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Honda Civic Tires and Wheels



  • krazydawgkrazydawg Posts: 5
    5 MPG is a big difference. Are you positive it was the tire size? The 95 Civic EX is rated for 26 MPG combined city/highway but I average 33-34 MPG on non-stock tires.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,705
    Just think what you can be getting OVER the 33-34 that you now get!!?? We run the stock size 185 70-14 (04 Civic VP). The average commute mpg is between 38-42. Keep in mind that same sized tire worn vs brand new shows a slight negative mpg. (lots of reasons but don't want to bore you with the real details)
  • crazyflycrazyfly Posts: 61
    Yea, positive about the tire size. The mpg dropped after 4-new tires were put on the 2002 civic.

    33-34 mpg is great! Back in the day I used to have a 92 civic (same gen as 95) that averaged 38 mpg from everyday city driving, and 42 mpg on highway, all stock tire size. It was a stick shift and I Loved that car!
  • krazydawgkrazydawg Posts: 5
    I found the older Civics like the 92-95 VX/CRX get better MPG and the newer Civics get better MPG than my 95 EX. The 33-34 MPG is achieved mostly from coasting to traffic lights, tire pressure of max 44 PSI, and driving the speed limit. Driving on a flat highway or going 55 MPH raises it up a bit more. I've hit 40 MPG several times. I have an automatic but the manual does make a difference.
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Older Civics can get better gas mileage than newer ones because the horsepower was less as well as the curb weight.
  • crazyflycrazyfly Posts: 61
    You are getting pretty good gas mileage. In case you've not already taken care of this, you may want to check/replace the air filter and fuel filter of civic just to be sure all is set for optimum air/fuel ratio and performance. A good fuel system cleaner may also help to further increase the mpg.
  • I am wondering whether to keep the 16" stock wheels or upgrade
    to the 16" alloys for Xtra $1,220, or the 17" alloy for Xtra $2,114!! wow pricey stuff
    I thought I was told that the larger tire would give smoother ride????

    Another MAJOR concern is .. tires. WHAT are stock tires on the Civic Couple EX?
    Are they cheapo depot? I drive 500 highway miles per week, so is there such a thing as doing the switchout before taking position of car & put on a good Michelen? I don't know how they would compensate me on getting a car without their tires tho.
    Anyone savvy in this area?
  • There is a service Bulletin. HONDA is aware there is an issue with a control arm in the back end. I just replaced 4 tires at 26,000 miles. HONDA sees no problem with replacing tires at this point.
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,705
    With 26,000 miles per year (I take it that is only the commute) if it were me, it makes all the sense in the world to keep the stock wheels. Then, just keep yourself in good quality commute tires.
  • My daughter drives a 2007 Honda Civic LX Sedan. She needs to replace the tires. The OEM tires have a Speed Rating of H and a Load Rating of 91. Would there be any ill-effects from replacing them with tires with a Speed Rating of T and a Load Rating of 89?

    I know that a T Speed Rating indicates a lower speed than the H, but T is supposed to be OK up to 118mph, which should cover anything she will do.

    I'm less sure about the difference in the Load Rating.
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    My daughter drives a 2007 Honda Civic LX Sedan. She needs to replace the tires. The OEM tires have a Speed Rating of H and a Load Rating of 91. Would there be any ill-effects from replacing them with tires with a Speed Rating of T and a Load Rating of 89?

    Here's a chart that will help you see how much weight difference will be going from a 91 to an 89:
  • Thanks for the response.

    If I am interpreting the chart correctly, each tire could hande 1279 lbs for the lower rated tire vs. 1356 for the higher.

    1279 x 4 = 5116

    1356 x 4 = 5424

    So the load carrying capacity of the car would be reduced by 318 lbs.

    5,116 lbs sounds like plenty for a vehicle with a curb weight of 2,657 lbs.
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    If I am interpreting the chart correctly, each tire could hande 1279 lbs for the lower rated tire vs. 1356 for the higher.

    Yes, that's my interpretation as well.
  • I need new tires for my 2000 Honda 4-door Civic. I have Michelin now and would prefer to economize if possible and still get decent-quality wheels. I live in northern California and very occasionally might drive over icy roads. My mechanic has recommended Uniroyal TP Tour as a mid-range choice. Any recommendations out there?
  • I say we should take Honda Motor company to court. File a Class Action Lawsuit!
    My Brother and I each bought new HCH's in 2007. My brother noticed a problem with the handling on his vehicle at highway speeds about a year after the purchase. He thought it was a steering problem and was afraid to drive the car anymore, so he called Honda and informed them. Honda sent a tow truck to take the car to a Honda dealership. The knuckle-head tow truck driver did not check whether the emergency hand brake was engaged and towed the car with it on. That fried the cars rear brake shoes, drums, bearings etc. Honda refused to take responsibility, first saying the tow truck was operated by a sub-contractor. Then they changed their story and insisted that the damage must have happened earlier - insinuating that my brother must have been driving with the emerg brake engaged!
    My brother filed a case with small claims court and Honda finally was forced to pay. But they just covered half the expense incurred. My brother was fed up by then and did not pursue it. Later he had his tires replaced due to uneven wear. Nothing was ever mentioned about this TSB. No more Honda's for either of us. We have had it with them. I have had good experiences with Toyota before so it'll be Toyota from now on. Everyone I know, will also be given this info and advised to avoid Honda.
    Some of you might wonder why my vehicle did not have the same prob's. I happen to be a sailor so I drive it very little. Just took it in for an oil change to Honda dealership and the Tech recommended alignment due to uneven tire wear! No mention of the TSB. Lucky for me I googled the problem and stumbled onto this forum. Thanks for this great thread. I will keep you guys posted about my car as I have called in today and made appointment for tomorrow.
    Also found that the Accord 2009 & 2010 have a brake problem and Honda is treating those owners badly too. No more Honda's for me. Make this my last Honda.
  • Well, I must say I was pleasantly surprised with Honda this time! I took my vehicle in to Mississauga Honda along with the TSB. After telling me that the TSB was American and not Canadian, the service advisor accepted my car as a Canadian TSB exists for the same problem. He called me later to inform me that the parts were on order and would be in within a few days. As for the Tires, I would pay half as Honda would be prorating them. They called me when the control arms came in and I took my car in again. I found out I would have to pay $270 plus tax for my share of the tire price. I wasn’t happy that the new tires would be Dunlop’s. He told me Honda would only pay for Dunlop’s as they had low rolling resistance and were a must for the Hybrid. I had no choice but didn’t like that as I have not read good things about the Dunlop original tires. Besides, that seemed to be a high price to pay for [non-permissible content removed] tires. Anyway, I told him to go ahead and do it and I would claim a refund from Honda. I had already filed a complaint with BBB.
    After leaving the car at the dealership I called Honda Canada later in the day and they listened to me and I was given a file number and told they would let me know of their decision within 48 hrs. Note that my car has 27000 kms and I have 3 months left to complte 3 years since I purchased it.
    When I went to pick up my car, BOY was I surprised! No charge for anything and I had 4 new tires! Well, THANK YOU Honda. I have no more complaint. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.
  • sotonysotony Posts: 4
    I'm also getting a crash course (pls excuse the pun) in tire specs, as I am replacing tires on my Civic soon. I agree with your interpretation of the charts, but keep in mind that the tire load rating is not the only limiting factor of the car's maximum load capacity. I'm sure the suspension components also have a lot to do with it. The manual states that the max load of all passengers/cargo/trailer tongue weight is 850 lbs (pg. 158 in my '06 EX Sedan's manual). My OEM tires (Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02) have the lower 89 load rating. So, I really doubt the tire's load rating is the limiting factor in the overall vehicle load capacity. At most, the better load rating might give better handling. Hope this helps!
  • here here!!!!!! my 08 civic holds multiple problems, for which I am being ignored here in canada. never buy honda! This will be my last!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Love the car so much am hoping to interest the wife into buying one for herself within the next year or two. Think the 2011 model will be a complete redo from the ground up, so a late model '10 could work for her. She's driven mine so I know she'd have no problem adjusting from her current Mazda 3s. I've got the galaxy gray color but prefer the newer gray color. Time will tell though.

    From what I hear, stability control will have to be standard on all cars from 2011 on, so might be best to wait till the 2012 model hits the streets. The 3s has been very reliable after an early teething problem. The a/c has not been the strongest either. Nothing really interests me from the big 3 except the Ford Fiesta. It is a bit on the small side but it just might appeal to her. The only problem is it's a Ford product. We had two Lincoln's and a Torino growing up and they were the biggest pieces of crap, so we always looked elsewhere.

    But I'd be willing to give the Fiesta a test drive to see if it could fit into our life. Time will tell.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • rwerdinger, I don't know if you're still looking for tires, but I've been running Pirelli P4's on my 2000 4-door Civic for about a year. They perform well in wet or dry conditions, have low rolling resistance to save on gas, last a very long time (I have virtually no wear on mine), and they even rate well on ice. They're a solid choice all-around.

    Check out Tire Rack's Tire Survey results.

    P4 was rated #1 in its class. The Uniroyals were about the middle of the pack."
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