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Honda Civic 2006-2007 Issues

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  • medcatmedcat Posts: 9
    Ohh here is my last question, how is the civic's noise level at highway cruising speeds ? Like compared to an 03 camry that my parents have ? I didn't get to test the civic out on the highway, which I should have.
  • kathyc1kathyc1 Posts: 138
    I've had my EX coupe for a little over 2 weeks now and I've driven it at 75 MPH. I really believe it's quieter than my 2002 EX coupe and if it's noisy...well, it hasn't bothered me. It's a small car, not a Cadalac, so it's going to be bumpier and noisier. It's so much fun to drive and so cute. I love it. Try to test drive it at speed if you can before signing on the dotted line. :)
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    I have a 06 LX with a little over 13K on it.

    One thing that has always annoyed me (not to much though) is the pronounced amount of roise noise at most speeds. I believe the civics don't have much sound proofing.

    I also think it depends on the tires. The eagle RS-A's that came with my civic so far have performed and worn very well but on the highway, they are very loud.

    Once they have reached they life span, I will replace them with a lower noise tire such as the bridgestones turanza's that my friends has on his accord. They are great tires and also very quiet
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Unless things have changed between 2006 and 07 the wiring harness isn't even factory installed but comes with the XM installation kit. I really, really wanted XM until I researched just how much work (read disassembly/reassembly of interior parts and trim) was required. I don't need half of the interior and dash torn out only to introduce new squeaks rattles and creaks upon reassembly so I passed.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    I think the bus cable is installed in the EX model, but I'm not sure.

    The "process" is described here (it IS a lot of panel clips to remove!):

    http://www.handa-accessories.com/civic/07xm.pdf
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    After skimming the installation instructions for the 07 XM it IS different from the 2006 version. It appears much simplified. In the 2006 kit the XM receiver was installed in the trunk along the right or passenger side with removal of the panel...running the cable (harness) from rear to front along the roof line, down the A pillar, behind the dash etc. All the trim from rear to front needed to be removed/installed, the dash in part also. Just too much margin for introducing problems. By the way the harness is included but NOT factory installed in the 07 version.
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    noise is very, very dependent on tires and road conditions. Aggressive/performance tread or longer-life/harder tires make more noise.
  • cz75cz75 Posts: 210
    What does automatic climate control do that you can't? I've always hated automatic climate control in every vehicle that isn't GM, as it never seems to do a very good job at actually keeping me comfortable, especially in Winter, when it is either too hot or too cold.
  • kathyc1kathyc1 Posts: 138
    The Bridgestone Turanza tires that came on my EX seem to be comparable to the Michelin Pilot Exalto I'm interested in for Ride and Noise according to Consumer Reports. Not good however in dry and wet braking which to me is reason enough to get new tires. They are however better in ice braking. My 1982 Accord came with Michelins, but it was built in Japan, not Canada or the U.S. Don't know if that made a difference in ride and noise...too long ago.
  • kathyc1kathyc1 Posts: 138
    Looking back at this reply, I must have been drunk when I wrote it. I do know how to spell Cadillac. LOL.
  • will26will26 Posts: 62
    Anyone have this problem? Last night while driving home from work in a very heavy rain storm I noticed that the passenger door had water on the inside. I've taken it through car washes before and never had this happen but I drive 20 miles home and it was pouring the whole way so maybe that was a factor. When I got home by BF took a piece of paper and shut the door on it and the paper slid right out. He did it to the drivers side and it wouldn't budge. He said he could fix it (just a few bolts to loosen and move the door) but I'd rather make Honda do it just in case. So I will be taking it in......................again. And yes, like my Dad asked me. The window was all the way up:)
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    DO NOT let anyone other than your dealers service personel try to adjust the door. It may look easy but try holding a several hundred pound door while simultainously (sp?) adjusting it...trying fit...and retightening bolts while maintaining fit. Additionally, it may not be the door adjustment (it probably isn't ) but may be an issue with the rubber weather strip.
  • will26will26 Posts: 62
    My Bf and his dad own a body shop so I'm not worried in having him do the work. They have done it before and they could do it after work or on the weekend. I just didn't want to take it to the dealer for the second time in the 1st month that I've owned it. I work so that means making arrangements on getting to my job and back, which is so annoying. I decided though, to take it in to Honda anyway just to have it on record. It's there today so we'll see what happens. I sold my VW and bought this car so I wouldn't have to be in the shop all the time. This better be the last!!! Ugh.
  • editor2editor2 Posts: 64
    I seriously doubt you'll have this or any Honda in the shop
    all the time. This leak sounds specific to your car, not typical at all.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    probably because the door was 'adjusted' before
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    Many Honda civic owners have reported misaligned doors. If your door is misaligned in the right way, it would possibly result in water leaks.
  • will26will26 Posts: 62
    I got my car back and they had to move the front and rear passenger doors in a little bit. Somebody must've been sleeping on that side on the assembly line that day. Haha.
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    Many civic assembled out of Canada have or had misaligned doors.

    My 06 LX sedan, the driver side rear door is just slightly misaligned and when you look in the side mirror from the drivers seat you can see where the door does not line up. Does not result in any leaks, just an annoyance.

    I have seen photos of doors so misaligned you would not believe it.
  • gene2gene2 Posts: 10
    It cost me $95.00, but it was worth every penny - I replaced my Civic headrest with an Accord headrest. The Accord headrest fits perfectly in the Civic seat, and the Accord headrest angle is much less severe than the Civic's. I now have a usable Civic seat.
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    It may be more comfortable but since the engineers at Honda went to a great deal of time, trouble and testing to devise those Civic active head restraints to help prevent whiplash in a rear ender you negated maybe a few million bucks worth of research for....$95.00?! More importantly those Accord headrests have been designed to work in what? an Accord. I hope you never have the occasion to really see if "they were worth every penny".
  • kathyc1kathyc1 Posts: 138
    I haven't noticed anything wrong with my 07 EX coupe from Canada yet. Maybe they caught the problem before mine was built (fingers crossed). You should take it in and get that fixed. Also, they must have washed it before giving it to me and I've noticed no spots that look like a possible leak. I'll know better when I get it washed myself. They've even given me a ticket for a free car wash when I bring it in for it's first oil change (also free). So far I've been able to keep it shiny and nice with my California Duster. Just a note, when I bought my 2002 Civic EX coupe from the same place only owned by someone else, they gave me free oil changes for life. Pretty good deal, but no more with this new owner.
  • kathyc1kathyc1 Posts: 138
    I can understand why he did it though. I've finally got mine high enough and my seat back far enough so it's not so bad. My head still hits the rest, but it doesn't push my head forward all the time, just messes up my hair in the back. Very annoying, but I try to keep it so it will do it's job.
  • glideslopesglideslopes Posts: 431
    My 07 EX AT was built in Canada, and shipped to my dealer in NY. It was the only one on the lot from Canada. I wanted a Galaxy Grey EX AT Sedan, and they only had one.

    It's been perfect the first 3,000 miles. I get around 29mpg around the city with no AC. Took it to Toronto last week. 400 miles mostly 65mph, cruise, and no AC. 40.2 mpg.
  • kathyc1kathyc1 Posts: 138
    glideslopes, your EX is a sedan and mine is a coupe both built in Canada. I wonder what the rule of thumb was for cars not to be built in Ohio. I wanted one from Ohio so I could at least say it was built in the U.S. It went from Canada to Buffelo to Denver to Phoenix. Don't know why. I hope I get your gas mileage. So far I've gotten 31 in combo and 27 all town. 40 is great. Still loving the car and glad I made the change. :)
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    I think it may be a matter of supply and demand. Most US sold cars are made in Ohio but if there is an excess in demand Honda may shuffle the distribution of Canadian cars to the US. I always assumed that Canada had somewhat different emission standards...maybe not. These may be becoming international.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    I'd say you are correct. It seems that Honda US and Honda Canada tend to ship units based on demand without regard to origin of production. With demand high in both countries, Honda is expanding in both - a new engine plant in Ontario, the new civic sedan plant in Indiana (both slated to begin operations next year).

    Others do the same - back in the day for GM, when the cavalier was selling like blazes in both the US and Canada, all of them were still being built at the Lordstown facility and then shipped to dealers in both countries (the Lordstown complex is massive!).

    Because of this, a lot of NA cars are produced to meet emissions in either country (ie. they build them to the highest determining standard). Usually what needs to be dealt with is safety issues, but even a lot of that is becoming standard (rear child seat safety restraints were mandated in Ontario before most US states, so you had to have a kit for your US imported car - I remember that one). The civics all digital speedo and odometer should make the miles-to-kilometers (and vice versa) simple - just altering a software setting default should do it.
  • ggg5ggg5 Posts: 20
    This forum was very helpful prior to purchasing my Civic in April 07. I had an odd event and wonder if anyone has any idea on potential cause.
    At highway speeds (65-75 mph) I began to hear a "bell like sound" as the wheels passed over the spacers between sections of the road, which was poorly maintained. It was not very loud but it was noticeable. I had a passenger who was ~250 pounds and wonder if this was it, or the poor condition of the road. He heard the noise too, and it stopped as soon as we were on a smoother section of road.
    The car had less than 1000 miles at that time, now up to 1700 and did not occur again.
    Could it be the struts? No leaks on garage floor...
    Also, I sometimes note that the automatic transmission is sort of jerky as it goes from start to first-second gear. I drive the car very gently and when I drive a bit more aggressively, it does not happen. Anyone thinks that this could be the start of a trans problem?
    Otherwise, the car has been great, about 30-33 mpg in town (I am a very gentle driver) and 40 mpg in the hwy. Thanks.
    George
  • kenlwkenlw Posts: 190
    your transmission shifts will adjust to your particular driving style over time. The transmission has an electronic control that adjusts shift points and other items based on a compiled history of how you drive. Give it a bit more time and see how the shifting adjusts.

    Smaller engines do seem to shift a bit harder in my experience, as they lose a larger portion of their overall power when shifting. The load on the engine also seems to affect the hardness of the shifts, so even little things like having the AC on may affect it.

    Those are some great mileage numbers, I get nowhere near that but I've never been called a gentle driver....
  • kero1kero1 Posts: 154
    I wonder if you were hearing TIRE SLAP from maybe over inflated tires going over the joints in the road.

    What brand tires are on your car, the brigies or goodyears?

    The civics (my 06 LX included) tend to have alot of road noise , especially over concrete roads.

    All because you don't have leaks on the garage floor does not mean the suspension is not leaking.

    I consider myself lucky at 13K to not yet have leaky shocks or struts. I had my mechanic check and they are nice and dry on the outside, however, this is around the time when others started getting leaky shocks and struts.

    You car is also green (new) so give it a few thousand to break in and then go from there.

    Between here and 8thgencivic.com, there are plenty of resoursces to help once you determine there is still a problem.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    When you notice the jerky shifting, is it from a full stop, or switching from coasting to accelerating (eg. coming up to a red light, that truns to green before you have to come to a full stop)? If so, it could be the electronic drive-by-wire throttle. There is a definite lag in throttle response when your foot is off the accelerator, but the engine rpm's are still up (say, over 1000), and you then re-apply the accelerator. I find that situation often causes a bit uneven response from the car (I have a 2007 EX/AT sedan).

    That's probably my only real complaint about the civic - the DBW throttle response under certain driving conditions has too much lag (it's not enough to have deterred me from my purchase, but it's an item for Honda to improve on).
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