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msu2001la
I love my 2003 Honda Civic EX. :)

This car is perfect for a commuter car. It sips gas, handles good, has a sunroof and a CD player, and is pretty smooth on rough roads.


I've got almost 3000 miles on it, and I only have a few minor complaints:
The sunroof controls are poorly placed, on the left side of the steering wheel. If a passanger wants to open the sunroof, they can't do so without asking the driver first. (that could be a good thing, depending on your point of view).
The cruise control seems odd. First, I have to push a button on the dash to "activate" it, then I have to use the buttons on the steering wheel (which placed right where I hook my fingers durning a turn) to set the speed/accel/decel. Why not just have all the buttons in one place?
I cannot open/close the sunroof once the vehicle has been shut off. This is the case with most cars, but my old VW spoiled me with this ability.

Also, my dealer experience in Washington DC (where I bought the car before moving to Chicago) was awful. They were complete assholes and very insulting. In addition to acting like I was an idiot, they tried to charge me $1000 for an "apperance" package that I didn't even want. (Mudflaps, pinstripes, doorguards, etc.)

Besides those minor complaints, this car is great and I reccomend it to anyone looking for an economical commuting car that isn't too dull. The 127hp motor does ok, even when the car is full of people with the AC on. It's no racecar, but good enough for sporting commutes.

That's all.
:D

Carlos Carrera
u can change the chip, and get the most of the VTEC system.
Its the coupe or the sedan?

mustangdriver
What dealer did you get it at out of curiousity?

msu2001la
Originally posted by preludedriver
What dealer did you get it at out of curiousity?

Ourisman Honda in Bethesda, MD. I would have shopped around more, but they were close to where I lived in DC at the time, so it was easy.

mustangdriver
Gotcha, just curious. I've got a couple Hondas around here but they were in Virginia. I did buy my Mustang from Ourisman Ford in Alexandria though.

msu2001la
Originally posted by Carlos Carrera
u can change the chip, and get the most of the VTEC system.
Its the coupe or the sedan?

Sedan.

Got any more info on chips? I probably won't do anything to it for a while, but i'm curious about what's out there.

msu2001la
Originally posted by preludedriver
Gotcha, just curious. I've got a couple Hondas around here but they were in Virginia. I did buy my Mustang from Ourisman Ford in Alexandria though.

I got the impression that Ourisman owned several dealerships in the area. I'm sure it was an isolated problem there. It wasn't so much that they weren't helpful or willing to deal, but they just acted like I had no knowledge of cars what so ever.

The thing that really set me off was when instead of matching the carmax price for my trade, they suggested that I sell my car to carmax and then come back and buy the Civic from them. That sort of attitude, when I'm spending 17k, didn't sit well with me. (in the end, they did match the carmax price, but it wasn't without lots of haggling).

Sub Urban
Good first topic Phil!

I am glad you like your Civic. :cheers:

Agent SPEED
How about the 03 Corolla? That car is almost a Camry in terms of looks and spaciousness. Looks much more decent than a civic. Civic is great too.

Agent SPEED
Checking my point...

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Agent SPEED
So I get 5 point for every post that I make....

interesting..;; :cheers:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by Agent SPEED
So I get 5 point for every post that I make....

interesting..;; :cheers:

Yup! Don't start whoring like some people though.:rolleyes:


;)

Agent SPEED
Originally posted by Sub Urban
Yup! Don't start whoring like some people though.:rolleyes:


;)

Hey Sub Urban....

You are in Ottawa!!!! :pd: :pd:

Me too!

Which part of the city are you in? Student? Work?

What do you do?

Sub Urban
Originally posted by Agent SPEED
Hey Sub Urban....

You are in Ottawa!!!! :pd: :pd:

Me too!

Which part of the city are you in? Student? Work?

What do you do?

Well you are an original one...

I got the exact same PM.:boobies: :D :bigbounce

I replied in the PM.

Mr.Dave
Manual or automatic?


Sorry, had to ask.

Sub Urban
I think his car is auto unfortunately :cry:

msu2001la
Originally posted by Sub Urban
I think his car is auto unfortunately :cry:

Yup. Auto. :rolleyes:

I had to please others in my household with the purchace too. :)

msu2001la
Originally posted by Agent SPEED
Hey Sub Urban....

You are in Ottawa!!!! :pd: :pd:



Canada. :smoke: (that's what I hear, anyways)

:hitit:

msu2001la
Originally posted by Agent SPEED
How about the 03 Corolla? That car is almost a Camry in terms of looks and spaciousness. Looks much more decent than a civic. Civic is great too.

I drove the 03 Corolla and Camry too. Looks are subjective and I actually prefer the looks of the Civic to the Corolla.

Beyond that, the Corolla and the Civic are basically the same. They both have good interiors, and good handling. I felt that the Corolla was a bit noisy inside, but I've heard people say the opposite. :?:

The 1.9% vs. (at the time) 3.5+% for Toyota was the determining factor for me.



My next car (which will happen in a few weeks) may just be a Subaru. :D

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
Yup. Auto. :rolleyes:

I had to please others in my household with the purchace too. :)

Please yourself before her.:bigbounce :D

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
Canada. :smoke: (that's what I hear, anyways)

:hitit:

Nothing wrong with that!:cheers:

98CivicHX
Congrats on the car! I love my Civic too.
As you might have noticed, this is my first post on AWF.
The C&D temporary shutdown forced me to check it out.

msu2001la
Originally posted by Sub Urban
Please yourself before her.:bigbounce :D

The motto I live my life by. :humpy:

msu2001la
Originally posted by Sub Urban
Nothing wrong with that!:cheers:

Like I said. :hitit:


LOL. :D

msu2001la
Originally posted by 98CivicHX
Congrats on the car! I love my Civic too.
As you might have noticed, this is my first post on AWF.
The C&D temporary shutdown forced me to check it out.

Hey. AWF is a great place, and I'm honored that you chose my Civic EX thread for your first post!

:cheers:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
The motto I live my life by. :humpy:
Great "Phil"osophy! Sorry for the pun.:bigbounce :cheers:

98CivicHX
Originally posted by msu2001la
Hey. AWF is a great place, and I'm honored that you chose my Civic EX thread for your first post!

:cheers:

It only seemed right.

mrjswift
Civics are great!

A-Tech
Originally posted by msu2001la

've got almost 3000 miles on it, and I only have a few minor complaints:
The sunroof controls are poorly placed, on the left side of the steering wheel. If a passanger wants to open the sunroof, they can't do so without asking the driver first. (that could be a good thing, depending on your point of view).
The cruise control seems odd. First, I have to push a button on the dash to "activate" it, then I have to use the buttons on the steering wheel (which placed right where I hook my fingers durning a turn) to set the speed/accel/decel. Why not just have all the buttons in one place?
I cannot open/close the sunroof once the vehicle has been shut off. This is the case with most cars, but my old VW spoiled me with this ability.

Besides those minor complaints, this car is great and I reccomend it to anyone looking for an economical commuting car that isn't too dull. The 127hp motor does ok, even when the car is full of people with the AC on. It's no racecar, but good enough for sporting commutes.

That's all.
:D

I just drove the new Honda Element across country, and Ill comment on a few things here. That same cruise control system is in the element as well, and after roughly 4k miles straight I have to say, its a pretty intuitive system, really easy to learn to use and it just comes natural after the first few trys. Dont know about that button, but when my passenger decided to mess with me and press every available button i was glad the cruise was over there so he couldnt turn it off.

I think the element has the same basic block as your car, its got a 4cycl v-tec whatever as well, and it had plenty of power for highway passing top gear with the ac on, and it certainly lit up the tires enough to lay a few patches to a group of gawky eyed californians :tongue:

fun car, love those hondas! :drive:

01 civic
Originally posted by msu2001la
Yup. Auto. :rolleyes:

I had to please others in my household with the purchace too. :)

Me too.:rolleyes:

msu2001la
I'm getting used to the cruise controls. The sunroof is annoying though.

Also, it is way to easy to slide into D3 instead of D by mistake. I've done it several times and not noticed till the car refuses to shift into 4th.

mrjswift
Awwe, thas wack, all you notice is the rpms going way up, and you're like ermmm. I 'v done that on my Stealth but at least your reason is better, my overdrive was off, and I was like why the heck is my car at like 4000 rpms when it should be at 2500. Kinda funny though. It used to also have a silly light that says the over drive is off and I had this power button in the car which was kind of interesting. I guess if you have that on, it's supposed to change your rpm shift point or something.

Sub Urban
Originally posted by 01 civic
Me too.:rolleyes:

Liar!:rolleyes:

Torqueman
Originally posted by msu2001la
I love my 2003 Honda Civic EX. :)

This car is perfect for a commuter car. It sips gas, handles good, has a sunroof and a CD player, and is pretty smooth on rough roads.


I've got almost 3000 miles on it, and I only have a few minor complaints:
The sunroof controls are poorly placed, on the left side of the steering wheel. If a passanger wants to open the sunroof, they can't do so without asking the driver first. (that could be a good thing, depending on your point of view).
The cruise control seems odd. First, I have to push a button on the dash to "activate" it, then I have to use the buttons on the steering wheel (which placed right where I hook my fingers durning a turn) to set the speed/accel/decel. Why not just have all the buttons in one place?
I cannot open/close the sunroof once the vehicle has been shut off. This is the case with most cars, but my old VW spoiled me with this ability.

Also, my dealer experience in Washington DC (where I bought the car before moving to Chicago) was awful. They were complete assholes and very insulting. In addition to acting like I was an idiot, they tried to charge me $1000 for an "apperance" package that I didn't even want. (Mudflaps, pinstripes, doorguards, etc.)

Besides those minor complaints, this car is great and I reccomend it to anyone looking for an economical commuting car that isn't too dull. The 127hp motor does ok, even when the car is full of people with the AC on. It's no racecar, but good enough for sporting commutes.

That's all.
:D

Whoa..that's eerie! I own a 1994 Honda Civic EX coupe, and you are right on the dot with what you've said. The cruise control set up is the same, and sunroof. And in my POV, I like having the sunroof button to the left. When I want my sunroof open, I want it open. My mom doesn't like the wind messing up her hair, but who really cares?

My Civic also has 127 hp. In coupe form, it feels very spritely, and I was impressed with it's accleration (it exceeded my expectations). One problem though, when I'm going 55+ mph while climbing a slight incline, the car could use a bit more torque. I'm perfectly cool with it as long as the car handles well, which I proved to be right a few days ago. Gotta love the front/rear double wishbones:drive:

It's pretty fun trying to be as frugal with gas as can be. Two weeks ago, I got 38 mpg out of it. Last week, with a couple of redlines and a handful of high rev shifts, I still averaged 35 mpg, which is damn good. What have you averaged msu?

Overall, coming from such a shitty car, I am happy with my Civic. It has exceeded my expectations in a lot areas. Now if only I had some money to replace a speaker my sister blew out when she owned it:rolleyes:

:bigbounce

msu2001la
Originally posted by Torqueman
Whoa..that's eerie! I own a 1994 Honda Civic EX coupe, and you are right on the dot with what you've said. The cruise control set up is the same, and sunroof. And in my POV, I like having the sunroof button to the left. When I want my sunroof open, I want it open. My mom doesn't like the wind messing up her hair, but who really cares?

My Civic also has 127 hp. In coupe form, it feels very spritely, and I was impressed with it's accleration (it exceeded my expectations). One problem though, when I'm going 55+ mph while climbing a slight incline, the car could use a bit more torque. I'm perfectly cool with it as long as the car handles well, which I proved to be right a few days ago. Gotta love the front/rear double wishbones:drive:

It's pretty fun trying to be as frugal with gas as can be. Two weeks ago, I got 38 mpg out of it. Last week, with a couple of redlines and a handful of high rev shifts, I still averaged 35 mpg, which is damn good. What have you averaged msu?

Overall, coming from such a shitty car, I am happy with my Civic. It has exceeded my expectations in a lot areas. Now if only I had some money to replace a speaker my sister blew out when she owned it:rolleyes:

:bigbounce

I think the car has plenty of power for what I use it for. More torque would be nice for jumping off the line and getting out in front of traffic once in a while though. I think the highway performance is pretty good though, with the automatic anyways. When I need to pass, and i'm going 70 and floor it, it responds quickly and accelerates fast enough to make a point. It does tend to downshift with the slightest acceleration though, which doesn't really bother me. I've only had it up to around 90-95, but it was still very smooth and seemed to have plenty of breathing room left even at that speed.

I agree with you on the handling. I've been pushing those on-ramps a bit harder every day! :drive: It feels great right up to the limits, with little body roll and a balanced feel.

I average about 33-35 mpg on my commute, which is mostly stop and go with some breif highway stints. I drive it pretty hard some days, and usually there's at least one redline shift along the way. :D

On the only extended roadtrip I've had it on (about 800 miles), I averaged over 40mpg. This was almost entirely highway driving at 70-80mph.

Like I said earlier, I'm quite happy with this car. I'll definitley consider Honda again in the future.

01 civic
Originally posted by Sub Urban
Liar!:rolleyes:

Who is talking to you??

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

01 civic
Originally posted by msu2001la
I think the car has plenty of power for what I use it for. More torque would be nice for jumping off the line and getting out in front of traffic once in a while though. I think the highway performance is pretty good though, with the automatic anyways. When I need to pass, and i'm going 70 and floor it, it responds quickly and accelerates fast enough to make a point. It does tend to downshift with the slightest acceleration though, which doesn't really bother me. I've only had it up to around 90-95, but it was still very smooth and seemed to have plenty of breathing room left even at that speed.

I agree with you on the handling. I've been pushing those on-ramps a bit harder every day! :drive: It feels great right up to the limits, with little body roll and a balanced feel.

I average about 33-35 mpg on my commute, which is mostly stop and go with some breif highway stints. I drive it pretty hard some days, and usually there's at least one redline shift along the way. :D

On the only extended roadtrip I've had it on (about 800 miles), I averaged over 40mpg. This was almost entirely highway driving at 70-80mph.

Like I said earlier, I'm quite happy with this car. I'll definitley consider Honda again in the future.

Phil, do you have a problem with your rear suspension?? I mean when I'm turning and there is a slight bump, the rear would want to go out.:rolleyes:

msu2001la
Originally posted by 01 civic
Phil, do you have a problem with your rear suspension?? I mean when I'm turning and there is a slight bump, the rear would want to go out.:rolleyes:

I haven't noticed a problem. If I were cornering really fast, and hit a bump, I wouldn't be suprised if the rear lost traction. That probably happens in any car though, right?

I haven't pushed the car to the limits of cornering yet, but it does seem to have less understeer than any other FWD car i've driven... so oversteer is probably a possibility.

msu2001la
"probably a possibility." LOL.

I sound like an idiot with that statement. :nope:

mrjswift
Good things come in small packages baby....

Sub Urban
Originally posted by 01 civic
Who is talking to you??

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

:boobies:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by 01 civic
Phil, do you have a problem with your rear suspension?? I mean when I'm turning and there is a slight bump, the rear would want to go out.:rolleyes:

HAHAH what?

msu2001la
Originally posted by Sub Urban
HAHAH what?
Huh?

mrjswift
I have V-Tec controller is anyone wants to buy it, for a Acura Integra 99.$290

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
Huh?
Just Caspar talk, thats all!:cheers:

mrjswift
that's a nice avatar....

91 Integra
The sunroof and cruise control are the exact same in my car. I love the cruise control, it's really easy to use. I got used to it after just a few days of owning the car. And the sunroof control... well, I love having it over on my side. It is always at my left fingertips, and only one other person regularly drives my car, so I don't need to worry about reaching across to open or close it. He'll do it right when I ask. Basically, the two things you complained about are two things that I really like about my car.

Odd.

Sub Urban
Very.

msu2001la
Originally posted by 91 Integra
The sunroof and cruise control are the exact same in my car. I love the cruise control, it's really easy to use. I got used to it after just a few days of owning the car. And the sunroof control... well, I love having it over on my side. It is always at my left fingertips, and only one other person regularly drives my car, so I don't need to worry about reaching across to open or close it. He'll do it right when I ask. Basically, the two things you complained about are two things that I really like about my car.

Odd.

I'll trade you engines... and transmissions. :D

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
I'll trade you engines... and transmissions. :D

Pssssssstttt.....His are 1991, the engine has 130 HP I believe... ;)

msu2001la
Originally posted by Sub Urban
Pssssssstttt.....His are 1991, the engine has 130 HP I believe... ;)

His are what? I don't understand?

You mock me with poor grammar?:badass:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
His are what? I don't understand?

You mock me with poor grammar?:badass:

Re-read your post three above, and my reply to you. I was not mocking that at all, but maybe I should start mocking your comprehension skills now.:bigbounce ;)

msu2001la
Oh.

msu2001la
Always the smartass eh?

msu2001la
My comprehension skillz aren't that great, okay? Why do you always have to make fun of me?

:D

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
Always the smartass eh?

Yes.:cheers:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
My comprehension skillz aren't that great, okay? Why do you always have to make fun of me?

:D


I was not, I said I would maybe have to start.:bootyshak ;)

01 civic
Originally posted by Sub Urban
Just Caspar talk, thats all!:cheers:

:rolleyes:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by 01 civic
:rolleyes: :smoke: :pimp: :rolleyes:

91 Integra
Sorry to get back to an old topic, but... you definitely don't want to trade anything with me. My 13 year old engine with almost 160k on the clock burns a bit of oil. My brakes went out on me last month while I was driving. Both of my front wheels have fallen off while driving. My horn sounds like somebody is choking a goose. My brake light fuse would randomly blow, so I'd drive around with no brake lights. One year after I got a new exhaust, it scrapes over potholes (I think I have a warranty on that though). There are many many door dings. One killer dent in my fender from the first wheel incident. Can't forget the rust, too. Not much of it, but it's definitely there. My clutch... well... let's just say that it's the original one that came with the car. The transmission is still great though. So are the headlight bulbs. We could trade that, if you wanted. But then I'd be driving with no headlights while I waited to get yours in the mail... probably not a good idea.

Sub Urban
Well Austin, it seems like good ole' Teggie is fairly beat!:cheers: :bigbounce :pimp:

msu2001la
Your right. I don't want to have anything to do with that. I do like the idea of an Integra in general though.

Sub Urban
A GSR. :cheers:

msu2001la
Right. :woowoo:

Sub Urban
Originally posted by msu2001la
Right. :woowoo:

Cool.:woowoo:

msu2001la
A GSR would be cool. :D

Sub Urban
What is a GSR?

lsr78
integra

Sub Urban
Originally posted by lsr78
integra
HAHAH if only you had looked 4 posts above. :bigbounce :bigbounce :bigbounce