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Old 28 Apr 2010, 11:28 am
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Default 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

Hi;

I just bought a new Civic. I want to care for it right.

I plan on

- reading the owners manual and doing the scheduled maintenance
- getting after market all weather floor mats and seat covers for the
front seat
- a dust buster to vacuum up the interior

Aside from keeping the car in the garage is there anything else I can
do to extend the life of the car and preserve the appearance?

I found many options via internet searches, would anyone care to
recommend a particular all weather mat, seat cover or bumper guard?

Thanks in advance for any information or polite opinions

Steve


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Old 28 Apr 2010, 08:41 pm
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

steve <tinker123@gmail.com> wrote in news:1597ed11-d694-4cd4-aac6-
973c8bde8d42@q21g2000vbd.googlegroups.com:

> Hi;
>
> I just bought a new Civic. I want to care for it right.
>
> I plan on
>
> - reading the owners manual and doing the scheduled maintenance
> - getting after market all weather floor mats and seat covers for the
> front seat
> - a dust buster to vacuum up the interior
>
> Aside from keeping the car in the garage is there anything else I can
> do to extend the life of the car



Follow the Maintenance Minder exactly, or do MORE than it tells you to.
Especially oil changes.

Any aftermarket seat cover that fits well is an excellent idea. Really
extends the life of the side bolsters.

Floor mats are a good idea as well, so long as they don't ride up and
interfere with the gas pedal. The problem with floor mats is that they only
protect in the middle. They cannot prevent that ring of salt you get
/around/ the mat.



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Old 28 Apr 2010, 09:14 pm
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

"Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
news:Xns9D68DCA96DB46tegger@208.90.168.18...
> steve <tinker123@gmail.com> wrote in news:1597ed11-d694-4cd4-aac6-
> 973c8bde8d42@q21g2000vbd.googlegroups.com:
>> - getting after market all weather floor mats and seat covers for the
>> front seat
>> - a dust buster to vacuum up the interior

>
> Any aftermarket seat cover that fits well is an excellent idea. Really
> extends the life of the side bolsters.



Does the 2010 Civic have the side airbags in the seats? Keep that in mind
when getting seat covers.

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Old 28 Apr 2010, 09:22 pm
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"Seth" <seth_lermanNOSPAM@hotmail.com> wrote in
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> "Tegger" <invalid@invalid.inv> wrote in message
> news:Xns9D68DCA96DB46tegger@208.90.168.18...
>> steve <tinker123@gmail.com> wrote in news:1597ed11-d694-4cd4-aac6-
>> 973c8bde8d42@q21g2000vbd.googlegroups.com:
>>> - getting after market all weather floor mats and seat covers for
>>> the front seat
>>> - a dust buster to vacuum up the interior

>>
>> Any aftermarket seat cover that fits well is an excellent idea.
>> Really extends the life of the side bolsters.

>
>
> Does the 2010 Civic have the side airbags in the seats? Keep that in
> mind when getting seat covers.
>
>



Damn. I keep forgetting about that.

Note to OP: Study all those big yellow WARNINGS in your
Warning Manual -- sorry, Owner's Manual -- to see if there is a prohibition
against seat covers.

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Old 29 Apr 2010, 12:55 pm
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

On Apr 28, 10:22*pm, Tegger <inva...@invalid.inv> wrote:

> Note to OP: Study all those big yellow WARNINGS in your
> Warning Manual -- sorry, Owner's Manual -- to see if there is a prohibition
> against seat covers.


I just called my salesman. He said the 2010 Civic LX does not have
air bags in the seats and that I am fine to put seat covers on.

Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 29 Apr 2010, 02:56 pm
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steve wrote:
> On Apr 28, 10:22 pm, Tegger <inva...@invalid.inv> wrote:
>
>> Note to OP: Study all those big yellow WARNINGS in your
>> Warning Manual -- sorry, Owner's Manual -- to see if there is a prohibition
>> against seat covers.

>
> I just called my salesman. He said the 2010 Civic LX does not have
> air bags in the seats and that I am fine to put seat covers on.
>
> Thanks for the heads up!


When I bought my new '07 Accord EXL, I asked the Honda dealer car
salesman if it had an MP3 jack. Sure, he said-- pointing to a small hole
in a panel in the headliner just above the rear view mirror. Strange
place for an audio jack, I thought-- but didn't follow up on it as I
liked the car and even if it didn't, I still was going to buy the car.

After I got it home, good thing I didn't try to push the plug in there
too hard- Turns out it's a tiny recessed light that shines down on the
shift lever.

So--- are you sure you want to trust your and your family's lives to
what a car salesman tells you?
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Old 30 Apr 2010, 09:14 am
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

On Apr 29, 3:56*pm, Bitzer <bit...@spam.net> wrote:
> steve wrote:
> > On Apr 28, 10:22 pm, Tegger <inva...@invalid.inv> wrote:

>
> >> Note to OP: Study all those big yellow WARNINGS in your
> >> Warning Manual -- sorry, Owner's Manual -- to see if there is a prohibition
> >> against seat covers.

>
> > I just called my salesman. *He said the 2010 Civic LX does not have
> > air bags in the seats and that I am fine to put seat covers on.

>
> > Thanks for the heads up!

>
> So--- are you sure you want to trust your and your family's lives to
> what a car salesman tells you?


I called customer service at Honda. The representative couldn't tell
me if the Civic LX had airbags in the seat. He had to look it up in
the owners manual ( which I did last night ). The 2010 Civic LX
does. He didn't sound sure it a seat cover was a safety issue or
not. I called Honda back a second time and the second customer
service person told me that Honda doesn't recommend seat covers and
will not manufacture them themselves.

Some seat cover manufacturers have youtube videos of the airbags
exploding through their seat covers. Other, more expensive seat
cover manufacturers put holes in the covers about where the air bags
are.

I have the impression that nobody knows for sure if seat covers are a
safety problem or not.

Maybe I will look for something that just goes on the part of the seat
where I park my bottom or maybe I will establish a routine for
cleaning the seats with some sort of upholstery cleaner.

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Old 30 Apr 2010, 09:32 am
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

The quandry is whether to pay more for the dealer to do PM
or save a few bucks doing yourself or at the corner gas station.
My dealer made the decision easier by offering "double warranty"
period. And I had two defects repaired free then- bad EGR sensor
and bad brushing.

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Old 30 Apr 2010, 09:37 am
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

I dont know if the new Civics still have those "toy" spare tires.
I try to get a real spare tire ASAP, at least from the
first set of new tires. Those toy spares are only rated
a few tens of miles and I had to 70 once in the Mohave desert
before finding a station that could fix a flat.

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Old 30 Apr 2010, 09:43 am
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Default Re: 2010 Civic: Maintenance Questions

On Fri, 30 Apr 2010 07:32:05 -0700 (PDT), "rick++"
<rick303@hotmail.com> wrote:

>The quandry is whether to pay more for the dealer to do PM
>or save a few bucks doing yourself or at the corner gas station.
>My dealer made the decision easier by offering "double warranty"
>period. And I had two defects repaired free then- bad EGR sensor
>and bad brushing.


Speaking of dealers, yesterday I took a relatives car in to be checked
for her and they quoted me a price of $289 plus taxes for new front
pads and turn the rotors down. They want her to help pay for all the
flat screens and sumptuous furniture in the showroom/waiting area I
guess. What a rip.
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