September 16th. 2005
With the arrival of the new Civics, I'm being asked what I think of the car.
Frankly, I'm cautious.
Because our little microcosm of a repair shop has seen some disturbing trends in the Honda line of products
in the last few years.
It started off with the full sized Odyssey that had a number of problems and recalls.
Then we noted the failure of automatic transmissions in V6 Accords at an early stage in their lives.
The old Civic was up to its ears in complaints about the suspension.
So much so, that a secret warranty exists for failed shock absorbers on the post 2001 Civic.
But our little shop has already replaced the drive shafts in a multitude of late model CRVs at over $800 a go and this week,
we got a call from a client with an 2003 Element, with 68,000 Km (40,000 miles) on the clock, whose transmission had failed,l
leaving him stranded in Boston.
(Fly home sir, at least a week for a replacement!).
So, my reaction is: if you can wait to buy the new Civic, or for that matter any Honda, do so, because of late, the lads at Honda San
have not been living up to their reputation.
If you must buy an Asian vehicle right now, think Toyota, Nissan or Hyundai.