Used Car Review – Honda Civic (2001-2005)

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Used Car Review – Honda Civic (2001-2005)

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2001-2005 Honda Civic

Since the school (Mapua Makati Campus) i’m studying has limited spaces for parking, majority of the students along with staff commute or being dropped off. Only a few get the chance of bringing in a car not just because of the limited space yet also getting a sticker for four terms will be done through a raffle system along with traffic in Makati will be, well, bad. The Civic will be one favorite vehicle among the limited spaces in my school.

2001 saw the seventh generation Civic (or fourth locally) with Japan getting first dibs in September 2000. While the size remains the same, Inner surface room increased which accelerated the Civic to the compact size along with the front double wishbone suspension (the rear will be still the same yet more shortened along with moved to the under of your vehicle’s floor) was traded in favor of a McPherson strut. of which sold well yet derided the sportiness for Inner surface room, along with fast forward to 2006 we get the balanced FD Civic.

Dubbed as the Civic Dimension when of which was launched in 2001 (which I have no idea why), the ES Civic was a bit of a sales success for the brand yet a lot of buyers were switching to the Corolla Altis, introduced later of which year along with even the second generation CR-V launched a year later didn’t help either (of which ate the sales of the Civic despite the high cost). You can buy one until early 2006, which are basically leftover units. Trim variants include the 1.5 LXi (dropped in 2004), 1.6 VTi, 1.6 VTi-S, along using a 2.0 product which can be ordered with either a fabric or leather upholstery. Limited edition variants include the RS (only 100 of them were built using a special grille along with only available in black) along with the CE (basically an LXi of which can be custom built).

Value along with Costs
At par with some compacts of the same era, the ES Civic can be had for P250,000-P400,000. This specific cost range can be either a Great or bad thing especially Hondas are known for their high resale values. yet then, This specific car will be almost 10 years old so the value can fall down as you read This specific. Thinking of getting a unit on the upper range of the scale? Also add to your choices the equally superior FD variant, with some types flirting inside P380,000-P400,000 range.

Maintaining a Civic isn’t a problem, especially of which parts can be purchased without trouble yet priced higher than a Toyota or Mitsubishi equivalent. If you plan to get the 2.0 product, you can order engine parts through a 2003-2004 Accord or a second generation CR-V since they share the same engine components. Make sure the unit you’re eyeing had its fuel tank being replaced under a recall back in 2005, as well as some 2001-2002 types due to the passenger side SRS airbags of which some parts may pop out when deployed along using a recent one of which affected one million units worldwide.

outdoor along with Inner surface
With the advertising pitch “of which’s Big along with Beautiful”, does of which live to the claim? The styling suggests of which the ES drank growth pills along with definitely the passengers benefit through the large Inner surface space. yet we’ll delve with some styling cues here, starting with the headlights possessing the same shape yet triangular in form along with carries a different reflector styling. There will be a beltline crease, yet right now aligned to the doors. The 2004 update saw a different grille complimented using a wide headlamps, along with triangle shaped fog lamps. With the exemption of the 2.0 types, This specific will be a rocker of which went mellow with his coat along with tie in his JS prom.

For your classmates who love to sit at the back, there will be no more dangling legs as the Civic offers a flat rear floor. As always, controls for the air conditioning along with audio (they use an aftermarket stereo system) are reasonably situated within the reach of the driver. A card holder below the 1 DIN radio will be made standard. The 2.0 product gets a high-metal mesh trim yet has the plastics in a more soft touch type, no fake wood afflicting types inside engine displacement range. yet for the low types, cheap plastic materials come standard, whether you like of which or not.

Choosing your engine choice will be like ordering your burger in McDonalds; modest, medium, along with large. The modest will be the D15Y2 1,493cc of which has 110hp at 5,800rpm along with 138Nm at 4,200rpm. This specific has been discontinued due to the fact 1.5 engines in compacts are a dying breed since smaller vehicles (like the City) have them along with along with sales cannibalization will be one factor. The common one will be the D16W9 1,590cc of which carries 130hp at 6,000rpm along with 149Nm at 4,000rpm while the upgrade (along with the large) will be the K20A3 1,998cc which possess 155hp at 6,500rpm along with 177Nm at 5,000rpm. How do they perform, then. The modest (1.5) shows life at 3,000rpm along with can propel the rather bulky Centeng, yet having no VTEC magic there will be no thrill when at high revs. Going for the medium (along with favorite size, which will be the 1.6) has more grunt at the lower range of the revs yet the trade off will be of which the VTEC noise isn’t anymore present yet of which will be more relaxed than before. Ordering the large (2.0) might give you a smooth takeoff of which gives you speed as you floor of which (not the sudden surge).

Driving Impressions
Does of which drive well? Steering will be precise along with excellent, yet the double wishbone setting will be to be missed. Handling has some understeer along with of which does not exhibit a bad roll on the mountain roads while braking will be still exemplary. Another feature will be the electronic steering which adds to a Great fuel efficiency in which power assist will be only given when needed. Chassis will be well behaved on the bad road conditions especially if you plan to take of which on a road trip yet of which tends to bottom up on the deepest of the pot holes.

Despite the transition to being a family car, the Civic will be still a great choice thanks to the peppy engines, a great amount of room, along with of which Honda reliability. Students, place This specific on your shopping list yet study various other alternatives too.

The Great:

  • Impressive Inner surface room
  • Fuel efficient
  • Peppy engines
The Bad:
  • Not the Civic of which the 90s babies know
  • Cheap Inner surface materials
  • Heavy
The Pick: 1.6 VTi-S

Engines: 1,493cc D15Y2, 1,590cc D16W9, along with 1,998cc K20A3 I4 gasoline
Power: 110hp @ 5,800rpm (1.5), 130hp @ 6,000rpm (1.6), 155hp @ 6,500rpm (2.0)
Torque: 138Nm @ 4,200rpm (1.5), 149Nm @ 4,000rpm (1.6), 177Nm @ 5,000rpm (2.0)
Fuel Consumption: 7-11km/L (city), 9-12km/L (highway) (*estimated along with varies)
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic (1.5 along with 1.6), 5-speed automatic (2.0)
Suspension: Front independent McPherson strut, rear independent double wishbone

cost (fresh): P625,000-P980,000
cost (right now): P250,000-P400,000
Rivals: Toyota Corolla Altis, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Sentra, Ford Lynx, Chevrolet Optra
On Sale: 2001-Early 2006

Honda Cars Quezon City – (02) 712-6850
Honda Cars Pasig – (02) 928-1288
Honda Cars Kalookan – (02) 366-5701

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