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Old 30 Jul 2013, 12:03 am
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Default 2006 Honda - possible cracked engine block - what should we do?

My wife and I had a bank finance us for a used 2006 Honda Civic through a reputable auto dealer. We made a down payment of $750 on Saturday and drove the car off the lot on Monday. Today we went for a spin to a local park, and noticed a coolant leak coming from the bottom of the car. We opened the hood and noticed that the reservoir was almost empty, but the radiator was full. I didn't think much of it, but we decided to drive it back to the dealer for an inspection. The manager was embarrassed, but he tried to tell us it might be a thermometer. My wife and I did some research online and found out that the engine block in the 2006 and new models is prone to cracking and after some time, Honda even released an extended warranty to replace the engine block assembly. As far as I know, the car is at about 95,000 miles, has gone through 2 previous owners, and the engine block has not been replaced (but I could be wrong). We are not yet sure what is wrong, but we're trying to come up with a plan. We are considering backing out of the deal (if possible) because we can't afford to repair it on our own. What should we do? Is this car reliable after the engine block is replaced?
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 12:20 am
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Why spend so much money on a car that will be unpredictable? Hondas have a high reliability reputation, but that particular model probably has problems.

Do whatever you can to get rid of it or return it and buy another car. Buy a Camry or something, the engines blocks don't crack.
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 12:35 am
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see what they tell you then decide

don't get in a hurry if they offer another car

first and always have a mechanic look at it before you buy.

never trust a dealer
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Old 30 Jul 2013, 12:46 am
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well im sure theres a return policy through the dealership

plus if you really want to know if your block is cracked or not

do a leak down test
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