20th Dec 2005, 17:47

I have a 2001 LX, not quite a year yet, also treated mine like a newborn, precious to it, drove properly, car washes, oil changes every 3,000, keeping up with everything, good gas; etc. Then I heard squeaking in the right brake, got it checked, guy said I needed new shoes, pads, the works, got it done, a week later, more braking problems, said it was the master cylinder, now 3 weeks later I have it checked for more sounds and its the front struts. I give up, it drives fine, but rough, you can hear all the sounds of vehicles, and the road underneath the panel. For 10,000 I'm very disappointed.

It takes 5 minutes to heat the car in the cold, no CD player section for installing, I like the cruise control, but I can't trust to travel in it.

19th Aug 2006, 11:24

I am currently driving 2001 Honda Civic. There are several things that I have had similar problems. The fabric on the door panel did come off. Got that fixed by dealership. The cup holder grip fell inside. When I rolled down my windows, I noticed my headliner was flagging. Got that fixed. But another part starts flagging. I used to have a 1998 Civic and the 2001 Civic is a bit more disappointing than the 98 one. I haven't had any strut problems. I have over 75,000 miles on my car now, so far, no problem. I have drove it 33,000 miles in a year. Great little car though.

20th Aug 2006, 05:45

Maybe you would not take your car on vacation with those problems (I probably would not either), but the truth is that most vehicles on the road are probably worse off than your Civic and they drive cross country anyway reliably, or just drive around town for fun, but accumulate 500 miles a week. When ever I do my jaunt from Minnesota to Michigan, I see hundreds of vehicles with squeaking rotors, broken struts, and blue smoke everywhere make it safely (surprisingly) to their destination.

13th Oct 2006, 20:24

I make it a point never to do what everybody else is doing. The herd mentality can be hazardous to your health. If those people want to travel high speeds in a vehicle that is already unsafe due to mechanical issues, so be it. I however, will not settle, especially when my vehicle was meticulously cared for and had less than 35000 miles on it. So I got out from under it before it became too late. My wishes are that the unlucky buyer of my lemon is a member of the herd, knows no better and cares even less.

6th Oct 2011, 19:17

I have owned a 2000 Honda Odyssey and a 2001 Honda Civic LX.

The Odyssey transmission went out at 110,000 miles and had to be rebuilt two times prior to getting rid of the vehicle.

The Civic interior is falling apart after 90,000 miles, and the transmission is about to go out. Of course Honda refuses to offer any assistance.

The real problem is Honda has decided to adopt the American business philosophy of make the product as cheaply as possible and forget the customer.

My wife owns a 1996 Lexus LS400 since 1998. It has 135,000 miles on it and has only had routine maintenance. I now own a 2004 Toyota Sienna with 59,000 miles, and with the exception of the door weld, it has been beyond great.

Bottom line: If you want a dependable automobile, go with Toyota. Despite all of the publicity stunts by Government Motors to do whatever is necessary to make Toyota look bad, it is easily the best automobile brand I have ever owned. From now on it will only be Toyota/Lexus for me.

7th Oct 2011, 16:55

It doesn't take "stunts" to make Toyota look bad. 22 million recalls and three Grand Jury subpoenas for ignoring customer safety do a pretty good job of it without any outside help.