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#75 of 572 Just bought my wife an 08 Honda Civic Coupe
May 18, 2008 (5:10 am)
Hi all! I am new here and thought I would say hi, and tell you what we think of the 08 Honda Civic 2 door Coupe. We live just west of the Ann Arbor MI area, and my wife has a near 70 mile a day round trip drive to work. She was doing this in her 15 mpg 2004 Jeep Liberty, which has been a trouble free vehicle for the past 100,000 miles. I just put its first set of brakes on last week.
Like many of us, she was complaining about the cost of fuel and the direct relation it was having on her bank account, along with the cost of groceries. Gas is $4+ a gallon here right now and it just keeps going up. So, being a good husband (sarc), I surprised her two weeks ago and told her she was getting a new car, take a half day on Friday and we will pick it up. She had no clue what the Honda Civic looked like, not many 2 doors up here in the Detroit area, or the fact that she was getting a new car. She was kinda po'd about the purchase, as she wanted a say in HER new car. But sometimes drastic measures are in order, and $4+ and climbing fuel costs made this purchase justifiable in my book.
Well, I got LUCKY and she LOVES the car, she is still grinning, and still has her Jeep to boot. I found her a black 2008 Civic EX-L Coupe, loaded with auto trans, leather, navi, etc., you guys know the set up. She loves it! She likes the dash, loves the navi, huge trunk, sporty exterior and the heated seats fit her like a glove. I also added the oem fog lamps (what a ripoff $$$) and the Honda trunk liner.
Now the trunk liner, though not cheap, was worth every penny. Very nice design, with a huge lip around the edges in case something spills or breaks back there. Also, the fog lamps, still mad about that $$$$, really finish off the looks of the car. They should be a standard option on the EX's.
While at the dealer, I also had a pin stripe applied. A very fine silver and graphite dual stripe, nothing tacky. You can see it and you can't, depends on how the light hits it. It gives the car just a little extra sizzle, but nothing that makes you go huh.
And I agree with the comments regarding the parking break, my leg hits it too. I really think that this vehicle is geared more towards a smaller person, or a lady's car. The parking break is not an issue for my wife. But, she does have one complaint, and I agree, there is no BlueTooth on the navi. This should at least be an option on the navi units. I would pay to have this installed, but it only seems available on the Accord. And I don't want to go chopping the interior up to add this option. So, I found a Jabra SP5050 BT unit that clips to her visor and pairs up nicely with her iPhone. Now I just need the iPhone to do the voice recognition to auto dial and we will be all set. Should be available with the new iPhone release this June from what I have heard.
In regards to power, sure it could be a little zippier or peppy, but at what cost? I bought this car for the fuel mileage and the luxury features it actually offers. And at this price point, I don't know of any other car out there that can actually compete. I got out of the dealer with a 6 year 120,000 mile warranty and the car itself for under sticker, which was around $23,500. And while we were at the dealer, they sold a couple of these Civics while we waited for delivery. Very hard car to find with any equipment. They had to get ours out of Toledo, OH. And from what I was told by this dealer and a few others in the area, the EX-L is getting to be a rare find in the SE MI area. I was just happy to get out of there under sticker with the warranty!
But, here is the best part, and why I wanted this particular little luxury ride. My wife's first full tank of gas took her 390 miles on 8.8 gallons of gas! That works out to 44 mpg! And this is not a hybrid. She is so happy that instead of spending $100+ a week in gas, that she is now down around $40-$45 a week. This savings alone, and the small car payment a month, put this little Honda into the appreciating asset category. It is cheaper to drive with a payment than her paid for Jeep Liberty.
And she will check on the Civic dash for 09. She believes that her company makes that particular dash.
#76 of 572 Mid Cycle Tweaks
May 18, 2008 (1:38 pm)
Honda usually refreshes in the 4th model year, just like Toyota used to do. The front and rear fascia's get a somewhat different look with maybe the tail lights flipped over or something close to that. Nothing to major as it would be to cost prohibitive. But it'll still look nice. Honda seems to be going in that swoopy direction as evidenced with the new model that runs on hydrogen...a very nice look in my opinion.
Will be real curious to see the early spy shots of the next generation Civic. Not sure if they will go back to a more traditional dash layout as I think the jury is split 50/50 over it's look and functionality. I personally like the ease of not having to take one's eyes off the road to see exactly how fast the vehicle is moving. My kids who are young drivers prefer it also. But a whole bunch of folks feel differently and I know Honda is very much aware of this fact.
#77 of 572 09 Dashboard and interior
May 18, 2008 (8:16 pm)
Should just be a refined version of the current one. The only real major interior change could be bluetooth. Maybe a USB port on the EX/EX-L model. The fit Navi unit is capable of it so a simple software update is possible. I would like to see the EX/EX-L sedan get the Si sedan stereo with subwoofer.
#78 of 572 Re: Shifter and Parking Brake [gasmizr]
May 20, 2008 (10:14 pm)
HI guys, I just signed up here and thought I'd make a quick reply. First off, i just bought a Civic Si Coupe last week, and LOVE that car. Anyways .. to the point: The parking brake is in a strange position indeed. However, look in your backseat. Do you see how the middle part of the floor has a FLAT bottom, instead of that HUMP found in almost every other car in the world? That is achieved by putting the parking break in an "odd" position. So, it is a nice little trade-off, imho.
#79 of 572 Re: 09 Dashboard and interior [rv65]
May 21, 2008 (6:05 am)
so far it looks like no USB port (since we already have the AUX in). An upgraded Nav unit and an EX stereo upgrade however seems possible...
#80 of 572 Re: 09 Dashboard and interior [tiger72]
May 21, 2008 (2:46 pm)
Infact they would just have to upgrade the headunit to support it. The USB unit will be in addition to the Aux input. Honda says expect this usb device to be on all models. The EX stereo will probably happen. The USB/iPod port only works with 5th generation and up iPod's. As for usb devices a certain amount will work. Nav won't likely get upgraded. Maybe bluetooth is the upgrade.
#81 of 572 Re: 09 Dashboard and interior [rv65]
May 24, 2008 (7:50 pm)
Maybe the software and some minor components. Maybe all models very quickly.
#82 of 572 09 civic Exterior changes
May 24, 2008 (7:52 pm)
Should see some modest changes exterior wise. Nothing too major. No diesel though.
#83 of 572 Re: Stability Control, Diesel [rv65]
May 28, 2008 (1:43 pm)
How do you know the will add Stability control on all trims? Do you think they will add power driver seats anytime soon?
#84 of 572 Re: Cost of dealer installed A/C? [shipo]
May 28, 2008 (1:54 pm)
On the 2008 EX coupe, what is the effect of exchanging the 16" tires for 17" tires? Will it affect ride comfort/noise and/or fuel economy?