I bought this car new in 1998 and am surprised at how well it has stood up. Things I've replaced are the timing beltx2, starter, front brake pads (rear drums are original!), water pump, muffler and fluids. Stuff I would expect to replace on a ten year old car. It is just a reliable car that is a bit underpowered but is easy on fuel. I prefer the styling of the hatch and wish the newest hatch would come to north America. The hatch fits a 36" CRT TV.
I really appreciate the clean designed interior. Padded dash and doors, simple controls, tasteful colors means this car still looks good after a decade.
Look for water in the spare tire compartment. Honda did a bad thing and designed the rear body and the rear light to sit right where the water channels off the roof. If the seal between the light and body crushes, water gets in the hatch. A bead of silicone is the fix. Wind noise at the A pillar.
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