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Old 7th September 2009, 09:44   #136
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No wheel-alignment, balancing, etc were done.
But that was way back in Jan-08.
Looking at the actual figs. paid by Immortalz for wheel alignment and balancing, they look quite reasonable at around Rs. 610. However, service tax pushes this to around 675. Most of the reputed tyre dealers in Delhi/NCR do this for around 350-450. However, that involves an extra visit. Even then 5K interval of wheel alignment/balancing is a bit low. I consider 7-8K for the last 14 years, and this has had no adverse effect on tyre life and quality.
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Immortalz: How do you ever get mileages like 16kmpl? For my life I can't eke out more than 12 kmpl. That too if I do 110-120 kmph over sustained distances. Another reason could be my driving style of accelerating quite fast and touching speeds in excess of 150 kmph at times.

The mushy feel on the brakes I think is a common feature on the Civic. There is no feel. I remember the first review that one of our moderators wrote on the Civic (sorry don't remember who it was) and he had said the same thing. No feel. It either brakes very well or doesn't.
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Immortalz: How do you ever get mileages like 16kmpl? For my life I can't eke out more than 12 kmpl. That too if I do 110-120 kmph over sustained distances. Another reason could be my driving style of accelerating quite fast and touching speeds in excess of 150 kmph at times.

The mushy feel on the brakes I think is a common feature on the Civic. There is no feel. I remember the first review that one of our moderators wrote on the Civic (sorry don't remember who it was) and he had said the same thing. No feel. It either brakes very well or doesn't.
My civic AT has never given more than 11 on long drives. I dont think it will give 15-16 even if I push it. Shucks if you are really getting 16 I am totally jealous
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My civic AT has never given more than 11 on long drives. I dont think it will give 15-16 even if I push it. Shucks if you are really getting 16 I am totally jealous
Here are some FE records for my Civic-AT for comparison:

For the last 4,520 kms, fuel consumed was 319 litres giving 14.2 kmpl.
For the second year of ownership: 18,537 kms with 1,536 lts giving 12.0 kmpl.
For the first year: 23,567 kms with 2,243 lts giving 10.5 kmpl.
Overall of 2.25 years: 47,080 kms with 4,145 lts giving 11.36 kmpl.

My best was: 735 kms with 45 lts giving 16.3 kmpl and
472 kms with 28 lts giving 16.7!

Driven mostly on highways with steady speeds of 70 kmph only, in the last two years.
(In the first year I did NOT hypermile, I have touched a max speed of 181 kmph).
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Oh don't worry guys, my overall average is just under 9. I cruised at 120 for nearly five hours to get 16. Cruise in fifth gear below the i-VTEC switchover point (anywhere from 2800RPM to 3500RPM is what I've experienced), above the speed limit at which the clutch engages and you will get massive mileage.

Avoid full throttle acceleration - the car will drink fuel if you use kickdown or rev in third gear. I accelerate slowly and maintain speed in fifth gear. The auto box will always try to downshift to fourth if you try to give it pedal in auto mode while cruising. So use sport paddle shift mode to keep it from downshifting.

As someone who makes massive use of the 3500+ RPM ranges, eco driving was a pain, I tell ya. But dad at my side prevented me from revving the valves off it
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