2009 Honda Civic Sedan LX-S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
Honda owners since 99. That all changed about 3 wks ago when my wife was driving our 2 daughters to dance recital about 10 mi from our house. 2-3 mi before arriving, my wife began hearing a terrible grinding noise from the front- end. It sounded like something was dragging. It turned out to be metal on metal front brakes. No warning sign that we were in need of brakes before that night. When she arrived the wheels were too hot to touch. Next day Honda service said we needed front brakes. Duh. They said exp brake life was 15- 20k! Our 04 Pilot weighs 2x as much and we went 50k before needing brakes. Do your research on Honda Civic brake problems. We are picking up Mazda3 today. Honda lost a customer forever.
Brakes are awful. Plain and simple awful. Also, need to train (or re- train) service desk employees. The ones at the dealership I bought this car from are pathetic when it comes to knowing how to treat a loyal client. Roadside assistance is also a joke. They could not get me a tow in suburb of PHL.
2009 Honda Civic Sedan EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
FM Tuner has poor output due to bad antenna in window, Car has trouble starting under 32 degrees, easily scratchable interior.
USB, roof, leather, VSA, great CD/MP3 sounding stereo (FM not so much), xtra 12 V jacks, maintenance reminder, dash layout, steering wheel audio control, rear seat cup holder, gas mileage, small steering wheel (like a go-cart)
better FM antenna, keyless entry, Nav system in Canadian model
2009 Honda Civic Sedan EX-L 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
Since i purchased my civic i have noticed vibration at idle worse with the A/C on. I have been to the 2 dealers about 10 times with this complaint and there has only been 1 update that did not rectify the problem. The vibration is apparent when the A/C compressor engages at the same time as the cooling fans kick-in.
2009 Honda Civic Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 5A)
After 6 months the Civic is almost exactly as expected. Reliable, great mileage, solid build. There are a few things that will drive you nuts. If you are tall, the parking brake handle sticks up and you will whack your leg. It is impossible to see any part of the outside of the car from the inside so for a small car it is more difficult to park then you would expect. The rear seat is not divided so you have to fold down the whole seat - a difficult task with the release mounted in the trunk. The key has become the joke of my department at work. It is huge (gold plate it and it could be the key to the city). It also costs over $100 to duplicate. So solid car with some design issues.
Dash layout is very nice. The cruise control setup is particularly well done. It seats 4 adults very well for a small car.
The two daily irritants I find are the 4" long key and the parking brake. You may only be in the car an hour a day but you fight that key for 16 hrs in your pocket. Within the car the biggest issue is the protrusion of the parking brake into the drivers space. It hurts.