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This is going to be quite the rant, so if anyone reading doesn't want to read about a.) Questioning Honda's profound reliability, b.) Racial others, or c.) More problems with cars for me, then please leave the thread without interjecting useless comments.

As some might know, my 2006 Civic Si has been plagued with a recurring problem the last few months (read: since I bought it). My SRS airbag light kept coming on randomly, typically when I had passengers in the front or the back, and would stay on for three or four days.

The car's manual said that this means the seat belt tensioners and airbags may not be working. It took me a few weeks of going to the dealership to get the light on for them to pull an error code from. They finally did, and it turns out that my passenger side dash airbag was "malfunctioning". The car has never been in any accidents other than a few bumps on the bumper and some asshat hitting me in the Mall of America parking lot while I was away from the car (but this was before that happened).

They ordered the passenger dash airbag, and Honda sent them the driver's side. Idiots. So I was stuck with a Honda Element SC loaner for a week while they got that taken care.

I get the car back, and I go to a movie with a few friends, and...guess what, the SRS airbag light came on again! I brought it back, and THIS time, it was the passenger seat airbag. So they've been fixing that since Friday.

I got a Hertz rental car through the dealership for free. Hertz puts navigation units in their cars, which you can't remove from the dash. I live in a VERY immigrant filled neighborhood (what can I say, I have a gorgeous apartment and I pay very little for it because of the neighborhood's immigrant image). My apartment manager wasn't around at all during the weekend, so I couldn't get a temporary tag so I could park in my underground parking space for safety.

I KNEW that god damn navigation unit was going to be a problem. I came out today shortly before work, and found that the passenger window was utterly shattered from a huge block of blacktop that was thrown through it. The god damn *******s tried to rip the navigation unit off, failed, but still broke the unit. There is glass all over the front seats and back seats.

I called the dealership, who told me to call Hertz. Hertz is coming to give me a replacement and pick up the Malibu. And I missed work because I had no way to get there.

All of which happened because of my ******* Honda Civic Si, which is in the shop at least once every other week for some other problem. My parents are furious. I'm furious. This car has been nothing but a god damn headache, and nothing ever seems to go right with it. I've had over a dozen rattles fixed, two airbags replaced (due to being damaged for no reason), a driver's side seat replaced, both door panels replaced, windshield arms replaced due to chipping, a transsmission dropped due to faulty parts at 20,000 miles, and about six dozen other things.

Yeah, yeah, it might be a lemon, but it's only been recently that mechanical problems have started (third gear withstanding).

So, as a result of this effing car, I now have to pay for repairs on my Civic (due to no one leaving a note when they reamed me at the Mall of America) and a VERY expensive repair of a cheap ass 2008 Malibu Classic rental and a navigation unit.

My insurance is not going to be happy. So thank you Honda. Thank you very much for all the effort you put into making my car. By some stretching of the imagination, this happened because of you.

I just never had any problems before, but I've heard of the "gangs" around here. I figured they'd never touch my Si (which they haven't, but I never leave anything in it), why would they touch a rental queen Malibu? The damn navigation unit I couldn't remove to hide...I'm a Psychology/American Studies (cultural, race, gender, sex, religion, etc) major. I'm all about cultural diversity, which is why I live where I do, but now it's got me questioning.

Somalian youth gangs ftl. Apathetic police ftmfl.



If anyone wants the sick gratification, I'll post some pictures of the 'Bu's damage.

I just can't catch a break with cars, I tell you what...











 

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Ouch dude, that blows. Don't know why people can't just leave other people's stuff alone...
 

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Sorry for what has happened to you. Just get rid of the dumb car. A change of scenery can't hurt for you.

Still sounds like your dealer sucks. I'd bet they mis-diagnosed and are covering their asses.

Again, sorry man!:(
 

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At least you don't have to pay for it. Sucks that that happened, good thing you get to park underground!

Did you ever decide on whether you're buying a new car or not?
 

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On a lighter note......

So that's how you get Navi in a Malibu?:D
 

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I don't care what kind of vehicle you own, nobody deserves to have to deal with all that crap. Nothing is more irritating than having a new car in the shop all the time. I understand your frustration- I've been there. At least they didn't steal the whole car though!!
 

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Poor Malibu...:(
Somalian youth gangs...wtf? But then again, wouldn't expect too much from them after a little incident on October 3rd, 1993. Heh. Used the same weaponry too (not talking about AK-47s).
 

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My condolences on your vehicular woes.

You should bring your Honda over to my local dealer.

When I went to shop Civics prior to our Mighty Spectra (plural of spectrum) purchase, the saleshomie informed me that:
1.) Hondas don't have mechanical problems;
2.) The only things they do in their service department are oil changes and such; and
3.) There's only a couple hundred bucks markup on Civics, they're a great deal!

I would report the Malibu vandalization as a hate crime. Obviously the local punkz dislike 'murican cars. Discrimination works both ways. :yup:
 

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Who the hell breaks into a car to steal the cheap-ass rental car navigation unit?

OMGZ it is so worth it.:blink:
 

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Sorry to hear about your troubles. No one deserves that type of hassle.
 

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sorry about all your wows.
Now I can understand all the diversity thing, the rental thing is ok, but why the heck are you living in little mogadishu?
dude, this is how you pay for the lower rent, the increased cost of living is why rent is cheap, the system gets you somehow...
Can you start with missed hours at work, before you add repairs. Now If I were you, I would quietly sell that Honda and get a Chevy HHR SS and move out of that place. Do not risk your life for diversity.
 

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Thanks for all the comment guys.

Unfortunately, my insurance does have to pay for it. So I got bent over here hardcore, just because some ass thought a Magellan Hertz navigation unit was worth making someone's life miserable.

I hate people.

And yes, I am planning on getting rid of the Civic. I am so done with it. Still debating my choices :(.
 

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Sorry to hear about all your misfortunes, things will get better they always do. So what cars are you considering to replace your Civic?
 

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Thanks for all the comment guys.

Unfortunately, my insurance does have to pay for it. So I got bent over here hardcore, just because some ass thought a Magellan Hertz navigation unit was worth making someone's life miserable.

I hate people.

And yes, I am planning on getting rid of the Civic. I am so done with it. Still debating my choices :(.
Well there's the Cobalt SS Turbo, it seems to be the most similar car to what you have. And it still beats me that someone would try to steal a factory navigation system. I wonder what happens to all the luxury cars at your place?
 

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I understand your reason to rant 'Nice. That all sucks to say the least
 

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I'm looking for a relatively fuel efficient replacement. The Si was nice, but it required premium, and I just need a fun to drive car that's going to get me there and not cost me my first born child at the pump.

1.) Cobalt
2.) Lancer
3.) Mazda3
4.) Civic (non-Si)
5.) Astra

Those are what I'm thinking. I just am not sure. The Mazda3 is easily the best build of the group, but gah...too tough of a decision.
 

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