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#28 of 77 Re: 2009 Civic LX-S [chicago1985guy]
Jul 13, 2009 (6:00 pm)
I've noticed the same thing in my 2009 Civic LX. I used to drive a GMC Envoy, that thing was colder than a well digger's knee in the Klondike!
I also have another beef with Honda (this is my FIRST Honda purchase). The way the windshield and rear window are placed makes it IMPOSSIBLE to clean the inside of the window all the way down! I'm a female with medium sized hands and can't get my hands past the hump on the driver's side! Same thing with the rear window and the brake light.
Is Honda behind the marketing of the "Windshield Wonder"???
#29 of 77 A/C Current Gen Civic [corgimom]
Jul 14, 2009 (9:07 am)
I think it is the size of the front windshield.
#30 of 77 Re: 2009 Civic LX-S [corgimom]
Jul 15, 2009 (5:01 am)
Maybe not since some other cars have this extreme sloped windshield/backlight but it works pretty well to clean the bottom and corners...I have one!!
#31 of 77 air vent direction light always on - why?
Jul 15, 2009 (6:08 am)
Have a new Civic LX and noticed that a light is on one of the air vent buttons all the time (showing direction of air flow) even when the fan is off, a/c off, etc. Why? Anyone else notice this? Thanks in advance!
#32 of 77 windshield wonder
Jul 15, 2009 (5:09 pm)
Where do you find the windshield wonder to purchase? Thanks
#33 of 77 Re: 2009 Civic LX A/C
Aug 12, 2009 (4:44 pm)
I bought my Civic at the end of March, and never used the A/C until recently. After I turned it on for 20 minutes on Highway, I was surprised to find out that the A/C was much worse than I thought. I brought the car back to the dealer this morning, and they told me (after 6 hours) that the Freon was low and needed to be refilled. They also said that the Freon was a maintenance item and WAS NOT covered by the warranty. The charge was $150. This is the first time I turn on the A/C in this new car, and I need to pay for insufficient Freon? I complained to Honda America, and they gave me a case number; I'll see how it goes.
Aug 12, 2009 (4:52 pm)
Y'all probably should've turned on the a/c at least once a week to make sure things were working according to the specs. It's a closed system so there must be a small leak somewhere for the freon to be depleted. From now on, use the a/c more and in the colder months, turn it on some to let the freon circulate.
#35 of 77 oil changes on the 2008 civic lx
Aug 12, 2009 (5:37 pm)
I would have been ticked--what amazes me is the length of time the civics run between oil changes. I purchased the warranty where the maintaince was done for the next 5 years or 60,000 miles. I have to wait until the little wrench icon pops up on the reminder window or the oil life is at 15. Seems odd that at 20k miles I have only had 1 oil change in the life of the vehicle--it is an 2008 civic ex-
#36 of 77 2009 Civic troubles
Aug 12, 2009 (6:47 pm)
I have to say, my A/C has actually been great - too cold, in fact. I'm sorry to hear so many people are having so many problems.
A few months ago (between February and April) I was having trouble with starting the car. I never really gave an update... sorry! So, I was told that it was normal for the car to take up to 15 seconds to start. I think that is ridiculous, but the repair guy read it out of a book. It had trouble starting when I dropped it off. I was standing right there, and they said, "oh - is that what you're talking about?" so we all knew it happened. Then after three days, they said there wasn't a problem, so I took it home. It had trouble starting one more time in April, and then never again. I have it documented, so if something else happens, at least they'll know that it wasn't the first time.
#37 of 77 Re: 2009 Civic LX A/C [accordhunter]
Aug 13, 2009 (8:29 am)
A few questions then my comments on what Honda told you. You say you bought the car in early April (or the end of March) correct? I see that by the title of this post it was a new 2009, correct? I will tell you that we own a 1995 Dodge and I HAD been returning it to the dealer at the beginning of the cooling season (April..May) each year for a system check thinking that from year to year it might need "topped off" with R-134a (I will use the term Freon in this post but it is R-134a) but after a few times I was told it needed none so I have not done that particular service in a couple of years. Knock wood but the car still blows cold on its original compressor and all other AC components. The AC lines have not been tapped into except to check the freon level those times I had that service done. This is a long winded way to say.....a new car should NOT need freon unless it was insufficiently filled from the factory. It could, but should not, have a leak. You should be able to "not" use your AC for years (although you should to circulate the oil that exists within the freon to condition seals and lubricate the compressor) and still have no freon loss on a new car. If this happened 12 years down the road I would say OK something developed a leak through age and use....but I disagree with Honda that you should have to pay for this service/repair since clearly there was a low level since new. The only other way this could have happened was for a stone or other road debris to puncture the condenser in front of the radiator which is a known issue with this generation Honda.