2012...Perhaps 20 years, 140k miles and $5k total so far over that entire time for non-consumable
repairs (CV boots, cracked engine mounts, etc.)
The original engine is still running fine.
It seems like every other year, I get a note left on my 1991 Honda Civic SI hatchback's windshield:
"Do you want to sell this as-is? Call me at xxx-xxxx"
- 25-28-ish mpg mileage when driven conservatively.
- Great Power-to-weight ratio that would probably still smoke a 2011 CR-V
I bought my Civic used in 1992 with 29,000 miles on it.
It has been the most reliable car I have ever owned.
It is now at 270,000 miles and still going strong.
Just regular maintenance needed. The only reason I scored lower on the comfort is because my AC went out 2 years ago,and it was going to cost me $650 to get it fixed. My husband has
been through 3 trucks to my one car.
Love My Civic si.
Looking for another one.
I love the way this car handles.
I like the hatchback with the lay down seats, because I ca haul almost anything (my kids bikes). The manual transmission is a must for this car.
I first bought this car in 2003 to get around school and work. The engine's 1.6 liter had about 130,000 miles, it handled well and even made it to San Diego which is 120 miles away from Los Angeles. The engine lasted me another 4 years until it overheated in the summer of 2007 and it was just a few months later when I swapped a new engine (ZC JDM Engine) which has been running well to this day. I have lowered the vehicle and it handles even better! Went to a local paint shop dealer and got it painted for the price of 3 details at a car wash!
Great gas mileage, easy to maintain, perfect for single drivers, has enough room for passengers and cargo.
Distributor cap seems to fail often even after several replacements, this could be due to driving mostly at high RPM's on Los Angeles freeway system.
What can you say about a car with 215 thousand miles on the odometer with working AC and a lot of pep? It's a GOOD car. I drive a well maintained 2002 Celica GTS. Every now and then (*cough* truck tire debris *cough*) the Celica needs to visit the body shop for a little work. Out comes my venerable but exceedingly reliable 1991 Civic Si Hatchback to get me through. This little car has driven desert off road in Lancaster, Highway 10 from Georgia to Los Angels, hauled props, lumber and up to six people at a time. And it still gets around 30 mpg. I was told the transmission was going bad - that's why I bought the Celica. That was about 60 thousand miles ago. Now it's my life boat. Great car.
Wonderful handling. Drives like it's on rails. Excellent mileage and epic reliability. It will hold 12 foot lengths of lumber or three bicycles (wheels on!). Easy to work on for the home garage enthusiast.
Honda, go back to this design philosophy. The new Civic Si Hatchback is an overpriced racing wannabe. The 1991 Civic Si was affordable, speedy, handled like a cat and reliable. That is a combination you can not beat. 1991 was the improvement. Honda has stepped the Civic hatchback down ever since.
Bought this thing after it was beat on to crap. Very easy to fix up and modify. Great entry level auto-x ride. Wishbone suspension by far beats the econo macpherson setup of the newer gen. Stock sohc engine is worthless, but again, easy to replace and swap out. Prone to lots of rust with its age. Very little maintanence needed if it's just transportation that you need. Very light, with an engine swap and an adjustable suspension and you have yourself a good sporty car. Parts are interchangeable with integra's which adds to the availability of parts. A lot can be done to the car despite its age.
Lightweight, surprisingly good bucket seats, easy to find parts, easy to modify, swappable parts with Integras and other civics, wishbone suspension, low ratio gearing, sleeper exterior look, extensive aftermarket support.
Can't help but be stuck with the more boxy design, wind drag is slightly more than the newer 92-95's, small engine bay, front crossmember has to be replaced with a custom one for big engine add ons, thin exterior panels.