My '98 Civic EX Coupe has 131,000 miles on it now, and it still runs well. I had to replace the cheap plastic Honda radiator, as well as the rubber boots on the front axle. All in all a solid car that I would suggest for beginning drivers and students. But don't expect much pick up power or stylish features. This is an economy car only!
The 2005 Civic improvements cover what I would have suggested.