This car was a great first car for me. I drove the thing like heck and it stayed strong under me. I put about 50,000 miles on it and it only broke down once. That was for the fuel pump going out which was an easy quick fix. It always got me where i needed to be, even if it wasn't very quickly. Its 1.6L 4 cylinder engine isn't that impressive. Its fuel economy was alright but it was not very responsive in the pedal at all. The transmission as well was not that great at shifting. the whole time i had it the shifting was a bit rough and i assume it is just the technology and quality of the transmission. Despite those two things it still ran great and i enjoyed it. very reliable and comfortable.
Bought this car a couple months ago thinking it would be a good investment because of how reliable civics are known to be and because of their gas mileage. Well, I get 30mpg all day, but this car has not been reliable for me. Had fuel issues when I bought it and now has a vacuum leak that has been impossible to trace, and my transmission shifts sloppy as well. Forgot to mention I bought this car with only 132k miles. Will definitely be staying away from civics from now on, only Honda I would own again is a Prelude, which I owned before this car. Stay away from this car unless you have money to throw into it.
I have used this car for a commuter car and put over 100k on it in the last 3 years.
It now has 210k on it, it has been bullet proof.
A couple minor things go wrong but for a 13 year old vehicle you can't beat it.
I have owned Honda Civics for 13 years.
My first one was a 1990 and now I have the 1999, which I have owned for 8 years.
It is a Civic LX automatic.
The mileage I had on it when I got it was 70,000.
Now there are 150,000.
I have spent more money on repairs for this car than the 6,500 it cost to purchase it.
I am angry at the car for this purpose.
At least three times something caused me to break down in the middle of the road.
I have treated it well and it has not been reliable.
I would love to sell it just because of the frustrations I have had over the years.
My advice is, if you buy a civic, make sure you know its history.
I did not know the history of this one except that it was a leased car.
I imagine those are not often treated for longevity by someone who knows they will be giving it back.
Once the fixes started, they didn't stop and it was always something new and strange.
keep in mind the car is cheap it's not a bmw or Mercedes I was a senior in high-school when i got this car I really needed a car for my work rides and college. NC doesn't have public transportation. I bought this car 2008 it had 110k on it now it has 140k on it and i absolutely
don't regret buying it i only spent money on normal
maintenance. it drives really nice and the interior compared to similar cars in it is class is far better i don't think there is a car that can beat that civic 1999-2000 too bad though they had it for 2 years. I'm giving this one to my younger brother since he will need it soon too.
Reliability, fuel economy 27 mixed 30-33 highway yes still doing that until now! in 2011 almost 2012.
well the engine if it was only 1.8 i will be very very happy but the A/C kills the 1.6l and i almost always have to red line the rpm to get it up hill with the a/c on and it can't carry more than 2 people trust me a 3rd with a/c and the engine will not pick up at all, handling is horrible thank god it doesn't snow this much in NC or i will be ice skating all winter.