Just like to say this is a fantastic forum, I've been here about a week just reading many of the threads and learn't so much in a short space of time. I joined to find out more about the civic mainly to find out how well they run before I committed to buying one and was very please to find they don't have many problems and good for well over 130k. I decided on a 2.2i cdti as I plan on camping all around the country, 5 doors (FK3) as I have a child and I like the practicality.
I've been looking for a car now for 3 weeks locally, I seen about 20 and was disappointed by either there condition ( I like my cars mint ) or lack of spec, many where too high miles or too old, I knew I could expect better. Then there was one I really liked the look of in autotrader but it was 40 miles away and there was no indication of its condition and it was an 06 plate but only had 58k on the clock (I doubted the mileage is genuine anyway). I took a gamble and hired a car to go see it, telling myself its too good to be true this car while driving up there.
On arrival the salesman found me straight away and asked if I was looking for anything in particular, I told him I came to see the civic and he pointed me to the back of the garage where there was atleast 30 cars blocking it in. I find the car and see the most amazing gleeming 06 civic in absolute showroom condition, no dents no scratches all body panels lined up perfectly with even gaps and no different shades of paint even the plastic trim was non faded and perfect on every corner on top of that the alloys where nearly unmarked and 18inch with new tyres. My GF and I looked at each other with our jaws hanging and eyes popping out. I couldn't believe nobody snapped this car up already. We sit inside and its in immaculate condition better than any civic I seen no wear on the wheel, shifter or handbrake the cars mileage is actually lining up with the condition. I started it up there was no hesitation or smoke and purred nicely. Whoever owned this car before loved it to my surprise I found it had four previous owners and a slight discrepancy in its service history.
I asked for a test drive and salesman says your not having a test drive if your not buying it jokingly with remark to the 30 cars he would have to shift to get the car out. He agreed and said come back in an hour and it will be ready for you.
After some lunch we returned to the car parked on the forecourt we all jump in and set off, there was a slight scrape pulling of onto the main road at a funny angle which bothered me a little and I felt like I had to give it more respect taking. I took it easy around the town and slow over the speed bumps and I didnt hear any more scraping. Comparing this car to all the others I drove it was stiffer and firmer, however the salesman confirmed it was the standard suspension to the best of his knowledge.
We get to a national speed limited road and I instantly gave it the beans, now again this car felt a little different it was louder (noisier) the turbo noise was way more whistley and the accelaration felt a little hesitant and didn't seem to respond as well as the others I drove, the other seamed to reach 70 more easily.
Can any of you guys give me a heads up on what I'm feeling here, do you think it could be just a service and tuning this car needs or is it the 18 inch wheels that have changed the ride and behavior so much?
I have put a deposit on this car and collect it tomorrow as I loved it too much to let it go.
When I got home I did a vehicle check to find everything came back good but found it has had 3 number plate changes by the second owner 3 days after he bought it, then 40 days later it went back to original then he kept it for 2 years then changed the plate to a different private and then sold it 20 days later. he took ownership at 16000miles and sold at 30000miles. The last two owners kept the car for approx 2 years each and now its at 58000miles.
Do you guys think I should be cautious and doubtful about this car? Its never been stolen no high risk details no outstanding finance no writeoffs and no colour changes.
Sorry about the OTT story guys.
Heres a pic of the beautiful car...