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#2308 of 4597 Re: Internet Purchase [w9cw]
Oct 03, 2005 (10:34 am)
This is the kind of practice that made me run from my Honda dealer in 1999 when I bought a minivan ("get in line, maybe if you're lucky you'll get a van in a few months for whatever price we set") and in 2000 when I bought a compact sedan ($20k for an EX loaded with tack-ons, take it or leave it). So two other automakers got my business then. Lack of a 5-door Civic lost Honda my business in 2004. OTOH, when the 2004 Prius was in huge demand with a long waiting list, my local dealer was very up-front and professional about the whole thing, even gave me a $500 discount off list, and made sure I and other buyers were regularly informed about our status on the wait list. I ended up not getting the Prius, but I would go back to that dealer in a heartbeat.
A good measure of how well a dealer will treat you is what they do when a vehicle is in short supply, as the '06 Civic is right now.
#2309 of 4597 2006 model is $3000 more expensive right now then 05 model
Oct 03, 2005 (11:23 am)
Go look at civic prices and buying experience thread a few months ago people were getting 2005 civic EX for $16.5K because of the incentives due to declining sales they could get it for almost $1000 below invoice.
The new 2006 civic EX (auto) is sold right now for $19.5K. Do the math it's $3000 more. In fact due to the sticker shock for a 06 a lot of people are buying 05s which are still in stock, so the incentives on it were also stopped and now it sells for invoice. Still it's $2000 cheaper then 06.
It's ok you can justify it to yourself by saying that you get the side airbags, it's probably worth the difference.
#2310 of 4597 Re: 2006 model is $3000 more expensive right now then 05 model [user1235]
Oct 03, 2005 (11:34 am)
This is going to be a moot point very soon, since most 2005s are already gone and a better supply of 2006s are on the way which means lower prices for 2006s.
Of course if a dealer still has 2005s, they are going to push those very hard to get rid of them. There would be no way anyone would buy a leftover 2005 if they could buy a new 2006 for even close to the same price. There will also be a big difference in resale value down the road.
#2311 of 4597 big people and the new Civic
Oct 03, 2005 (11:35 am)
I'm 6'4" and 245lbs. I have sat in the Civic 4 door and found it uncomfortable. However, I sat in an EX coupe today(did not drive it) and found it a better fit, except for the side bolsters on the seats, which felt like they were squeezing me.
I would like to know if there are any other large people out there that have purchased a 2006 Civic and can give some feed back as to how comfortable they are during their daily drive.
Also, I think Honda has made a mistake with the bi-level dash. I found that with the steering wheel at the height I desired, part of the digital speedometer was blocked.
I predict that within a couple of years, they will go back to a more traditional dash layout.
#2312 of 4597 Re: Civic coupe: road noise; stereo comments [kknowles]
Oct 03, 2005 (11:49 am)
I purchased my 2006 Honda Civic Sedan LX this past Friday...and I'm sorry to say that I am feeling regrets! I traded in a 2004 Honda Accord LX after putting 24,000 miles on it in 14 months. Since it was leased...I felt pressure to either re-finance...or trade it in on a 2006 Honda Civic Sedan LX which intrigued me because of the re-design and increased fuel economy. Overall, I find the 2006 Civic Sedan a good vehicle but after driving it this past weekend I noticed (more than I anticipated) that the vehicle is a LOT less comfortable than my Accord, the ride is a lot rougher, and there is a LOT more road noise. Additionally, I didn't realize until this weekend that there are no cup-holders in the back seat (which REALLY annoyed my daughter), and I miss the trunk release on the key fob. But...the BIGGEST annoyance that I have found is the HEADRESTS! I just CANNOT get comfortable driving this car because the headrest forces my head forward...what's up with that? I don't know what to do???
#2313 of 4597 Re: 2006 model is $3000 more expensive right now then 05 model [user1235]
Oct 03, 2005 (11:53 am)
again...as many posters have already said....it's the same deal on any model closeouts that goes on at the end of the model year.....it is not just Honda that does it....as soon as the 05's are gone...no more incentives...as soon as the 06's stock arrives at dealers....the prices will go down....it's just as simple as that...
From a business sense it's smart....if people are willing to pay $19.5 for this car then sell them at that price...as soon as it slows down the price will go down...
supply and demand....that's what drives price.....since you are not willing to pay $19.5 then don't....but you and I both know that right now someone will come right behind you and pay that price....and do you know why? Because they can....and want to....I'm like you....I would never pay that amount...I can wait...but I don't come on here all the time and question why people are paying that price...I already know....and I think you know as well....you can compare all day long with other cars....it doesn't accomplish much....if you as the consumer do not want this product then don't buy it....simple...but not everyone is like you or me...MSRP or invoice just doesn't mean the same thing to everyone...if they want the 06 Civic and willing to pay the price then good for them....They will enjoy their car....and I bet they will also have a smile on their face....so if you would like to continue to post comparisons to other vehicles it does no good....people are excited about the new Civic and if so....then how about we just let them enjoy their new cars and not keep questioning why people are paying whatever amount for the new Civic...
To all new Civic owners....Enjoy!
#2314 of 4597 Re: Civic coupe: road noise; stereo comments [rossetter]
Oct 03, 2005 (11:59 am)
uh-oh...I know I regret selling my focus as well...before test driving the new civic! I am so dumb, but I didn't expect it to drive that way after my first drive a few days ago. I'll still be buying it, though, because I like the design and hope to be able to get used to it so much that I'll forget about my previous car...maybe that is the only thing you can do right now, rossetter.
#2315 of 4597 Re: Civic coupe: road noise; stereo comments [rossetter]
Oct 03, 2005 (12:14 pm)
I think you're comparing apples to oranges!
Of course the Civic is a little less comfortable - it is smaller than the Accord, lighter, etc... I'm selling my '99 Accord and am in the process of purchasing the '06 Civic - just waiting for it to arrive. The new Civic is a blast to drive and far superior to the '05 Civic I test drove. The gas mileage is teriffic too. The EX model does have a trunk release on the key fob. I too had concerns about the head rest, but did not feel or notice it during the test drive. Surely there is some adjustment you can make.
Oct 03, 2005 (12:17 pm)
sat in a coupe today. The seats seemed more comfy (better shaped) than the sedan, but it might be my imaginatin. Definitely had bigger side bolsters though.
I also drove an Accord today. It is a more comfortable, quiet and serence car. not quite as "frisky", but it still drives very well. Much more relaxed engine too.
#2317 of 4597 Re: Civic coupe: road noise; stereo comments [paula5762]
Oct 03, 2005 (12:30 pm)
Yes...I agree with "apples to oranges"...but I was and am still willing to make the trade-offs of the quality of the ride for the lower cost and increased mileage...I just can't get past the head rest thing. I didn't really notice this problem when test driving...of course there is SO much to take in when test driving! However...it just so happened that I had a trip scheduled to Indianapolis this past weekend so I have already put 200 miles on the car so I think I have a pretty good feel for the vehicle. I also had a friend tell me that she had a similar "headrest" problem with her Ford Taurus and had to live with shoulder and neck pain for the entire 2 years that she owned the car. I have tried to lower, raise, and even reverse the headrest...but nothing helped. I'm seriously thinking about returning the vehicle to the dealer tonight for either a 2005 Accord or nothing at all. It just so happens that my husband has not even signed the papers yet and is supposed to do that tomorrow morning...so I don't think they can hold me to the deal...do you?