New 1.8 i-VTEC SE, dead already.
Well, after waiting what seemed like an age for my new Civic 1.8 2006 SE model, my pick-up day arrived (1st March).
After all the paperwork and the like, I got out of the dealership, and headed back home to show off my brand new car.
Except no. On the way home, heading down a fast dual-carriageway, I lost all power. The car went into limp mode, and left me only able to do around 30mph. I somehow managed to hit the hazards and pull off the busy road in time before anyone rear-ended me. Whatís worse, is that I had just (15 seconds before) joined the road at around 65mph from a slip road. If this had occurred then, I would have almost certainly have been involved in a serious collision.
I pulled over and wasnít really sure what to do next. I set off again, in the hope that it was okay again, and the engine warning light came on. I managed to limp home (maybe 1 mile to my office) and pull up. Angry and frustrated, I tried to leave the car to go and call my dealership. Except NO. Something bizarre with the electric door locking system had occured and I was stuck in the car. Took around 5-10mins of playing with the remote key and restarting the engine etc to get out of the vehicle.
Now, the dealer has my car. I have a test-drive car for a few more days, and a loan vehicle coming from Honda. I have no idea what went wrong, the dealerís diagnostic kit is not working, and so Honda are meant to be sending an engineer from Slough to take a look at my car and their kit. They even tried to palm me off with a hire car (Vauxhall Astra of all things), which I quickly put a stop to.
What a nightmare. I bought the car because of the much publicised reliability and customer service levels. Iím now stuck driving a dirty demo car, and have no idea when my new car will be back in my hands.