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    I'm thinking of buying a used 2006 Civic GX with 56,000 miles. I know the owner and it's mostly freeway driving but they've never had an NGV technician look at it b/c they live far away from the nearest dealer that will service GX's.

    What are the issues that I could be looking at in terms of service and repairs and routine maintenance with this model year and that kind of mileage?

    For example, will I be looking at replacing the timing belts and water pump right away? What about the fuel filter?

    What is the basic warranty on this vehicle?

    thanks for any info you can share.

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    Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

    Originally posted by ewrenn View Post
    ...What are the issues that I could be looking at in terms of service and repairs and routine maintenance with this model year and that kind of mileage?

    For example, will I be looking at replacing the timing belts and water pump right away? What about the fuel filter?
    ....
    Both fuel filters for sure if they've never been done http://www.cngchat.com/forum/showthr...p?t=298&page=4

    I'm somewhat "old school" and would do the water pump every time you do the timing belt; but I can tell you that both times I've done that service on our 2000 GX, both timing belt and water pump looked almost brand new.

    Good news on the the 2006... NO CVT issues!

    Good luck!
    2008 GX (extended range, trunkless version)
    Polished Metal Metallic 2012 Civic Natural Gas
    Fuelmaker FMQ-2-36 (since 2001)
    Previously owned: 2000 GX (11 years), 1995 Bi-fuel Sonoma, 2000 Bifuel Tahoe, 2000 Bi-fuel F150

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    • #3
      Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

      Thanks. Do you know if they recommend replacing the timing belt at 60k on the 2006 Honda GX? I have a 1999 GX and I didn't replace the timing belt and water pump until 2006 at 95k.

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        Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

        I should add that they have taken the car in for maintenance whenever any of the maintenance indicator lights have gone on and, so far, according to them, all of the suggested maintenance has been unrelated to the CNG parts of the car (ie. oil change, tire rotation, etc.)
        Last edited by ewrenn; 09-28-2009, 03:00 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

          Make sure the valves have been adjusted. This is very important in the GX. If this hasn't been done they should be checked and make sure everything is OK before you purchase. I don't believe the 2006 and newer GX has timing belts---I might be wrong but I seem to recall they have a timing chain.

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            Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

            Valves should be adjusted every 30k service and the 2006 and newer GX is a timing chain. No belts to bother with.

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            • #7
              Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

              I wish to add that there should have been some cng related service done on the car along the way. This indicates to me that the previous owner may not have been taking the car to a cng certified Honda dealer, if it was a Honda dealer. High & low pressure cng filters and valve adjustments at a minimum. You may wish to double check on this. It may not be a deterring factor, but it would be good to know.

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                Re: possible issues with used 2006 Civic GX with 56k miles?

                The basic warranty is up but if you're in California there is a special 15 year 150k mile warranty that covers the 'high tech' stuff -- CNG system, etc. A regular mechanic or car inspection service can tell you if the rest of the car is in good shape and the CNG stuff is under warranty for a long time. I just bought an 06 with 60k miles and it's very nice. I fill at home with an oilless compressor and utility (clean, dry) gas, so I'm not worried about the fuel filters, but if you don't know the car's history they're worth at least inspecting to see if there's water or contamination. I think the service intervals for the fuel filters were set with CYA in mind and are WAY too short. Same thing for engine oil -- I ran mine for 15k and had the oil analyzed -- looked clean, met all the requirements for new oil, and no signs of abnormal engine wear. The oil change minder seems to be set for the gasoline version and doesn't take into account how much cleaner CNG is.
                02 GX
                01 GX
                03 Crown Vic
                06 GX
                Home Fueler

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