2005 Civic front shakes while driving?

Discussion in 'Civic' started by My News Groups, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. 2005 Civic front shakes while driving?

    I am in the market for a new car for my son. I was looking at a Ford Focus
    or the Civic as potential vehicle. This is a High School graduation
    present, so I was looking for long term reliability. This car needs to take
    him through college and several years after.

    We test drove a new 2005 Civic LX. I noticed that there was a shake in the
    front end when I got the speed up to approximately 60-65 mph. While I did
    not have a chance to test drive a second car, I am wondering if this is a
    common problem. I found several complains against the 2004 model at the
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTS,

    My questions to the group are:

    1) Is this a common problem?

    2) Has a fix been identified, i.e different brand of tire/tread pattern

    My News Groups, Jan 23, 2005
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    Brian Smith Guest

    It was probably just a wheel weight was thrown from the wheel.

    Did you mention it to the salesman when you took the car back to the dealer?

    Brian Smith, Jan 23, 2005

  3. Yes, the salesman was in the back seat. This what I would have thought
    also, but after reviewing the complaints at the NHTS site I am wondering,
    hence my post to the news group.. Below is an extract of one of the

    NOTE: I changed the text from all upper case to sentence case for
    readability purposes.

    "Purchased 2004 Civic VP new (this is my 4th Honda civic). From day 1, there
    has been a noticeable vibration/shimmy in steering wheel and front end. Upon
    visit to dealer, i was told that the vibration/shimmy could not be
    duplicated, but oem tires (Dunlop SP20) could be separating. During a
    subsequent visit, vibration/shimmy was acknowledged. Dunlop dealer said that
    the tires are okay, but 2 front wheels were bent. Honda dealer replaced 2
    front wheels and remounted/rebalanced the original tires. All tires were
    rebalanced and rotated. Vibration/shimmy persists and continues to be
    noticeable at all speeds. Steering wheel vibration/shimmy is observable and
    felt when turning the wheel, regardless of vehicle speed. Dealer suggested
    test drive of identical 2004 civic vp; i, and the dealer service manager,
    noticed the same issues with this civic. Problem remains unresolved.*ak"
    My News Groups, Jan 23, 2005
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    Jamco Guest

    Thats odd, I own a 2005 honda civic and have never experienced that problem.
    My suggestion would be to test drive the specific car you are going to buy
    to make sure it is ok.
    Jamco, Jan 24, 2005
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    Jason Guest

    I don't advise you to buy the 2005 Civic LX that you test drove. Please
    let the service manager or salesman know about the problem. If you buy a
    Civic--get the EX since it has more options. Test drive another Civic. You
    will probably find complaints against any car that you research on the
    NHTS website. Buy a Honda Civic or any of the smaller cars made by Toyota.
    Their resale value holds up better over time and Honda and Toyota does a
    much better job of making well built cars than American companies. I wish
    this was NOT true but I know from past experience and what I have read in
    car magazines that what I have said is true.
    Jason, Jan 25, 2005
  6. If you buy a Civic--get the EX since it has more options.

    This is for my kid. The cost differences from LX to EX cannot be justified.
    My News Groups, Jan 26, 2005
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    Jason Guest

    I understand--buy the LX
    Jason, Jan 26, 2005
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