Walking Would’ve Probably Been Faster

by Ed Lau on November 16, 2007

I finally took my Mazda 3 to the body shop this week to get some dents and paint work done before I do anything further. Unfortunately for me, that means I had to drive this.

Honda Civic

Yeah, that’s a Honda Civic DX and while it’s only 20HP and about 40 torque less than my car but god, it’s just horribly slow. I put my foot down and, well, I couldn’t pass anything on the highway, whereas I’m usually able to merge and weave with ease. I guess it’s not a terrible car for regular commuters but there are so many annoying things about it…apart from the turtle pace at which it travels.

For one thing, you can’t see the hood so judging distance while parking is made more difficult. That makes the driving position awkward as well. The digital speedometer is sort of cool for a few minutes but then that gets on your nerves too. The stereo doesn’t offer any convenient linkups and there are far too many holes and drawers all over the place.

Either way, I’m glad to get my baby back from the shop today. I don’t think I could stand to be driving around anymore in something that gets to 60 in 60 years.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen November 17, 2007 at 11:54 am

Be happy that it’s not a soul sucking Hyundai!


krillz November 17, 2007 at 4:29 pm

that’s why I do not like automatic gears, if you were driving manual/stick and are stuck with that slow car, you could always keep it longer in gears. Sure it would sound terrible but you would be able to gain speed more quicker, so hold it to 5-6K rpm instead of the 3 or whatever it does on the automatic before it shifts.

Still would not want to be stuck with a car like that.


Leo November 17, 2007 at 5:53 pm

Now you know how I felt when my Stang was in the shop and I had to drive a Civic. Imagine going from a V8 muscle car to a 4-banger commuter.


ms danielle November 18, 2007 at 7:16 pm

wow i woulda thought it had at least 25hp


John Chow November 18, 2007 at 9:06 pm

It’s not how you stand next to your car, it’s how you drive your car. You got to learn that.


Thrifty May 28, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Well you have to look at it this way at least you got something else to drive while yours is getting fixed. I have the same problem my car needs to go in and be repaired and I have to find something to get around in whilst this is happening, so I am being patient for now until this happens.:)


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