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Honda Civic, Coupe, Hatchback
#901 of 1035 Re: rattletrap [fasterthanyou]
Oct 11, 2006 (7:55 pm)
I have a 2006 Civic EX automatic and have to say I am also surprised at the lack of quality on this car. I have owned a couple of Preludes and a couple of Accord coupes and they were far superior in terms of quality. Granted they were more expensive cars, so maybe I am comparing apples and oranges. My dealership advisors just get a glazed look on their faces when I try to describe the rattles, as if to say,"Yeah, right. We will be able to fix that(snicker, snicker). Overall, I do like the car. It definitely gets looks. Much more so than my 1999 Accord Coupe, anyway. Gas mileage has been nice compared to the V6 in my Accord. Things I would like to see improved upon in the Civic: quality control (rattles), better interior insulation. My nit picky wishes: fold out mirrors, automatic climate control, power driver seat. Two questions, 1) Does anyone know if door sill plates are available for the coupe and 2) Are the accessory floor mats different from the standard floor mats on the Ex. I noticed on the Honda wed site that they have the Civic logo on them. Mine do not and they are, honestly, the most ridiculously cheap floor mats I have ever seen. I have almost worn a hole through the drivers side after 4000 miles. Thanks for letting me rant!
Oct 11, 2006 (8:07 pm)
It's the same engine, or virtually so. All they've done is gear it for more HP and less torque since HP sells.
Kind of like computers. Gotta have the bigger number, despite that Word runs exactly as fast on either machine.
Oct 12, 2006 (9:19 pm)
I see your the owner of a 2005 Civic Si that has 160 hp and made in England. This is a different car than you own. Have you even driven a 2006? Believe me, it has ample power.
#906 of 1035 Re: Si on the track [carfanatic007]
Nov 15, 2006 (11:05 pm)
The Si has a nice combination of price, modern design look and decent performance (and hopefully Honda reliability). I was very surprised that the car felt so responsive with as little tourque or horsepower as it has down low. After reading about it I was sure I'd really have to wind it out with the tourque and horsepower curves being maxed out pretty high up in the rev range but I found that wasn't the case. It's quite easy to start out and gain speed relatively quickly without running it up to 6000 (which BTW is very fun to do .
I'd been looking at the Subaru Legacy GT pretty hard and loved the vast reserves of torque but just didn't like the color choices (any color you want as long as it's gray, dk gray, or lgt gray... ok it isn't that bad but it's close). That car also didn't look particularly sporty (the ultimate sleeper) but dang it will flat fly (best test I've seen 5.2 0-60)! I found it VERY difficult to feel any turbo lag in that car. I mean how much could it have if it lauched to 60 in under 6 seconds? (which it does in virtually every test I've seen). Note to other Si owners (and S2000 owners for that matter) - if a sleepy old Legacy GT pulls up next to you don't be surprised if it blows past you.
I ended up buying a Rallye Red Si a couple weeks ago because it appealed to my inner child. It "feels" almost as responsive as the Legacy and it sounds great. I think the sound has as much to do with that "feeling" as anything because it sounds fast it makes you think it is fast . It was a bright shiny true red which is and always has been my favorite color and I could put my golf clubs and push cart in the trunk with a little room to spare.
So far I love the car it handles like a go cart and doesn't lean as much in the corners as the Legacy Gt did. I read that review of the VIR lap times as well. It's a good thing I can't drive as hard on the roads to work everyday as I'm sure those guys were pushing the cars around that closed race course, because if I could drive it that hard then I might be upset to find out my car has a floppy suspension and brakes that burn up quickly... but since I have to drive in the real world I doubt I'll ever experience brake fade or feel like I'm driving something "floppy".
Incidently - I'm coming out of a "German made" VW Passat which is another reason I'm back in a Honda! I don't care what the car mags say when it comes to any German (make that any european car make). They may well have the best ride, handling, performance etc... but their reliability SUCKS! I loved my Passat it was a lot of fun but it was also a great way for me to get to know Earl and Chip by name ... they are two of the nicest service managers you could ever hope to meet. I almost felt like I had a reserved plated parking stall just outside the shop entrance! I should have made a xerox of my "early bird" drop off envelope! I don't care how many times the VW beats the Si in a comparison I won't venture to a german dealership until I see some solid red circles under a bunch of VW/Audi/MB/BMW's products in Consumer Reports. US automakers have actually surpased the european makes in realiability.
I'll be driving the Si until the next version of the Accord, Legacy, Impreza and Evo are out on the market - I've been looking at spy photos of those vehicles and am excited about what the next few years will bring. In the mean time I'll drive my floppy Si around and pull over and offer assistance to anybody parked on the side of the road in a VW (it's the least I can do since I got the shop on speed dial
Dec 03, 2006 (5:13 pm)
Just bought an 07 SI. Where's the oil filter located.
#908 of 1035 Intake Air temperature sensor
Dec 06, 2006 (8:15 pm)
Does anybody know where the Intake Air temperature sensor is located at on the intake pipe? Your help is appreciated.
#909 of 1035 Volvo C30 won German design award over Civic SI
Dec 09, 2006 (10:26 pm)
"The C30...won a major design award in Germany: the Auto Bild Design Award. The automotive magazine Auto Bild asked its readers what they thought was the world’s most beautiful car. The Volvo C30 won the “small and compact-size cars” class ahead of the Opel Corsa and Honda Civic."
German Design Award
Volvo, a class above the Civic SI, is entering sport hatch/compact coupe segment along with BMW, Mercedes, and Audi. I was a big fan of the Civic CRX, but this Volvo is sexy. So many offerings are popping up in this segment, beatle, mini, now the c30, anything to do with gas prices?