Pre-Purchase Civic Tourer 1.8 petrol

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  1. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Hi guys!
    I'm in the process of choosing a new car for my growing family and the Civic tourer 1.8 petrol is at the top of our list. It's mainly my wife that drives our car so she's ruled out any SUV's due to size (we currently have a Toyota Auris 1st Generation).
    ...So what's the petrol engine like to drive...the diesels the better option but not it your wife only drives down the town and barely breaks 40mph!!!
    Also is the SR spec worth it or is the SE plus good enough?

    Any guidance would be appreciated, thank you
     
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  3. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I'd always go for petrol, particularly if it's for town driving. Sure they haven't got the punch of a turbo diesel, but that is not what they're about.

    I'm not sure of Spec differences as I don't really look at them. Personally I'd always go for an EX regardless of model car.
     
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  4. ampers Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi, I have a 2014 Tourer, 1.8 petrol auto.
    Had it for 18 months now and no problems.
    It is nice to drive and very laid back. It will shift if needs be but generally is an easy going gentle drive.
    My prefacelift SR has a pretty good satnav, parking sensors front and rear, rear parking camera, autodimming rear mirror, leather manual seats(heated on front), Dab radio(works well with a USB stick too), hands free 'phone, voice activation(for those who can be bothered), and adaptable(adjustable) rear dampers, although I can barely tell the difference, just about all you need without the superfluous extras.
    No Honda Connect, but that would seem to be a good thing, in my opinion.
    The boot is really quite big even with the seats up and with no deep lip, the front seats are quite low and when sitting in the back there is enough leg room but very little space under the front seats for ones feet
    Only downsides are the tyre noise with the original Bridgestone tyres and being an auto the front pads can wear quickly. Additionally, going uphill on the motorway often requires a manual downshift and the coolant level is very hard to see.
    Generally, servicing is pretty easy with parts easy to obtain.
    My fuel consumption is 40 - 44 MPG on the motorway, 34mpg on local semi-rural trips and about 30mpg around town, obviously a manual would be better.
    I don't know what extras the EX had.
    That's all I can think of for now, any questions get back to me and I'm only too happy to help.
     
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  5. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Wow...that's a lot of useful information, thank you!

    I test drove the petrol today and yes your are right it doesn't set the world alight with its pace but it is a nice car to drive.

    Just got to wait until the right car comes along at the right mileage now!

    Thank you
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    ...so did you find quieter set of tyres?
     
  6. ampers Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Hi, forgot to add auto wipers, auto lights and magic rear seats(meaning they fold dead flat and level with boot floor, and one or two other combinations).
    With regard to tyres, I don't need new ones yet but I'm thinking of Michelin Cross Climate+.
    All year tyre and apparently quieter.
    If you research, the original Bridgestone tyres are thought by many to be rather noisy. I did not like them on last two previous cars, Accord petrol and X type(diesel) Jag.
    Not setting the world alight, remember this is a VTEC engine not a turbo so needs a bit of welly.
    Not sure but EX may have LED headlights and that is about all that is in addition to the SR.
    I hope you find a goodun soon.
     
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  7. Beefy Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    Definitely go for the petrol. It ain’t supposed to be a racing car. MPG is more than reasonable and they a great practice car that’s lovely to drive
     
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  8. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I'm definitely getting one after having a 3hr test drive in a sport edition...just gotta find one I like for the right price! Almost went for a 1yr old SE plus automatic with sat Nav today but pulled out because I really want a sport edition...just looks a little bit nicer in my opinion!

    Pic is the one I test drove
     

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  9. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    mate how far you willing to travel for one...
     
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  10. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I live on the south coast so the 4hrs max
     
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  11. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    mate have tried used honda page on honda uk site..
     
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  12. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    Yep... every day!:Grin:
     
  13. andy83 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    mate seen a few around dealers near me but i'm Shropshire/midlands based...
     
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  14. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    I will travel if I have to, but I'm sure that there will be alot more on the market closer to March...just gotta be patient!

    I'm after a white sport edition, low mileage
     
  15. mrtoemouse Junior Member ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

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    It's taken a month of emailing the salesman and alot of patience but I finally got the one I wanted for the right price!
    Picking it up on Saturday... looking forward to owning my first Honda!

    Thanks for all the advice everyone! IMG_20181228_112805959_HDR.
     
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  16. ampers Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    Well done ! That's a really nice colour.
    Hope it all goes well and that it is as reliable as Hondas are.
     
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  17. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    Congratulations!

    Please do add her to the Club Garage when you've got her.
     
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  18. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

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    Congrats! That's a lovely choice of colour :Thumbup:
     
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  20. honda_saj Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    well done congratulations :Whiteflag::flowers:
     
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