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Hi, picked up my 2007, 103k miles fk3 civic about 10 days ago, a few days later when the excitement was wearing down, i noticed a "growl" from the exhaust between 1300-2300rpm, upon closer inspection it seemed to be from behind/below the engine, there was no smell of fumes in the cabin, but a local honda specialist diagnosed (over the phone) a probable cracked manifold.....

By this time i was 350 miles away on a camping holiday in newquay, getting rather concerned about the £'s i'd shelled out to possibly have this problem straight away (other than that car drives like new, full Honda SPECIALIST service history.)

I rang Honda UK, explained the problem, and within 2 hours they had called back and booked my car in at my local Honda dealer to have the manifold replaced completely free of charge at a time that suits me once back from holiday??!! (They booked it in for this tues, offered me loan car and everything!)

I got back from Cornwall to Wigan an hour ago, and its just struck me that thay havent even heard the car/diagnosed it themselves-i'm going to take it to them on monday morn just so they can quickly check, but what else is it likely to be-i cant smell any fumes in the cabin with the air on non-recirc?

I just cant believe they agreed so readily and were so nice without even diagnosing it??
 

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Well, Honda dealer change mine a few years ago...but they tried to charge me, I still remember the service clerk who told me the parts is £480 + 4 hours labor and vat. I told him my civic is still under warranty (bought my civic from doncaster honda). Then he rang doncaster honda. It takes them 2 days to do the job.
 

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Yes, they said theyll book it in for 2 days, im just a little like "Err, would you like to actually check that the manifold is cracked first...?"
Seeing as how there is no smell in the cabin at all, could it be anything else...?
 

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I guess that lots of things might cause an odd 'growl' from the exhaust, but I've not heard of a cracked manifold causing this. Additionally, it is unusual that you are not noticing any exhaust fumes. But don't stop them replacing the manifold... you're almost at the end of the 7 year/125k mile extended warranty on this part and the single-part casted units they fit now are much better than the older 2-part welded things that are so prone to cracking.
 

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Just picked it up from local dealer today, spoke at length to the mechanic who said there was the tiniest of hairline cracks in the manifold. At least I don't need to worry about that problem ever again, and other than the odd little scuff on it, it's like a new car, so I'm made up!
 
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