Guide: 5=Perfect; 3=Good; 1=Poor
Pros: What do you like about your 2006 Honda Civic?
I loved the new styling both exterior and interior. The interior styling is futuristic and more refined, reflective of higher end cars without the inflated price tag.
Cons: How would you improve your 2006 Honda Civic?
I've had issues with the interior rattles, and able to solve a major rattle issue, which had to do with tightening the glove box latch. Still get minor rattles, especially when going over rough pavement.
Stereo is adequate, again given the price tag of the car. I think Honda designed the integrated in-dash stereo system, to minimize the break-ins that Hondas had developed a reputation of having. Not sure if they're able to upgrade to the 360 watt system they put into the Civic SIs - with the sub-woofer.
Had to replace the tires at 22k miles, even though I had stringently maintained the car and rotated the tires every other oil change. Although I've read it has something to do with an alignment defect, I also wonder if it has to do with the low-end tires that comes with the car upon the initial purchase.
2006 Honda Civic Review:
I've had my LX just over 4 years, and have almost 30k miles on it (short commutes). I'm a bit OCD when it comes to the care of my vehicles, which is why I still receive compliments on how clean and "new" my car looks, both inside and out, as well as the rolling of the eyes from the service department when I bring it in for oil changes sooner than the manufacturer suggests (I don't let the oil-life get below 50%). I purchased the Galaxy Grey which does a pretty good job at camouflaging the paint nicks. The mileage in the beginning wasn't what was on the EPA sticker 30/city 40/highway, though it has improved with the "breaking-in" of the engine and associated parts. I've gotten 46.6 mpg, with the a/c on and cruise control set at 65mph, and average 27/30 city/highway mix and around 23 strict city driving. And even with the occasional 80 mph, still managed to get 36/39 mpg. I bought the car with the gas mileage being the primary factor, and am pleased with the mpg, without having the incurred the price tag of a hybrid.
If I were to do the purchase transaction again, I think I would upgrade to the EX model, not so much for the sunroof (fair skin/red head = sunburn), but to acquire the trunk release on the remote, more variable speed options on the wipers, having the 40/60 split seat option, have a center arm rest for rear seat passengers. Now, I did do some upgrades with my LX, I upgraded to the EX rims (which again had I purchased the EX model would have been included in the purchase price), added a real spoil (with the encased tail-light), and fog lamps (received a reduction on my insurance policy for adding that feature). Those add-ons really sport the look of the car, without the Civic SI price tag.
I like that fact that items locked in the trunk are truly secured, in that if someone breaks into the car, they aren't able to access the trunk by pulling a nob located on the top of the rear seats, as in previous models - though I've read the complaints of the opposite.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with my purchase.
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