Pre-Purchase Buyers guide needed

Discussion in '8th Generation (2006-2011)' started by Alpine, Wednesday 17th Aug, 2016.

  1. Alpine Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi there

    I'm looking at maybe swapping my 2006 Jazz for an 8th Generation Civic.

    Is there a buyers guide that someone can point me to, that lists the issues/problems with the Civic?

    My Jazz is pretty bullet proof, being built in Japan. Is the standard the same with the Civic, or like most things has quality deteriorated over time?

    Thanks
     
  2. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    Hi @Alpine
    I just helped a friend buy an 8th Generation Civic so I did a lot research. We don't have a complied list unfortunately but I think I can list out most of the things to look out for.

    What engine are you planning to get?
     
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  3. Alpine Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Many thanks for the reply legendary.

    A list of the main issues would be very useful.

    I was thinking of a 1.8 VTEC 4 door, probably a lower spec one as I don't want leather nor a panoramic roof. Probably about 7-8 years old.
     
  4. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    They are generally quite reliable but it's best that go for a well cared for example with good services history as that would mean most of the issues would have been taken care of. But A very quick list of thing I can remember from on top of my head:

    * best to avoid 2006 cars, get 2007 onwards due to the fact that first model year is always more prone to design faults that get corrected in subsequent years. (Just a general rule of mine)
    * In cars with non-panoramic roof the paint on area where windscreen meets roof gets corroded and flakes off due to vibrations, make sure that is clean. Cars with replacement screens are affected too as replacement companies use non-revised part which Honda issued Later on to counter the effects.
    * fuel flap gets stuck, make sure that works
    * rear suspension sometimes suffers from knocks and bangs, make sure there aren't any.
    * iShift is prone to clutch actuator failure so best to avoid.
    * the centre top LCD to the left of speedometer sometimes display partial digits which a knock on top dash solves. Happens due to lose solders, easy to get fixed or replaced so you can either use it as bargaining chip or walk away. (Rare)
    * Check for leaks in boot and sloshing water in doors (very rare but worth checking)
    * Generally Honda paint is quite soft and shape of the Civic kind of exaggerates the problem of stone chips on bonnet so they are expected, don't be put off.

    Haha I hope I haven't put you off the model but I'm just telling you almost everything that has ever been reported so worry not, all these things can be identified with basic checks so take your time as there are plenty of cars around.
     
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  5. Alpine Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Many thanks, that's really useful. Doesn't sound like there are too many issues to be wary of.
     
  6. i-DSI Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Hi Alpine,
    Did you finally buy a Civic?
    I can tell you we own one (registered 2007, a 2008 model, 1.4 I-DSI petrol, 5 door). We have had no issues at all so far. My wife's driving it for mostly short distances.
    The only parts replaced on these 9 years: a battery and tyres. Done 70.000 km.
     
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  7. Alpine Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi all

    I haven't bought a Civic yet as my Jazz was running so well, but I have started thinking about it again.

    I did see a 1.4 at the auctions the other day. That's a DSI so like my Jazz I think, 8v? How does it compare to the 1.8 VTEC? Is the 1.4 a bit underpowered. Also, is the 1.8 particularly sporty / fast, or is just really a normal 1.8?

    To confuse things, I have also been looking at 7th Generation Accords, anyone had both and can compare?
     
  8. legend-ary Moderator Staff Team

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    1.4 in a Jazz is ok but I have always maintained that it's too small for a heavish car that the Civic is. You will always be thrashing it to maintain speed as already in Jazz I'm upto 3400 RPM at 68-70mph.
    I have driven 1.8 Civic and it is very flexible engine. Gives you chance to change up quite soon to save fuel but if you want to have a bit of fun it's right there for you. Definitely go for the 1.8 over 1.4

    Accord is a older car but to be very honest I find quality of 8th Generation Civic to be sub par even compared to 7th Generation Civic or Jazz, the plastics are too hard and rattle if the car is a high miler. The suspension specially rear feels a bit crashy to me. I have driven one with 20k on it and another with 90k on it back to back and you can feel it didn't age well. So either try to find a good example or go for accord knowing it's a much superior car interns of quality and comfort. One thing you will miss with Accord will be fuel economy.
     
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    Legend couldn't have said it better

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    Well, having owned a 1.4 I-DSI myself and still owning one (wife's car) we can tell that the 1.4 I-DSI is far underpowered. No doubt about that. But you can drive it extremely fuel efficient. I averaged quite easy less (!) than 5 l/100 km. I drove it untill we had 55.000 km on it and in our case the car still felt like new. No (bad) aging at all. Also my wife's car ages very well (9 years old, 70.000 km). Steering, suspension etc... all fine.
    I also drove the 1.8 i-VTEC several times. And that's a totally different story. Not underpowered at all and I may call it 'sporty'. Definitely the engine you want. I sold my 1.4 Civic for only one reason: the engine power (lack off...).
    As for the Accord comparison: different league. Not honest to compare. It's a better, but more expensive car. In 7th Generation version I only drove the 2.4 i-VTEC (auto version). Wonderfull!!
    But be aware of the different bodywork: there are occasions I need to borrow my wife's Civic because of the 5-door bodywork to transport big things (refrigerator, big television, etc...). Civic is a more practical and more spacious car. Also in the back.
     
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