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Still fun and practical
By lrxst on 12/12/14 16:06 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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absolute best car
By medic587 on 03/09/14 06:52 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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!
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Paid $4800 5 years ago
By bstern92 on 09/11/13 11:58 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe w/Side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 4A)

Review

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.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Great! ,,but....
By ethelip on 07/26/13 23:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)

Review

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.
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3 of 9 people found this review helpful
Great gas mileage, everything else meh.
By paule4 on 01/25/13 18:03 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I get great gas mileage in this car... I average 30 city, 34-37 highway. I once got 40 mpg and that's going through mountain roads. The only problem is the build quality, my engine went at 85xxx then my tranny at 146xxx. I could understand the engine because at the time I was doing deliveries with the car plus it was an unbearably hot summer. The tranny it just all of a sudden gave out without any warning. I've read from other sources that many people have this problem with the early 2000 civics (bad trannies).
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Dependable Friend in the Garage
By herman_wiegman on 01/09/13 19:18 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan w/Side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 5M)

Review

The Honda Civic is one of the best expressions of the economy sedan. The basic concept of offering as much room as possible to the passengers, while also providing fuel economy and nimbleness is well served by the Honda Civic.
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Great car
By mnk716 on 07/30/12 16:34 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic LX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car new 1/2002. It has been the best i have ever owned. Great performance even though only 115hp. Good in all weather and rarely gave me any issues. Recently traded it in at 175k miles as the A/C went and i didnt want to pay to fix it though it would have went for another 100k miles. Great MPG and reliability. Traded it in for a BMW 328i which is what i always wanted but i felt so bad trading it in.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
10 years and 200,000 miles of faithful service
By demetrios999 on 07/30/12 12:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)

Review

We bought our 2002 Honda EX Coupe (manual trans) new in December 2002, and 10 years later and almost 200,000 miles later, it is still a great car. We have had to make no repairs other than "wear-out" items (timing belts, tires, brakes, clutch, etc., maybe a distributor), and it runs as strong as the day we bought it with no end in sight. It has more pickup at normal speeds/revs than my S2000, handles great, and gets mpg figures well into the 30's.
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7 of 10 people found this review helpful
Overrrateddd
By tom237 on 09/18/11 21:58 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 4A)

Review

I have a 2002 honda civic and I bought it for raliability but the trany at 73 went out while driving in country road So I got standed for so much time having no option except towing it.Now I need a new transmission.So to me Honda is very overrated and it is not worth the price at all.Nothing different than any other american made car or better say it much worst.
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Perfect Car
By nutsnbolts1 on 03/20/11 19:19 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2002 Honda Civic LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 5M)

Review

2002 that I purchased for $2K, Had to replace the cyl Head due to a Bad Camshaft, Now I'm re-ringing the whole motor at 163K. This Honda was not properly maintained, Owned by Teenager that hardly changed the oil. so I'm replacing all bearing, re-honing the Cylinders, The best part...I don't have to remove the engine, wish all cars where like this, makes my life very easy, Had it all torn down to the pistons less than 3Hours. Used Head pulled at 43k $250 Piston Rings, Rod Bearings, Head Gasket, Timing Belt, Tensioner, Waterpump $230. New Clutch $125. The Only other car I can rebuild as fast and cheap is my good ole Chevy 350. Love cars with simplicity in mind, everything else is wast a time.
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