2008 Honda Civic Si Coupe User Reviews
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- $12,154 - $12,396
- Fun to drive, great handling, fairly fuel efficient
- Fit and finish is lacking for a Honda
Purchased As Used
First off, I have to say, I'm a Honda fan. My wife and I have owned 6 Hondas in the last 5 years. Not because they weren't any good, but we love them and we keep buying different ones!
I bought a used 2008 Si sedan in August of 2010 and owned it until December of 2011. I loved the car despite its minor problems. I never experienced the 3rd gear issue (but it may have been fixed before I bought the car, which was a Certified Used from Honda), but the interior did have some issues. The back deck lid rattled when I cranked the stereo, the head liner sagged (just a little) at the front of the sunroof and the clutch squeaked about 60% of the time you hit.
There's the down sides. The only downsides. All of which I was willing to forgive because the car was so much fun to drive and made my 30 mile commute to work a blast! The car handles so well and is so quick when it hits VTech. When accelerating (in any gear) when the car hits VTech, you can actually feel it jump up and go. True, there is almost no power to be had when below VTech, but that is why the car gets such great gas mileage for what it is.
Anyway, I had to give up my Si in December 2011 because my job cut my pay and I could no longer afford the car and the premium fuel. For the past year and a few months I have been driving a 2008 Honda Accord EX-L, which is a great car with all the bells and whistles, but it gets worse gas mileage than the Si (which balances out since it doesn’t use premium fuel) and it is no fun to drive. Well, after getting a better position at my company, I’m in the market for another Honda and what have I decided on? Another 2008 Si. I’ve found a Figi Blue Pearl sedan and I’m signing the papers tomorrow (if all goes well). If that doesn’t work out, I will be finding another Si.
I’ve test driven a lot of cars (Honda Fit, Scion Tc, Mazda 3, Sentra SE-R Spec v and Cobalt SS to name a few) and none of them are as fun and comfortable to drive as the Si sedan. This car has everything, great power, great handling, a 6 speed gearbox, and 4 doors to boot! When I had my old one, I had no trouble hauling me and 3 friends around and with the wife and I considering have kids, the extra 2 doors will make all the difference.
Frankly, I’ve driven the competition, I’ve experienced the comfort and quality of the Accord EX-L and to me nothing I’ve been in (outside of the much more expensive Subaru WRX) has been more enjoyable. For the money, you can’t go wrong with the Si if you are looking for something fun to drive.
One thing I will warn perspective buyers about is the ride. The car is setup to handle. It is set up to eat curves at speed and keep pushing, which is what makes it a blast to drive, however, the ride is stiff. I’ve been in cars that ride a lot worse (an older Sentra SE-R Spec V that hurt my back after a 3 mile test drive!), but the stiffened suspension is not for everyone. I’m 30 years old and I love sporty little cars, and my wife loved my Si, but our parents can’t stand to ride in it. My mother-in-law drives a Civic LX and even though they are (basically) the same cars, she hated riding in my Si.
Basically, all I’m saying is don’t expect the smooth ride of something like a Civic or Accord when you climb into the Si. This car isn’t meant to be smooth, it’s meant to hold the road, even when you take an on ramp at 70+MPH with the tires squealing. But, if you’re looking for smooth, look at the Accord sedan, if you’re looking for sporty and fun to drive, you can’t find a better bang for the buck than the Si!...read morehide
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- engine, handling, fuel economy
- shoddy interior, blistering paint
Purchased As New
I purchased this car last year, and so far I have not experienced any significant mechanical problems with the car. The engine, transmission, suspension and steering have all held up well under spirited driving, despite the fact that I have downshifted into 2nd instead of 4th a couple of times (good thing the car has an 8000 rpm redline).
I am disappointed, however, with the fit and finish of the car. Perhaps it was unwise to purchase a black car in Florida, but both sun visors split within the first six months. Then, the springs broke on the coat hooks, causing them to rattle around. There is no easy fix for this problem- the coat hooks are attached to a ceiling panel that also covers the side rear air bags. The dealer replaced both, but now the passenger side hook is hanging loose again. I am not happy about this, but I am going to wait until the very end of my warranty before I have any more repairs done to the sun visors or coat hooks. Honda knows about these problems, but they have not redesigned these components yet.
The most surprising flaw turned out to be the paint on the hood. One day, after washing my car, I noticed that the hood had hundreds of time cracks in the paint. The dealer had the hood repainted, but it's still distressing. I'm just fortunate that my dealer has been so good to me- it seems that not everyone has had the same great service that I have had....read morehide
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- i-Vtec, good fuel economy, sporty car, chick-magnet!
- interior rattles, noisy suspension, pretty stiff ride.
I have had this car for about 11 months, This is my first brand new car, overall I really like it. It really catches alot of attention. First couple months I keep getting compliments from strangers. Ride quality is fairly stiff, but thats normal when it has sports suspension. After about 4k miles, the car began to rattle, and suspension noise was really bad, but honda took care of the issues under warranty.
Overall i think this car is really fun if your looking for a fun gas saving car. The will go if you push it, and save gas most of the time during daily drive. Pretty roomy for what it is. The stereo is awesome for what it is, its no aftermarket style system, but it does bump.
Interior is kinda cheap though, it gets scratches real easily, and they get deep, wish the plastics were a little more durable....read morehide
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- Great sound system, handles well, great value for the money
- Premium fuel, 3rd gear flaws, cheap plastic interior, lots of blind spots.
I have had this car for a few months now and was very pleased when I first bought it. It had a decent amount of power but it only became available at the top end of the RPM band. The handling is great for a front wheel drive car and the stiffened suspension is great around corners but makes a daily commute a bit bumpy. Do not buy this car if you are looking for a nice soft ride, it is definitely not made for a conservative driver. The sound system is above par with 350 watts of power that will make you want to crank your tunes all the time and the staring mounted controls are a plus although the dashboard mounted controls are within reach.
Over the past few months as the novelty wore off I noticed that the interior is a bit cheaply made with plastics that scuff easily especially around lower sections of the door and the front passenger side of the dash. The fabric interior is a magnet for dirt and dust and you will need to keep vaccum handy. The snub nose of the car makes parking a little bit tricky at first as you can't see the front end of making you park further back than necessary; this coupled with the large blind spots make for an interesting time parking at local malls.
One major concern I had was 3rd gear which grinded after a couple of weeks of driving and as the temperature dropped to below freezing it would pop out of gear. I took it into the dealership and they replaced it stating that they were recently made aware of this issue through a Honda bulletin. Lately however ther seems to be a bit of rattle coming from the front end and with the front defogger on the engine seems to be rough while at lights with the a/c on. I spoke to honda and they said that this is normal.
Overall the car is fun to drive and hopefully it won't be plagued by any more rattles and tranny problems. For the price it is a good value if you don't mind a sporty suspension and enjoy shifting gears... be prepared to race anyone with other four bangers as they all want to know what this car can do (to get you tires to squeak in 1st, 2nd and 3rd while mid way through the RPM band hit the clutch and floor the accelerator at 4000 RPMs and when it reaches 6000 let off the clutch this forces the engine into the VTEC range while at low speed and put all 197 horses into play) ....read morehide
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- Gets looks, good fuel, fun to drive
- 3rd gear defect (since fixed), defective speakers (since fixed), noisy dash/front end, shows dirt
Bought my car a year ago, I have an 07... thought the third gear never seemed right... recently heard there was a service bulletin out so I took the car to the dealer and had that repaired. Now have noises coming from the front end. Seriously was concerned about them having to drop the front end... my concerns are now coming up.
My biggest complaint is with the interior... it shows ALLL dirt.. I am constantly vaccuuming the car, the plastic scratches too easy. Leather would have been better!!!
My speakers spontaneously blew... No i wasn't blasting the stereo (which is easy - it has a great system) - told by dealer it was defective.
I love this car but am considering trading it in... It doesn't handle well at all in the snow (don't expect it to but) and if the repair to the gearbox becomes an ongoing issue then it's not worth the car payment every month.
This is my second civic and I think within the year i'm going to get an Element....read morehide
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- FAST, VERY FAST!!! fun to drive, alwayz gets looks! and everyone wants to race!
- this car gets u in trouble!
my 2006 honda civic si is definatly not stock! i have many upgrades and my car is alot faster than everyone thinks! i eat up rsx type-s all day! i even keep up with evo's! all motor! the civic si has the most potential out there! i had a turbo scion tc and this car isnt even turbo and it has power like the tc did! just wait till i get it turboed, i'll be eating up sti's! the v-tec is awsome! its fun to mess with people that think they can beat u! u have to get one!!!...read morehide
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- Car looks great
- Linkage not the best
Bought a 2006 Si with 12000 miles on it. Has NAV, 18 Honda wheels, deep tint, fog lights, fugi blue. When clean car looks impressive. Honda put out service call to rebuild 3rd gear. Much improved. As mentioned by others the RPM hang is a drag. Honda dealer reset computer two times in an attempt to improve hang time but no help. Uses supreme gas. This is my son's car and he loves it but he still wants my S2000....read morehide
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- It's a rocket sled on wheels...great fuel economy, fun to drive
- Needs an interior vacuum twice a week. Bad shift linkage.
I love this car! I had a Scion tC and thought it was fast, but this is FAST! The interior shows a lot of dirt. If you aren't careful you will grind gears in upshifting and downshifting. I amy have to take it back for service. Overall though, it's a terrific machine.
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- The best car made in this price range. More then the sum of it's parts. Test drive it and know.
- RPM "hang" between shifts is very unpresent.
This RPM hang problem needs to be fixed, dealer will not acknolwlage there is a problem.
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- great fuel economy, very good acceleration
- 3rd gear not so good, 1st and 2nd very good an 3rd need to be better
Great fuel economy, modified the air filter and intake with a K&N filter and the fuel economy grew in 35 miles for the whole tank.
1st and 2nd gear great acceleration, when going into 3rd gear not so good, 3rd gear should be better
Great audio system
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