2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan
There are 21 user reviews for the 6-Spd MT trim shown below
- Performance, Gas Mileage, Deep-Bolstered Seats, Gearbox, Reliability
- Rough ride, shift from 2nd to 3rd can feel "notchy" at times
I have had my eye on this car for some time. What attracted me to this car was its great blend of performance, practicality, and honda reliability. After owning this car for about 2 weeks now I can honestly say the car is everything I thought it would be. The performance is excellent if you can keep the RPM's up as it has a 8k redline and most of the power is reserved for when the VTEC kicks in around 5500 RPM's. Cornering is solid and agile even with the all-season radials. Braking power is excellent with the 11.5 ventilated disc brakes up front which don't feel too "grabby" like my last car the nissan maxima. Steering feel is generally good although it feels a little too soft at low speeds. The 6-speed gearbox is very good, although shifting from 2nd to 3rd can be difficult at times. It feels like it does'nt want to engage ito 3rd sometimes. This problem seems to be more of an issue if you shift out of 2nd too soon. The interior design has received some criticism from the press, but I like the 2 tier dash with the electronic speedo. It really feels like you are riding in a bigger car. Fit and finish is very good with some room for improvement as some plastics don't line up well but not a big deal. Awesome car....read morehide
4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Acceleration, Standard VSC/TC, Limited Slip Diff, Tire Grip, Gearbox, Stereo, VTEC sound(!)
- Cleaning the seats
I've had my Civic Si Sedan for about 3 months, and have put roughly 5,500 miles on it. For the same price there is nothing I would recommend getting instead of this car; it is an amazing machine. It handles like a go-kart, with amazing tire grip lead by the standard stability and traction controls. Even in slippery, set weather, the limited slip differential takes care of the hard turns with ease.
Also, you get SO much along with incredible gas mileage. In the city, the worse I have gotten back was 27mpg. On the highway, I have gotten 35mpg or maybe a little more. The gearbox is amazing; very intuitive and precise. Also, the pedal weighting is exactly how it should be: nice, light clutch, and a powerful brake system.
The V-TEC Engine is superb. Power at 6,000+ rpm will give you goosebumps (and so with the engine ROAR!). This car has got me hooked on hondas....read morehide
7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- good mileage, great performance, great bang for your buck, just a whole lot of fun!
- fit & finish, paint chips easily, needs premium, it gets called a prius.
had the car for about 4 months, so far i'm absolutely loving the car. i try to find a reason to take it out for a spin. put it on the highway and just go cruising. unfortunately picked up my first speeding ticket but its not going to stop me from enjoying it! it's my recreational car as I don't need a car to get to work. definitely recommend it if you want a car to drive for fun and stayin around 22k out-the-door price range....read morehide
5 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Fine tuned engine
- Stick location
I got this car 4 month ago and now this is the one of best fun to drive car ever drive now.
...Smooth as motor cycle until 8000rpm. No stress until red zone.
...Fine tuned exhaust note.
...Too far from driving position.
This is the one of the biggest deduction.
I suppose this car is too much loaded considering its sporty character.
I don't need a moon roof, I don't need a rear wing.
I wish this car lost weight off 200lbs...
and 1K less expensive....read morehide
11 out of 26 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- good handling, great seats, great performance for the price
- Weak A/C (especially at idle), ABS kiks on when it's not needed, suspension pops
Overall, I've been very happy with it. The Civic has come a very long way since my last civic (a 95 EX). The driving experience is great. It makes all the right motions and sounds. It just "feels" right.
I do have some complaints, but none enough to really hurt how much I love this car.
The A/C is really weak when at idle. That's probably my biggest beef since I live in Southeast Texas. As long as your moving, it's ice cold.
The ABS is really intrusive sometimes when taking a corner at moderate speed. Really disconcerting the first few times.
Suspension pops sometimes when travelling at parking lot speeds.
Some of the plastic used in the interior is very easy to scuff. Both front doors have scuffs that won't come off and are fairly ugly....read morehide
15 out of 28 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Good Fuel economy, great handling, great sound system, appearence, and engine sound.
- Some road noise.
I just purchased my vehicle on father's day and already have 2000+ miles on it. I immediately saw a difference in fuel economy versus my truck. The Civic handles very well, tire grip is good and handling is tight. Considering I live in the valley and the roads are full of pot holes, the alignment is dead on center. The sound system is great and when the subwoofer kicks in, it sounds better. The view from the driver's seat is great, I can see the road ahead and dials/ buttons are well placed. One slight drawback is the road noise, it is noticable, but, with the radio blaring, you can't hear a thing. All in all, this is a fun car to drive and to own. I definately recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a fun car to drive....read morehide
28 out of 60 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Surprisingly good sound system, interior, engine, gas mileage, and its overall goodness
- Get too tempted to go well over the speed limit.
This is one amazing car. If you are considering buying this car versus' another car, I wouldn't hesitate about getting the Si. When you first get in, it feels like you're in a cockpit of a jet. It's fast and it will turn heads. The seats are very comfortable but I can see how some people who are taller and just have a bigger build may not. This is just one fun car to drive and you will not be disappointed by its handling or speed....read morehide
24 out of 48 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great Looks, Great Sounds - Exhaust and OEM Stereo, Interior Configuration, Fun Factor!
- Transmission Ratio/Gear Spacing, Road Noise with Rear Seats Down
What a great car... this is our second Si and will definitely lead to a third next time! My wife (5'2") and I (5'11") are more than satisfied with every aspect of the car's performance, handling, fit and finish, and comparable value. We have also been really pleased with some of the interior refinements (door panel ledges, moving center arm rest, telescoptic wheel, and wheel mounted controls) over the last iteration. With six months in, we have had no problems or concerns...
A couple of things to consider, especially in Northern climates, are the limitations imposed on Snow Tire selection (i.e. 17 inch steel rims aren't common in the Civic hub configuration so you'll likely have to select from 16's) and there is more droaning noise than expected with the rear seats down (an issue for skiers and boarders).
A separate issue (also noted by others above) stems from the (questionable) choice of gear ratios - too tightly grouped - in the transition between first-second-third for this engine configuration. First is almost unnecessary for take-off (worse in winter conditions where slippage is common), and if you wind-out in first you can almost make the jump to third, although it's a bit weak. Spacing-out the gear ratios a little bit more would improve the launch/low end driving characteristics, and would also improve highway mileage and power characteristics. Currently at 120 km/h (about 70-75 mph I think) in sixth I am turning close to 4K rpm, this is tough to swallow considering that it's about the same as my last Si in fifth - and I'm burning "premium" to do it... I was hoping that sixth would get me down around 2500/3000 rpm at that speed, and future versions should take this into account....read morehide
15 out of 28 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Handling, shifter, musical engine, driver's seat, equipment level, roominess
- Rear bumper is vulnerable while parallel parked
This car does more things right than just about anything else on the market. I get good mileage on the highway, but it needs premium fuel and does better on non-CA gas. When you're in the mood, this is an extremely fun car to drive.
13 out of 28 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great looks, plush interior, makes me smile when I'm driving it:)
- Bucket seats a little difficult to get used to, made for smaller people (I'm 6'2" 235lbs)
I was in a terrible situation with my piece of junk Audi A4. I had convinced myself that it was going to fall apart any minute, and I feared driving it every time I got in the car. I was worrying about it constantly, plus I was totally upside down on it financially. I wanted to get a new car and knew that I was going to have to roll over some of my negative equity when I traded it in. In the end, I paid $20,600 before taxes, got a 4.7% APR for 72 months, gap insurance for $650, and an extended 7year/80,000 mile warranty just to be on the safe side. I think I got a killer deal, but I lost a pretty significant amount of cash. However, when I got in this car and drove it off the lot, I completely forgot about the past. This car is amazing.
The interior is like a cockpit. The guages are simple and easy to use. I like the way the spedometer and tach are set up, but some might not. The exterior body is really good looking and I've noticed a lot of people looking my way. But, the best part has to be the performance. The engine is music to your ears, especially between 6-8,000 RPM's. It sounds and drives like a serious race car. When you consider the price, this car is a no-brainer. If you can swing it, buy it! It will put the joy back into driving....read morehide
12 out of 29 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
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