Hi all, here is my review of the car after the first 5 months of ownership.
I have the 1.8 ES model in silver.
I enjoy the glass roof and think it is an excellent option to go for.
I had optional leather seats in black and find them comfortable and the heated base and back really is a good feature.
Fuel economy is ok, I am doing around 32mpg but it is mostly urban driving. On a recent motorway trip I averaged 42 mpg. I find the engine smooth, fast and the gear change is just as smooth. Having had a 2.0 VW Tdi before this I am not particularly sorry to have switched to petrol but perhaps next time I will go for the diesel model.
The magic rear seats are amazing - a godsend if you are a golfer, you dont need to drop the seats, remove the rear shelf etc to accomadate extra bags. Recently I had 2 golf bags in the boot and lifted the rear seats, placed another bag under them and dropped the seats down allowing 3 people to travel in the car with equipment.
I like the styling of the car especially the "trophy cabinet front" as James May put it and the gator less gear stick. Along with the dashboard display these are some of the features that persuaded me to look at the Civic in the first place.
With regards to the problems listed on this forum I am pleased to say that I seem to have escaped them at the moment - not wishing to push my luck or tempt fate
I do not have clunky suspension and the area where I live is plagued with speed bumps - I have to traverse 25 bumps on the way to work....I live near a school and pass two others on my way to work!!!!
My radio reception is excellent - I travelled from South Wales (Swansea) to North Wales (Newtown) and did not have to re-tune the radio once.
My windscreen wipers do not screech and the dashboard is totally silent - no creaks at all.
I have wiped the dash display with tissues etc and not scratched it and have examined it in direct sunlight to make sure.
I have no chips on my bonnet but this could have been helped by having Gardx applied. The Gardx is god stuff, I wash the car once a month and it still beads off!
I have never used the front fog lights but they are in tact and I did purchase gray52 covers - these have had no visible signs of damage yet.
The only irritations I have are that I wish I had a rear wiper - I can live without it but if it was there I would use it - proving personally for me that one is needed.
The floor mats on the driver side always get caught under the clutch - I will buy new ones!
The build quality inside is not quite upto my previous VW - an example is on the VW you push a lid cover and it softly opens on the Civic you are not treated to such luxury. However, on my car I have to be that picky to find a fault, which ultimately is a good thing.
My dealer in Bridgend (Neil or Nellz from this forum) was very helpful and I recommend him - I havent been back to the dealers since picking up the car, so hello Neil
I do accept that some cars come off the assembly line with faults and sympathise with all the users of this forum who have been plagued with faults. I do not want to come across as someone who will reply to a fault report with "mines fine", I realise how unhelpful and frustrating that can be!!!!!
Finally this forum has been really helpful in passing on information and apart from one person who was rude to my first initial request on buying advice everyone has been great.