these cars and the years they are made?
Any advice on counter offers I should make?
#4030 of 4041 Re: looking at civics 2002 and 2003 [drgums]
Nov 09, 2008 (8:30 am)
I had an 02 and I know of others that had 02 and 03's. To my knowledge, these are both great vehicles. One thing that some of these had in common is cracked exaust manifold/converter al in one piece. Epensive to fix at dealer $700 and hard to get aftermarket. Good luck