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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11th November 2008, 23:38 Thread Starter
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Early days - but 'lovin' this car

Some of you will know from my 'newbie' post last week that due to a change in farming practice I downsized from a Land Rover to the Civic. Having driven a Land Rover for 20 years was a Civic going to cope with a rural lifestyle??

After the disastrous hand over last Thurs, when I had to return the vehicle after 14 miles when a wheel bearing broke, I finally picked the Civic up the following Mon & since then have had the chance to really enjoy this car.

The diesel is tourqey quiet & smooth, even when cold, & I love the handling - a super firm ride & no roll on cornering, the gear change is precise & the steering wheel is a joy.

I’m 5’2” & find the seat comfort/adjustment ideal, most of the controls come to hand easily, apart from the light switches ( I still prefer to decide for myself when to switch the lights on) The positioning of the dash displays & in particular the speedo are excellent, the start button is the only thing I dislike, don’t see the point of it when you have to insert & turn the key & I still haven’t fathomed the locking system, I have several dogs & sometimes need to leave them in the car with windows open.

Have had several passengers front & back (some short, some tall) & they’ve all commented on the comfortable seats. The boot space is enormous & the rear seats – pure ‘magic’.

Fuel economy seems to be excellent too, have clocked 850 miles in the last week, averaging 44 to the gallon on very hilly unclassified & ‘B’ roads, oil level as it was from new. Have to drive to Manchester this weekend & can’t wait to get on the Motorway.

The one thing that worried me about the Civic was the ground clearance, we don’t have the best of roads around here & I visit several farms, but so far it hasn’t been a problem – just a very muddy car!!

Towbar’s being fitted this week & will be picking up the new ‘downsized’ sheep trailer, with all the torque the engine has, I’m sure it’ll handle brilliantly.

I know its still early days, & I expect from reading other posts that the inevitable rattles will raise their ugly heads, but so far, I have no regrets on changing from the Land Rover, I absolutely love this car.

So keep your eyes peeled for a muddy Galaxy Grey Civic heading from Plymouth to Manchester next week. ( No – not with sheep trailer attached!!!)
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The diesel will tow at least 1200kg easily (see left), but I am surprised that you have not had any ground clearance issues. I have had to be very careful on some lanes / farm tracks in Devon, Essex and Norfolk.

I agree the electric window logic is pants, and that the space is amazing for the size of car. Enjoy!!
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Great review

Really glad that after the slight hiccup of last week things are now working out really well. Let's hope for continued fun and enjoyment
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Glad you're enjoying your new car!

You're a fellow muddy Galaxy Grey owner I see!
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I’m 5’2” & find the seat comfort/adjustment ideal, most of the controls come to hand easily, apart from the light switches ( I still prefer to decide for myself when to switch the lights on)
It looks like you might have your light switch in the Auto position. You can manually turn your lights on and off by moving it from the Auto position.
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Cheers everyone - AW, re the ground clearance, My worry was that some of the places I go would be impossible in the Civic, totally agree you have to be very careful.
GerryJ, re the light switch - At the moment I dont like it in Auto, & am having to peer around the steering wheel to see what I've selected, I'm sure as I get more familiar with it it'll become second nature.

Wheelchair - Muddy Galaxy Grey, maybe a new colour for Honda next year??!!!!
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Wheelchair - Muddy Galaxy Grey, maybe a new colour for Honda next year??!!!!
We should copyright the name!
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................. ‘downsized’ sheep trailer .....
What does a downsized sheep actually look like ? ... just 2 feet high ? ... that'll certainly help keep the "CoG" low, when towing ! ...
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What does a downsized sheep actually look like ? ... just 2 feet high ? ... that'll certainly help keep the "CoG" low, when towing ! ...
From this - max gross weight 3500kg, 6' headroom

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to this - an incy wincy 1400kg, & 4' of headroom

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What does a downsized sheep actually look like ? ... just 2 feet high ?
On a hot wash - you can downsize them to whatever you want

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Welcome to the best forum!

I think you share the same sense of humour with wheelie - should have us all chuckling!

I too am 5' 2" and have found the seat adjustment to be great - better than some other cars I have had.
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From this - max gross weight 3500kg, 6' headroom

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to this - an incy wincy 1400kg, & 4' of headroom

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Ah-ha, fully 4' high ! ... a "downsized-sheep double-decker" then ? ...
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