TheAutomotographer's 2019 Sonic Gray Pearl Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring SUPER SLOW Build

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    #1 TheAutomotographer, Feb 22, 2019
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    Hi guys! I've been lurking for a few days, and after months of finding the right car, I am happy to say that I recently purchased a 2019 Sonic Gray Pearl Honda Civic Hatchback Sport Touring from my local dealer, Diamond Honda of City of Industry, CA on February 16, 2019. This car was not listed on the website, and had plastics and tapes still on the vehicle when I test drove it, so I believe, as my salesman said, that they JUST received the car and didn't even input it into the site yet.

    Here are some of the brief and general descriptions that I don't have all too much time to get into just yet (all ballparks):

    State: CA
    Purchase Date: 2/16/19
    Trim: Hatchback Sport Touring
    Tranny: CVT
    Color: Sonic Gray Pearl
    Miles: 8 delivery miles
    Options: Honda Protection Package - Rubber mats (front, rear, trunk), Splash Guard Set & Wheel Locks (and whatever else I'm forgetting); Dealer Protection Plan (Express Five: includes 5 most commonly requested services i.e. Windshield repair, Tire repair, Key replacement, Roadside Assistance, and dents/dings paintless dent removal for 5 years)
    Price: $26,267 TrueCar competition price
    Price after trade: N/A
    Destination Charge: $920
    Tax: 9.5% $2565.28
    Title/Tags: $401.75
    Dealer (processing) Fee: $85

    TOTAL OTD: $30895
    Cash price of vehicle and accessories: $26917.97
    Down payment/Factory incentive: $8500
    Amount financed: $22395.00

    This will just be a very slow build with hopefully all maintenance and any sort of work done to the car as logging/tracking so that this will be a very well documented vehicle (including damages and even gas).

    This information will also be publicly accessible on the Vehicle Documenting app: VINWiki.

    Please also feel free to follow my automotive photography Instagram page: Https://www.instagram.com/TheAutomotographer

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    TheAutomotographer

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    Update 2/21/19: I finally put in gas into this baby - pretty much a full tank at 289 miles.

    $40 worth, @$3.449/gal for 91 Premium (R+M)/2, 11.598 gallons.

    Vehicle claimed I had up to avg 36.9 mpg at one point, and 26.8 mpg since delivery.
     
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    You got the car on my birthday, nice! Love the color.. you're gonna love the car.
     
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    Update 3/7/19: 8:45pm Finally got a small chance to wash the car at a self-serve by my house. Pity it was dark though with poor lighting, so I don't know how well of a job I could've done.

    $5 in quarters, probably 7 microfiber towels, 1 hour, and slight sprinkle later:

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    Update 3/9/19: 11:11pm: Just refilled on gas. The pump was finicky so I wasn’t certain if it just stopped or I overfilled (definitely overfilled :sleep:).

    $18.50 fillup, 5.165 gallons at $3.589 per gallon (through Shell Fuel Rewards and GasBuddy discount - $0.10 off per gallon) on 91 ((R+M)/2) octane, California.

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    Update 3/13/19: approximately 5-7PM: Just installed my first official mods!!!

    JDM RS Style Smoked Tinted Lens Side Marker Light With Chrome Housing (white LEDs only) - $33.99 from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/2016-2018-HO...encoding=UTF8&psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_pd_title

    Alla Lighting LED fog lights - $19.99 on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Alla-Lightin...desktop?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&ref_=ya_aw_od_pi

    Did however nick some small scratches to the front bumper where the side markers go due to very tight tolerances when fitting housings, but not noticeable unless actually looking for it

    Next mods should be window tints (35f/20r probably), ProCivic window rain guards (already ordered, just waiting on tint), and maybe wiring harness for turn signals to side markers? May end up having to buy entirely new LEDs though.

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    Update 3/21/19: 2:41pm: Refilled on some gas, don’t remember how much of my tank @647 miles. Averaged 27.376 mpg.

    $29.00 fillup, 8.219 gal at $3.528/gal ((R+M)/2) 91 Octane, California. Price includes $0.15 off Shell rewards.

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    Few updates: 3/24/19 4:42pm: Drove down to San Diego and back and hit 1000 miles. But here’s the gas fillup summary:

    Filled up $40.00 at 980 miles, 10.727 gallons at $3.729/gal, 333 miles since last fillup and averaged 31.04 mpg, so pretty good.

    Update: 3/26/19 4:37pm, 1045 miles: Got tint, 20/15 front/rear, 15 sunroof, paid $200 all around/$35 sunroof for 3m premium dye tint with lifetime limited warranty for bubbling/discoloration/etc. from G5 Tint Shop in Alhambra, CA. Also stuck on some Instagram and local civic community stickers.

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    Update 3/31/19 8:46pm: @1226 miles, finally washed my car after the trip to San Diego and back, as well as tons of bird poo and dust and bugs and baking in the sun so I have some marks that will need buffing out eventually... but regardless, hand washed at self-car wash, used own towels and all, invisible glass on all glass. Also installed ProCivic window visors not long ago too, but the bins were a tad too short so installing the pins were a mega massive PITA. Otherwise they look great.

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    Update 3/29/19 8:30pm: I got gas, full tank. $34 for 8.879 gallons, at 1198 miles.

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    Update 4/18/19 around 10pm: got Jack In The Box drive thru. Curb rashed my rear driver wheel on a tight turn small scratches but deep.

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    Update 4/20/19 9:37pm: got full tank of gas at 1483 miles. 10.197 gallons at $4.169 premium 91 octane (R+M)/2 totaling $42.51.

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    Update 5/15/19 8:59pm: another full tank of gas yay. 2043 miles, $49.01 total, 11.812 gallons of premium 91 octane (R+M)/2 method. $4.149/gal. Yay California.

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    Update 5/8/19 around 12am: accidentally turned too sharply and curved my rear right wheel just a very tad. Not necessarily noticeable. Picture to come.
     
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    Update 5/18/19 around 4pm: quick wash for my car at my work’s car washing station @ ImpressiveWrap in El Monte, CA. 2160 miles approximately. Will attempt to detail a bit more next weekend.

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