I got the car! All I have to say is, it’s awesome!
I contacted just about every Honda dealer between Cleveland to Cincinnati and most gave me great quotes and were up front about fees and other information. I did encounter a couple dealers that had the typical dealer language and price talk. I am not sure why they do that, they just don’t call/E-mail them back.
I purchased the car from Hank Osborne at Superior Honda in Cincinnati. He was the most up front and to the point in E-mail and on the phone. Hank used to work in the tech industry, which may explain why I found it easy to work with him. So if you are a computer guy like myself and want to deal with a dealer who understands how you think, Hank is the man.
Here are some pictures:
I will be removing one of my complaints about the rear visibility. I believe the other Civics I test drove had the seat adjusted too low. I currently have the seat adjusted high enough that when I turn my head back I can see the rear spoiler on the trunk.
I am still at shock dealing with the 6 speed transmission. My original thought was the first 5 gears would be about the same as my previous car. That assumption was wrong. I am finding myself putting the car in 2nd gear at 15mph, 3 gear at 22mph, 4th gear at 30mph, 5th gear at 37mph and 6th gear at 45mph. This was in traffic. To me if traffic is moving slow, why rev up the engine. When merging onto the highway I followed the recommended shift points by Honda. Here are the recommended shift points noted in the owners manual:
1st to 2nd: 17mph
2nd to 3rd: 29mph
3rd to 4th: 37mph
4th to 5th: 43mph
5th to 6th: 49mph
So far I am pretty happy with the car. So far I am babying it to see what kind of gas mileage I can get being conservative with the gas pedal. It is so hard though, this thing really wants to get up and go!
UPDATED ON July 22, 2007
Thanks everyone who has posted comments on the suspension issue in this post.Â I’ve made a new post in light of the Advisory that Honda posted on the 18th of July, 2007.Â Click here to read more: 2007 Civic Si Sedan Clicky Knock Popping Noise While Turning in Front Suspension
I have an 08 Civic Si. Its the Fiji Blue Pearl. I have had quite a bit of work done to it. Also, I have Hondata Reflash. It makes Vtec engage at 4500 instead of 6500 and also allows the car to redline at 8600. This was a fast car from the dealer but if you put a little bit of money into it you will see how much potential it has. I have all new internals and now I am focusing on suspenison.
I would love to know where I could obtain a Hondata Reflash. Is this something that can be swapped in/out easily? What would be cool is to flip a switch and have the car’s computer in performance mode, then flip a switch and be back to stock mode.
Hey guys im from california i have a 2 door si 09.. i was driving to leave my brother at school and some guy cut me off so to piss him off i gut next to him and was in second and held a rev lke at 6 thousand for ;like 5 seconds then dropped to 1st and took off but now it smells like shit!!! im freaking out now i hear like a popping sound every time i press the clutch is that normal and i just hadnet payed attention before or did i mess something up???
hey wats up si ppl
well i bought a used si 4 door silver barley had it for a month and the 3rd gear sucks! and now it doesnt even turn on and one of my brake pads just cracked for no reason damn si’s have alot of problems mabye just the 4 doors cause i never heard problems from the 2 doors well thanks for hearing me out
You may want to see if your si had the transmission rebuilt based on the technical bulletin issued by Honda. I think service bulletins ate covered even out of warranty.
Took my 2007 Si to the dealer for the 3rd gear problem, they told me 6 speeds are a little tricky, an dthis is normal, yeah, okay. they added sum fluid and it helped none.
Have an 07 si. After a week I had problems with 3rd gear. Honda said it was me after having one of their “professional technicians” test driving it. I told them that I’ve been driving stick for 20 years and the are full of BS. Long story short, I gave them back the car and refused to pick it up until they admitted there was a problem. 5 days later one of their “professional technicians” called me and told me they were driving it in to work and couldn’t get 3rd gear to work. They replaced the synchros 3rd gear set at no cost but only after BATTLING with them. I like the car but feel that they act snobish at the dealership. Honda doesn’t admit when they have a problem they should fix. Anyone have their visor “blow up” on them. Honda wouldn’t admit that until recently, and guess what…my tires last about 20,000 miles because something is screwed in the back end. I can’t get them to fess up to that one yet. There was a class action lawsuit in Canada over the visor. Now Honda all of a sudden is willing to fix it after refusing in the past. They are fans of releasing TSB’s but not recalls. It’s there way of addressing but not taking the ownership to fix valid problems. I like my car, it’s a good product, but not great. All cars have flaws. As a a company, Honda has left a poor impression on me due to their lack of ownership to back up their product. I’ve had 3 valid complaints about this car backed by many similar stories from people online with the same results. When I take it to the dealership, though, they say it’s me and nothings wrong.
hey guys, i know this is an old blog but might help, as for the 3rd gear issue..upgrade your trans oil problem will be solved, and for the noise while going over bumps i upgraded my ant sway bar, i also lowered my car 2 1/4 inch all the way around. since then my 07 si sedan hasnt had any problems..hope it helps
To shed some light on the subject of why some dealers are difficult over the phone, many view it as a hard sell. Since their profit margins are largely negotiated, they don’t want to offer a bottom dollar amount because you’ll just go somewhere else if somebody else can beat it. If not, they still only kind of won because they agreed to a comparatively small profit. Not saying either one is good or bad, it’s just how the majority of dealerships do business.
On top of that, Honda’s, more than any other car, “sell themselves”. Here’s a really good article I read a while back explaining it a lot better than I can: https://jalopnik.com/why-you-should-never-try-to-buy-a-honda-in-new-york-cit-1631517287
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