- Uniqueness and rarity on Australian roads (something different)
The 9th gen is more popular compared to the 8th.
There were only about 5(including mine) 8th gens in the wollongong area, 2 of which were a type R
- Manual gearbox (Honda makes the best in my opinion)
Being one of the lucky ones to discover this odd-ball model in the local lineup, I decided to head to the nearest Honda dealer to have a look. I read that the previous 8G had a base price of 40k (AUD) upon release due to the import costs but later Honda reduced this to 30k but by then most consumers had lost interest in the car.
Tell that to the 2nd gear syncro which was damaged due to that random not wanting to go into gear during downshifts resulting in crunch
First I will explain the trim levels we get here. Initially 3 trim levels were available:
1) Vti-S (Base and a choice of 6 Speed manual standard or option 5 speed auto)
2) Vti-L (Auto only) with leather only Series I models
3) Vti-LN (Auto only) same as Vti-L but with navigation
In 2013 the Dti-S 1.6L Turbo Diesel was introduced here but was a very slow seller mainly because it was a niche model and also because the majority (I’d say 75% of Australians) drive Automatics. In terms of spec it was between the Vti-S and Vti-L.
One of the reasons I wont be getting a new honda any time soon.
The new civic sedan will be CVT only even on the base model R18 and L15 Turbo.
- Is miles better than the sedan counterpart
Damn straight, 8th and 9th are better than the fugly FD
- Fuel efficient even when you drive it hard
This is very true, I could do many spirited runs and still get 7l/100km
- Nice nimble handling (this was surprising considering how large it looks)
I loved this about my civic
- Great grip from standard continental tyres
Wait till you put something good on, basic entry level high performance tires(ones that cost $150 each) will make it feel way better
- Added rear wiper compared to 8g
I had no issues with water on the rear with the 8th gen, But i did run 3 coats of rainX which keept it fairly free of water
Cons:- Visibility isn’t the best but standard rear camera helps massively
You will get use to it
- No option to turn off hill start assist or have any indicator it’s engaged on the dash
Same on my impreza, but I dont keep my foot on the brake, I use the hand brake to hold the car so HSA does not bother me on my impreza
- Minimum requirement for 95 octane wheras the sedan can take 91 minimum (why?)
my 8th gen would run on E10 but I do not recommend it for a few reasons.
1: it makes the car run like crap, many times coming to a stop light the RPM would drop down to 500rpm when the clutch was fully disengaged
2: you use more petrol when using E10 as ethanol has less energy content compared to petrol so you need about 5% more fuel being injected to get the same amount of power, so never run E10 as you use more fuel compared to running 95
- Brake pads dust excessively and wear out quite quickly
Was a pain on my 8th gen too, even with me using engine braking heavily.
VSA is just too sensitive.
- Stupid aero pieces under the front bumper scrape on literally everything (have since removed this)
Same with my old 8th gen.
- Subpar headlights especially in base model
You can only get so much light focused using reflectors.
- Soft paintwork and excessive stonechips (a general Honda complaint really)
Hope yours car is not black as it is a pain in the butt to keep clean and swirl free.
- More frequent and relatively expensive service intervals in Australia (every 6 months or 10,000km)
Stupid Yes, Service yourself with your own mechanic to make it cheaper, bring your own oil too.
Glad you like your civic, I would not have bought it due to the colored nose, the passenger side handbrake and lack of manual on anything but povospec.