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2013 and earlier-Honda Civic Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 799
    Mechanical parts are still plentiful because the engine/transmission and most major components were shared with other Civic models. The '93 del Sol came in two trim levels- S, which shared mechanicals with the Civic DX/LX and the Si, which had the engine/transmission from the Civic EX/Si.

    I checked several sites and new body parts are also still readily available. For an 18-yr old vehicle, using a site such as to locate used/recycled/salvage parts is also a viable option.

    A bit of friendly advice- take the car for a test drive on a bumpy or rough road surface and see how badly the roof panel shakes/vibrates. That will also give you a feel for how "loose" the body structure is after 18 years on the road. I hate to say it, but structural rigidity/integrity was the del Sol's biggest problem area. Early models were prone to water leaks and constant squeaks and rattles.

    The del Sol also weighs as much as 200lbs more than a 2-door or 3-door Civic, due to the weight of the removable roof and the added reinforcements in the body structure. So performance lags a bit behind similar Civic models, but they're still pretty quick. On the plus side, they're still Hondas from the early 90s, which means they're bullet-proof in terms of reliability!

    If you decide against the del Sol, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND taking a look at the 1990-1991 CRX (the Si is the best of the best)! I've had several over the years and they've been more reliable and more FUN than anything else I've ever driven!
    2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E Platinum, 2012 Mazda CX-9 GT
  • A friend bought it new and has had it off the road for a couple years. It's not practical for her any longer and she can't afford keeping two vehicles on the road. It does have a minor roof leak however. Any thoughts on how difficult that would be to fix?
  • igozoomzoomigozoomzoom Waleska, GeorgiaPosts: 799
    Where is the leak located (along the front or rear seam of the roof panel?) and has it caused any significant rust that will be a problem later?

    Just curious- is it an S or Si, what color and is it a 5-speed or automatic?

    I would suggest joining a Honda enthusiast forum with a specific del Sol forum. Here's one to start with-

    Replacing the weatherstripping with new from Honda is insanely expensive, but there are bound to be other ways to fix...

    Are you planning to use this as your daily driver? Parking it in a garage?
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  • autocarsautocars Posts: 2
    What's the best deal someone has got recently for 2011 Civic LX in SoCal (LA area)?
    I got quotes from a few dealers and so far the best quote I got is for 16.2k + Tax + TTL & Fees = 18.2K OTD.. Also, this does not include the Honda protection pkg (trunk tray, splash guards, etc.).. Is this a good deal? Or has someone recently (in March) gotten better deals in LA? If so, which dealer? Please reply at earliest convenience. THANKS MUCH!!!
  • I just got a quote for LX @ $18,100 OTD price, which is the lowest price I got recently. But it's still too high for me. Is there anyone who can introduce a good dealer or dealership for me? I'm in bay area, CA. Thanks
  • I think the leak is on the front passenger side. Haven't seen it yet but I don't think it's leaking much. The car is a 5 speed manual with a recently replaced clutch. Has about 135K on it. I'll likely only put about $4k miles/year on it since I'm a 4 season motorcycle rider. The best part is she offered to give me the car free. Nice lady!
  • Hey kap13, I am actually also interested in this car. I will move to Houston next week or so. Maybe we can work out some kind of group purchase thing. What do you think? Right now, the lowest OTD quote I got is ~$18000. I tried several dealership. They total price are strikingly similar.
  • has it for 1950 below invoice at keyes honda in woodland hills
  • kap13kap13 Posts: 9
    I got mine this weekend for $17,750 drive out as it was the last day of the month. I waited for your reply, but I have told my sales guy that I want another one and if he could give at the same price and he said yes. Mine came with tint and stain paint protection(which a lot of dealers charge around $600 extra). I did not buy any other additional package. Let me know when you move to Houston and we can work a deal for you too.
  • brossardbrossard Posts: 2
    edited April 2011
    I got my Honda Civic LX OTD price for $17.5K ($15.9K plus taxes, licenses and fees) at Honda at Thousand Oaks. I have compared quotes between 6 dealers before purchasing.
  • Congratulations! Thank you a lot for the information, although I think you might have mistaken me with krig.

    It is very typical for the dealer to throw in some unneeded accessories last minute to boost up the price. I had that a lot 2 years ago when I was buying a CRV for my wife. They never told you in the email until you go to the dealership and show the interest of buying. I think it is unavoidable. Anyway, I think that is a very good price. You totally should enjoy the new car now.

    By the way, do you mind showing your email so we may talk in private? Any one know how to send private message in this forum?
  • kap13kap13 Posts: 9
  • Hi Kap13,

    thanks a lot. However, I still couldn't see it in your profile. Maybe it requires a couple days to update? Anyway, I have also made my email visible. So feel free to drop me a note if you could see my address.
  • utexas06utexas06 Posts: 43
    edited April 2011
    Signed for this deal this evening.

    2011 Honda Civic LX-S in Polished Metal
    36 Month Lease
    12,000 Miles a year

    MSRP $19,905
    Negotiated Selling Price: $16,866
    Lease Acquisition Fee: $595
    Doc Fee: $210
    Adjusted Cap Cost: $17,671
    TTL: $675 paid cash upfront

    Residual: 59%
    Money Factor: .00047
    $0 First Payment, $0 Security Deposit, $0 Down.
    Monthly Payment: $178.45
  • What price should I expect for a Civic coupe EX-L, auto w/navi with an MSRP of $24,705? Under $19K? in the Baltimore area?
  • where did you buy at in nor cal? maybe send me a copy of your invoice
  • cap1919cap1919 Posts: 1
    Hi Kap13:

    This is the first time I am on this forum. could not see your price but read all postings for 2011 Civic LX and thought that next month when new civic should come in I can get an LX for $16,500 or a tad bid more.

    Am I off or on track. If not can you help so that I can go out a buy one. Thanks a lot.

  • kap13kap13 Posts: 9
    I got mine for $17,750 Drive out price. They will match the invoice from someone else only if the purchase was made in your area. I was working for mine with different delaership since december and nobody would would go under $18,000 OTD. I also have tint and stain paint included in my driveout price. The price for the 2011 civic LX in Houston area is anywhere from $18,000 to $18,500 without the tint and stain paint.
  • embeedeeembeedee Posts: 5
    After first reading jatan's post and then psychofan's post, I also got a Civic LX Sedan Auotmatic from Criswell Honda for $16,700. I had to drive to get it, but $1500 cheaper than anything local. Also, got 0.9% financing for 60 months.

    Thanks for all the help, folks!
  • wbr99wbr99 Posts: 51
    I am in the market for a used 2006 or later Civic LX Sedan (if I can get it for under 12k) or a new 2011 or 12 LX Sedan if I can get it for $15k +TTL.

    We went to Honda of Dulles in Sterling, VA. The '12 model we drove wasn't inspected yet so the radio etc weren't working and we weren't allowed to drive out of the lot. But from the brief minute or two that I drove the car it was really smooth compared to '11 LX. It's been a while since I've driven a Civic, but the '11 we drove was a bit rough. I used to own a '93 Civic coupe until '08 when I had to get rid of it, but I remember my car being a bit smoother than the '11.

    The dash is completely changed and the guy was talking a lot about the ECON button which comes standard on the base LX. He said that when the ECON button is engaged, the car doesn't have the same amount of acceleration and that the AC won't work as hard as when the button is turned off, which in turn improves milage. Another thing on Multi-function Display, there are blue lines on either side of the speed display that turns green or red based on how hard you are pushing the car as another indicator of your fuel economy.

    According to the stickers on the '11 and '12, the '12 gives 3 miles more than the '11 for both city and highway. The guy we dealth with said the MSRP of the '12 was only $100 more that the '11 but that the '12 won't be discounted at all. We told him that his competition was offering $15.2 K +TTL for an '11 according to zag and he said to go there instead of buying from here since he would be hard pressed to go under high 16k.

    Hope this helps others.
  • Got an offer today to buy a 2012 Civic LX automatic for $19000.00 plus tax title in Gurnee, IL. Is it a good Deal?
  • wbr99wbr99 Posts: 51
    edited April 2011
    Not sure vagabondchef. I'm hunting for a good deal myself and don't know what the best price for a '12 is.

    The dealer said they are not discounting the '12 at all and that we are expected to pay full price. His explanation was about the parts shortage due to the transmissions coming from Japan and the plants shutdown due to the quake. He said if he discounts the 12s, then he'll have an empty lot come June or when ever ever he runs out of inventory.

    The thing I don't get is, if they don't discount people might just go to another local or foreign manufacturer or just another Honda dealer. If they do discount, they will run out of stock. Not sure what they are trying to do here.

    With the '11 not being made anymore, sooner or later they will run out of the 11s. Then what are they gonna do, act like they are Saturn or CarMax and start advertising No Haggle (Full MSRP) Pricing!!! They can kiss their customers good bye at that point.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 3,135
    You're kidding, right? Outrageous price for a car that's no better than the others in the compact field. Wait awhile to buy & things will change no doubt and just remember, the Civic is no longer at the top of the heap...there are better cars with higher mileage & longer warranties! Never rush into a car purchase if the price isn't right. Just remember, Honda can ask whatever they one forces folks to buy at their crazy prices!!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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  • On April 16th, 2011 I purchased a 2011 Civic EX Coupe (A/T) with 26 miles on the odometer.

    MSRP $21,105
    Invoice $19,540
    I paid $18,228 (including dest.) + TTL

    I did qualify for the 0.9% financing through Honda Financial and they let me add $2,000 negative equity from my trade in to the loan. After tax, licence, gap insurance ($600), and negative equity I was out of there for about $23k.

    The experience was rather pleasant and I believe I got a great deal on the car. I wish I would have been able to get a little more for the trade in, but it was a full sized pick up truck with a 5.3 liter V8 with damage to the fender so I can understand not being able to get my payoff for it.

    If anyone is interested, I bought the car at Spreen Honda in Loma Limda, CA. I would go there again and I would recommend them to anyone who is in the market for a Honda.
  • wbr99wbr99 Posts: 51
    I read this article about Drum versus disc brakes

    Is upgrading to the EX from the LX worth the price of the disc brakes on the rear wheels ? I don't really care about the 60/40 spilt of the rear seats or the heated seats or blue tooth or moon roof. What do you guys think ?

    Thanks for your help
  • Hey Karp,

    I was reading your posts here and I am looking for a Civic LX OTD of under 18k. From talking to the dealer, the Civic probably have the best incentives right now. I was looking at both the Civic and the Fit but no luck on the Fit. Since I am in Houston I was wondering what dealer did you get your Civic from for that price. I don't really need tinting and the fabric add-on but hey if it's included in that price then why not. Thanks in advance.
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 37,373
    Is upgrading to the EX from the LX worth the price of the disc brakes on the rear wheels ?

    No.. not worth it.. If the other options aren't important to you, then I certainly wouldn't pay the difference just to get rear discs...


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  • jymhuffjymhuff Posts: 2
    edited April 2011
    Got to the bottom dollar with incentives. I paid 17900+T/T. I have a friend who manages a dealership so I got to see the real cost of breaking even. $18700 is the cost of recoup for a dealership on an EX trim model. with $1000 in incentives toward 2011 until end of April, I was able to get it super low, no money down, 0.9% and my payment is at $323 out the door for 60 months.

    Just test drove a 2012 EX-L today. I love the exterior, BUT I didn't love the newinterior i-MID display. It was very "Prius-ish" and distracting. The sun glared on the black speedometer display vs. the blue backlit 8th gen display you can see fine. There is a serious lack of compartments in the 2012 and the buttons and menus for everything are just annoying. I did like the perceived roominess, and it did seem quieter than the 8th gen, but there are worse blind spots and the rear window seems seriously tighter than the 8th gen.

    Here's the deal on these. They are still building 2011's until mid-summer AND the parts are easier for the lines to keep up with. The 2012's are going to be in scarcer supply as the plants have leaned production schedules until May 9th. The incentives run out in a week, and the 2011 will be on firesale shortly after Memorial Day, but not below the Low price y'know. The 2012's won't have wiggle room until the mid-summer/fall, when the 2012 CR-V's hit and they are next hot item. The dealerships can't make crazy deals on the new until they market and clear their inventory on the 2011's first, and they are still receiving 2011's for a while into the future.
  • I'm trying to deal on a 2011 Civic LX at Brookdale Honda. So far they are saying $18,845.36 OTD. Has anyone found a better deal in Minnesota?
  • wbr99wbr99 Posts: 51
    edited April 2011
    Thanks for the feedback kyfdx.

    I am being offered

    2011 - Civic LX : $14,743.65
    2012 - Civic LX : $17,855.00

    from a dealership in Maryland. Is the price difference worth going for the 2012.

    The extra 3 mpg on the '12 is tempting. But the $3000 I save can get me 750 gallons of gas at $4 a gallon or 600 gallons of gas at $5 a gallon if the price hits the roof. 600-750 gallons could take me (at 30 mpg worst case scenario) 18000-22500 miles. The USB audio interface, and the multi-function display and the new look are nice to haves but i hate the look of the stereo on the '12.

    Also is the ECON button worth it in the '12.

    Thanks in advance.
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