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You are in the Honda Civic GX (natural gas)
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Honda Civic, Alternative Fuels, Hybrid Cars
#84 of 1097 Re: Honda Civic GX (CNG powered; natural gas) [aaaedgarpoe]
May 02, 2005 (5:31 pm)
I just purchased a 1999 Civic GX. It didn't come with an owners manual and I wanted to know if the service schedule and service parts, air-filter, spark plugs, ect. are the same as a normal Civic. I will be commuting about 110 miles a day so the mileage will add up quick.
Like another poster asked does anyone actually have a home phill unit? Did you install it yourself? What was the purchase price (and install price) and did you get any rebates? One more: can the 12 foot hose be extended to like 20 feet?
#85 of 1097 Re: Honda Civic GX (CNG powered; natural gas) [moore101]
May 02, 2005 (7:09 pm)
The service schedule is different. Oil changes are every 10,000 miles. You should find a dealership that has a tech trained for the GX. You can use Honda's website to find who sells and therefore services them in your area.
I'm soliciting bids for the Phill unit right now. It looks like it'll cost $3400 plus $1000 for installation. No rebates that I know of. Fuelmaker will not allow you to install it yourself. They send the unit to the installer. I would contact Fuelmaker directly about extending the hose. phillfuelmaker.com.
#86 of 1097 Re: Honda Civic GX (CNG powered; natural gas) [nostrom0]
May 02, 2005 (7:20 pm)
4400? Ouch. I think I'll stick with the old-fashioned fill up at a station (about 5 of them on my way to work).
Thanks for the info on the service. According to honda.com there is a dealer that supports the GX in Monrovia so that isn't too far. I will still do the normal wear item maintence just like my other cars.
#88 of 1097 GX require a smog check?
May 02, 2005 (7:44 pm)
Does CA require the GX to be smogged?
#89 of 1097 Re: GX require a smog check? [moore101]
May 03, 2005 (12:58 pm)
I found out a smog check is required just like any other car.
#90 of 1097 Re: Maintenance of GX - Things Honda doesn't tell you about the GX
May 03, 2005 (5:43 pm)
The GX has a different and much more expensive maintenance schedule than regular GXs.
The GX requires replacement of the expensive "low pressure fuel filter element" every 10,000 miles. I have quotes from 3 different dealers ranging from $185 to $325 to accomplish this. This is not something you can do yourself, only GX dealers are supposed to do it. If you don't do it you may have warranty problems.
You also need to inspect the "high pressure fuel filter" every 10,000 miles and replace it every 30,000 miles. The price I got for the rear "CNG filter assembly" is $998 for just the part!!! The GX dealers don't know much about these cars so its hard getting decent info from them. They are pretty much clueless when it comes to the GX, but thats the price the parts department gave me.
The engine valves need to be inspected every 30,000 (probably the same as other Civics but that is maintenance most cars don't require.) My valves started clattering after 10,000 miles, so I can see why they require this.
The CVT requires the oil be changed every 24,000 miles or 2 years if you live in a hot environment and drive fast (not sure what they define as high speed) otherwise its at 36,000 miles and again at 60,000 miles.
The CNG tank needs to be inspected every 3 years or 36,000 miles.
For those used to a low maintenance car, maintenance costs on this car may come as a shock!!!
p.s. the 3 GX dealers I am familiar with each only have 1 technician certified to work on the GX, so if that person is off, or on vacation, don't expect your GX to be worked on.
#91 of 1097 Re: Maintenance of GX - Things Honda doesn't tell you about the GX [gx222]
May 04, 2005 (4:14 pm)
Thanks for the info. What year is your GX? I got the standard civic owners manual but it does not cover anything about the CNG portion of the car. Did your manual come with a CNG suppliment?
#92 of 1097 Re: Maintenance of GX - Things Honda doesn't tell you about the GX [moore101]
May 04, 2005 (4:34 pm)
Mine is a 2003. It came with the regular Civic manual and also a smaller GX supplement.