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Honda Civic, Fuel Efficiency (MPG)
#2039 of 2125 Re: Low mileage on a very new 2009 Civic LX [jamie1994]
Jul 28, 2009 (5:27 am)
Factor in the facts that the newest generation Civics are...larger, heavier, more powerful, safer, need to conform to much more strict emission standards, more comfortable and still can get over 40mpg highway (ours gets as much as 42 to 43 mpg on interstate drives per ScanGage) no one should "long" for the good old (1994 etc) Civics for any reason. Well, maybe reliability as the newest ones seem more prone to unusual (un-Honda like) troubles.
#2040 of 2125 Maintenance Minder/oil change
Aug 11, 2009 (4:04 pm)
I am a new Honda owner and would like to know, on a 2009 civic honda -what's the average mileage before first oil change? I am uncertain about the maintenance minder and how it works on my car- and yes have read about it in manual.
Thanks for any advice.
Aug 11, 2009 (4:16 pm)
On my '06 LX, the 1st oil change came at about 7.5k miles and the 2nd at about 16k. But I do 95% city driving which has an effect. All highway miles could've gone more miles in between swaps. That was with using dino oil. Still mulling over the switch to synthetic with the next change and if I go that direction, will probably do a 8k to 9k change interval. Still at 70% on the oil minder so I've got plenty of time to decide. My mechanic near work wants me to do the switch but my mechanic closer to home thinks it's unnecessary with my driving style. Though with synthetic, I could go for a change once a year.
#2042 of 2125 Re: Maintenance Minder/oil change [sjet]
Aug 11, 2009 (7:55 pm)
I wouldn't take it past 10k miles or 1 year. Personally, my 2006 Accord (same engine family, different size - 2.4L I4) goes about 7,000 miles. I do a lot of highway, but I don't mind revving it to 6,000 when I want to or need to.
#2043 of 2125 Re: Maintenance Minder/oil change [sjet]
Aug 12, 2009 (5:25 am)
I'm from the old school and change the oil every 5K miles or 6 months, whichever comes first.
Dino oil can break down over time and build up acids which are harmful to the engine. Oil is cheap compared to the price of an engine replacement or trading cars.
Interesting to me that on our two 2003 Honda models, before the maintenance minder, Honda recommended oil changes at 7500 miles, or a time frame, unless driven under severe conditions. Then they suggest oil change at 3750 miles and shorter time frame.
Sever conditions were considered to be short trips, traffic, mountain driving, dusty conditions, hot conditions, cold conditions, towing, and so forth. Therefore "Normal Driving" would pretty much be considered highway driving below 70 MPH with no more load than two people in the car between temperatures of 32F and 75F. Pretty much abnormal for most drivers.
Then with the same engine and drive train they suddenly decide that going much farther/longer is OK.
They also now include a device for recording fuel milesge that is reported to be inaccurate at best. All it has to do is keep track of the odometer and fuel flow, and doesn't do that well according to posts on this forum. ! So how can they keep track of the various driving conditions, load, and so forth with any real degree of accuracy, for something as important as the condition of the oil?
I only drive 5K-7K miles a year, but the oil gets changed every 6 months. So effectively I'm spending $30 extra every year to keep fresh oil in and fresh filters on the engine. Work is done at the local Honda dealer. $30 a year seems reasonable to me for the piece of mind.
Different strokes for different folks.
#2044 of 2125 Re: 7.5 K [sandman_6472]
Aug 13, 2009 (3:44 am)
Thanks to ALL much for reply and advice. My miles are highway driving so will keep that in mind. Just pushed my sel/reset and it showed 80% oil life. I am assuming that oil is still ok???? Still getting use to driving new Honda as well as comparing it to my previous Nissan Altima.
Aug 13, 2009 (2:59 pm)
Why wouldn't it be o k? Think you're putting too much thought into all this. When it gets down to 15%...just change it & the filter...end of story. They've made it incredibly easy for ya now. Enjoy your new ride!
#2046 of 2125 Re: Oil O K? [sandman_6472]
Aug 14, 2009 (1:32 pm)
OK, that's what I wanted to know, enjoy I will. Thanks!
#2047 of 2125 Honda civic 1998 LX. 120 000 milles
Aug 23, 2009 (1:30 pm)
I did in 3 times a solid 47.5/47.5/48 mpg. whit a 120k car. i did that on the highway at 70 mi/h. whit a 30 milles of city.
i put a 369 milles on the counter for 7.8 gallon of gaz..
sorry if my conversion is not perfect i live in canada and the tank is in liter and kilometer..
in metric consommation is 5.8 liter/100km
i did a average of 43 mpg whit the car.
incredible for a 11 years car ... the new car did not do really best than that. and a pay the car cash one payment hehe...
#2048 of 2125 Re: Honda civic 1998 LX. 120 000 milles [westy1]
Aug 23, 2009 (1:47 pm)
Congratulations !! May you be trouble free for 400,000 miles or as long as you plan to keep it !! Getting the kind of mileage you want LONG after the payments have stopped is one reason to like situations like this !!
5.8 L/100 km is 40.55 mpg (128 oz per gal, 32 oz per qt)