Have had this car for years and it's still in good shape. With only a few major repairs (brakes, exhaust) it hasn't missed a beat and it gets great gas mileage too. Coming on 160k miles now and it looks like I'll be able to keep this for years to come.
I bought this car 2 1/2 years ago at a little over 212k miles, and since then have put in a battery and alternator - that's reliability. If it hadn't been in an accident, it would still be on the road today...definately the best first car I ever could have asked for. My 94 Civic Si couldn't hold a candle to the 91's reliability, the 94's already had a timing belt, head gasket, water pump, thermostat, and brake calipers and pads (all 4), and I've only had it a year.
Great gas mileage, no less than 38MPG, average around 40-41. As reliable as they come, and not made with 3/4 plastic like some cars are today. Best $500 I ever spent.
More comfortable front seats would definately be a plus. Honda also should pay more attention to rust areas, my dad's 90 and my 91 and 94 all had rust spots just over the rear wheels, and the 90 and 91 had rust just under the "HONDA" on the trunk.
I have had this one since early 2002,
when the car was already old. It has
55,000 miles, but even so has a book
value of a paltry $1,770. I would
Never trade it in, because any
replacement would never cut the
Reliability; timeless looks; economy.
Wheels could be stainless steel to
prevent rust. Other than that, it
Beloved wife and I have owned our 1991
white Civic "Pegasus" since 1992.
Along the way we have had trouble with
CV boots, the heater blower and
resistor switch, the rear driver side
door latch. In the past 4 years we
have spent $4000 on repairs to go about
50,000 miles. Not bad.
At this point, with 190,000 miles, it
isn't 100% reliable, but it is still a
zippy little car and very fun to drive.
Wish it had a clock and cup holders.
We bought a 1996 Accord yesterday to
replace it, but we will probably keep
it around a while just for old time's
Fun to drive (small and peppy). Hates
the gas pump. Clean auto transmission
Suspension is poor and noisy now that
it's old. Power brakes seem weak in
spite of repeated assurances from
mechanics that all is well.