I bought my younger brothers 94 Honda Civic Lx after he could no longer afford it and I my 2003 Ford Expedition XLT, the MPG was killing me I was spending about $100 a week just on gas and I was only able to use it for work. The Civic was a blessing the car even though it's underpowered gets amazing MPG plus filling up with only $40 a every 1 1/2 for me makes it worth every penny, the car has cosmetic issues the paint was all burned and the paint scratched but she runs like if she was new and with 138K on her already I expect another 200K easy. I would sell my Civic for anything.
MPG, tire prices, power everything and very little maintenance.
This has been a great car for over 11 years. Car makers of the world should take lessons from Honda. I'd have kept it indefinitely except for wanting the more advanced safety features available in new cars. I held out for as long as I could!
Great gas mileage! Great reliability!
Eleven years late, of course, but Honda could have sprung for a "lights on" chime and a "low fuel" warning light. Those were the only two features I wished this car'd had. Maybe the new Civics have them.
The most annoying part of this little 4 door sedan is the automatic transmission.Though it has been trouble-free, it is underpowered from ramp speed up to highway speed. It will cruise nicely at 120 kilometres an hour just over 70 miles per hour. I bought the car used privately with 110,000 kilometres (65,000 miles). I have had few problems with it and it now has nearly 300,000 kilometres or 180,000 miles. I plan on keeping it another 2 years and with the Krown rustproofing the car has seen since it was 4 years old annually, it still looks great! The car has had an axle and upper ball joint replacement on one side front- end. The remainder has been normal maintenence!Great car!
Reliability and dependability. It is a fun car to drive still.Looks great with some help from annual Krown Rust- checks application after year 4 of age has kept the car looking good!
Poor headlight illumination. i upgraded the headlights to Sylvania NightHawks' bulbs which improved night visibility by about 50 per cent. More horsepower needed for automatic tranny.Fine for 5 speed though. Tachometer as standard equipment just as they offered in the older generation Civics.
Purchased about a year ago with 187k
mi, needed new clutch and clutch master
cylinder leaked. Driver's window upper
forward seal has gnarled up from the
sun so window is difficult to close and
produces wind noise. Otherwise regular
maintenance is all this car needs. It
has a smooth response and predictable
handling. Everything but the window nag
still works. At 198k and 11yrs age I
expect it to drive another 100k without
major issues. Look for quiet tires when
replacing them. Previous owner was
original and had no problems, despite a
front end crash repair, just kept up
scheduled maintenance. It is not
powerful, if you want a faster Civic
buy the Si trim.
It is tireless and predictable, just
keeps on working.
Make peace with the noise level.
Cruise control overreacts, speeding up
inclines and slowing down declines.