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snipped-for-privacy@nastydesigns.com says...


Yes, they consistently have more presence on best seller list year after year than any other manufacturer. The horror of it all.
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just yesterday saw someone driving crazy hot through traffic in a cherry red convertible, wasn't until he passed me that I saw it was an S2000 being driven like it deserves.
my 2010 Accord has excellent handling for a commuter sedan, the engineering is excellent for what it is but that just isn't tight and responsive - like my 1987 Accord was! is anything in the Honda/Acura line sporty anymore or must I do like everyone else in west LA and go for a bimmer? ... or just drive like a dufus, which is actually fine since most LA traffic is so congested it seldom matters what you're driving, which is why I've stayed with the brand so far.
J.
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snipped-for-privacy@foobar.invalid says...

Historically if you want a softer feel in a Honda you go for an LX, if you want the feel of tighter suspension and more road feel you go with EX.
The overall trend in mainstream makes has been toward a softer feel over the last decade or so, because of increasingly neglected infrastructure and diminishing road conditions in the US compared to the newly-paved growth of the 80s, and more potholes and road anomalies just leads to more vibration related warranty repairs (i.e. cost the automaker money), and consumers and the increase in road noise complaints will dampen the benefits of a tighter feel.
Sure, there are more expensive makes that find "the right balance" but different folks have different needs and not everyone wants sportiness in a car.
Once when my M5 was in the shop I drove the wife's Camry LE for a couple of days. As much as I like the M5, the ride of the Camry was so soft and cushy and kept itself out of the driver's way so much that I literally felt a reduction in overall stress in rush hour traffic. Cars like the M5 strive to engage the driver and encourage you focus on the act of driving it on your way from point A to point B. Cars like the Camry get you from point A to point B while trying to stay out of sight and out of mind and letting you focus on other things.
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Shows how much you know.
Honda intentionally moved to a car that the tuners/ricers were not interested in simply because that kind of car was more profitable for them.
The ricers didn't even count in their decision.
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snipped-for-privacy@nastydesigns.com says...

Yes, which is consistent with protecting the brand image as I said. You're kind of a dimwit, aren't you?
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hmmmmm, you "forgot" to quote the final sentence in what I wrote:
The ricers didn't even count in that decision.
How is that "consistent with protecting the brand image as you said"?
That the ricers were not interested, was simply a byproduct of the actual decision to make the car cost less to manufacture.
The ricers didn't even count in that decision.
Go ahead, misquote me again troll boy, and see what happens.
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snipped-for-privacy@nastydesigns.com says...

That's serious disgusting, elmo, please keep your rather disgusting images private for now mister shagnasty.
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On 08/20/2011 07:47 PM, Masterfaulzen wrote:

how old are you?
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Bloomberg article on nw Civic.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-08-22/honda-civic-seen-loser-as-factory-fails-to-offset-design-cars.html
Al Moodie.
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wrote:

The Bloomberg article seems focused on "Consumer Reports said this or that" but doesn't really add any new justification for it.
Sales of the Civic will probably be impacted by the CR article, because a lot of sheep depend on it to think for them.
In some ways Honda might have been caught resting on the exterior design, because although the design is significantly improved from the rear, the rest of the exterior looks very much like the previous model (which interestingly got great reviews when it came out).
I don't own one of these cars but I've driven one, and they exceeded what I expected in a small car. My friend bought the Civic after thorough evaluation of others in similar price range, including Hyundai, Toyota, Ford and Nissan, that was based on pre-sale evaluation.
In 5 years she will be damn glad she owns a Honda instead of a Hyundai or Ford for sure.
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On 08/22/2011 06:40 AM, Harvey wrote:

you can indeed tell when the old man died. anything launched post 91 is lacking the fundamental spark of creativity and even engineering competence.
[the 1996-2000 civic si for instance has a rear sway bar with only ~4" lever arm length and mountings close together. it thus is unable to exert any significant anti-sway reaction - all it succeeds in doing is making the rear suspension inflexible and rough-riding. contrast that with the 88-91 civic sway bar with nearly 12" lever arm length and mountings as far apart as the frame allows, and you begin to see that the old man actually /knew/ what the mechanical fundamentals were about. he also knew aerodynamics, but that's another rant for another time.]

it's all relative. the it wasn't a great design, but it sure was a huge improvement on the models that had immediately preceded it. [absolutely nothing underneath worth a damn though.]

wha??? no gm???

it's all relative. there's nothing even vaguely interesting or creative about toyota - they're simply "buick done right". but relative to honda, who have dropped "drivability" from their design criteria and reliability from the customer care agenda, toyota are looking damned attractive.
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I asked my friend about Toyota she test drove a 2011 Corolla on the same day she drove the 2012 Civic, both cars being at a similar price point. She strongly prefered the Civic, felt that the Corolla felt too "lightweight" and had a definite small-car feel, whereas the Civic felt more substantial and high quality. The Toyota was also almost $1000 more expensive, yet got substantially poorer gas mileage, while not feeling as peppy in terms of acceleration. The Civic also had better crash test ratings than Corolla.
I'm not sure what Toyota has planned for the 2012 Corolla, but she did not want to wait months to buy, and had already fallen in love with the driving feel and overall experience of the Civic. I personally like Toyota as an automaker and have been thrilled with my Lexus. I've been in her Civic several times and some of the features in her car make me jealous.
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On 08/22/2011 09:14 AM, Harvey wrote:

as a straight line freeway cruiser, the "new" range of huge heavy civics are fine. but that's what the accord is for. the civic is not the small peppy little city cars they once were. and they don't handle like they used to.
i'll never buy a civic that's larger than an old accord, and i'll never buy a car that doesn't offer a decent maneuvering agility safety margin. when i meet a deer or a bear on a winding country/mountain road at night, and the damned animal has jumped out right in front of me, i want to be able to slow and steer around it, even when i'm on an adverse camber and have no crash barrier between me and thin air. i don't have that confidence in a modern huge heavy macpherson civic. i do in my old, small, light, wishbone civic.
honda re unduly influenced by their u.s. marketing division. those guys are ex-gm, and judging by their actions, you'd think they were plants with a mission to sabotage honda, not help. ridgeline? no crv? no fit? ho hatchbacks? no 4wd's? these are all ridiculous mis-steps that help gm, not help honda.
[and honda are unduly dependent on the u.s. market because they got shafted in europe. honda bought/bailed out just under half of defunct govt-owned british manufacturer triumph on the understanding that they could buy the balance when the govt was ready to sell. honda dumped money into their launch and used that as a base for euro expansion. then the govt sold their majority holding to bmw, no bid, no consultation with honda!!! overnight, honda europe had the rug pulled. honda changed their focus to the u.s. after that. short term, they had no choice. but they've done nothing to move wider, and it's too much exposure if you ask me.]
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Was for. Accords have been upsized too. The Civic is still small compared to an Accord which is now bigger and heavier.

Steering around the bear might be slightly more difficult than before, but the good news is that if you actually hit it, you might be better off in one of the newer Civics than the old. If you want something smaller and lighter in a Honda you'd probably rather look at the CR-Z, the Fit, the Insight or one another smaller Honda. Don't assume old Civics are the size equivalent of new. And honestly if you're that worried about avoiding collision deer and bears, you might want to slow down on winding mountain roads at night. Brakes work pretty well for this if you are driving safely in the first place.
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On 08/22/2011 10:34 AM, Harvey wrote:

i know you're trying to be humorous, but i'd rather not hit the local wildlife in the first place. the fit/crz is macpherson with that utterly numb-brain trailing arm nonsense in the rear. works great on freeways and chevys, but it's the very antithesis of what put honda on the map. and that's what i'm complaining about.
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<snort> The other way around, actually. Still waiting for your invoice, nimrod.
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On 08/25/2011 06:39 PM, Elmo P. Shagnasty wrote:

on the libya news footage last night, one of the "rebels" was driving a kia pickup. why the f is that vehicle not available here??? all the detroit stuff is oversized, and has abysmal fuel consumption. all the japanese stuff has gotten bloated beyond recognition - part of the reason people pay so much to keep their p.o.s. 80's and 90's toyota pickups on the road.
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At least for now you can still buy a new Ford Ranger. My Mom's 12 year old Ranger (was my Dad's before he passed away) runs just fine despite minimal maintenace and being regularly trashed by my Son's when they were younger (plus my Mom keeps backing it into things). It is still realtively small, but with decent load carrying capacity. It always buged me that my 2006 Nissan Frontier, was much bigger on the outside, couldn't carry any more weight, and was less comfortable on the inside compared to a 1999 Ranger. The Frontier was a weird vehicle - big on the outside, small on the inside. It would it fly (4L V6) and the 4WD system was really good also. But it also sucked gas (mileage was only marginally better than my 2009 F150), had marginal springs (if you loaded the Frontier to the rated capacity it was dragging the ground - the Ranger did much better with an even heavier load). I finally ditched the Nissan becasue I kept getting leg cramps if I had to drive it more than 30 minutes at a time. Only thing I miss about the Frontier is the 4WD system. It worked really well.
Ed
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