I love this car, love the way it can turn soo fast, I've rebuilt the frame for the rust had eaten away at it and gave it a cool paint job now it looks like new. It's only an automatic but it's my sweet heart.
Slick turn, cool shape, opening little window on hood.
I got the car, for more Gas Mileage, and i love it, but i am a novice to the 5sp kind. I have learned quick, and am doing great! The car is like new, a rust spot on one side, and thats all. Car looks and drives like new!! This is the kind of car, for a person who is looking to get Great Gas Mileage and not have to fill up every time ya turn around. But i have found the room to be quite small, as i am a big guy, i like more room, None the less, the car is in great shape with 152xxx miles on it and still runs like it was just built this year! This car is okay, put the cup holder in a better place than on top of the dash.Buy a used 91 civic lx and you won't be mad you did!!!!!
Every power feature: mirrors, windows, steering etc. Economic car.
There is little Head room or room for me to get into it sometimes, the steering wheel could of been built higher, and the room could of been bigger. Also the cup holder should of been put someplace else besides the dash... Better inside lighting for when getting into and out of the car.
I bought it from a friend of mine, who only used it for long trips on the east coast. It had no rust and under 100 thousand miles on it. A year later it has 150 thousand miles, and still runs strong. it's fun, sporty, can carry heavy loads and has never broken down on me. I had the oil changed at Walmart, they never put new oil in it. I ran it unwittingly for 2 months before I realized the problem, and it's never suffered or seized. My mother had a 1986 Honda Prelude, spun it, rolled it and still drove it home. that car died out at 300 thousand miles! they're easy to fix, parts are easy to find and they are exceptionally cheap to maintain. I've done most of the work on mine, myself.
I like the contour of the car, and the fact that it's a hatchback but still small enough to get great gas mileage. It's comfortable to sit in, and the reduced ground clearance makes it really hug the turns. I can take a corner at about 25 MPH, and it's never left me on the side of the road.
The bumpers make it look like it has an underbite. It needs constant tuning, because it is actually a sports coupe. Without that, it starts to get sluggish, if you call 0-30 in less than 2 seconds sluggish for a hatchback carrying about 4-500 LBS of weight load (passengers or other things)
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 got the manual 5-speed new 15 years ago and it's still going strong. I love this car. It's responsive, has excellent road feel, is extremely reliable, it gets great mileage (see below), and visibility out the front and rear windshields is fantastic. There is tons of space in the back for hauling lumber, bookshelves, Newfoundlands, bicycles, etc. etc. Even when I rent new cars for travel, I'm relieved to come home to my DX. They don't make cars like this anymore. What will I eventually replace it with? There isn't a Civic hatch anymore. Maybe I won't have to replace it, given the miles reported by other reviewers... :-)
Mileage: How can you beat 43mpg highway in the summer? I've been getting 37.2 mpg averaged over the past 5 years or so.