I'd looked for a reliable gas sipper to give my Tacoma a rest and found a retired nurse selling her car. So, for $1,600 I had my civic with only 89,8XX miles! Yes, I know. So with some small parts from the junkyard, brakes, new tires, a little body work, paint job, and new timing belt/water pump I have my jewel. If I didn't have a car in the garage, I'd keep this one in it and only take it out in good weather, lol.
So, great car for running around the DC area. If you can find one in good shape go for it!
I bought my 1996 civic 3 years ago. I've put the work into it that it needed replacing cv axles, ball joints, control arms etc... I attribute these things to previous owner errors. This has been the best car! It's small but not cramped. I have 3 kids and we all fit. Mine is a 5 speed standard transmission and I routinely get 37-39 combined MPG! I HAVE ~240,000 miles on this car with the original transmission, clutch and engine. She's still running strong and is well worth every penny I have into her. If taken care of properly, this car will go forever! Buying seals from auto parts stores will not fix any leakage problem; buy direct from dealer.
I bought my 96 civic DX 5M when I was 19 with 130,xxx miles, it was the first car I bought and I am now 26 and the car is just about to role over to 200,000, it is still my daily driver, all in all its been the best investment Ive made, now there are a lot of little things that have gone wrong with the car over the years but nothing catastrophic (nothing over $500) and considering that I have ran the s*#t out of it ie driving fast,hard accelerations, burnouts, E-brake turns, just having fun, it has held up and still gets great mileage. I have drove it to Michigan twice and both time clocked my mileage and averaged 40-41MPG with two people and the car fully loaded for a camping trip.
I bought my '96 Civic EX in '04 with 60k miles on it, and have been driving it ever since.
It now has 160k miles and they have been really hard miles.
I will admit that I was young when I bought it and did not take care of this car the way I should have.
10k miles between oil changes, and really no regular maintenance.
I have horses and I use this little car like a truck.
It has never let me down.
Besides tires, the only things I have had to replace on it are tie rods, belts and a starter. I really can't believe I didn't kill this car!
This was my first car in high school, and I loved it. I now drive a 2001 Acura CL, which has a LOT more cool features than the Civic; however, I often find myself missing the
Civic. It did not have any modern features like power locks, power windows, or a CD player. However, the car ran unbelievably well considering it was 15 years old and had about 220,000 miles when we sold it! If I did not switch to my sister's Acura when she bought a company car, I would probably still be driving the Civic today. Also the MPGs on this car are phenomenal! If you accelerate conservatively you can get 35-40 MPG easily.
Fantastic car for a first-time driver
Great MPGs- for someone on a small budget, this car gets you where you need to go for less money
Simple engine design, which leads to very few mechanical/ technical problems if properly maintained
Bare-bones interior- when I drove it in high school and college, I especially liked not having to worry about the possibility of ruining the car by getting it dirty
Fold-down rear seat- this car has a surprisingly large amount of storage space, and is great for a single person traveling to and from college (The Acura I now use does not have a fold-down rear seat, which makes packing for college more difficult)
Not much horsepower- If you are looking for a fast car, this is not what you want. This Civic has basically a sewing machine for a motor- I didn't mind because the lack of horsepower is more than made up for in MPGs.