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    2009 Honda Civic 1.8 VXI opinion

    Howzit guys/girls

    I am interested in buying a 2009 shape Civic 1.8 VXi 4-door (sedan shape) and would just like some general opinions from previous owners. Are there any major cons to this car? I have read the CAR Magazine review and their main issues/average comments relate to:

    1. Awkward clutch
    2. Performance being average
    3. Fuel consumption being average

    Can I please get some opinions on the standard performance and actual fuel consumption?

    I am currently in two minds about whether looking for a manual or automatic. I drive into the city for work every day, so peak traffic would be a breeze with an automatic... But I am concerned about the durability of the automatic box and the performance relative to the manual box.

    Thanks!

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    Durability on the box is fine if you maintain it properly .

    Known weakpoint on that car is the Right Hydraulic engine mount. but they can be found locally if needed .
    the R18 is not the fastest car.. and the Auto uses a bit more fuel than the manual as with any car. ..

    but good overall car.
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    Have had one (2007 VXI) since 2010.

    It's never missed a beat. Ever.

    The mounts for some inexplicable reason in my experience are weird. I've had to replace the rhs hydraulic mount at about 130 000km and the lower torque mount (the bottom one at the back by the sump) twice, once at 90 000km because it was done and again at 130 000km because the power steering pump pulled the same trick as most accords from that era and sprung a leak which ate through the rubber on the mount.

    The clutch is tricky, weird. Sort of. You'll get used to it in a week. It does not like getting too hot though - Stop start on steep incline traffic is def not its friend.

    Fuel economy is at about 9l/100km if you drive nice, about 10/11 if you drive a bit harder (this motor will very happily in my experience hang out at higher rpm now problem. in fact it almost seems happiest between 3500 and 5500 rpm. (theres also the ivtec which works between 2000 and 3500rpm that switches over to an economy cam and the drive by wire throttle does some clever tricks which increases fuel economy drastically - Durban has seen me arrive with about 120km left in my tank from jozi before.)

    Tyres are super reasonable, timing chain so you'll never worry about that, much bigger inside than you think, huge boot, comfortable.

    I'd probably recommend against the auto box, the engine in this works if you work it right. It's not torquey at all so might be a bit laggy as an auto then.

    It will give you very little hassle at all and will be super reliable. But it wont blow your hair back in standard trim. Pop a pair of coilovers on it and this chassis will surprise you. It's very capable. On tight roads I've stayed right on an s2000's ass much to my surprise and the s2000's dismay hehe. In terms of perf mods you don't have many choices. Get rid of the cat and you'll see a massive improvement in mid range torque and slight power gains. (remember to piggyback chip it though when cat delete because it will run lean and that will make problems)

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    Quote Originally Posted by frmtn View Post
    Have had one (2007 VXI) since 2010.

    It's never missed a beat. Ever.

    The mounts for some inexplicable reason in my experience are weird. I've had to replace the rhs hydraulic mount at about 130 000km and the lower torque mount (the bottom one at the back by the sump) twice, once at 90 000km because it was done and again at 130 000km because the power steering pump pulled the same trick as most accords from that era and sprung a leak which ate through the rubber on the mount.

    The clutch is tricky, weird. Sort of. You'll get used to it in a week. It does not like getting too hot though - Stop start on steep incline traffic is def not its friend.

    I'd probably recommend against the auto box, the engine in this works if you work it right. It's not torquey at all so might be a bit laggy as an auto then.
    Thanks for the thoughts! Just some more questions:

    1. How much did it cost for each of these mount replacement jobs? I'm only planning on keeping the car for 2 to 3 years, so ideally don't want the burden of major repair work costs.
    2. You say the clutch has a problem with heat in heavy traffic, but what happens in such conditions? Does the clutch react differently to pedal input?
    3. Have you had any problems with the hand brake?
    4. Have you had any electronic components failing/not working periodically?

    Reason for the last 2 questions is that my current 1998 Ballade 150i Luxline has had 2 hand brake cable replacements and has had various electronic components becoming faulty over the last 7 years. So I just want to determine whether electronic failure is a Honda issue, or just due to my car being really old.

    Thanks again!

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    Sorry for taking forever to reply. Probably too late for you now anyway but just incase:

    1. About R1500 for the mounts each. Evebtually I got a bit fedup of that so I went and got a compund that i could cast into the mounts to refill them myself. Worked well.
    2. It begins to slip a bit and becomes a bit shudder-ey
    3. Nope. Discs at the back so no issues at all.
    4. Nope. Everything perfect.

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