So we finally decided to inject some fresh blood into the fleet... I
98 civic lx 5spd with 290500kms
90 lumina euro with 135000kms
87 prelude with 222000kms
got a 2008 civic lx 4-dr 5 spd for $22608. This included freight/PDI, block
heater, floor mats, splash guards, and hood deflector. Not much talking
these guys down, they ended throwing in the deflector so I would shut up. He
did indicate that there was a $1500 discount available for cash sale.
Ended up leasing, as the current promo is 1.5% interest for 60 months.
Payment including 13% Manitoba taxes is $286.08 per month with 0 down. When
I bought the 98 civic (bare bones) the payment was $331.48 per month.
Primary difference is the interest rate, but you definitely get more car for
your money today as opposed to 9 years ago. Residual on the 2008 is $8900.
I'm canadian, so I'm used to getting screwed at the dealer, the same civic in
the US goes for $20400. However, the big reason we decided to go with the
5spd was that Transport Canada offers a rebate of $1000 on this car as it is
part of the 'ECOAuto' program. So we only ended up taking a $1500 bath which
is pretty good compared to some of the stories I have heard. Also, the 2008
civic is not eligible for import due to some minor details on the immobilizer.
We also test drove the Fit, but when comparing a Fit sport to the Civic LX,
the payment on the Civic was less due to the interest rate offered. We also
didn't like the car nearly as much.
Initial opinion on the civic:
- Handbrake location sucks, but I will get used to it. It hits my right knee
as I am a bigger guy.
- Definitely noticed the smoother throttle response, I assume this is the
drive by wire in action.
- will take some getting used to the speedo readout. I'm used to a gauge,
not a number.
- other than that, it drove pretty much the same as my 98. A little more zip
at high RPMs due to VTEC I assume.
Initial opinion on the Fit:
- Clutch pedal placement is terrible. Its very close to the center of the
floor, and awkward to press. Its also very close to the brake pedal.
Doesn't work too well for a guy with big feet like me.
- Driver position is very high. I liked this.
- RPMs at highway speed very high, 3200 at 100KPH.
- small back seat area when front seats are all the way back.
- had more power than I was expecting, most reviews were not favorable in
Turned down most of the dealer addons including:
Honda Plus - had this on my 98, never really got my money's worth out of it.
Now that I know my way around the civic, I am not concerned in extending
Rust protection - will do the Tegger thing and get the car crowned myself. I
live in Winnipeg, lots of salt, though not as much as Ontario...
Corrosion protection module - For the price of $200 I can get this device
that apparently prevents corrosion indefinitely by changing the molecular
charge of my car. Anyone know if these actually work? Or do they cause more
damage. Was surprised the dealer was offering this, they indicated they have
been doing it for 4 years with no problems or dissatisfied customers.
Fabric 'protection' - whatever the hell this is, I told them where to stick
I did end up getting the etching done. Not sure if this is worth anything,
but it was included in the 'transfer fee' of $299. Total profit for the
dealer, I should have balked at this charge more than I did.
Overall, we are happy with the price and value. Great car, we will be
getting rid of the Lumina, back to a pure honda fleet.... :) I'm sure the 98
has at least 4-5 more good years left.
Terry in Winnipeg.
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