My '02 Civic LX Sedan is the most reliable car I have had. Got it for free from my father with 145,XXX miles, since my other car broke down. It does FANTASTIC on gas mileage. I can go to eastern Washington and back on less than 1/2 a tank. I have had no needed repairs. I wish I would have gotten this as my first car.
I love the manual. Very responsive. The sound system in it is phenomenal for a factory sound system. Everything is set up for driver convenience.
The only improvements I could think of would be the road noise.
I've had this car longer than any other by far (over 8 years now). It handles predictably, and has held up pretty well over the years. It's not a common model, so people look at it and kind of scratch their heads. The clutch lasted 90,000 miles, and was a little over a $1,000 to replace at an independent shop. Other than that, it's been mostly routine maintenance. Unlike earlier models, this engine has a timing chain instead of a timing belt, which is a great benefit on upkeep and the little 2.0 seems pretty much bulletproof. The shifter is different than most cars, but I'm not sure why other cars don't have it there in the center. Typical Honda, carefully laid out, and it all still works.
It's disappointing that Honda isn't still building a fun hatch like this. This is the most practical layout for me, like a little minivan. I've hauled home a full-sized desk in the back. We've shuttled kids around in it, and the idea of having a huge car or SUV to transport a couple of little kids seems like overkill.
This is the best car I have ever owned, and I have owned several. I bought it due to the gas mileage and reliability and it has held up its end of the deal. I continually get low 40s MPG. I now have 315,000 miles on it and I have only had to replace an alternator (@ 250k). It still has its original clutch! The only thing I have had to do for this car, besides the alternator, is routine maintenance and put gas in it. I still trust it to get me anywhere.... long or short distance. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this car!
large trunk; roomy passenger area; driver's seat arm rest; excellent gas mileage; handles well
Not a single thing can be improved. The car is absolute perfection.
2002 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe w/Side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car with 130k on it and it now has 144k(second car). Now that I gave my sister my car, this will be driven a lot more. I really like the exterior and interior design of the coupe. It's sleek and has a crazy amount of room for a coupe. The only complaint is that it doesn't have an armrest, with the storage compartment.
I have replaced the A/C compressor, oxygen sensor, front rotors and brakes, ball joints, control arms, swaybar links, and battery.
All parts were cheap because it's a Honda. I don't hold the repairs against the car because these are all parts expected to go after 11 years. It drives very nice and is comfortable.
My cousin has the same one, with over 230k.
Had this car for 2 years now - I drive it tough, on tough roads (NYC, dirt roads..)
I can accelarate as fast as I need - even though I must use low gears & push it, she goes!
Now 86K and still sounds great.
Cup holder in cool place - up front against dash.
// Roomy trunk.
Nice simple design on dashboard.
Spark plugs very easy to access.
WISH it had a 6th gear.
I know it would be weak, but cruising at 60mph, I can't stand the constant 3K rpm!
The seats are NOT nearly as comfy as the '97 Accord.
Too much cheap, hard plastic in cabin.