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#2423 of 4597 JDM 2006 Civic
Oct 09, 2005 (9:01 pm)
I still don't get why the exterior look of some of the USDM Hondas differ from their JDM counterparts. Some differences are clearly just badges (like the Acura RSX being still being the original Honda Integra), some are features due to difference in market needs, but why make the exterior different (interior is the same, except for being a RHD version). Hare some photos of the JDM version of the 2006 Civic:
JDM 2006 Civic with Modulo Package
JDM 2006 Civic Side Mirrors
Obviously, the shape of the JDM 2006 Civic's headlights and taillights don't have anything to do with the US's safety standards. It's just makes me wonder why they made it different of the USDM Honda Civics? One theory--could it be that this is some scam that they have to make US Honda enthusiasts keep on converting their USDM Hondas to JDM specs? That's extra profit for sure. I've known people converting their USDM 1998 Acura Integras (circular head lights) to JDM Honda Integras (narrow-rectangular headlights) and it costs a lot. That's just one modification out of a possible hundred JDM conversions possible (pedals, side markers, body kits, etc). Another theory is that the USDM 2006 Honda Civic design could be an outdated one. What I'm trying to say is that USDM Hondas constantly have exterior updates during a model line's (i.e. Civic, CR-V) generation and that the JDM 2006 Honda Civic's look could be the USDM Honda Civic's updated look in 2 years or so (2008 and up). These are just my opinions and I appreciate everyone's feedback.
#2424 of 4597 Re: JDM 2006 Civic [joeluc13]
Oct 09, 2005 (9:06 pm)
Why not? Tastes are different in different countries and Euro Civic is even more different. Every country doesn't need to style cars identically.
#2425 of 4597 Re: JDM 2006 Civic [307web]
Oct 09, 2005 (9:41 pm)
True. But how come that it seems that we always get the less-stylish versions since people here love stylish gadget-equipped vehicles? The Euro Civics look cool by the way.
#2426 of 4597 Re: Digital speedometer [bcmalibu99ls]
Oct 09, 2005 (9:51 pm)
Yeah, GM had a number of digital dashes in cars in the early 90s (they frequently shorted out though) and it was irritating to see the speed constantly go from, say, 65 to 66 then back to 65 as you tried to maintain constant speed. I just don't think you need to look at the speedo THAT often to justify its placement and changeability right below your field of vision. They should have offered BOTH analog (next to tach in normal position) and digital speedo so that you could tur off the digital if it was bothersome. As it is now, you can't turn off (or otherwise cover) the digital speedo, because that would leave you with the only a seat-of-the-pants feeling for your speed, fine in Europe, but on US's slow roads would be impossible.
#2427 of 4597 Re: Digital speedometer [mauto]
Oct 09, 2005 (10:11 pm)
Would the cruise control be able make the digital speedometer fixed at a set speed? I know in an analog speedometer that the pointer would move up or down at times depending on road incline (uphill or downhill) but the system will still try it's best to maintain the set speed. However, with an analog speedometer, I don't find the constant movement of the speedometer's pointer irritating compared to your description about the digital speedometer. I guess it's because the digital speedometer is designed to be bright to catch attention.
#2429 of 4597 Re: JDM 2006 Civic [joeluc13]
Oct 10, 2005 (12:00 am)
Personally, I also find the Euro Civics more futuristic, stylish & modern looking. Contrary to what we think, I guess designers in Honda believe that people in North America are more conservative & are not ready for the futuristic Euro Civic looks.
#2430 of 4597 Re: JDM 2006 Civic [bigal3]
Oct 10, 2005 (5:35 am)
Yes, there are already people that think even the nrw US Civic is too wild for their tastes, so they go running to the Corolla in response.
The Euro Civic would not go over too well for the high volumes Honda wants to sell.
#2431 of 4597 Re: JDM 2006 Civic [307web]
Oct 10, 2005 (8:54 am)
I agree. I've always loved the Honda Civic, but the new one's styling is just way too much for me. I don't know if that new look would affect the sales of the Honda Civic, but people are still going to buy them because those cars are already proven to be reliable. My 97 Civic EX has 155K miles on it right now and it still runs great as if it only has 75K miles on it and I have never had any problems with it at all.
#2432 of 4597 COSTCO Auto Buying Experience
Oct 10, 2005 (9:33 am)
Just wanted to inform any potential 06 Civic buyers that I had a great experience through the COSTCO Auto Buying program in San Diego, CA. I ended up purchasing an 06 EX AT Civic Sedan at Cush Honda of Escondido for $500 over invoice, although prices have recently gone to $750 over invoice. I understand that this is not an unheard of price, but much better than I was offered anywhere else in Southern California after a great deal of shopping around. I paid about $18,500 for the car itself (not OTD, obviously), whereas $19,600 and $19,300 were the best prices offered in my area.
The dealership treated me very well, and the COSTCO contact person in the area was wonderful to work with (I think we're not supposed to mention names?). She stuck to the quoted price, returned calls promptly, and although they could not order or hold the car I wanted at the COSTCO price, she called me the second the vehicle I wanted arrived on the lot.
I had also called the COSTCO Auto Buying Program to check on whether the dealer was contracted to hold cars for customers (I was getting antsy because I thought there may have been a catch). The person taking my call was great, and a "Member Advocate" called the General Manager of Cush Honda and called me back within 15 minutes.
You may be able to find a better deal in your area, but I just wanted to try to help anyone out that may be in the position I was in. Good luck to everyone!