Digital Spedometer On 2010 Civic ?

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Bob, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest


    Haven't looked at them in showrooms yet, but have pulled up pix from the
    various web sites.

    Thought I was interested in a 2010 Civic.

    The first thing that caught my eye was the Spedometer.
    Digital ?
    Are they kidding !

    IMHO, the one thing that should always be analog is the Spedometer.

    Anyway, am willing to admit that this possibly dates me as old fashioned.

    So, let me ask:

    - do you folks "like" a digital Spedometer ?
    - find that it is something you (just) get used to ? Or,...?

    Any other 2010's have a digital Spedometer, or is the Civic the only one
    ? Think this is a trend ?

    Any thoughts on this would be most appreciated.

    Bob, Jan 28, 2010
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    Guy Guest

    No, you're just old fashion like me. It's still bugging me to see a
    mpg digital gage in my 2010 CR-V. What happened to just using your
    brain for an estimate. I think I like the 60 and 70 era cars better.
    They were a real car not a living room on wheels. I don't need all
    the gadgets, I just want to drive a car not live in it (no offense to
    the homeless).
    Guy, Jan 28, 2010
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    M.M. Guest

    We had an Aerostar van that had a digital speedo. It was very weird at
    first but we got used to it. I think I prefer analog, tho.
    M.M., Jan 28, 2010
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    Joe Guest

    I have an '06 Si. When I bought it, I wasn't sure if I'd like it or
    not, but it works great, is very accurate, it's easy to read, and it
    doesn't jog up and down the way I expected. I also quickly got used
    to the placement, and have come to miss it in the Winter when I'm
    driving my truck.
    I'm sure there's plenty of other vehicles out there with digital
    speedo's. And yes, I'd expect the number will grow.
    Joe, Jan 28, 2010
  5. I have it on my Prius. Took me a day or so to get used to it. Now I
    don't even notice.
    Elmo P. Shagnasty, Jan 28, 2010
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    J.L.Hemmer Guest

    When my wife bought her Civic, she wasn't too sure about the digital
    speedo. A few hundred miles later she said that she liked it. Same
    comments as others: no bounce, easy to adjust to the idea.
    J.L.Hemmer, Jan 29, 2010
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    Dave Garrett Guest

    I've test-driven the latest-generation Civic Si, and actively disliked
    the digital speedo. Perhaps I'd feel differently over a longer period of
    ownership, but I found the placement awkward for someone of my height,
    and also objected to it being given much more prominence than the tach
    in a car that's positioned to emphasize performance.

    Give me analog gauges any day. The ones in my '00 Si are head and
    shoulders above the ones in the newer Sis, for my tastes.

    Dave Garrett, Jan 29, 2010

  8. I have a 2009 Civic Si. Civics have had the digital speedometer since
    2007 IIRC. I kind of like it, but I wish they would swap position
    with the tachometer, at least on the Si. I am always hitting that
    8500 rpm rev limiter :]

    What I like about this car:

    Engine - makes the old 94 GS-R 1.8 seem like a tractor engine.
    Comfort - seems pretty luxurious after the Integra
    Styling - not too boy-racer, not too bland. (mine is black)
    Stereo - great sound and ipod ready

    What I don't like:

    Handling. It is certainly better than most cars on the road, but
    nothing like the GS-R. I don't know if this is the missing double
    wishbone or the car is just too high off the ground.

    Can't shut off A/C in defrost mode. What were they thinking?

    Mediocre radio reception with hidden antennae

    Fuel economy about 20 mpg driven pretty hard in the city and with 10%
    ethanol fuel. The GS-R got about three more mpg.

    Overall I would have preferred to wait for the new CR-X hybrid, but
    someone stole my GS-R so I had to buy this year. (I probably would
    have kept driving the GS-R until I could buy the CRX used if I liked
    Gordon McGrew, Jan 29, 2010
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    Joe Guest

    I find the tach nearly useless after a few months of driving a
    particular car, so I don't mind it being less prominent. Once I get a
    feel for an engine and get used to the sounds it makes, I hardly ever
    look to the tach again in normal use.
    If all you've done is test drive, then you really never gave them a
    chance. The speedo being right at eye level is perfect, IMO. It's
    the one thing that always gets out of control when I drive (speed),
    and it's nice to have a reminder without actively looking. Since I've
    never gotten a ticket in the Si, I feel like it makes a difference...
    Joe, Jan 29, 2010
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    Brian Smith Guest

    I would like to see cruise control being able to dial in the exact
    speed I want, that would be simpler to do with a digital view.

    On a side note, a friend I worked with ten some odd years ago had a GM
    product that had a HUD on the windshield, it was digital and rather nice
    once you became used to looking through the speedometer's readout at
    what was outside the vehicle.
    Brian Smith, Jan 29, 2010
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    Justbob30 Guest

    I have had my 2007 for nearly 3 years now, I love the digital display, I
    also like the digital mpg, gas & temp displays, it is so much easier to read
    than analogue I know I am going 35 not somewhere between 35-40, cuts down on
    my speeding too....40 is 40 not somewhere near that and being high on the
    dash you are aware of it....someone else said it too, on the few rare times
    I drive my truck, the analogue spedo is hard to read and I find myself
    driving much faster. That said, to each their own...I just wonder if you
    are pre disposed to not liking it because it all looks so different....IMO
    normal is overrated.
    Justbob30, Jan 30, 2010
  12. Yes, your Civic has MacPherson struts in the front, first introduced on the
    7th-gen Civic for 2001. I believe the Accord still has a double-wishbone
    setup in its front.
    Eternal Searcher, Jan 30, 2010
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    jim beam Guest

    digital != accurate. accuracy depends on calibration, tire wear, etc.
    and modern dial gauges are driven by exactly the same integrator as digital.
    jim beam, Jan 30, 2010
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    Joe Guest

    I didn't say it did. What I DID say, though, was that my digital IS
    accurate, as tested by me. Repeatedly.
    Joe, Jan 30, 2010
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    Dave D Guest

    Oh, that would be just "ducky". A large portion of the vehicle operators
    these days can't even concentrate on their operation at all, let alone with
    cell phones, iPods, iTouch, iWhateverelse and you want them to have a HUD in
    their vehicle, eh. Disaster looking for a place to happen!!!!!

    Dave D, Jan 30, 2010
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    Brian Smith Guest

    It's unfortunate that you incorrectly translated what I said into what
    you wrote above. I believe that by your tone you are one of the many
    that find the attention level required to control a vehicle too far
    beyond your capabilities. Better take the bus, Dave. :^)
    Brian Smith, Jan 30, 2010
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    Jim Yanik Guest

    It's still better than them having their heads(and attention) down in the
    instrument cluster.Fighter pilots learned that long ago.
    you could put the HUD display off to one side,not directly in front of the
    driver's forward view.

    The biggest problem with drivers is that their minds are not on the subject
    of DRIVING,but on other things.
    To them,driving is the -secondary- task.

    Jim Yanik
    dot com
    Jim Yanik, Jan 30, 2010
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    Guy Guest

    Just curious, how did you test it?
    Guy, Jan 30, 2010
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    jim beam Guest

    and what i'm saying is that there's no reason it would be any /more/
    accurate than a dial gauge, especially not an electronic dial gauge
    working off the same integrator.

    bottom line, lcd displays are cheaper these days. their use is simply
    about bean counting, not accuracy.
    jim beam, Jan 30, 2010
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    jim beam Guest

    that's easy - simply super-glue a retard to the hood of your honda by
    the tongue. when he flies off, you know you're doing precisely 72.6 mph
    - the point at which wind force exceeds bond strength.

    look about you guy - if there's anyone approaching with super-glue in
    their hand, they want you for something...
    jim beam, Jan 30, 2010
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