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Honda Civic Si / SiR 2005 and earlier

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  • bobbsi & blueiedgod: Thanks for the helpful info. One less item to worry about.
  • I envy you guys and gals. I wish I'd bought an si. Instead I got a GTI 1.8t. Sure, I love laying fresh rubber on the road at stop lights, but test driving the si was most fun I every had. Oh well... maybe I can find a buyer and find enuff $ for an si of my own (sigh)
  • muffin_manmuffin_man Posts: 865
    So what made you buy the GTI? (which I also considered before buying the Si)
  • aaronpanaaronpan Posts: 26
    I just had a fight with my local honda dealer about my windshield wiper. I wanted to have my inserts replaced, but got a reponse from them saying that they do not carry after market inserts due to after market wiper! And they were expecting me to drive my car home without wiper inserts since they already removed them while my car was in oil change. And I was not told about it until i realized my old wipers are gone. I had never changed my windsield wiper since I bought my car from the same dealer. So how could the wiper been "after market"? Is there any ways to know if my wiper is actually factory wiper ('02 Si)?? I doubted that those techs could actually tell my wiper is actually aftermarket or factory. If they knew it's aftermarket, they should have known it before they remove the old one. Any ideas?
    ( a little advice, if you happen to live near Reno(Nevada) area try to go else where for your hondas. This is my second fight with them in 4 month. You really don't want this kind of "Disrespect" happen to you after they took your money.)
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    I have been sold the wrong inserts before. They are specific to that car and have a kit to istall them. You can tell if they are factory because they say "Valeo" on them. Must be a British brand or something but if your old frames are Valeo, they are factory. Truth is the dealership probably didn't stock the inserts and had wrecked yours getting them off. They tried to cover thier behinds by saying yours were aftermarket. My local Honda dealer doesn't even stock our air filters.
  • aaronpanaaronpan Posts: 26
    Thanks a lot! gee35coupe, I am greatly appreciated!
    You are exactly right! They had wrecked mine while getting them off.
    But, somehow I am still feeling depressed about my experience with my local honda dealer, and could not just forget about it. During the argument with their service department manager, I addressed that I bought my Si from them and never had my wipers replaced and got a response saying that "I don't care where you bought your car". Can you believe that? Plus I was not informed about the issues when they handed my car back. This is just pis*ing me off... I know this is really off the topic but just feel like to talk with someone here who would understand my feeling. At least I could feel better this way.
    There is one concern came to my mind. I bought 7years warranty on my SI and do I always need to go back to the dealer where I bought my car in order to use the warranty?? Since I decided not to do anymore business with them, but they are the only one dealer in town from where I live. Any suggestion on that?
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    It should be good at any Honda dealership. There is no requirement that you have to have your car serviced at the dealership you bought your car. Now if they are the only dealership around, that may explain why you got such rude treatment. Did you keep the old mangled wiper frames and compare them to the new ones? They may have given you the wrong ones if they don't say Valeo.

    In the dealership's defense though, the SI refills are a dog to replace.
  • aaronpanaaronpan Posts: 26
    I haven't replace new one by myself and still keep the old one attached, coz I am seeking a way to talk to the owner of honda dealer and thought it's better to keep them the way it was. I did find the word Valeo on the wiper!! (thanks for the tip) So, now I am preparing another trip to honda and explain to them why Valeo isn't a factory wiper. Dealer didn't know Valeo is a factory wiper because it's a british brand?? Non of US-Model hondas use Valeo? Any ideas?

    "the SI refills are a dog to replace." (does it mean it's hard to install them??)
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    The refills are pretty difficult to replace.

    But Valeo IS the factory wiper. I don't know if it's British or not, but they are different than any other Honda wiper.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    That was pretty rude of the service manager to say "I don't care where you bought the car." At my dealership, if you bought the car from them, you get a free loaner wen getting major service, but if you bougth elsewhere, you only get a shuttle to the local mall.

    As far as wipers go, I would suggest you replace them with Bosch Microedge, they are 12 month wiper blades. Get the whole assembly replaced, not just refills. For the rear's Anco makes some 12 inch wiper assembly's that fit well.

    I would have recommended Triple Edge for their lifetime warranty. But I left three messages with them to get replacements and no one called me back. NO TRIPLE EDGE as they don't want to honor their lifetime warranty.

    As far as the Honda care warrnaty, that is if you got that, you don't really have to have the car serviced at Honda dealer, as long as you have recepits for regular service. But you do have to go to Honda dealer to get warranty work done. If you bought extended warranty other than Honda care, you have to read your contract.
  • gee35coupegee35coupe Posts: 3,475
    Refills are cheaper than any aftermarket wipers I have found. And they work just as well. I mean I would like some of those new "Mercedes style" blades but those things are astronomical.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    In theory Triple edge refills are free. I finally got a return phone call from Triple Edge, they are sending me third set of replacements. Not bad for the initial outlay of $8 a pop.
  • aaronpanaaronpan Posts: 26
    Got a lot of works for school lately..... couldn't check back sooner!
    I feel warm when I saw you guys replied to my issues! At least I have someone to share story with. For days, I still couldn't get that bad experience out of my head. I thought about going back there and talk to the G.Manager to resolve this, but also kind of thought they may not show any respect to me (since the experience with the service manager). Then I finally came up a best way to fight the service manager (this way I won't be pis*ed off again "directly"). I am filing a complaint against them through BBB. This way I won't have to talk to them in person and avoid "run around" (luckily they are the member of BBB). So, if they failed to correct the issue at least I will leave them a record for 35 month with BBB. But I still hope they will at least care about this issue and solve it (don't know how but a letter will be enough).
    I finally replaced the inserts myself. Just couldn't stand the foggy look on the right windshield. Went to K shop and bought it. Cost me $14 for both. I wanted to keep the factory wiper (Valeo) attached to the car just in case I will need them for evidence.
    Hopefully I will hear from BBB within 30 days. If anything happens, I will post it.
    Again, appreciated!
  • natenj1971natenj1971 Posts: 174
    Hey All,

    Found a used 2004 Si with 4000 miles on it, strongly considering it but I'm thinking I may want to get an extended warranty with it. Any ideas on how much these cost? The car is listed at $17.8 in Hudson Valley NY at a honda dealer.

    Appreciate any feedback,

    N
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Hey All,

    Found a used 2004 Si with 4000 miles on it, strongly considering it but I'm thinking I may want to get an extended warranty with it. Any ideas on how much these cost? The car is listed at $17.8 in Hudson Valley NY at a honda dealer.

    Appreciate any feedback,

    N


    It should be a certified Honda at that price, and that would include 60,000 mile warranty. Or whatever certified includes, which is longer than new car warranty.

    I would question why would someone be willing to lose $5000 on a brand new car if it were not problem ladden. The person who traded it in lost at least $5000 on the trade.

    One problem with that price is that a BRAND NEW 2005 HONDA CIVIC Si sells for $17,481 on carsdirect, and you get 1.9% or 2.9% apr on top of that. Why would you pay $17,800 for a used one?

    P.S. I e-mailed with an alternative offer.
  • natenj1971natenj1971 Posts: 174
    I agree - I haven't even seen the car yet and I wasn't going to grab it unless I could get him down to 15 and even then I wasn't sold unless I could get an extended warranty. I think I will wait a little longer - see about getting a left over 2005 in July. I still have to figure out what to do with my present car - 2001 Accord Ex V6.

    Thanks for the feedback and information.

    N
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    It would only become a left over after the new model is relased after september 15th.
  • natenj1971natenj1971 Posts: 174
    Good to know about July vs Sept. Hey, have you any idea how hard it would be to slap a Special Edition MP3 radio into an Si?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Shouldn't be difficult. Almost all Honda products are interchangeable. The SE radio is double DIN, you just have to remove the pocket. On the price side, dealer charges $700 for the SE radio, I think you can get alot more in the aftermarket with $700.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    I finanlly closed the deal on the 2005 CR-V EX 5 spd manual, last night. Have to say good bye, and come see me at the CR-V forum.
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