If a better all around vehicle has ever been made that is accessible to the average person, tell me about it, ok? I can't remember what the mileage was when purchased, but it was over 200,000 and I wasn't the least bit concerned about it. We had just had some typical Iowa winter weather when I road tested its 4x4 capabilities and bought it then and there. I eventually put in a new radiator, went through the clutch system entirely and had the suspension system bushings replaced. I have put well over the used purchase price into this vehicle without a single regret. With 240,000 miles and nearly 20 years old, it is a trusted daily driver.
Outstanding 4x4 capabilities. 5 speed trans with super low. More load capacity than might be imagined.
With 315,000 miles this car has always gotten me home, or at least to my mechanic, under its own power. I've not babied it. It's gone 110 mph at least twice since turning 300K. Commuting or highway MPG is about 27. We have an '85 with fewer miles and a better styled interior with many more configurations than I've seen before or since on any vehicle.
Full time (realtime) four wheel drive. 6 speed transmission with special low available all the time, not just in 4wd locked as in '85.
More drive configurations on demand: (like '07 Suzuki SX4) 2WD, full time 4WD, 4WD locked.
I can't believe I was smart enough to
buy this car! My combined city/highway
mileage is still about 33 MPG. My
most expensive repair has been under
$500. After 14 years of moving large
dogs and lots of stuff, she is
beginning to show a little wear, but
is as solid and peppy as ever. I'm
predicting she has another 10-12 good
years, which is fortunate, since 1991
was the last year Honda made this
Great ride. 4WD is great on snow, so
I don't have to shovel my driveway.
Tight turning radius. Made to last.
And, of course, wonderful MPG
Please, Honda, bring back this model.
And, when you do, don't use plastic
knobs for releasing the back seats.
I bought a '91 Civic 5-speed stick
wagon for its reputation for
dependability, reliability and fuel
economy. It delivered well on all three
counts. Also very spacious for people
and cargo in the interior. Always ran
well and got me where I needed to go
without incident. I had it only a few
months and only sold it because I
desired something more stylish. I
learned later never to part with
something this dependable. Makes first-
rate budget transportation with room.
Great fuel economy, good seat support,
spacious cabin for a compact wagon,
traditional Honda reliability, controls
function without friction or confusion.
Noisy ride, miniature ice cream truck-
styling, stiff manual steering and
manual shift often makes city driving
tiring, needs cupholders, and motorized
shoulder belts are a poor substitute
for an airbag and conventional belts.
The car still may be old, but the
suspension is top-notch! Suspension
tuning is easy, and improves the cars
stability greatly. The motor runs and
puts out a good ammount of power
considering it is a 1.5L motor, but
runs best with out the air box. Just
tape the filter to the top of the
Look on the other guy's face after he
looses a race to a wagon!
as far as suspension goes... should
have an anti-sway bar in the
rear 'stock'. (without it the rear
gives out too soon in varoius wet/dry
conditions, when cornering hard)