Money Well Spent
By unkqty on
1999 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan
Second satisfied owner - purchased 4 years ago w/upgraded suspension, stereo, & intake. I really like the car and will drive it until the wheels fall off. Although its first and foremost an economy car, it's a really good one. Gets 25-35mpg on 32mi suburban commute and >36 on long trips (more w/synthetic oil). Although it gasps (35mph) over Colorado's I70 mountain passes, it otherwise offers surprising performance. Requires only routine maintenance, much of which can be performed by owner. Unfortunately, arrogant attitude at several dealerships is that Hondas sell themselves, so they don't have to work as hard or appreciate the customer as much - a real turn-off for me.
Overall dependability is unparalleled, especially for an economy car. Great mix of features w/o going overboard. Good performance due to high-revving engine and MT w/relatively close ratio 1st thru 4th and a long-legged 5th. Firm seating w/adjustable (Dvr) lumbar, good dash layout, spacious trunk.
Upgrade weather/door seals & insulation for road noise. MT pops out of reverse (replaced but still problem). Redesign cup holders(I use a foam coozie), rear defogger, lower LH dash fuse panel, and radio antenna. Some cold engine noise. Attitudes at several dealerships could use tune-up.