I've just aquired an '06 1.8 petrol Civic (my first 4 wheeled Honda) and I am generally very pleased with it. However I find that when I lift off the gas there is a slight hesitation before the engine slows down and then it does it suddenly, as if the engine had cut out (it hasn't). When I put my foot back down on the pedal there is a similar hesitation before the power comes back and then it comes back with a bit of a 'bump'. We are only talking about a lag of half a second or so but when driving in first or second in slow moving traffic it is very annoying. Once on the open road in higher gears the hesitation is hardly noticeable (but still there). The garage I bought the car from second hand (done 14,000 miles) say that this is normal with this model and it is due to the engine management taking care of the current stringent pollution controls but I'm a bit dubious. Anyone have any thoughts? If I could get the engine to decelerate and pick up a bit smooooother it would increase my driving pleasure greatly.