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#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
#4031 of 4041 Re: looking at civics 2002 and 2003 [drgums]
Nov 09, 2008 (8:48 am)
The 03 might still have manufacturer warranty if it was bought late 03 or leftover in 04. May want to check this out. Although, not much goes wrong with these other than the manifold and gan be hard to get under warranty as the manifold come attached to the converter all in one peice. Warranty shows converter 5 year warranty, manifold shows 3 years or 60K. This is a grey area from Honda warranty as they left a loophole in the warranty for ths issue. Some dealers will replace under warranty as bad converter whichgives you the new manifold. Some others won't cuz they are afraid Honda won't pay them or areafraid to get cought and loose dealer lisence. I had to threaten them to go to another dealer which is when they gave inand did the warranty work.
With Hondas, mileage is not an issue especially with the low mileage vehicle you are looking at. I would get the newer one at the cheaper price.
#4032 of 4041 Re: looking at civics 2002 and 2003 [drgums]
Nov 15, 2008 (7:37 pm)
I would probably go with the EX with higher miles; you get more features, the price is lower, and 68K is nothing for a Honda Civic. (mine has 134K and is still running perfectly fine)
These cars can easily go 200-225K with good maintenance, if you're willing to drive it that long. Just make sure all the maintenance has been done (oil changes, fluid changes, etc), and in the case of the '03 EX, see if the timing belt has been changed at 60K; some people like to change it at 60, some change it closer to 105. If it's been changed at 60, it's a steal. I'd offer $7000, then meet in the middle at $7250 and call it a day.
#4033 of 4041 Problem...
Jan 18, 2009 (5:54 pm)
I have a 1999 Honda Civic, and I took it to the Honda dealer for an oil change in December (had a $26.95 oil change coupon) where the service advisor told me there was some "seepage" going on in the engine (nothing more specific than that) and that it was nothing to worry about right now, but something to think about "down the road"
However, after that, the car has developed a burning smell from under the hood (not too huge, but the smell is definitely there when you put your nose right on the hood) and I suspect it's the smell of burning oil, and now, in the month since the oil change, the oil levels are down to just above the minimum line on the oil dipstick.
Is it normal for a Civic to start going through oil at this stage (137,000 miles) or is there something wrong that I need to get looked at? I'm thinking about just continually adding oil when it's low and letting it burn until it starts going through so much oil I can't keep up with it
#4034 of 4041 Re: Problem... [jchan2]
Jan 19, 2009 (6:11 am)
I'm thinking about just continually adding oil when it's low and letting it burn until it starts going through so much oil I can't keep up with it
I would do exactly that as well, make sure you keep a few quarts of oil in the car just in case. And if you're in cold weather climate and it's in the winter, make sure it's synthetic oil.