I purchased this car in 2001 @56K. I did 200K since then, had an accident and the car still runs with no problem. My next car will be a Honda Civic as it packs quality and reliability in one package. Go Civic!
Fuel economy. Practicality quality and reliability
Better interior design. Not much more to think to improve.
Now that gas is 3.50 my 2001 suburban that gets 11 mpg sits in the driveway I bought the 97 civic from a dealer with 178,000 on it after I week the MPG were 36/40 all the sudden it ran like crap went to the auto parts store and 65.00 later and 15 minutes it was tuned up. It runs perfect and when I checked the MPG I was shocked. 80 on the highway and city driving hard like it was a v8 90% city 10% on the highway my MPG were averaging 43 mpg (The suburban was costing me 120 a week in gas at 3.00/gal) I am so happy with it we bought my wife a 2002 civic and she loves it.
I have personally owned two Hondas (my family has owned many more) and this overall was a good car while I was going to college. It was recently totaled, and as I looked to buy another Honda I was disillusioned with how much people are asking for their used Hondas. Give me a break! They are good cars, but not gold bricks on wheels! I had some problems with my car, so they are not impervious to damage and are not maitenance free. I think too much of a mystique has been built around Honda reliability to the point of being ridiculous! This is evidenced in how much people were asking for their Hondas with obvious blemishes. I ended up buying a luxury car for less.
Fun VTEC kick. Overall a straight forward car that is easy to work on (mostly, except for oil changes with the stupid exhaust system in the way of the oil filter). The stereo was great. It was good looking - but unfortunately thieves thought so as well
Thief magnet that is easy to steal. The inner fender liner tore repeatedly on the passenger side, the cup holders stink, the interior wore down early. Rotor warp was a constant. The transmission became rough after 90k. Hydroplanes easily and has too much body roll in cornering.
I've had mine since 3,300 miles and
couldn't be happier. No reliability
issues whatsoever. Built like a fine
Swiss watch. Follow the maintenance
schedule according to the owner's
manual (as I do) and the car reward you
with amazingly trouble-free motoring.
If deprived of my Civic, I would
immediately seek another one just like
it with no hesitation. It's like a
premium motorcar in a smaller, less
Where to begin?! Fuel economy (32
average even with lots of city miles),
smooth ride, responsive and fun to
drive, antilock brakes on this model,
roomy interior and trunk, easy to
maneuver in traffic, great Honda dealer
service. Car feels like it will last
Increase wheel size from 14 to 15
inches to cut down on body roll in
corners, more torque for swifter
launching from a stop, and scrap the
cupholder which blocks useage of the CD
player. That's IT.