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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

LONGTERMERS #2: Volume 4: Honda Civic 2.0IVTEC

Longtermer #2: Volume 4: Honda Civic 2.0IVTEC

Today = Three month anniversary since we took delivery of the Honda Civic 2.0iVTEC. Sent for 2nd service 5000km service 3 weeks ago to Sumber Auto Edaran, Jalan Universiti, PJ.. They performed oil change (MINERAL OIL!!!???). Why MINERAL Oil? I asked the service advisor AND WHY 5,000km service interval? My questions were not answered.

What is the service procedure? 1) Parked the car at designated bay, went to service office, take a number. 2) They designate a service advisor for you asked you to return around 3 hours later. 3) I saw them covering the seat and the steering.

Then, The Service Advisor talked my dad to purchase a “Central Locking Beeper” for RM290. “BEEEPPP” (Unlock), “BEEEPPP” (x3) lock. Previously, the central locking was silent type (just light blinking).

3 hours later, went to service office again, they updated my Civic's service logbook. pay up then only you can drive away your car.

The whole A-pillar cover came loose on left side AGAIN., they tried to fix it back, but the thing “Pop up” again after a while especially parking under hot sun as this car's not tinted.

Service aftermath: The car became more responsive and eager. Better acceleration and more refined on the road (smoother engine). 0-100km/h in 9.2 seconds. Not bad for a FIVE SPEED Automatic (In "D" mode instead of using "S" paddle - shift. If "paddle shift" slightly faster => Below 9 secs)).

Thus, the Civic 2.0IVTEC has better Acceleration than VW Jetta 2.0FSI (9.8secs), Skoda Octavia 2.0 FSI (10.1secs), Mitsubishi NEW Lancer 2.0 CVT (10 secs) and New Ford Focus 2.0i Hatchback (9.7secs).

Without further ado, Here’s the LOGBOOK:

Year of manufactured: 2008 (Duh!)
Current Value: RM113,000
Purchase price: RM126,000 (after deducting NCB)
Mileage when bought: 0008km.
Mileage last month: 4240km.
Mileage NOW: 5799km (as at 29 October 2008)

Average mileage per month: 1933km
Fuel consumption: 40L worth of petrol good for 470km (11.75km/L) mix driving of 60% city, 40% highway. 525km (Highway).=> 13.125km/L. A slight improvement over last month. The Civic went to KLIA and back 2 days ago only consumed slightly more than 1/4 of petrol.

1) Central Locking BUZZER: RM290 (6 month warranty)

BELOW: View from RRIM Forest reserve (2 weeks ago).

Parting shot, another angle of the Civic

End of longtermer #2 volume 4, thanks for having the patience to read it. Do come back on 29 November for next update.

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