2008 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8 from North America
Attractive car -- horrible ride
Tires - Goodyear RSA's wore out quickly. Replaced tires with new ones.
4 wheel alignment.
New rear tires feathered.
Replaced rear shocks.
Another 4 wheel alignment.
Car is quite nice looking; gets lots of compliments.
Not often do you see one with leather and a sunroof.
Interior fit and finish is very good.
Gas mileage is excellent.
The only real problem I have is that ride is very harsh. I mean bone jarring harsh on some surfaces.
It is not overly powerful, but typical for a car in this class.
It makes me smile every time I have to fill the tank; it really is economical to drive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 27th May, 2010
20th Sep 2011, 12:38
I am the original poster.
The car now has 163000 klm on it. Still looks good inside and out. Have gotten used to the ride, although it is not really impressive.
In one year and 84,000 klm, I am on my 3rd set of rear tires. This is not counting the 6 months I drive with winter tires.
Have done 4 wheel alignments in one year, plus replaced the shocks. Last winter on icy roads, the rear end 'wandered" around, it felt very squirmy, and that is with Michelin X ice radials. There is a feeling that it is about to spin out of control. 4th wheel alignment revealed toe in was not proper. We'll see how it goes this winter.
Basically, I get the feeling that Honda didn't take into account that people would actually drive these cars when they were built.
I haven't had these kinds of tire issues, alignment issues and handling issues since my 1984 Mercury Lynx, which I traded off at 10 months old.
Gas mileage though is great. I do up to 44 mpg usually at 100 -110 kph.
The interior finish is WAY nicer than the 2012. They have really cheapened the new ones. Was thinking of trading up, but not since seeing them.