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#1713 of 1804 Re: '06 Headrest [cbowen]
Sep 04, 2007 (12:47 pm)
The Accord headrest worked for me. Go to your Honda dealer and ask to try one out before you buy. I've been a Honda owner since 1980 and never had an issue until the headrest in my 2007 Honda Civic. It was driving me nuts! No more pain in the neck, shoulder and back with the Accord headrest in place.
This seems to be an issue for shorter people. The curve in the Civic headrest sits at the curve in my husbands neck; he's 5'10" and he has no issue with the headrest. I'm 5'4", and the headrest curve hits right in the back on my head, pushing it forward and down into a very unnatural and uncomfortable position.
I tried turning the Civic headrest around, which resolved the issue of pushing my head into an uncomfortable position, but it also did not provide any whiplash protection because it sat too far back from my head. The Accord headrest just touches the back of my head, and feels just like the headrest did in my 1997 Honda Civic.
It would appear Honda did not take the height of the driver into consideration when they decided to go for the higher safety rating with the headrest. Perhaps they could offer an alternate headrest for their shorter customers.
The IIHS needs to take into consideration the natural alignment of the human spine when making safety recommendations. There needs to be a balance between cushioning for an impact and everyday spinal health. Common knowledge that can be obtained from any chiropractor or D.O.
#1715 of 1804 Re: '06 It's NOT A Headrest [blane]
Sep 04, 2007 (4:35 pm)
This is a common complaint with the newer Civic headrest. It sounds like Honda needs to go back to the drawing board. You can only carry the "one size fits all" so far. I think Honda goofed trying to win the rearend prize. I doubt they used all different size dummies for their test.
#1716 of 1804 Re: '06 It's NOT A Headrest [gagrice]
Sep 05, 2007 (2:14 pm)
OK Gary, you'd better be ready for much more discussion. The 2008 Accord has also been designed with Active Head Restraints.
#1717 of 1804 Re: '06 It's NOT A Headrest [blane]
Sep 05, 2007 (6:53 pm)
No, Honda better be ready for lots of complaints. I think the headrests in the Civic are the biggest problem I see posted. Sounds like they were designed with one size of dummy in mind.
The Accord has very little appeal until they show up with the diesel engine. Who knows I may be in the market. More than likely the Pilot diesel.
#1718 of 1804 What steps to take before buying a used hch
Oct 13, 2007 (7:37 am)
I'm in S California and want to buy a hch (my first hybrid)off craigslist.
So far it seems like a car in the $15k range and around 50k mileage mark and around 04-05 is what I'm looking at.
Any questions you would suggest I must ask the seller?
What should I be looking for when I test drive the car?
Thanks in advance for your advice.
#1719 of 1804 Re: What steps to take before buying a used hch [georgyboy]
Oct 14, 2007 (5:30 am)
Welcome to the Forum,
I would take it to a Honda dealer and have them go through it for you. Get a battery printout as to its condition. I would think with a bit of haggling you could get a new 2007 for about $21k at the end of the month. If you are paying cash and only have $15k your payment will be very small on the remainder. Interest on a used car will be much higher than new. In San Diego those years with that mileage dealers are asking $12k -$13k on Craigslist. For $15k it should be certified to 100k miles.
#1720 of 1804 A/C Performance in Summer
Oct 29, 2007 (8:38 pm)
Is the cooling performance adequate for summer in Vegas or Phoenix?
#1721 of 1804 Re: A/C Performance in Summer [jaxs1]
Oct 30, 2007 (6:22 pm)
I've had HCH I and II rentals in Pheonix and it seemed to do fine with the cooling when I was there on 107+ degree days for a car without tinted windows and a dark interior.
Just don't expect great gas mileage on those days though, think I was lucky to bust 33 mpg combined because the ima system does quite a bit to protect the battery pack from overheating meaning little assist or charge when its hot.
Nov 11, 2007 (6:44 am)
I just bought a new HCH last Wednesday - Magnetic Pearl - and I am very pleased with it. So far, in spite of colder weather and my HCH being new, my mpg average is 47.5 so far. It's big enough for me (I'm alone), and I like the styling and color scheme.
The first is about the tires - Dunlop SP31 a/s, I believe. There are only a few reviews on the Tire Rack web site, and they indicate that the tires are mediocre in rain or snow. What has your experience been? I know there are good LRR tires out there that are also good in rain and snow, such as the Nokian WR. I'd rather not buy a new set of tires, but I will if safety is an issue.
Secondly, the audio system. It's decent, but the sound is not as "full" as it was in my last car (an Accord). I see that Honda offers a "Bass Speaker System" for the Civic Hybrid. Does anyone have experience with that? Is it worth the price?
Thanks for your help!