What to look for when buying a used Honda Civic

Reliability and common problems: The 2006-2011 Civic has been reliable for the most part, however, there are some complaints about a cracked engine block in 2006-2009 1.8L models. According to this post at Consumer Reports, Honda has extended the engine warranty to 10 years with unlimited mileage. Read this discussion. This thread at 8thcivic.com also talks about this issue. The Civic's rear suspension is another weak spot. The rear tires tend to wear more on the inside, especially if driving with the load in the back. A bad engine mount can cause vibration and rattling noise at idle.

What to look for when buying a used Honda Civic: If you want the Civic DX, see if it has features you need. The air conditioner, power locks, cruise control and even the map lights were not on the list of DX's standard equipment. Check the tires, see if any of the tires appears to be "cupped" or worn unevenly. During the test drive, watch out for tire noise. Cupped tires can cause a rumbling or humming noise that changes with speed. Check the condition of the sunvisors; they were a weak spot in earlier models. Make sure the airconditioner works; there are many complaints on A/C working intermittenly or not working at all. During the test drive of the Civic Si, watch out for a slipping clutch and see how the manual transmission shifts; all shifts should be smooth. Before buying, have the vehicle properly inspected. It's a good idea to check with a Honda dealer if all the recalls and engine computer software updates have been done.
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Maintenance tips: We checked owner's manuals for 2006-2011 sedan models. Honda recommends using 5W-20 oil in the 1.8L gasoline engine (Except Si) and 5W-30 oil in the Civic Si. Regular oil changes will help keep your engine in good shape longer. The 2006-2011 Civic uses the Maintenance Minder system that calculates oil life based on the operating conditions and engine revolutions. When your next service is due, the Maintenance Minder will display a message on the information display. The Maintenance Minder needs to be reset after completing the required maintenance service. You can find the instructions on how to reset the Maintenance Minder in your owner's manual in the Maintenance > Maintenance Minder section.
For better handling, Honda Civic has an independent rear suspension layout where the rear tires can wear unevenly if not rotated regularly. The wheel alignment can help prevent irregular tire wear. Read this thread for more info on this subject.
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Recalls: Safety Recalls - NHTSA or Transport Canada - Road Safety Recalls.
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2007 Honda Civic specifications

Overall length:
Overall width:
Overall height:
176.7 in (4489 mm)
69.0 in (1752 mm)
56.5 in (1435 mm)
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume: 12.0 cu. ft. (340 L)
Civic DX, LX, EX:

Civic Si:

1.8L, 16-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder
140 hp @ 6300 rpm, 128 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm

2.0L, 16-valve, DOHC, i-VTEC 4-cylinder
197 hp @ 7800 rpm, 139 lb-ft @ 6100 rpm
EPA Fuel Economy (US mpg, L/100 km):
1.8L engine, manual transmission:

1.8L engine, automatic transmission:

2.0L engine 6-speed manual transmission:

city: 26 US mpg (9.0 L/100 km)
hwy: 34 US mpg (6.9 L/100 km)

city: 25 US mpg (9.4 L/100 km)
hwy: 36 US mpg (6.5 L/100 km)

city: 20 US mpg (11.8 L/100 km)
hwy: 29 US mpg (8.1 L/100 km)

Required Fuel:
Civic DX, LX, EX:

Civic Si:

Regular Unleaded

Premium Unleaded
Fuel Tank Capacity:

13.2 US gal (50 liters)

Oil capacity with filter:
Oil Change including filter:
Except Si model
Si model

3.9 US qt. (3.7 liters)
4.6 US qt. (4.4 liters)