Join Date: 8th November 2011
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I do echo this. In the big scheme of things, the fundamental quality issues, providing the car itself proves to be as reliable as previous Honda's, make it an excellent car overall.
Try and find another car in this class, with the performance and features it has (I'm talking about the Prestige trim).
The Mazda 3 doesn't have so much engine performance, nor the excellent speedo/heads up display panel.
The Hyundai i30 has less engine performance, I think it does look very nice throughout, but still not so slick as the Civic overall in terms of navigation system integration.
The Toyota Corolla has less engine performance, no full leather, even in top trim level and again that heads up display is lesser. The in car touch screen although faster in operation, just doesn't work as well.
These are the three closest competitors in my view. The German cars are far more expensive for a similar feature set. Ford are just well, Ford... Vauxhall - well make of that what you will. French manufacturers, just no (from personal experience).
Most of the time I really do still enjoy driving my Civic, it's mostly a pleasure - which is probably why when the quality problems crop up it makes it so much more disappointing as you also know how great it is.
Hopefully Honda learn from this, but I think 'we complainers' are so relatively few it will just be missed and they'll either continue this seemingly downward spiral, or regain some self respect by improving on such shortfalls.
I am notoriously 'picky' and some days the noises drive me crazy, but I am softening and learning to just ignore them when they do rear their heads. Depends what kind of person you are too - I know some people, possibly even most that would just never notice these issues we raise on these forums.