Bought my second manual Civic HB in the summer of 1999 with 43,000. It's now 2015, it has 221k, and it's still going. The major repair costs I've had are exhaust systems and suspension, I blame both on living in a city with terrible roads and the car being so low. It's on it's second timing belt, original clutch, and second radiator (the first rusted out around 5 or so years ago). I'm about to buy a new(er) car because this one needs a lot of repairs that will add up, but I plan on listing it as-is to see if someone will buy it and give it the love it deserves. Friends bugged me for years about getting a new car, but why give up this one before its time?
So completely basic that there's nothing to break. It's spoiled me, any other manual car feels finicky and clunky.
Lots of road noise, seats are terrible for long rides
My brother gave me his old 95 Honda and I really like this car and will be sad when it finally bites the dust. Has over 300,000 kms and the only problem is occasional over-heating, which I've narrowed down to slight cracks in the head causing coolant leaks - I think. The body rusts around the rear wheel-wells too, due to all the road salt in winter here. Cornering is fun, the manual steering enjoyable and absorbs you in the joy of piloting (apparently there is no such thing as manual steering in a car anymore - a pity). I used to ride my motorbike and this car feels closer to that than most other cars. A manual civic is a simple efficient fun-car.
Comfortable seats, lots interior room for throwing in a bicycle or plants, good all round visibility, amazing mileage, sturdy stance on the road in wind, nicely aerodynamic, and teal blue is my favourite colour.
i bought my 1995 civic in 2001 as a winter car. there was 334000 km on it then, and it was in a fender bender. There is now 445000 on it now. Fourth timing belt, same clutch. First owner put 317000 on it, sold insurance, oil change every 2 weeks. 45 miles to the gallon winter, the hotter the summer the better - it is 50 plus miles. All i have replaced is tires, exhaust, rad, doesn't burn any oil. I still change often.
I've just rolled 175K on mine & this
thing has been bulletproof. It's
still on the original clutch - can you
believe that? This thing is a fuel
sipper, I think I'm still getting
around 35MPG on the hwy. Super cheap
mode of transport, super reliable,
everything I've ever wanted in a car.
Mine doesn't even have A/C....power
nothing....guess what, nothing broken
on the car yet.
I have just rolled 180,000 miles (290k)
on my baby and it keeps chugging
along. I've vowed to buy a new car
when this one died...I'm still
waiting. The performance hasn't
suffered with age. This car costs less
than 25 cents a km. My advice, if you
find one with 100,000 miles on it, it's
just a baby with more life to live.
This car has outlasted two of my
friends cars... a neon and a sunfire.
It's cheap on the road
It handles well ( esp. with a few
It's fun a gas stations when someone is
filling their Expedition.
Bring back the old hatchback, I'll buy
another one in a heartbeat.