Good move by Honda IMHO. It throws down the gauntlet to other manufacturers, gets people talking about them again, and exploits their reputation for reliability, which is what most people - including former owners - associate them with. Look at the number of comments on this site from people with an old Civic or Accord that just refuses to die.
I think they would get a good reaction if they did this in the UK.
It will be interesting to see what is excluded if anything. According to the press release (sorry for the Google Translate, but I think it's good enough):
Honda press release said:
The press release just fell that puts an end to speculation. Here is the modality of application:
- Engine Warranty 1 million km or 10 years, transferable upon resale.
- This is a commercial guarantee offered by Honda France through its authorized distribution network on the mainland.
- Period: Operation exceptional launch limited time. This offer applies to all new Civic 1.6 i-DTEC registered before 31 March 2013.
- Open to sales individuals and companies, excluding transportation of persons, goods, sales and LLD LCD.
- There's no obsolescence
It covers major engine components:
Engine: All internal parts and organs of the block and the cylinder head as well as: camshaft, piston pins, connecting rods, cylinder blocks, rocker cover, shirts, coussinnets bearings, crankshaft, cylinder head, valve train set, seals and braids internal oil pump and oil recirculation system, exhaust manifold.
Distribution and Accessories: chain, sprockets, rollers, pulleys and belts (excluding replacement at maturity provided for by the manufacturer)
Cooling: water pump, radiator coolant, engine oil cooler, fan motor (with the excluding hoses and pipes)
Power: The intake manifold, turbo compressor, throttle body, EGR valve and the injection system (pipes rigid rail, injectors, injector seals to the exclusion of the high pressure pump, the hoses and pipes).
Electrical: Starter, injection ECU, coils, sensors and beams engine, power and cooling (with the exception of other sensors and beams)
The only significant omission I can see is the high-pressure fuel pump. I would expect that to be covered. No mention of the DPF. But presumably those bits still get the standard warranty...