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#125 of 221 You can NOT install a Radio or A/C in a 2012 DX
Jul 10, 2011 (6:39 am)
I entered into a purchase agreement to buy a 2012 Civic DX with the promise the dealer would install an Air Conditioner. After a couple days, they told me it was impossible. Honda offered no guidance. And, no current aftermarket installers could do so. Also they told me that it was impossible to install an LX radio in the DX. It was not listed as an "accessory;" so, not possible. I called around to a few dealers -even a big online part dealer from the east coast. All told me the same thing. I did find one professional review that said the Honda DX was factory wired with speakers so that a dealer or customer could install a radio. This is July 2012. I bet by October 2012, Honda will provide "how to" guidance on both of the above issues. If not, it is kinda of sad that in 2012, a major car maker would design, build, and sell such a bland uncomfortable stripper model. Due to the Japan crisis, my dealer had three new cars. 2 2012 civic DX sedans and one 2012 EX-navigation coupe. (for the record they also had a few 2011 SUVs) Luckily, they cut me a great deal on the EX coupe. before taxes, it was $1000 below TMV.
#126 of 221 Re: I cant stand these slanted headrests!! [jonnakate]
Jul 10, 2011 (7:55 pm)
Perhaps try a seat cushion/pad which will cause your back and head to be further way from the headrests?
Or perhaps tilt your seat back one notch from your current setting?
#127 of 221 Re: You can NOT install a Radio or A/C in a 2012 DX [jocolli]
Jul 11, 2011 (3:37 am)
Honda has been selling the DX model in pretty much its current form since 2006 model year. It had no radio, AC, and other features the public expects as standard even then. I remember looking at one when we bought our 2006 EX sedan wondering who would pay the premium price (for a car having nothing) then pay some more to have those features installed...I guess people will pay for the "Honda" name even thought the car is a stripper. Not me because the name won't keep me cool or play tunes for me. Anyhow, my point is, sure dealers can install an AC at the least, they could back then because I asked out of curiosity. Try an Elantra and see what you DON'T give up for not much more!!!
#128 of 221 Re: You can NOT install a Radio or A/C in a 2012 DX [jocolli]
Jul 11, 2011 (3:31 pm)
I've been retired for a year now but I didn't know honda even made DX Civics anymore! Even when we could get them, we wouldn't order any because they such poor sellers.
You think it's "sad" that Honda would build and sell such a "bland, uncomfortable stripper" model?
Well....um...YOU bought this car! You knew EXACTLY what you were buying!
By the time you add A/C and a decent radio you'll be close to the price of an LX.
Any car stereo shop will be able to install a nice radio for you at a decent price.
As far as A/C? I know Honda used to sell and install A/C units for DX's and I would find it odd that they no longer do this. I would call a couple of other stores and ask.
Your last sentence confuses me. did you buy an EX coupe too?
#129 of 221 Window Tinting
Jul 15, 2011 (9:10 pm)
What is everyone doing with window tinting the 2012 Civic?
What percentages are you doing? What is the 'factory tint' percentages?
#130 of 221 poor radio reception 2012 civic
Jul 28, 2011 (3:40 pm)
I am getting poor radio reception -- lots of static -- in the lower range of the FM dial in my new civic. Is anyone else having this problem? Any ideas on how to circumvent the problem? The dealer is thus far stumped.
#131 of 221 Civic no longer recommended by Consumer Reports
Aug 01, 2011 (9:45 pm)
2012 owners, your resale value just sank.... Honda was positively humiliated on national news by Consumer Reports saying they could no longer recommend the Civic due to choppy ride, loud road noise, cheap plastic interior, and bland styling. This was the same magazine that has been used for years by owners as the reason their Hondas were superior to other cars, particularly Korean and American cars. I have to wonder what excuse they will use now or whether they will just insert their foot in mouth and retreat to the corner Honda totally messed up on the redesign and are now paying dearly. Honda has completely lost their way.
#132 of 221 Re: Civic no longer recommended by Consumer Reports [carfreak09]
Aug 02, 2011 (8:48 pm)
The 60 month ALG residual value percentage of a 2012 Civic is 45%. This compares to the Elantra 39%.
Hyundai don't have too high of a trade in value. Example....You will learn of the trade in value of a Hyundai Accent is 25% after 60 months.
#133 of 221 Re: Civic no longer recommended by Consumer Reports [delmar1]
Aug 02, 2011 (11:00 pm)
That ALG figure did not take into account no longer being recommended by the magazine many people tend to look at when purchasing their next vehicle. I fully expect the ALG value to drop when this fact is considered. Regardless, the 12 Civic is an embarassment to Honda and shows they have been resting on their sterling reputation for quality for far too long.
#134 of 221 Re: Civic no longer recommended by Consumer Reports [carfreak09]
by kirstie_h HOST
Aug 03, 2011 (7:43 am)
It's a bit early to predict Civic resale values plummeting, and a bit extreme.
When purchasing a 5-year-old vehicle, the consumer is generally looking at how well the vehicle has held up compared to others of the same age, and how reliable it has been. Unless the Civic is falling apart and breaking down at a rate greater than its competition, the CR initial rating - which was, after all, only downgraded on fit & finish, not safety or reliability - won't matter.
The rating may ding new vehicle sales, but the used consumer market is different. Who's to say that a 5 yr old Corolla, Elantra, etc., won't deteriorate to the point where the ride quality and finish are even with the Civics?