2008 Honda Civic Si Sedan User Reviews
6-Spd MT w/ Nav and Performance Tires shown
- $12,306 - $12,871
- 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
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I recently purchased this car for the commute to work (80 miles each way). I could've bought the standard model but the Si just jumped out at me. It's a fun car to drive, the handling is great. This is my third Honda and have never had a problem with them. Easily the quickest of the three. I have the Navi system in it and it's great. I just wish the vehicle had like Onstar or was Bluetooth enabled but I hear that Honda has fixed that on next years model... :( Overall I am very happy with the vehicles performance and would buy one again if I could....read morehide
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- 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
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- 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
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- good fuel economy, good looks, nice sound system, plenty of space for four
- V-tech kicks in at about 6,000 RPM, low torque, location of parking brake
The car is fun and there is no doubt about it. Once you have the car up to speed and the RPM's are over 4,500 the car goes from office geek to athlete mode. The sound of the engine is nice and the fuel economy is great.
The only thing that wold make this ride better would be the placement of the parking barke. Its location puts it in a position where your pant leg rubs against it and before you know it the surface paint is gone. Add more torque even if it means two to three miles less to the gallon and this would be a perfect car for the price. I will continue to buy Honda....read morehide
6 out of 11 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
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- 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
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- In this day and age the fuel economy 29-34 MPG of a 4 cyl car, with the performance of 197 Horses.
- 197 Horse Power @ 7800 rpm when the Red line is 8000 RPM.....so you almost never get all the power
I bought the car just when it came out in 2006 and have loved it ever since. I received so many compliments that I lost count. And the power and handling is great. All I need to do is shift down a couple of gears and the car comes to life. I even bought the Navigation system which is a very useful feature. But the greatest thing I love about the my SI is its fuel economy at 29-34 MPG consistently. No other 6 cylinder cars I was looking at in 2006 offered that kind of mileage.
The flip side obviously is that you cannot expect to race a Mustang GT on a red line and expect to win...but all that power will definitely help you pass other cars and trucks on the freeway easily....and race them if you have to. It is a very fun car to drive and is a smooth cruiser even at 100+ mph....read morehide
26 out of 55 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Great standard features which other manufacturers charge for.
- My 3rd Civic. They all have a notorious blindspot over drivers left shoulder.
Very good value for your money. Great balance of fuel economy and performance. I've owed dozens of cars, from high horse power machines to sensible hybrids. This offers a nice balance of both. I still own the gas guzzlers for various needs, however the Civic Si still delivers good performance, handling, looks and fuel economy. I'm very happy....read morehide
28 out of 55 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
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