Diesel is­sues

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Cm Project 2006 Honda Civic 1.8 I-VTEC -

Like any older diesel, you need to be sure that a Civic oil-burner has been well main­tained. The Ac­cord-based unit re­ally does fly along and you will see 55-60mpg at a steady 70mph in 6th gear, although ur­ban fuel econ­omy is not that great. There’s a chance you will have is­sues with the turbo or the odd in­jec­tor, but while ri­val diesels of­ten wipe out any fuel sav­ings with a repair bill, the Civic is one of the bet­ter ones.

The gear­boxes and clutches are fine, but we’ve heard that the clutch on the 2.2 model lets go if it’s not driven well. Early ex­am­ples could have had a few mi­nor faults – creak­ing plas­tics, seized fuel filler caps and mi­nor elec­tri­cal glitches – sorted un­der war­ranty, but the Civic doesn’t suf­fer the of­ten cat­a­strophic re­li­a­bil­ity is­sues of its ri­vals.

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