1998 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Reliable but could improve

1998 Honda Civic - Consumer Review

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Reliable but could improve
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1998 Honda Civic DX 4dr Sedan


Bought it at 4 yrs. old, 21kmi, one owner. Very good car for driving around town--especially since it is an automatic, not that great on the highway. The base model is really basic, wish it had some more features (power locks, cruise control, ABS, A/C). Maintenance-free so far, 20 months and 27 kmiles later. Shift program problem: when accelerating after slowing down to about 20mph it shifts a lower gear and revvs the engine like crazy, sending shocks through the drivetrain. The windshield wipers have a weird pattern, leaving big portions un-wiped. Passenger-side wiper needs to grow to driver-side wiper size.

Best Features

30 mpg mixed driving. Maneuvrable, although hard to see the ends when parking. Good "thump" when you close the doors. Excellent trunk size for the car. Good build quality, although lacking features.

Worst Features

Smoother downshifting. Better engine start (especially if the gas tank is low). Find a better place for that oil filter than behind the engine! Windshield wipers pattern, and make them the same size! Noisy engine when cold. Timed wipers-get a continuous adjustment on the timer.
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