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Hi everyone, another potential owner here, great forum BTW - have already learnt a lot thanks guys.
I too am seriously considering an 09 Type S GT Diesel with Sat Nav as my next company car in most probably Milano Red however I still have reservations about the lack of a rear wiper along with some other questions.
I am doing 25 - 30k a year, my driveway slopes so if there has been a hard frost and the heated rear window is on, it will take an age without a rear wiper to help to clear and how good is the rear window at reflecting rain etc.
How quickly does the rear window get dirty when batting up and down the motorways at 70-80mph+
I've read that the paintwork is poor - does the paint chip easily (as the car will be on a lease - I don't want to be paying for a front end respray in 4 years time)
Is the Sat Nav any good - worth the money?
How cr*p are the standard speakers, are the Honda upgrades any good or would you be better looking elsewhere at other custom fits?
Finally can anyone confirm if the parking sensors are definitely standard on the new model?
Can't wait to see a 09 Type S GT in the flesh but our local dealer has just got into administration!!!!:(
Really appreciate your comments guys - Thanks
 

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Welcome to the friendliest and most informative forum on the web!

You'll find all the info you need in the Wiki section and in the forums, but if you have any questions, ask away, we're all here to help!


Right here's some answers, standard speakers are poor, paint does chip, but the lower part of the rear window does stay quite clean.

Its a great car though, even with its little quirks!:D
 

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I don't have any problems with dirt at the rear of the car, generally, compared to other cars it doesn't get as dirty as quickly as say the Golf MIV or C class. This is because the aero dynamics on the Civ are better.

Combine this with rainex on the rear window and I have no problems with water dissipation at all. I find this also keeps the ice that does form much thinner (and easier to clear) than other cars.
My one criticism is that I do find the rear demister quite slow. Also I believe it swicthes on automatically if the temperature is below 10 degrees c.

Its a great car - you will enjoy it; however your kind of milege, do you think a less sporty car would be better for motorway miles? The new Accord would be my choice!
 

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Thanks guys for your prompt replies, not sure about red now, would you say that metallics were any more resistant to stone chips?
Regarding the mileage, I do a mixture of motorway 30% and A/B road driving 70%.
Accord - nice but too expensive:rolleyes:
 

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There doesn't really seem to be a difference in the amount of stonchips on the metallic cars or the Milano ones. I would say however that leaving as big a gap from the car infront as possible will help to reduce the chips, especially on the motorway.

There is a survey on the subject here

Remember to read the answers section.
 

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Thanks guys for your prompt replies, not sure about red now, would you say that metallics were any more resistant to stone chips?
Regarding the mileage, I do a mixture of motorway 30% and A/B road driving 70%.
Accord - nice but too expensive:rolleyes:
An off-new Accord would cost you less than a new Civic if you're buying the Civic from a dealer (rather than a broker).

And it's much better built.
 

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The car's exellent on the motorway.Plenty of power in reserve for overtaking in 6th gear:)
 
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