Ownership Review: Pre-Owned 2006 Honda Civic


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Hello to all my fellow TAI’ns
So this is my first car that I have purchased since I joined this forum.

The Reason for buying the car:

This is my third car since I came to US. So that means 3rd car in 5 years. I recently sold my 07 Hyundai Sonata (known as Sonata Transform in India). It was a great car but I had almost 100K miles on it but I was getting a good deal for it, in which I was able to pay off my loan and still had $1500 left. And at that time I was working in Minneapolis, MN and I really didn’t need the car as the transportation system was really good. But I got a better opportunity and I moved on and the place I am going does not have that good transportation system. Therefore I had to buy a car again.

Car choices:

Since I will be coming to India within the next 6 months, I didn’t want to go for a new car and wanted to buy a car which has a good resale value, is low on maintenance, drives good, should have nice interiors, good mileage. And my budget was around $8K - $10K So the cars that I took into consideration were:

Honda Civic
Toyota Corolla
Nissan Sentra
Chevrolet Cruze
Nissan Altima

The Hunt Begins:

So once I had my list ready for the cars that I had to look, I started looking online at yahoo autos, cars.com and carmax. Found 2 sentra, 2 civic and 3 corolla’s. So I took all the information like the dealer address, no and the car stock no. And decided to go to the dealer next day.

Day 1

I woke up early took a quick shower and left for the dealership. This dealership had 3 cars which I saw last night. 1 Civic and 2 Sentra. First I drove the 2006 Civic Lx model with 107000 miles on it. The engine was quite, liked the pick up, pretty much felt like a new car even after so many miles on it.
Big windshield, so the visibility is nice. Driver’s seat is well positioned. Feels like spacious from inside and the seating position is quite comfortable. Also offers a nice ride and then i just love the digital speedometer. The rear seat was comfortable as well. Pretty good trunk space. And the mileage for the civic is almost 35-40 mpg on highways. So I told the SP that I am interested in the car and to let me know if they get some other customer and I left.

Sentra: The second and third car i TD was the 2006 Nissan Sentra. The pickup was bit lower than the civic as Sentra has 126hp compared to Civic's 140 hp. And somehow it didn't handle nearly as well as the Civic. The engine was bit noisy and didn’t like the interiors as well and I am looking something with nice interiors. But overall it's not bad, good substitute for a civic or corolla.

So by the time I tested these 3 cars I got a call and had to leave for some work.

Day 2

Again woke up early and reached another dealership which had 2 corollas. Both were 2006 model. One had 110K miles and the other one had almost 100K on it. But both them had some kind of noise in the engine. Both the cars drove good though but one of them had some problem with the suspension and the other one had quite a few scratches and a dent on the driver side door. Also I didn’t like the interiors and the seating position, felt bit cramped. So the Corolla went out of my list right away.

So after taking the TD I Went to another dealership and TD a 2005 Altima with $85K miles on the ODO. Took the TD and was happy with the car but unfortunately the car had an accident history, so out of the list right away.

So as soon as I got out of the dealership I got a call from the dealer who had the Civic, saying that he has another customer for the civic and what do I want to do. I told him to hold the car till next morning and I will get back to him. So after that I went home and checked the used car prices on KBB (Kelly Blue Book) and also checked other civics with the same model, year and mileage. And I found out that the dealer had the lowest price.

Finally the Purchase

So the next day I went to the dealer and asked him for another TD. And I took the car to a service shop and got it checked. Everything was fine except the alignment. So I went back to the dealer and told him that I was interested and will get the car but only if he works on the price. So the asking price was $9500 and after bargaining for 1 hour we settled at $8500 and the suggested retail for that model with 110K miles is about $11K.
So once the price thing was done I told the dealer to get the alignment done and he said that he will do it. They also changed the oil and filled up all the fluids, checked the air pressure. But getting the finance thing took almost 3-4 hours. So finally around 6 PM I got the car and left for home.

They Still have to do the detailing which they couldn’t do at the time of delivery as it was raining. So I will be taking the car back to them tomorrow and they will take care of it.
 
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Sorry for not uploading the pics guys as it has been raining like anything. So tomorrow if the weather allows will get some nice pics and upload them. By the way it's a Burgandy (maroon) color and the best part the windows are tinted. Which saved me another $150 or so. [:D]
 
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Hearty Congratulations Singhji, welcome to the civic club, look forward to hear a lot from your experiences and enjoy the civic grin! It always brings a smile, i am an i-vtec fan!
 

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Congrats for making a sensible decision. But no fun without the images. Please upload them soon and enjoy best out of this car in the short duration before coming back. How about planning another road trip? [thumbswink]

Drive Safe,
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Hearty Congratulations Singhji, welcome to the civic club, look forward to hear a lot from your experiences and enjoy the civic grin! It always brings a smile, i am an i-vtec fan!
Thanks buddy. Yes it is one hell of a machine with great interiors, mileage and ride quality. Will definitely add more value to this thread by weekend.

Congrats for making a sensible decision. But no fun without the images. Please upload them soon and enjoy best out of this car in the short duration before coming back. How about planning another road trip? [thumbswink]

Drive Safe,
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Thanks Vibhor. Will upload the images by tomorrow or so. And Yes sir already made a trip to North Carolina (DC to North Carolina - 257 miles one way (413 kms) , came back today[:)]. That's one of the reason why i couldn't upload pictures.Will upload the pics and travelogue pretty soon.
 
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Congrats Mr Singh
pretty good deal , however I feel the KMS are pretty High 100K Miles = 160KMS , but if you have a log book and service history it should be okay.

Post somepics to so that we can have a look at cosmetics
 
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Congrats Mr Singh
pretty good deal , however I feel the KMS are pretty High 100K Miles = 160KMS , but if you have a log book and service history it should be okay.

Post somepics to so that we can have a look at cosmetics
Thanks Buddy and about the ODO reading if i was in India i would have not bought this car but bro in US 100K miles is nothing and that too if it is a Honda or Toyota.

My cousin had a 2001 Honda Accord and it had 250K miles (on it 402KMS) and his car used to run great and hes sold it 4 months back and got the new Elantra.

One of my very good friend has Toyota SUV "4Runner" and that truck have almost 263K (423KMS) on ODO and it still runs great. Will try to get a picture of his truck's ODO.

So 107 K on my civic is not that much[:)]

Posting the exterior pics of my car which i clicked yesterday when i went to North Carolina and will get some interior pics today and post them as well.
 
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Yeah I know bro in India 100 K means engine is near to death.

In here is a different story.
My Ford falcon has now done 170K ( 4 Litre RWD beast) and it still runs like a dream and skyline has done 130K and its as good as brand new.

So yeah I believe you.

Hey bro , check the color of your car , is it smooth. ? if not needs a good buff . do it yourself.
 
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Yeah I know bro in India 100 K means engine is near to death.

In here is a different story.
My Ford falcon has now done 170K ( 4 Litre RWD beast) and it still runs like a dream and skyline has done 130K and its as good as brand new.

So yeah I believe you.

Hey bro , check the color of your car , is it smooth. ? if not needs a good buff . do it yourself.
Yes bro you right it's a completely a different story here. And the dealer still has to do the detailing of the car. Since it was raining on the day i took the delivery. And then i had to go to North Carolina. So will be taking the car back to him tomorrow and will get the detailing done.
 

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Congrats Mr. Singh. The car is looking as good as new. I dont think 100k miles age can be guessed by any spectator.
 
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Congrats Mr. Singh. The car is looking as good as new. I dont think 100k miles age can be guessed by any spectator.
Thanks Akash and yes when you see this car it does not look like 107K on ODO. And the moment i saw this one at the dealer it went through my heart. And when i took the TD i was almost sure that i will get it. But Still i checked few other cars.

Nice pic's and nice ride too.. can you please tell us about the gears d,d1,1,2 etc..
Thanks Varun and regarding those d2, 2 and 1 gears, they are the lower gears which means that the auto transmission won't go above those gears.
And mostly these gears are used for driving on hills. Also these gears are very useful in snow.
 
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