2005 Honda Civic EX 1.7 VTEC from North America
Good, reliable transportation
Nothing but normal servicing. I do wonder why the dealer charges so much for synthetic oil ($50) over their own brand. ($30)
I am getting a strange whining sound coming from what I believe is the transmission, and occasionally (when engine is still cold or when I am driving in heavy freeway traffic) the tranny shifts are "harder" than when I am in normal driving conditions. Any feedback would help.
Overall, a great car. Light, fuel efficient, and comfortable.
The suspension is a nice mix of comfort and sport.
The seats are well bolstered (I am 6' tall) and perfect for long drives.
A little underpowered, I don't like revving the car above 4000 RPM to get the power out of it, but still adequate. I would have bought the manual, but the little lady can't drive stick. Oh well, I'll just have to wait for my S2000.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 30th October, 2006
Original poster here. I have checked and read many forums on late model Civics and Accords, and have found an unusually large number of vehicles whose transmissions fail between 50,000 and 100,000+ miles. I was concerned about a whining sound coming from the transmission, and took it to my mechanic who drove with me in the car and performed a few tests, and we both listened to it. Although he could not tell me exactly why the sound was present, he said to keep an ear on it, as he has had many Hondas in for transmission problems.
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I own a 2005 Civic EX with manual transmission, and also experience the same "whining" noise as you described. The noise appears to be originating from the front left engine bay and occurs at an annoying 1800-2000 RPM (basically normal cruising speed). The noise resembles something like a high-pitched RC toy or turbine. If the car was supercharged then I wouldn't mind! :-)
My first suspicion was the timing belt. I took it twice to the dealer under warranty in which they checked the timing belt, wheels/ball joints etc. but could not find anything wrong. They said this was the normal sound of the engine (venturi effect of the air passing through the air-intake), however I can still recreate it to an extent when revving to 2000 RPM with the car at a stand still. As it's not too loud, I've basically learned to live with it by trying to avoid that RPM range, or listening to music...