Well, here we are
I first ordered my Civic back in March '06, and it arrived in August, just in time for our annual Summer holiday.
Replacing as it was, my 3.2 TT, it had a fair bit to live up to - but it started off with an easy win - the boot holds a fair bit more!
Since then I've averaged 2,000 miles per month, with a mix of twice daily 30 odd mile commutes (back rounds and dual carriageways) and longer (business) trips of up to 400 plus miles in one go.
How has it been?
Well - its true to say that the performance isn't quite
on par with the TT - but at 100bhp and 1ltr less I was never expecting it to be
However, it is certainly good - and definately good enough
As we all know, the boot is just huge - and dropping the rear seats has seen me doing just one trip to the local tip instead of 3 or 4 in the TT
Seats are still comfortable - I quite often do the run to London (180 miles each way), and get out relaxed and still able to move
Wife doesn't like them though - says they are too moulded round her shoulders.
Electrics all still work - all be it with the now famous DIY HFT mic fix
Reverse camera is a great gadget, and I'd recommend it to anyone
As with most owners, I've now got a collection of stone chips on the bonnet and wings - although this doesn't seem to have gotten any worse over the last 6 months. Or maybe I'm just not looking as closely
I've also got an occasional squeak from the drivers window, and a stiff(er) passenger door handle.
But neither are enough of an issue to be worth doing anything about
I snapped the fuel filler handle inside the car, trying to get the poxy...blinking...flipping...bloody...fuel cap to open
Got that fixed under warranty though (and the cap spring too
Biggest low though, was the phone call from Honda after about a year, finally saying that they couldn't supply the sports suspension I'd ordered with the car
Oh - and the bassworks - still kicking myself for ticking that
box on the option list
Pretty much every day
Still gets the occasional passerby commenting, and as it lives in the (works) car park space close(ish) to the outside smoke 'room' (bus shelter thing) I get to hear people talking about it still
Getting 73mpg (with photo proof!) got a
for me - not that I'll be doing it again
And finding this place - but that goes without saying
Over the course of the 30K miles I have put in exactly 2 glugs of oil
(plus whatever the dealers have put in at the 2 services obviously).
I've averaged 44mpg, which is pretty accurate (computer vs real)
The Civ has taken everything I've thrown at it, and shrugged it off with a 'is that it?' attitude
Room for 5, sporty for 1 - a great combo
Other than the filler cap, and 2 services, I've had no reason to visit a dealer (well, except to have a close look at the R when it launched
Am I happy?
Well at the moment, unless something drastic happens, its going to be replaced next August
By a 2.2 Type S