2nd Dec 2009, 13:11

I wasn't implying that ALL mechanics are dishonest. It's just that all too many ARE, and a favorite tactic is trying to scare people who know nothing about cars into having work done that they don't need, such as brake jobs. No car needs brake pads in 25,000 miles unless the car is being used in racing or the driver drives with their foot on the brake.

2nd Dec 2009, 17:19

No no. You don't understand. I AM THE MECHANIC. I fix and inspect my vehicle. My rotors warped and my pads were chewed. I could NEVER get them to work properly.

4th Dec 2009, 21:53

Particularly the older cars (when they KNEW how to make them then). The typical life span of front brakes I used to get, American & imports has always been about 40k to 50k. That's city driving in Los Angeles California. But NOW in many of today's cars, front brakes don't give much life any more these days! My sister had an 01 Civic that gave only 10k miles on each set of pads, while a 98 civic gave her 40k on the first set. Not only that, the rotors needed turning cause it was badly scoured. My Mitsubishi always gave me a problem with scouring of rotors, although I have never turned them, cause they keep telling me it's too thin (WHEN IT'S NOT). So I just lived with the "shaky" brakes.

Not to mention all the problems with brakes on the new 08 09 Honda Accords and other newer imports. Especially the 1st model years of the Nissan Titan!

2nd Jan 2010, 20:36

I pretty much agree with the original review, in that I don't see what all the fuss is about over the Civic. We went car shopping last week, driving a number of cars. We ended up buying a Honda Fit, but also test drove the 2010 Civic. I whacked my knees at least three times each getting in and out, on the steering column and bottom of the instrument panel/dashboard. Once you actually wedge yourself into it, with the steering wheel sitting on your lap, the dash layout was pretty cool, but the ride was certainly nothing to write home about.

And before anybody says "You're just a big fat-a$$" no, I'm 6 feet and weigh 185, so this car must be made for wee folk. You feel every bump, but you continue to feel it because the car keeps jouncing around long after the last pot hole is gone. When you buy this car, the famed Honda reliability is all you get, because you certainly don't get a good, smooth ride or any comfort.

My thought after 10 seconds in this car was "Whoa, I can't wait to get out of this thing!"

23rd Jan 2011, 22:13

I was given this site with the understanding that only the customers write their comments. When going through several, it becomes very confusing. I get a strong hunch for some reason that a lot of the comments are coming from the rival parties in order to win the market for their own products.

24th Jan 2011, 13:22

Our Civic ate brake pads like candy, and the overall reliability was not very good. Ford is building much better and more reliable cars now, and we see no reason to ever buy an import.