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11 years with my trusty Honda Civic: 6 observations after 1.35L km

Parts availability with Honda is not an issue so far - if not regular wear and tear item, takes about 2 weeks for the dealer to arrange.

BHPian Old_Dude recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

As an owner of a 2009 ( pre-facelift) Civic since 2012, here are my few observations after using the Civic for past 11+ years.

I bought this 2009 Feb registered Civic VMT in 2012, when it had 23000 KM on board, with full service records at the dealership.

Now completing 15 years ( and getting ready for registration renewal next week), it’s done 135000 KM, Zero breakdown and still puts a smile on my face every time I drive this one. ( I also have a 2023 Skoda Kodiaq, and still love the driving pleasure the Civic offers)

I have always serviced at the Honda dealership at the prescribed 6 month intervals, every single part replaced ever are genuine Honda parts EXCEPT for the AC Clutch Magnet ( Used to disengage after 15-20 mins of cooling, dealership said they haven’t change the entire compressor assembly, got the magnet alone replaced for Rs.3500) about two years back.

  • The car is super reliable, if maintained well. I don’t think twice before taking it on a 1500KM road trip ( I do Bangalore - Trivandrum drives twice a year)
  • Ground clearance is an issue with 4/5 people on board and boot full of luggage. Post face lift (2009 Oct) Civics have this addressed to some extent.
  • Low end torque is not very good, however adding Armorol Ultra Nano Lube and their compression booster to engine oil has improved this considerably and made the engine smoother.
  • Engine mounts do tend to give up ( replaced twice already - with Genuine Honda parts only)
  • Power steering pump tends to develop leaks at around the 1L KM mark - Replaced full set including rack assembly for about Rs. 1.8L from Honda.
  • Replaced front shock absorbers at around 90K kms.
  • Replaced clutch assembly twice - at around 40K and 85 K Kms.
  • Parts availability with Honda is not an issue so far - if not regular wear and tear item, takes about 2 weeks for the dealer to arrange.

In conclusion, the Civic is a beautiful car that will last a very long time if taken care of with periodic service, oil change and changing wear and tear parts. I’m going to keep this for as long as the Government allows me to.

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