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  1. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Nope. It’s a combination of multiple factors as opposed to just distance / days gone by.
  2. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    No worries buddy! It looks like there are different implementations of maintenance minder: some give a %, another set in km and others seem to have days remaining. The internal logic should be the same though so I’d get the service done just as it gets closer to the 0 days mark. In mine, it simply gave a km remaining and either said “Service due soon” (which was when I made an appointment) and finally went on to “Service due now”.
  3. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    You’re right. Actually, I got it repaired at the agent’s body shop for 700/-. All it took was to remove the left corner of the bumper and fit it back. No realignment, etc. was done though. Here’s hoping the radar still functions properly! The issue was that the lip kept scraping on every single bump I rode over so it had to be fixed back. Had it been insurance, I’m sure they’d have asked to replace the whole part and I’d have lost my entire no claim bonus unnecessarily.
  4. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Stick with fully synthetic as it is mentioned in the user manual. Well, if it makes you feel better, I got the service reminder within the 5000km interval even when using Castrol Fully Synthetic A5, which cost quite a bit. That’s purely because of the number of engine stop/start cycles in heavy traffic. So depending on that, your service intervals could vary.
  5. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Shall check what the manual says however I recall seeing a mention of non-silicate coolant. Anyways, I dunno if I’m just so “lucky” with the agent as I found out today that they hadn’t refitted the glove compartment properly after the service. Went back there to make sure I informed them of their substandard post service checks. It was a small thing, but seriously these are the stuff that differentiates carelessness and attentiveness. For an agent, I’d expect the latter. Also got my bumper lower lip fixed at the body shop for like 700/- while I waited. The service center said they checked it and it would cost a lot so they recommended I claimed insurance for it. The reason for the high cost: broken clips!?! I know those things cost peanuts and the body shop guys got it done in under 30min. Sigh!
  6. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Here’s what they use. Good thing is that it is a 50% Ethylene Glycol mixture, which is what the manufacturer’s coolant uses. However, I can’t find this Bear Brand (Seiken) coolant’s Safety Data Sheet online to ascertain its constituents. The Honda Type 2 Data Sheet states the following: 1) Ethylene Glycol 47-53% 2) Diethylene Glycol <3% 3) Potassium Hydroxide <3% 4) Hydrated inorganic acid, organic acid salts <5% 5) Bittering agent >30mg/kg (Added so you don't eat it)
  7. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    It was just something that had an actual bear (animal) picture and labeled “Bear brand”.
  8. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Well, we aren’t clear about the chemical composition of the fluids being used. I’ve personally had a previous car’s radiator choke with rust after one of the mechanics used a totally different type of coolant than was recommended. So while we can’t really control the quality of fuel or dust, at least there’s an option of maintaining the right coolant being used or even motor oil.
  9. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Yup I heard Maradana seems to be better. I think I’ll take it there next time instead of Raththanapitiya.
  10. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    It wasn’t bouncy.. but could feel every nook and cranny on the road. 32psi keeps it nice and smooth
  11. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    So I thought I’d give my 13k km service update here. Despite my whining, I still went back to the agent at Raththanapitiya. Stuck with the trusty Castrol A5 5W-30. This time though, the service advisor was like, “using 10W-50 is good enough for the new Civic”. I’m lost for words on this one. Even my old Axio 2007 ran on Toyota 10W-30. By the way, there’s hardly a difference in service intervals between the older 5W-30 semi-synthetic and Castrol A5 and that’s most likely due to the heavy running conditions in Colombo traffic. Engine stop/start cycles seem to be a major contributor. Further, I asked them to re-fit the bumper lower lip and add new clips if required since one side was a little displaced (yes, I managed to scrape the bottom on a kerb), but got the response that if they do that, the radar will probably have to be realigned, etc. Then again, they replaced the entire air spoiler under the lower lip once before without any issues, so he said he’ll get it done. That wasn’t even touched. I’ll take it to the body shop to get it refit next. Now for the best part. I was told by them to only use the Honda Blue coolant (Type 2) for top-up, which is exactly what’s specified in the owner’s manual as well. However when I purchased a 500ml top-up bottle, I just found out what they provided. It was some Japanese Bear Brand Blue coolant being sold instead. Here’s hoping I don’t run into any issues with the radiator now. Oh and these guys don’t know what the recommended tyre pressure is. They’ve gone with 29 for all the tires when it’s supposed to be 32psi. Noticed the roughness as soon as I started driving back and got that filled up. Totally love the car, but really despise the agents now. I think I’ll buy a good scan tool myself and take the car to a different service station going forward. Sigh!
  12. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Oil dilution is to be expected if you're running short distances and a lot of quick stop-starts. Just that it has been worse in the 1.5T's of the CR-V and Civic 10th gen. It hasn't been reported as an issue with the 1.0T yet though. As for turbo trouble, there's an art to drive a turbocharged engine. Just because one exists, doesn't mean stomping the accelerator without considering the operating rpm is a good idea. Never ever attempt to "launch" a car like this especially given its tiny 3-cyl engine as it isn't built for that purpose. Remember, on the 1.0L, the turbo is there to just give you sufficient bursts of power when needed (despite there being a little turbo lag), which would otherwise cause your car to struggle given its weight. It isn't surprising that the turbo may have blown if used too aggressively. To add to it, that's why you need to follow the maintenance minder to the dot, use proper fully synthetic oil that is recommended for your engine (as per the owner's manual) and keep your vehicle serviced regularly. Any one of those go out of balance and you could end up with trouble at some point in time. That said, at times I do get a weird gasoline smell when I switch off a car after a drive. It isn't consistent though and I only get the smell outside the cabin. No idea what that's all about, but I'll check my oil level tomorrow morning.
  13. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Should be around 2500/- per liter bottle
  14. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Yup, they must've found Mobil Super 2000 works best for them in terms of profit margins and might definitely have a large stock of it. That's the standard oil they use for all the vehicles that come in for servicing apart from Havoline. Quite annoyed with Stafford especially since they don't even provide a detailed bill with the exact product used or even the constituents of what is termed as "lubricant service". Coming from my previous car being maintained at Toyota Lanka, this is substandard for an agent of a major vehicle brand. Toyota Lanka was super-detailed in what they used and did to the vehicle. Any places you recommend for a proper service on the Civic other than Stafford?
  15. misnad

    Honda Civic 2018

    Yup, same here however it’s hardly noticeable for me compared to my previous Axio 141’s CVT. That thing had a major stutter compared to this.
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