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2008 Honda Civic

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  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    I got to drive a nearly-new Civic LX rental this past week on a road trip--here's my impressions:

    backy, "The Forums Test Drive Team" #198, 12 Jan 2008 1:23 pm
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Performance Cold-Air Intake maybe?
  • autowriteautowrite Posts: 226
    I have been told that since the transmission is a CVT your do not need to have a gear selection for 1 to 4,5,6 speeds just D for forward. Apparently some drivers need to use the shift; although each shift makes to difference. Correct me if I am wrong.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    Since it's a constantly variable transmission, it literally does not have discrete gears and thus no set shift points. It uses a belt and pulley system to allow for continuously variable gear ratios within some maximum and minimum range. The "S" and "L" (sport and low) shifter settings are just ways to lock the electronics into keeping engine at the high or low end of it's power band, but they still do not lock the transmission to a specific gear ratio, they just limit the range that it can work with.
  • Is the navi system removable? Do the exl come with a car alarm? :blush:
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Is the navi system removable? Do the exl come with a car alarm?

    If you mean removable in the manner that some faceplates can be removed from headunits, the answer is no.

    The EX comes with a standard security system that honks when someone enters the doors, trunk, hood or tries to steal the radio or cut the wiring.

    Even with this, I installed a Clifford system with two way transmitter and it has the additional shock sensor that the standard system doesn't have and it kills the starter.

    I can arm them both at the same time for double protection.
  • drmbbdrmbb Posts: 80
    The EX an EX/L have an engine kill system incorporated with the key. Unless the correct key for the car is in the ignition switch, the car will not start (ignition interrupter system prevents that).
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Perhaps a Mazda5 instead of a giant minivan?
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    hi folks,i purchased a 08 civic lx 2dr coupe with auto in november down here in pompano fla....recently, my girlfriend became pregnant and we will soon need a larger car....her brother works as a salesman at a pontiac dealership in pembroke pines.....i went over there today to see what kind of deal i could get on a 08 g6...yes tradeing a 08 civic for a 08 pont g6....g6 has 3000.00 rebate in effect and i was offered 16,000.00 for my 08 civic on a trade-in.....anyway, test drove the g6 and it handled like my granpa's old cadillac from 30 years ago.....it took me less than 3 blocks to realize this....i will not give up my civic's go-cart like handleing for a slush box......my civic is simply to much fun to drive.......steve
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    years ago.....it took me less than 3 blocks to realize this....i will not give up my civic's go-cart like handling for a slush box......my civic is simply to much fun to drive.......steve

    Why not try out the Honda Fit? It for sure has enough for car seats and lots of room behind the rear seat. It has less power but gobs more room than the Civic. I know because I have a Civic Si.
    Now that you have kids you'll end up in some sort of Mini van. I know because most people end up with 2 kids and you need a LOT of room for kids and all their stuff.
    If the Fit is a no go then both Toyota and Honda make excellent minivans.
    Minivans are very practical when you have kids. You'll have to sacrifice your fun for at least 18 years. I did! :sick:
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    Perhaps a Mazda5 instead of a giant minivan?

    I just can't reccomend Ford products :lemon: to anyone. Too much grief from them. :sick:
    I had 3 kids and car seats take up a boatload of room. Sure, no one enjoys the Mommy mobiles but when you have kids the ease of use is really great and the hassle of having to schlep half the world with you everywhere you go and shoving it into a small car gets real old, real fast.
    Gotta face facts.... Once you start having kids you give up the privilege of having a cool car as a primary car for many years.
    Mini Vans don't bite as much as they used to, either that or I really am getting too old. ;)
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    I just can't reccomend Ford products to anyone. Too much grief from them.

    Ford owns part of Mazda, but the Mazda 5 is no Ford product.
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    Ford owns part of Mazda, but the Mazda 5 is no Ford product.

    Hai hai, but Land Rover and Jaguar come to mind and Mazda does share platforms, so no thanks. I didn't buy the Mazdaspeed 3 because of that.
    For those of us who have had no end of Ford problems why risk it? I did have a Miata and it was great, but it doesn't share a platform with anything.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    What parts of the Ford were the problem? I'd guess that had little to do with the platform itself and more to do with components, which Mazda puts in the cars itself, not Ford. The Mazda 5 isn't a Ford platform, uses Mazda engines/transmissions, and is a Japanese product overall, I believe.

    Either way, I feel responsible for leading us astray here. Back to the Civic!
  • hklhkl Posts: 9
    Glad to hear you like the handling on the civic. I bought a civic coupe for my daughter a couple of weeks ago. I almost trade in my 98 Prelude, fortunately my son bought it off me. But the civic's handling is no way near my 10 years old Prelude....and the Prelude is so solidly built. I will miss it...I am now driving the other family car - 2000 accord v6, not a bad car either.
  • Karen_SKaren_S Posts: 5,095

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  • mjoshimjoshi Posts: 44
    Okay I know this is Honda forum and people will have their prefrences but I want to know from people who are driving in snow with their Civic LX AT how good it handles in snow. Reason being I've narrowed down between 08 Elantra SE AT and 08 Civic LX AT. I test drove both vehicles and thought following

    Advantage for Civic is
    It has better looks and drives bit better than Elantra.
    It has higher resale value (this one is somewhat important as I dont drive car down to ground but trade mostly around 5 years).
    It gives couple of miles more than Elantra

    Advantage for Elantra SE
    It is bit bigger than Civic.
    It is $1000 cheaper than Civic
    It has more safety features than Civic (VSC + Brake Assist + Traction control - which are not on Civic LX).
    It has better audio system than Civic.

    At present I'm leaning towards Elantra reason being more safety features with relatively less money. But I want to know how well Civic drives in snow / ice compared to Elantra before making decision one way or other.

    Thanks in advance
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    Have you visited the Civic vs. Elantra forum?

    I had read another forum and it sounded like you were sold on the Elantra! :shades:
  • mjoshimjoshi Posts: 44
    Well yes I'm more inclined towards Elantra and only reason behind it is VSC being standard on Elantra. But I liked interior of Civic more and felt it more refined than that of Elantra. So I want to know what is experience of people with driving in snow / ice.
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    Okay I know this is Honda forum and people will have their preferences but I want to know from people who are driving in snow with their Civic LX AT how good it handles in snow. Reason being I've narrowed down between 08 Elantra SE AT and 08 Civic LX AT. I test drove both vehicles and thought following

    I'll add this, I'm up in New Hampshire and in my area we still have a lot of snow left on the sides of the road. Down more north and even south in some areas they haven't got any at all!
    We get a LOT of snow here and I bought a 2008 Civic Si with all season tires. Yes, I know that they are different than the base Civics and I do have the traction control. That said, without the Nokian Snow tires I would have had a lot of problems this past winter as we have a lot of hills and unpaved roads. Traction control helps very little compared to snow tires.
    buy whichever car you prefer but if you get real snow, you will need snowflake rated tires. My Nokian WRG2's are plenty fine for my area and are all seasons rated at 50K miles. I will have them taken off next week and the other all seasons put on.
    Myself I'd take a Honda over a Hyundai any day if for no other reason that resale alone. My wife likes the Si and she's very happy with it. It's not an SUV but neither is the Elantra. The right tires make all the difference. Buy the car you like and invest in a decent set of winter rubber. If you deal with more snow and ice than I do then Nokian RSi's are great. For me the Nokian WRG2's are awesome.
    I drive everyday no matter the weather, so I know how good the Civic is in the snow and ice.
    I drove a lot of cars before we got the Civic. It's built very well and it's very reliable.
    Based on what I did this winter I'd say go for the Civic but get winter tires no matter which car you buy when winter draws near.
    Hope that helps. :)
  • will26will26 Posts: 62
    I live in Wisconsin and this winter is the 10th snowiest on record for the area. That being said I think my car (2007 EX) handles great even without the snow tires. We've had some really heavy slushy snow the past two weeks that made the roads pretty slick and the car didn't slide around at all.
  • nsteevonsteevo Posts: 18
    I live in Venice Florida and have been purchasing my gas from Mobil because it IS gas. Well last week the 10% Ethanol stickers appeared on the pumps. When I asked the attendant she told me that next week all of the gas stations in Florida will have Ethanol in the gasoline.
    I found that Citco doesn't have Ethanol yet. (they have stickers on the pumps that say "100% Pure Gas". I asked the attendant at Citco and he told me eventually they too will probably have Ethanol Gasoline.
    He said that seeing my car is newer I should check my owner's manual to find if the 07 Civic is manufactured to burn the Ethanol.
    It is.
    I was relieved because I know that if your vehicle isn't made to burn that crap it will ruin the engine. I can deal with the 5 - 6 MPG's less but having my engine ruined would have been unacceptable.
    I don't know how far back Honda started to include this feature. I know Chevrolet has the 'FlexFuel" cars and trucks.
    I didn't know I was buying a "flexfuel" automobile but now that I need it I'm really glad Honda is compatible.

    Unrelated item: has anyone else had a problem with the interior dome light not working? MIne quit last week. I have been using the map reading light above the rear view mirror to see inside at night but I am afraid I"m going to forget to turn it off one of these days.

    I love the car.
    Thanks for the snow handling info......I bought the car in WI and am going back up there in June......I am hoping the snow will be gone by then!!!
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    FWIW, you DON'T have a FlexFuel car, period, full stop, the end. ALL cars can burn gasoline with 10% Ethanol (otherwise known as E10), and have had that ability for decades. That said, there are some genuine FlexFuel cars out there, and those cars are capable of burning E85 (85% Ethanol, 15% gasoline).

    Best Regards,
    Shipo
  • targettuningtargettuning Posts: 1,371
    Agree with "shipo".....your Honda is NOT a true "Flex-Fuel" (E-85) burning vehicle. If you don't already know E-85 is 85% ethenol- 10% gasoline and should NOT be used in most modern (or older for that matter) vehicles unless certified to do so, like many GM vehicles current are. You CAN use E-10 which is 10% ethanol-- 90% gasoline without fear. There may be other blends out there but so far all I have seen in Pa. it the E-10.
  • tiff_ctiff_c Posts: 531
    I live in Wisconsin and this winter is the 10th snowiest on record for the area. That being said I think my car (2007 EX) handles great even without the snow tires. We've had some really heavy slushy snow the past two weeks that made the roads pretty slick and the car didn't slide around at all.

    The hills here when unplowed are not much fun. I can barely get out of my driveway with the stock all seasons but bear in mind that I have a Civic Si which has a much lower profile tire.
    I honestly don't think the Civic in any trim level is significantly better or worse than most other FWD cars in the same class.
    That said I will still buy snow tires for whatever car I own, at least if I want to get home that night. ;)
  • will26will26 Posts: 62
    My feeling is if you don't drive like an idiot and take it slow than most cars will drive fine in the snow. I would agree that snow tires would be great and have never really thought about it until reading this thread. Maybe next year.
  • I have an '07 EX AT, and my biggest issue with the car is the clearance. I have to navigate plowed streets here in metro St. Louis and a major interstate highway. To say the least significant snowfalls produce blocks of compressed snow or ice on the roads which are tall enough to cause significant damage to the trim below the front bumper and the front wheel wells. This car not only requires caution there but also parking close to curbs and the parking lot concrete curbs that are sometimes placed at the head end of the parking spot. I used to only worry about the air dam under the front of my Accord, but the Civic is even worse. I love the car but with major storms, it stays home in favor of my CRV.
  • aravind99aravind99 Posts: 15
    Hi,
    I bought a 2008 Honda civic LX car couple of weeks ago.I don't see LX symbol on the back. But all the documents from the dealer says it is Honda Civic LX AT.

    Is there anyway to find out by looking at the car?

    Also when I change the gear from Parking to Drive mode, It is jumping a little bit. Is this normal?, Thanks
  • jet10000jet10000 Posts: 656
    Yes, look at this chart on the Honda web-site and it will tell you the differences between the LX and the other trim levels.

    http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-sedan/specifications.aspx?group=all

    For example the LX has body colored power side mirrors whereas the DX has manual operated black side mirrors.

    If you're holding the break pedal in while you move the shifter from Park to Drive you shouldn't feel a jump. If you are, then go have that checked out.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,909
    The easiest way to tell: if it has power windows but no moonroof, it's an LX.
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