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2007 Civic Si Sedan Clicky Knock Popping Noise While Turning in Front Suspension

It appears the clicky, knock, popping sounds in the front suspension of the 2007 Civic Si Sedans may have been solved. On the 18th, 4 days go, Honda announced a Service Bulletin on this very problem for other civic models. It does not include the 2007 Civic Si Sedans though. Since this problem is also occurring in the 2007 Civic Si Sedans, I fully expect to see this same bulletin for our 2007 Si Sedans sometime soon.

From the diagram pictured in the Advisory, it appears the ‘bump stop’ is the culprit. I suspect the rubber is getting depressed when the car is twisted at an angle. I don’t believe the defective bump stop is a safety issue but never the less I expect Honda to fix it as soon as possible.

Thanks to others contributing comments to my blog, I’ve found an array of other web sites that talk about the issue.

Thanks everyone who has posted comments on this issue on my post titled ‘2007 Civic Si Sedan – OH YEA!‘. You can always count on fellow Honda owners comradery.

If you are a Honda owner, I highly recommend you create an account on the Honda Owner Link web site. This account will provide you with recall information along with other information about your car.

Update on September 6, 2007
Bill Pealer has contributed this video which records the popping sound that we’ve all encountered. I would like to say that the popping sound that I observe in my Civic is nearly identical. If you wish to skip right to the popping sound, fast forward the video to about 3:00 minutes.

Thanks Bill for the contribution.

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2007 Civic Si Sedan – OH YEA!

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:

Civic Si Sedan 1

Civic Si Sedan 2

Civic Si Sedan 3

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. I’ve made a new post in light of the Advisory that Honda posted on the 18th of July, 2007. Click here to read more: 2007 Civic Si Sedan Clicky Knock Popping Noise While Turning in Front Suspension


2008 Pontiac Trans Am, I hope so!

If you know me, you know I am nuts about Trans Am’s, specially the 1978 Trams Am with the WS6 performance package with T-tops, black paint topped with a gold screaming chicken! Now these sketches aren’t bad! I like the look, except the rear window just doesn’t match the sexy front end. I am aware that if GM builds a retro 1969 Camaro, then the Firebird will have to use the same body panels. This is a typical practice for the Big Three over the past 25 years. If the decision was mine, I would share many of the car components where possible except where it cuts into the beauty of the car. Everyone knows the mid to late 70’s Firebird had a wrap around rear window followed with a steep Ferrari styled rear trunk topped with a whale tail. If GM wants to sell the hell out of this car, they have to keep that styling with a retro touch. Taking the soon to be released 2007 Camaro with it’s retro 69′ styling and throwing a 77′ style Firebird grill on the front will not cut it.
Hopefully Pontiac will get the magic back and soon. My 3rd car is reaching year 7. Let me tell you, these past 130k miles have been great ones and the Civic is as reliable now as it was when I drove it off the lot. GM/Pontiac will really have to work hard to make a car that can win me back. GM, give me a call if you want some design tips/suggestions. 🙂


2007 Civic Si Sedan

Si will be available as a Sedan! I have herd this rumor for a few months now and now it is a reality.

I wonder which plant they will produce the Sedan in. Currently, all Coupes are made in a plant in Canada, while all Sedans are made near Marysville, Ohio. If they make the Si Sedan in Ohio, it will just give me another reason to buy a Sedan over a Coupe.

There are a few other advantages to the Sedan. I suspect car insurance would be cheaper and the utility of the car would increase. It is a lot easier to drive people around in a 4 door than in a 2 door.


Honda Civic’s have a lot of potential

I just got a pre-painted rear bumper to replace my current cracked bumper on my 2000 Civic. I did a quick search on Google to get some details how to take the bumper off and came across an article about the 1989 Civic Si.

The 1989 Civic Si was one fast little car. What makes it very cool is that it is meant for driving daily and gets nearly 30 mpg, in 1989!


Future Camaro, but no Firebird?

Check out the Chevy Camaro Concept.

The design has some nice lines but looks like they are trying too hard to make it modern looking. My opinion, simplify the fenders and remove the arrow shape in the front of the car and you have yourself a pretty close to a classic Camaro.

Now, will they build a Firebird from the same chassis and/or body? Chances are they will, but everyone knows the best selling years of the Firebirds where when the Smokey and the Bandit movies were released, mainly 1978 and 1980 were the highest production years for the Firebirds/Trans Ams. Now if they share the same chassis but have different fenders, that would rock!

Hopefully they will manufacture a Trans Am that looks similar to the 1978. If they do, I will be first in line to buy myself a black with T-tops Trans Am and gladly pay extra for the screaming chicken bird decal on the hood!


I have updated my Ohio Route 1 web page.

The state of Ohio has many state marked roads. Today Ohio does not have a Route 1. One day I was surfing the net and came across a web page on the Ohio Department of Transportation that has every state issued map available for download. I downloaded every year and found myself studying the original routes and how they have changed over the years.

Roads in Ohio change and the route numbers can be reissued!

One interesting fact, Ohio reuses route numbers. For example, back when the original route numbers were issued, State route 58 was a short East/West route that followed Fenn Road in Medina County. At some point it was decommissioned. The route number was later reused for as a North/South route near Amherst, OH.

What about Ohio re-issuing route 1?

Ohio has had 2 route 1’s, but route 1 has not returned since the 196-‘s. Find out what I learned studying these maps on my Ohio Route 1 web page.