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Tons of Reliability!
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By Krissie
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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I purchased this little car in February of 2004, with only 98,000 miles on it! Only fix needed was a new muffler, surprisingly. This car is very warm in the winter (inside heats up fast!) and ice cold a/c in the summer. Excellent fuel economy! I get very close to 35-mpg on highway and easily 30mpg in city! The advantages are super easy to park, gas mileage and most of all, bullet-proof, long-lasting engines. Disadvantages are they say the smaller the car, the un-safer you are! True, but with the excellent reputations these cars have, I'll take the risk and keep her until the wheels fall off! I highly recommended this cute car for anyone seeking reliability and who is on a budget.


Favorite Features

Engine durability, quiet little motor, (will easily get to 400,000) fun-to- drive 5 speed, lots of head room and leg room, plenty of trunk space, interior layout, superior reputations, and for a small car, she handles very well!


Suggested Improvements

Body rusts too easily, add more horsepower, (1.5L engines are a little slow)also, and add some cupholders. Advantages will always outweigh the suggested improvements!! What do you expect, it's a Honda!


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My Reliable Civic!!!
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By charlie3967
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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I've owned my Civic for 2 and 1/2 years and the only thing I've replaced on it were tires and a new radidtor hose! A zippy ride, due to the 5- speed manual. Very fun to drive, excellent handling and very dependable. Never left me stranded. Only routine maintenance required. (Oil changes, plugs, batteries,etc.). Keep your fluids changed regularly and it'll run forever. Rock solid car! Only 115,000 miles on her. Plenty of life left. I'll drive her to 300,000!!


Favorite Features

Excellent gas mileage, peppy little 5-speed, strong a/c and keeps me very warm in winter! I also love the neat tail light design. Comfy, plush seating. Reliability and interior is quiet. Not a single squeak or rattle.


Suggested Improvements

Interior is a little tight. Front and rear wheel wells rusts too easily. Center console and cuholders, this car needs! No major improvements.


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the reliable honda
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By hondaowner154
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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it just keeps on going!handling unmatched to ANY car i have driven. this car still has a perfect alignment,take your hands off the wheel,and theres no pulling ANYWHERE,iv never had the alignment done either,very fun to drive. main repairs are faulty relay switch,brake job,muffler.starts every time!180,000 miles and still runs pretty smooth,auto tranny can be rough tho,and it slips under hard acceleration


Favorite Features

it just keeps on going!nimble handling,AMAZING ALIGNMENT


Suggested Improvements

the a/c busted,its 14 years old what do you expect. lacks power in the city


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I love my car
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By cousinthrill
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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this car has great gas mileage. about 30 - 35 MPG. plus it has a lot of get up and go!


Favorite Features

it heats up really fast in the winter! inside the car not the engine.


Suggested Improvements

better rear speakers.


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!!!!!AWESOME!!!!!
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By Crinale
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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I absolutely love this car. Anyone who complains about the 92bhp obviously either doesnt know how to shift correctly, or is using an auto tranny (ewwwwww). The handling in this car cannot be beat, and it is 13.5 years old! My dad bought this car july 1990 with 11 miles on it (probably a test drive and driving it onto the lot). Now it has 238,000+ miles, and almost no problems at all! around 180,000 miles, the exhaust had to be replaced due to rust, and at about 220,000 miles the tranny had to be rebuilt. Other than that, no problems. was given to me 6months ago for my 16th b-day.


Favorite Features

reliability, handling, gas mileage, fun to drive factor, did i mention relability? and of course... if u complain about power, there are many things u can upgrade... it is a civic after all.


Suggested Improvements

bigger stock rims, and better stereo (even tho i now have an awesome stereo in mine ;)


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This little car won't die
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By Lmack
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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I have driven this car since September 1989 and have had only minor problems: 1) Something I found out later was common to Civics of this age -- a faulty relay that caused it to not re- start on hot days after I had driven it a short time. Cost of repair: Less than $200. 2) A warped light panel in the rear of the car that affected the lighting in the rear when it rained. This was a bit more substantial but less than $400 to repair. I have done regular servicing -- not necessarily with the dealer and am craving a new car. Can't manage to do it yet as I'm still getting 40 mpg and it purrs along with no problems....


Favorite Features

Comfort, visibility, cruise control, endurance of upholstery and paint job.


Suggested Improvements

Stereo -- but now standard includes a lot more....


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Good small reliable car
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By sg330e3
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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I have this car for a year and have no problems with it. Just some rust.


Favorite Features

gas economy, handling


Suggested Improvements

bigger engine


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a great fun small car
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By cosmok
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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We bought this car new oh some 13 years ago and still love it. Its extremely nimble (saved me from an accident at the last second), simple design (utilitarian), and just looks great. I realized how great the looks were on Hondas/Acuras in the early 90s and how the looks deteriored later on in the 90s... but its starting to get its spunk back.


Favorite Features

Milage, nimble, small (great for parking in Chicago), fun, "sexy".


Suggested Improvements

no cupholders, no armrest in the middle. Watch out for the speakers/radio, give up after about 10 yrs. but i can't complain... its from the 1990 and the fact that it still runs great is a testament to how great Honda builds their cars (in contrast to the GM Malibu we also own).


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Solid
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By frank70
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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Simply put, this is a very solid car. 12 years old, 140,000+ miles, starts right up and just keeps going. Very responsive (though not powerful), great handling (especially in bad weather), extremely reliable.


Favorite Features

Great handling, incredible turning radius, zippy (especially when no passengers and an empty trunk), great gas milage, extremely reliable.


Suggested Improvements

Annoying automatic seatbelts, no cup holders, no chime for leaving keys in car or leaving lights on, only 92 horsepower--you notice it when accelerating with a carful of passengers, car easily "bottoms out" when going over bumps, exhaust system rusts out more quickly than expected.


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Endurance is Key
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By Trent
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1990 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan


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The car is now 12 years old with 140,000 miles on it. It still looks great (repainted in '98)inside and out, and it's NEVER failed to start for me. I get the oil changed religiously every 3,000 miles, but I'm not otherwise too careful with service.


Favorite Features

After 12 years, you'd think that a lot of things on the car would start falling apart or at least showing serious wear. Not so! Endurance is better than much newer cars, and I'd buy a used Civic over a new luxury American-made car if they were the same price.


Suggested Improvements

No chime if you leave the lights on, lightweight doors that tend to slam, no cup holders, slightly uncomfortable front seats.


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