3rd May 2006, 22:24
I drive a 2006 Civic Coupe manual transmission. In city traffic, anywhere from 32 to 34 mpg depending on traffic conditions and how hard I step on the gas.
6th Aug 2006, 17:48
OK. I'll be the first one to sing the praises of a Civic. However, we can't be unrealistic here. A Civic isn't going the handle better than a 5-series BMW. Ain't happening. Drive a 5-series on a twisty country road and you will feel perfection. The connection between man and machine is almost telepathic. Rear drive vs. Front drive: Winner... Rear drive. I'll leave that alone now. Next, You opine about the Civic getting "double" the gas mileage. Not even close. Check your stats. Civic is a fine car that should continue to sell well due to the their innovation and reputation. But let's compare apples to apples.
31st Aug 2006, 17:24
The above commenter is right. BMW's are a completely different animal that nothing compares to. Honda's are not made to compete with a car in that class.
15th Oct 2006, 09:50
Let the initial commenter feel happy about his buy. People do exaggerate. Even he/she knows he/she can't compare these two cars side by side. Damn! people are all over him.
12th Feb 2007, 18:21
Sorry, but no Honda or even Acura can even come close to licking a BMW's tires (and I'm not even a BMW fan). The civic is an economy car and it's not even that good at that in my experience as an owner of 2006 LX coupe. Very poor interior build quality in mine and almost no noise insulation.
1st Jun 2007, 17:21
Dollar-for-dollar, and real-world fuel economy, I ABSOLUTELY believe the EX coupe is a MUCH better value than most European cars produced in the last 10-years (Porsche aside), and I've owned 3 of them (850GT, S70 and S60).
Is the Civic noisier? Of course! But Hell... I drive about 100-miles daily, and the SLIGHTLY louder interior is a burden worth bearing. Once I put Michelins on it, it got MUCH quieter.. about equal to the BMW, but NOT the Volvo (they do an excellent job of totally insulating the driver from the outside world... which isn't necessarily a good thing).
Already the maintenance costs are about a quarter of BMW, and about half that of Volvo (I've got nearly 25K on the Civic Coupe). I just hope to experience that long-term Honda quality I've heard so much about. So far, I don't see any reason why I won't.
27th Feb 2008, 21:56
My 2006 Honda Civic EX has developed some kind of oil leak. I had the dealer look at it once and they told me that they tightened something and it should be OK. They thought the leak was related to a recent oil change and that some oil had remained on some kind of shelf or something. That was about a month ago. I found additional fresh oil on the driveway today.
We are still paying on the loan for this car and it has been driven less than 10,000 miles, probably less than 7000 miles. My old 1986 Honda Civic Wagon never, ever leaked oil. I owned it for 18 years. I'm not sure what to think about this situation with my new car. Any advice? By the way, I love my 2006 Honda Civic, and other than this seemingly minor leak, it is a fantastic vehicle.
2nd Jun 2008, 01:55
I own a 2006 Honda Civic type s. I enjoy it driving it in the streets of Athens and everywhere else. However almost from the first day I bought it I noticed drops of green fluids under the engine space in my driveway.
I took it to the dealer to check it, taking advantage of my guarantee and they found out that there was a minor leak of cooling fluid. The replaced a ring and I left. Today 3 weeks after buying my new Honda the leak reappeared.
Perhaps it is an overflow effect. Perhaps it's a bigger problem...
In any case my '94 Civic never had this problem. it was much cheaper also than the new Honda...
23rd Jun 2008, 10:50
I own a 2006 Honda Civic EX Automatic transmission. I really love the car and definitely the MPG. I have had a recent oil change, keep tires inflated etc and on the highway I get GREAT MPG.
Just got back from a long road trip to Memphis TN,99% highway, rolling hills, sunny day.
Swear to you I got 42 MPG.
And it is NOT a hybrid.
2nd Jan 2009, 10:04
BMW while experienced to be a true driver's car is also in my experience with my son's 97 318I a mechanic's car.
Seized engine while full of coolant and oil (@ 140,000km)
Defective heating and air conditioning.
Extremely expensive to replace dual mass flywheel.
Parts prices are through the roof. You really must love these cars to keep one up after warranty is up. I do love to drive the car but I'll stick with Honda for overall lack of headaches. A class of their own they truly are!