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2008 Honda Civic



  • Not a sandman specific question here...


    My folks have a 2007 Civic EX Sedan, early build probably (Jan 2007 purchase). Would it possibly be included?
  • I bought my Civic 08 last september. I am getting 34 MPG..Is that ok?? Will it improve later??

  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Check with Honda to see if your folks vin number is included. I got a notice in the mail from them.

    The Sandman :)
  • I"m sorry to tell you but I have two friends who bought 08's. Their millage is just about what yours is.
    My 07 gets 41 hwy loaded with the air on. I asked the salesman why that is and he told me the gov't just changed how they rate the MPG's on new cars.
    That doesn't explain the actual numbers you and I are coming up with on the road.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Considering the fact that you didn't give any details on your driving style, and where you drive, its really hard to say how good that is. Assuming a mix of city and highway, I'd say that sounds great (considering the car is rated for mid-20s in town and mid-30s highway), you're beating the estimates.
  • I have an '07 Civic EX. I use it in a mixed mode for city and highway travel. Dependent upon the weather (AC on or extremely cold) the mileage runs as low as 33 mpg and as high as 37. The car has about 12,000 miles on it and I've owned it since Feb. this year. In most cases I see 35 mpg as my norm.

  • I have Honda Civic, LX, model 2009
    Gas millage of this car is overall a DISASTER: 260 miles so far, 20.8 MPG, city ride mostly. I was not pushing the gas pedal to hard, neither was accelerating to fast, never went over 2300 RPM. With my old Honda Civic 1994 I managed to get 32-35 MPG pure city drive and 41 MPG mostly highway. I understand that the car is new I that the MPG might get better after couple hundred or thousands miles, but I don’t believe it’s going to get so much better than this. If I was not careful enough I am quite sure the millage would be 18 MPG or lest, which is the millage of a middle size SUV.
    Did you have any experience like this with your brand new car or you had good millage straight from the dealer's lot.
  • The 41 plus MPG highway that I am getting on my 2007 Civic is the same now at 35,000 miles as it was last year with ten miles on it. ?????
  • I hope it's gonna improve ones I get to 10K milles, but I hate this car already. Even if that happens I am going to get rid of it. Damn liers from Honda.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Hey buddy, would you mind telling us what kind of driving (where you live, your commute distance, etc) you do?

    Also, I'm not sure where your comment about Honda's "liars," but if it is with regards to advertised fuel economy, take note that the EPA is the one with the testing procedures - not Honda.

    Best of luck, and keep us posted!
  • Thanks a lot for your reply,
    I am sorry for my typos or spelling/grammar mistakes, I hope you'll understand what I want to say. In my understanding, EPA assigns the regulations, does not perform tests, but I might be wrong.
    I live in Pittsburgh, PA the area is far from being flat (don't know if you are familiar with this part of the States), but still I think I am far bellow what I was supposed to get of a gallon of gas.
    As I said, I always try to get as much as possible from the gallon, I do not accelerate a lot, never went over 2300 rpm.
    I am now at my second tank of gas, so I'll keep you informed if the gpm is going to improve over next couple hundred miles
    Again, thanks a lot for finding time to reply on my post.
  • Do any of you current owners have any experience to relate regarding how the Civic performs in snow? Are you happy with the handling and feel secure?
  • I just got a 2009 Civic EX AT and it made 29.5 MPG on the first tank. I do half city / half highway.
  • I have an 07. I spent the entire last winter in Florida and can tell you that the car hydroplanes like nothing I've ever seen when it rains. Florida has downpours but I would seriously feel the car moving sideways on the freeway. (scariest feeling I think I've ever had while driving) Now I am in Wisconsin and we've had a few good snows this winter so far and now the roads are icy and snowpacked slippery. In snow the car seems fine. I have not tried to go through deep snow yet but as far as slippery frozen roads, it has been fine.
    I think part of the reason for the great gas mileage is the fact that the car is so light..........light cars, however, do not do well in snow when they have wide, low profile tires.
    If you look back into earlier entries on this blog there was discussion about the Civic in snow and tires were a factor. There was even a recommendation as to a replacement tire that works great in snow on the Civic.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I spent the entire last winter in Florida and can tell you that the car hydroplanes like nothing I've ever seen when it rains

    Isn't that a product of the tires, not the car?

    Also, you referenced how light the car is; I'd like to point out that it weighs about as much as my '96 Accord, thanks to extra airbags, safety systems, and overall size compared to previous Civics :) . Amazing how cars grow, isn't it?
  • dantzdantz Posts: 49
    "I spent the entire last winter in Florida and can tell you that the car hydroplanes like nothing I've ever seen when it rains"

    "Isn't that a product of the tires, not the car?"

    It's mostly a combination of the tires and the driver. Here's a short list of things that will increase the likelihood of hydroplaning:

    1) Underinflated tires. This allows the center of the tire to run slightly concave, and this entraps a small pocket of water which prevents a significant portion of the tread from contacting the road.

    2) Worn tires, of course. That's what the grooves are for.

    3) Excessive speed through standing water, especially if the road is not grooved. (And doing this while traveling downhill will make the situation much worse if you do end up hydroplaning.)

    4) It's true that wider tires will hydroplane sooner than narrow tires, and the Civic tires are definitely a bit on the wide side.

    I haven't noticed any hydroplaning tendencies in my 2008 Civic LX Sedan, but maybe that's because I tend to play it safe in the rain. About 30 years ago I had a major hydroplaning incident in a VW Beetle and it scared the living cr*p out of me, so now when it rains heavily I slow down, especially if there's any standing water on the road.

    During a full hydroplane there is a complete loss of control. The car becomes completely unresponsive to steering and brake inputs and goes wherever it wants, generally at high speed. When it happened to me I almost ran smack into a rock wall on the side of the highway, but luckily there was a grassy strip fronting the wall that allowed two of my tires to get some much-needed traction so I could turn away.
  • I have a Civic LX sedan AT 08 and I wonder if I need to warm up the engine every morning in the winter. I live in Texas and sometimes we have 32 F in the mornings.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    The best warm-up is to gently drive the car until it reaches normal operating temps. I have two Honda 4-cylinder sedans, and typically give no more than 10 seconds warm-up before I hit the road. I just try and keep revs in the 2,000-3,000 RPM range until the car is fully warmed-up.

    I live in AL, and we've already had some mornings in the upper teens and low 20s. I crank the car, then put on my seatbelt, find Rick and Bubba on the radio, lock my doors, and go... in that order. Gives the car a sec or two to get the oil moving.
  • New May 28. Wife's car. A tire started losing air. Brought it to Sears Auto Center, a Bridgestone dealer. Cause undetermined. Applied rim seal and reversed tire on rim. No help. Brought it to Bridgestone Tire dealer who submerged tire with rim. Bubbles appeared on rim interior, right about in the middle. Spot on rim appeared to have a crack. Tire dealer put red circle around area and red arrow on tire pointing to the source of the air leak. Brought car to selling dealer, Premier Honda New Orleans. Explained that car had defective alloy wheel and all details. Also first oil change and rotation. Called that car was ready. Servicewriter stated it was a tire problem. She also quickly stated they could not duplicate the other 3 issues. Emailed dealership yesterday and did get a very prompt response that they would take another look at it but no apologies for their initial ignorant stance.
  • sandman46sandman46 Posts: 1,798
    Good luck getting this replaced gratis from Honda. Mazda wouldn't replace our damaged rim three months after purchase as they blamed it on us and not on the rim. Was pretty pissed but had to replace the alloy. Will be interested to see how honda handles your situation.
    Good luck!

    The Sandman :)
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