The new 10th-generation 2016 Honda Civic may be a head turner compared to previous models, however it looks like it’s already getting bad press.
Honda has issued a stop-sale and safety-recall notice for 2016 Civics equipped with its base engine, the 2.0 four-cylinder, due to a manufacturing inconsistency that could cause engine damage or failure.
The recall is due to potentially missing or misplaced piston pin snap rings that may cause the engine to stall or fail all together. I’m no mechanic, but I did a little research, and it doesn’t seem like something you would want to go without for a very long time. Hopefully current owners get their recall letters in the mail as soon as possible.
This is a big misstep for a manufacturer known for its engine reliability. It may be true what they say about not buying the first model of a new generation. What do you think?
Sources: Car and Driver, Autoblog
For my first post, a little about my vehicle history. Since I was a kid my father was a big fan of Japanese cars and an even bigger Honda fan. So I started driving cars like a 1989 Honda Accord, a 200o Honda Odyssey, a 2003 Honda Civic and a 2006 Honda CRV. Not the most exciting cars but nevertheless, the pinnacle of long-term reliability and low cost of ownership.
Not straying too far away from what I knew, my first car was a 2001 Acura EL, a car made only for Canadians, basically a fancy Honda Civic, when I sold it a few years later the odometer read 385,000 kilometers.
My second car was my pride and joy, a 2007 Subaru Legacy 2.5i. Some might say I’m a Subaru fanatic. The all-wheel drive system on these cars is wonderful, nothing felt better than leaving a car for dead on a snowy road when that light turned green.
My third and current car is a 2013 Ford Escape 2.0 Ecoboost, a crossover that is surprisingly fast, but a little more on that car in my next post. And now, in a couple of weeks, I expect to be taking delivery of my fourth car, a 2016 Ford Escape 1.6 Ecoboost.