2008 Honda Civic FD2 2.0 IVTEC petrol from Malaysia


Most all-rounded + desirable C-segment car..


Upon delivery, front A-pillar dashboard cover keeps popping out; especially when parked for a long time under sunlight today...

Second problem: Steering emits a soft "TUCK TUCK" sound when turn FULL LOCK. Till now still remains unsolved.

Lastly, I suspect a wiper arm defect? Changed new wiper blade at 10,000km...


General Comments:

The Bad:

1) POOR SOUNDPROOFING... Heavy rain, can hear "tak..tak...taktaktak..." (ala. Rain on Zinc Roof) also LOUD noise driving over freshly tarred roads...

2) Soft-side suspension. Noticeable body roll in hard corners.

3) Expensive COAT of paint. Mine's Sparkling Grey PEARL (pearl effect). Costs TWICE the normal metallic paint.


1) Comfortable ride... (EXCEPT for heavy rain)

2) Good handling (NOT AS GOOD AS my other car, a Ford Telstar)

3) High-speed stability + smooth engine (180 km/h feels like 110 km/h).

4) Lots of goodies and toys... Fully automatic climate control, steering mounted audio control + cruise control, leather seats, 6-disc in-dash CD-changer + 6 speakers. Paddle shift 5-speed auto, 60:40 split/fold rear seats. 17" Honda alloy rims + factory fitted 215/45 R17 Michelin Pilot Preceda tires.

Safety front: 4x SRS Airbags (Driver, front passenger and side airbags). VSA (Vehicle stability assist) which consists of ABS+EBD+BA+Traction Control.

LASTLY: The 8th generation Civic has one of the BEST RESALE VALUES in Malaysia. 80% retained value in 3 years!

That's all folks! Thanks for having the time and patience to read this review...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th December, 2009

2008 Honda Civic EX from North America


Awsome reliability, but boring to drive


Just maintenance. I had to replace all four brakes at 30k.

General Comments:

Switching from park to drive, the car jerks sometimes, and starting the car, I get a slow crank that sounds like the battery is dying, so I have to turn the key half way for a few seconds and then start it. The car is awesome on gas, but not as fun to drive. It's basically a plain economical car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2009

2008 Honda Civic DX 1.8 from North America




Outer CV joints gone at 91,000.

Transmission gone at 93,000.

General Comments:

I got a Civic because of the ratings - supposedly best in its class and such. I have to travel a lot, so fuel consumption is an issue for me.

I put 93 k on it in two years, I know, quite a bit. Serviced it at the dealership, never missed, paid for all those "Service B", change oil at 20%, everything by the book. Also, I drive like most of all other commuters, I do not race, squeal tires...

Big surprise - ratings can lie!!! The outer CV joints went bad at about 91,000 - the dealership changed them under warranty.

Two days ago I was heading home after doing my groceries, had my wife and my daughter in the car when poof - transmission went. The engine was running but the car was going nowhere. Grinding noise when in park, otherwise it was like in neutral...

There was no warning, nothing... Quit in the middle of the road. My wife does not want to step into a Honda and I do not condemn her.

Now the car is in the dealership and I am thinking about a buying a Ford Fusion.

100 k engineering?

I am going to swallow my pride, get rid of it ASAP and buy a Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th October, 2009

12th Oct 2009, 20:44

I don't mean to be rude, lemons exists everywhere.

I know few friends who own Civics, and I have one myself, 06 and up, never had an issue, and my buddy has his to 160 000km. If you buy the Ford Fusion, make sure you get an extended warranty, I heard few bad comments. Working with public makes you learn lots about lots. I don't know anyone close to me owns a Fusion though.