Car: 2012 1.8 5 door,White Orchid
Join Date: 7th July 2012
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Do they have "lemon laws" in the UK like they do in the US? If so, you should see if you can get your car swapped with a new one. These types of issues really spoil the ownership experience. Hope you get your car sorted out soon.
I'm aiming to upgrade to a 10G hatch sometime next year but am quite apprehensive now due to the reliability and build issues reported so far. Our 10G hatches are built in Thailand as an alternative (cheaper) supply source to sell in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. For example, our Thai Prestige hatch works out to retail about £5000 cheaper than the UK one.
Thailand hasn't built a Civic hatch since the 7th generation IIRC but they've continually built sedans during that time. It would not be unreasonable to expect that overall Thai build and reliability to be inferior to that of the UK hatches, at least initially.
From personal experience, my early build Thai 8G Civic sedan was a rattle trap from day one, also the whole dashboard would pop and creak as you drove over a speed hump (traffic calming device). It also had to have its entire auto transmission replaced due to a loud mechanical banging sound whenever I reversed. This sound was so loud you could hear it up to 30 metres away. My 2012 9G UK hatch on the other hand has been a revelation, no squeaks, rattles, buzzes or reliability issues.
As to the old days, cars were simpler but not necessarily more reliable (electrically). Considering with what has been happening with your car, maybe you should change your screen name to "Lucas Electric" as in Prince of Darkness....
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Last edited by Vti07; 30th April 2017 at 03:52.