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Following a hurried revamp, this version of Honda Civic was again competitive, if not class-leading. It rides a lot better, is quieter, has improved steering, and the interior looks much nicer. With its already spacious cabin, bulletproof reliability, and competitive fuel economy at 29 mpg overall, Civic is a safe, if somewhat conservative choice among compact sedans.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2006. Side air bags available from 2001, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. ESC available from 2007, standard from 2012. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

Following a hurried revamp, this version of Honda Civic was again competitive, if not class-leading. It rides a lot better, is quieter, has improved steering, and the interior looks much nicer. With its already spacious cabin, bulletproof reliability, and competitive fuel economy at 29 mpg overall, Civic is a safe, if somewhat conservative choice among compact sedans.

While still not as engaging to drive as some previous Civics, the updates improved the steering and made it one of the better riding compact sedans on the market. The 2013 freshening brought standard climate control to EX models, and a backup camera across the line, adding to the Civic's appeal.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
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Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
coupe
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
  • CVT
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.5-liter 4 hybrid (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (110 hp)
  • 1.8-liter 4 (140 hp)
  • 2.4-liter 4 (201 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 Honda Civic owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“Very intermittently when I put the car in reverse the backup camera display goes black instead of displaying what's behind me”

Anonymous, VT (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Blue tooth doesn't remain paired with my iPhone for no apparent reason and has to be frequently repaired”

Anonymous, IL (2013 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

“Connects and disconnects every 10 seconds”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Civic LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not import call and contact information. Regularly drops connection after one call. I have to shut and restart bluetooth on my phone and reconnect to car”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

“I have an LG cell phone and purchase minutes from TrackFone. Sometimes the Bluetooth feature works, but mostly doesn't; and the dealer says it's my cell phone plan. It is also difficult to reprogram. If I had to do it over again I would avoid this”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The car has immense problems maintaining Bluetooth connectivity with various iPhones long term. They may connect for weeks and then lose connectivity and be very difficult to re-connect. Texts being displayed on the screen so they can be read out are”

Anonymous, AB (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Keeps dropping signal in the middle of a call. New phones didn't help. That was the dealer suggestion”

Robert L., OH (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The knob controls/ buttons on the dash stopped working but the volume controls on the steering wheel did. It was intermittent and when it happened the radio info disappeared from the display screen”

Anonymous, DE (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio & CD are completely non-functional. No idea what the problem is”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
Voice control commands

“microphone is intermittent. When its bad the listener hears horrible noise”

Maria B., PA (2013 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“It is difficult to reprogram such commands, so I am forced not to use them”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Voice control menu is laborious, sound recognition is fair to poor”

Peter A., WA (2013 Honda Civic Si 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen difficult to see

“when sun is bright, screen can not be seen”

James D., FL (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“Parts of info screens missing or blank sometimes”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Civic LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“mic had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Is not able to connect properly with my iPhone”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Difficulty pairing with Apple devices, no CarPlay support”

Michael J., CA (2013 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“accidentally a suction cup was applied to the navigation screen...Will cost $2850. to replace. Was never informed that applying a suction cup would destroy the screen. The navigation system costs $150 plus to upgrade data. Was trying a Garmin hand h”

Vivian K., NV (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Water leaks through front passenger door during heavy rain while car is in motion”

Kevin D., WA (2013 Honda Civic LX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“On cold start from engine compartment a pulley bearing noise at start up and intermittent. Also a noisy rattle from the dome light that goes away when touched by hand while driving worked on by dealer twice”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“The car makes a rattling noise sometimes going over certain kinds of bumps. This occurs going into the garage and on some roads”

Yuvraj A., CA (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Vibrations that occurred and got progressively worse when the car passed about 50 miles per hour; the Honda dealer could not identify or fix the problem until the fourth visit”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

“NOT a QUIET ride on good roads/street, but very noisy on bad roads/streets - sometimes embarrassing when other riders in car. This is not new with the 2013, but I just keep hoping that it will improve - this is my 3rd Civic, 2003, 2011 and the 2013”

Dale F., AZ (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side dash rattle”

Daniel O., CA (2013 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“Sunroof rattled. Dealer fixed it”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“There is a clanking noise when the brakes are released, from time-to-time. Dealer thinks it might be associated with the master brake cylinder”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Door seals are not complete”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic Unsure 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“When driving at freeway speeds difficult to converse with those in rear seat and when windy really annoying”

Dale F., AZ (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Hear wind noise when traveling 50 mph +”

Charles B., CA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The wind noise is very loud”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Civic EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Replaced them at the advice of the dealer. Problem still exist”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“leaking shock absorber”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“had to replace one shock due to failure”

Nick C., CA (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Vehicle had a clunking noise when stopping abruptly. Had to replace both front struts”

Shane D., NS (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Popping noise from front strut when going over bumps”

Anonymous, AL (2013 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

“The vibration in the steering wheel is not resolved yet they keep going to the tires they won't check the axle or anything thing else I made sure it wasn't the tires by buying winter tires and wheels I am so mad the car does feel very install on a wi”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Honda Civic EX Unsure)
Tire wear is uneven

“We've put on three sets of tires had the car aligned, replace shocks and the car scallops the tires. The dealer has not been able to fix the problem”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Bolt was loose. Fixed. No charge”

Anonymous, OR (2013 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Left driver's side tire loses pressure”

Michael J., CA (2013 Honda Civic EX Unsure)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“Adhesive failure for spoiler trim along driver side clips loose”

Anonymous, IN (2013 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“piece of molding flew up and over the car. had to get it replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This was a recall - one has seven years to contact Honda regarding the paint”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint on this vehicle shows a scratch with the slightest touch even if the item is not sharp. Can't even set a cardboard box on the roof without worrying that it will scratch”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“it is a problem with paint with the color of my car. i had a recall letter”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L Unsure)

“Paint has scratches at the door entry area. This is something that has never been the case with previous Honda Civic cars I have bought new. (A few scratches on the back bumper are the result of my backing into a hard-snow drift!”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic Unsure Unsure)

“Topcoat was peeling off in several places, and the paint below was damaged. We ended up having it repainted. After a lot of back and forth with the dealer, it was covered under the topcoat warranty (we had purchased a topcoat package). We did NOT hav”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust on hood”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Car showed signs of rust soon after we received it. They had to replace the chair rails as they were completely rusted. The area around the trunk, the channel where water runs down underneath the trunk lid, has show signs of rust at the rivet points”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“The car will, occasionally, hesitate. It will resume after several taps on the accelerator. This problems has not been corrected. It has no happened during test drives by the dealor”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Oil leaks

“2 oil leaks near timing chain cost of the repair: $500”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“It was a minor leak near the oil pan that was covered by the powertrain warranty. It was discovered during routine maintenance while the car was being serviced”

Anonymous, MI (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The civic began leaking a bit of oil but then, after a pop, all of the oil leaked out. Luckily, we were able to stop the car before it did any damage but it had to be towed and repaired. Likely, the cap came off from under the car”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“During servicing, mechanic noticed slight oil leak on engine seal. Replaced seal under warranty”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Just had a small leak. Fixed under warranty”

William S., TX (2013 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

“Gasket failure, took two visit to find and fix problem”

Daniel C., SC (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Extremely uneven wear @ 32,000 miles two pads had 5 mm, two pads had less than 2 mm. Also had one torn caliper slide pin boot”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rotors

“Front brake rotors warped at 27,000 miles causing pulsating brake pedal. Dealer resurfaced rotors under warranty. No problems since”

Edmund H., WA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“back rotors severely warped”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Civic EX 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

“rear rotors developed a noisy rust patch from sitting 2 weeks at an outdoor airport parking lot with parking brake set. Rotors had to be turned down. Was done at no charge by dealer”

Michael C., PA (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“They wore prematurely and were replaced on warranty”

Jean-Sebastien T., PA (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“Passenger side window glass slipper out of housing twice”

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Heated seats very slow to heat, then overheat”

Anonymous, MB (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seat controls - movement

“Do not stay where set , up/down”

Anonymous, MB (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Right electric window is making a noise like it's sticking or binding when raised or lowered. A previous Honda civic had a similar problem and eventually failed after warranty, but repair was covered under a technical service bulletin. As a reliability engineer I wonder why lessons learned from the older model were not applied to the new design”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sunroof

“drainage hose was disconnected and water leaked into the cabin in front of rear seats”

Anonymous, PA (2013 Honda Civic Si 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

“Experienced problems with charging sensor and had to replace the alternator to correct the problem”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“battery failed around 35k miles, had a bad cell. dealership replaced under warranty”

Thomas N., AZ (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Electronic ignition

“Sometimes it won't start”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Ignition switch

“the starter does not respond to the ignition key occssionally”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“The ac wasn't blowing very cool air, but thats not the real problem.My passenger side floor was getting soaked and I could not figure out why. It turns out that 4 months after I bought the car the ac leaked inside my car instead of out. It was bad!”

Pia V., NJ (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“the climate control does not maintain the temperature of the cabin at the level I set”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Condenser

“I can't believe this was NOT covered under warranty. I have been driving for 50 years and I have never had nor heard of a hole in the condenser caused by a stone , nor has anyone I talked to. It makes me believe they are lying just so the repair wo”

Pat M., ON (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heater system

“It does not defrost well or fast”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic Unsure 2.4-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Upon hard acceleration, shifter vibrated loudly. Cables/linkage had been assembled incorrectly by factory or a previous repair shop”

Anonymous, CO (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Stability control (ESC)

“I'm not a mechanic so I'm assuming that the VSA Modulator Unit that was replaced has a role in controlling the stability of my vehicle”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Traction control

“The VSA Modulator Unit was replaced which, as I was told, controls the ABS. A google search will show that this is a common and expensive problem to fix for honda owners”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

“interior dash lights by the radio blinking in and out intermittingly”

Nick C., CA (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Gauges

“The radio/camera screen will go black for no reason! The have updated the software but it still has the issue. As of 04/20/2015 I am waiting for the dealer to hear back from Honda Tech. The dealer indicated that this is a "real" problem but Honda has”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“I have to replace the lightbulb on both headlights”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

“When shifting under light acceleration, the transmission slips (engine races) and then catches (jerks)”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Civic EX-L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission leaks

“Small leak from the transmission case”

Douglas K., OK (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“Indicator light came on and vehicle would not run”

Anonymous, OH (2013 Honda Civic EX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Causing error code from hybrid engine”

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Civic Hybrid 1.5-L 4 Cyl hybrid)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

“check engine alert came on. shop computer identified thermostat. had to argue but at 40k miles a thermostat should not fail and they got it covered under warranty”

Thomas N., AZ (2013 Honda Civic LX 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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