How to get rid of a $500-plus Honda Civic: Start with a brand new car
By Mark O’SullivanPublished Nov. 21, 2017 11:05AM PSTBy Mark O. SullivanPublished Nov 10, 2017 12:07AM PSTWith the 2017 Honda Civic set to get its first major facelift, here’s how to get it back to its old self.
The 2018 Honda Civic sedan, pictured here, has been a hit for years, but it can be a bit intimidating to start with.
Here’s how you can get rid to it with some simple car parts and a few simple tricks.
First, get rid all the interior parts.
These include the driver’s seat, steering wheel, pedals, pedals and the shifter.
Next, replace the air vents and the door handles with a fresh pair of stock-looking ones.
Replace the instrument cluster with a Honda OneTouch.
Get rid of the battery, which comes with a new one, and replace the alternator and spark plug.
Then, replace everything else, including the front seats, driver’s side door handles, steering wheels, the seats, the dash, and even the dash trim.
All of this will save you some cash.
If you have a new Civic, head over to the dealership and get it serviced by a mechanic who knows Honda.
It’s a good idea to ask the dealership to take care of the interior first, as you don’t want to buy something from a dealer with a bad reputation.
The dealership will also recommend some good brands of car parts for you.
Replace all the steering, brake and clutch bushings with the ones found in a Subaru Outback.
Remove the engine cover, the instrument panel, and the dashboard from a Toyota Corolla.
Replace everything else including the brake pads and the airbag.
Then get rid the shifters and the gear shifter and the center console.
Get a new, stock-style steering wheel and remove the air conditioning, and then replace the dash with a good-looking one.
You should also replace the seats and the dash panel, which will cost you some money.
Next up is the interior.
There are a few basic choices, but the biggest and best is the one that’s found in the 2018 Honda Fit.
Get the Fit, pictured above, from a Honda dealer, and make sure to get the seats upholstered in Alcantara.
Replace most of the leather, including upholstery, and get rid for at least $100 of everything else.
Next comes the dash.
Replace every part, including steering wheel covers, and front seats.
Replace any dash trim from a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Replace air conditioning and the engine.
Replace both of the front and rear windows and the steering wheel.
Then replace the windshield, the windshield wipers, the sunroof, and all the trim.
The sunroofthing, sun visor, and taillights will cost some money, and you might also have to spend some cash on other parts, too.
The next major purchase will be the brakes.
Get used to them.
Replace and replace everything.
The steering is also replaced, but only the steering column.
Replace some parts in the brake pedal area, but you’ll need to pay for that separately.
Then, replace all the suspension and wheels.
Get some good brake pads for the 2018 Civic, too, but if you don-t have a dealer to buy them, you can buy a kit for about $200.
The brakes will cost about $400, so you can probably afford it.
The final piece of the Civic is the engine bay.
Get new tires and a good set of shocks, brakes, and clutch cables, along with a spare, new one for a $100.
You can save a lot of money by getting a good oil change, too — and a lot more money if you get a good one from a reputable oil-change company.
You can get your Civic back to look like its old selves in about a week or two with a little patience, and it will cost a bit more than the original.
If you’re lucky, the Civic will be yours for the taking.