2002 Honda Civic Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
I had bought a 4 door 2002 Honda civic DX that was practically given to me and that car is a trooper it went through two accidents from previous owners and after a few repairs it runs as if nothing happened. The car is reliable and very compact thus it has great gas mileage. Just the other day I took it to the next city 30 miles to get there and 30 miles to come back and the gas needle did not even move for like two days then after that it continued to move down like it normally does. I did not have to fill up on gas for a couple of days. My only complaint is that it takes a few extra seconds for it to pickup speed and it makes this noise but apparently it is normal. Another thing is the steering is not a smooth as other cars and it has nothing to do with the power steering. I had a 1994 Nissan Sentra and the steering on that was so smooth. Those are my only small complaints. I see these cars everywhere. My co worker has a beat up version of my car and my neighbor who parks next to me has his 2002 Honda civic dented everywhere with the lights popping out but none the less their cars keep running like a charm too. I really dont see this model dying out soon.
2002 Honda Civic Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car used from an elderly woman in Conneticut. She had replaced the rack & pinion before I had picked it up and she had a problem with the gas door not opening once closed. Instead of fixing this I would simply latch it from the trunk behind the carpet to keep it sealed while driving, it's tedious but saves me a fortune than going to dealer to have it taken care of. I originally bought it with 132000 miles and got an amazing deal at $1100 but then it had frozen calipers so replaced both by myself for $200 in parts and three hours in a driveway. After that I resurfaced the drums and replaced the shoes and the front brake pads, the rotors are still original and holding up fine. The car seems incapable of holding any speed over 65 without shimmying back and forth and yet it isn't the tie rods (they're brand new) alignment was also just done along with two matching new tires, so the problem is still unsolved. I great great gas mileage however since I commute 102 miles a day round trip and I average 31-34 mpg not bad for an automatic. Even being the EX model she seems very basic for features and nothing special, the special edition wheels bent immediately upon arrival to upstate New York since the roads are unforgiving so she has four newer steel wheels on her. Just learned she needs a new catalytic converter ($300) new windshield ($250) new bushings and control arms front and back ($500) and new front struts ($200) since I do enjoy the reliability I guess I will repair her but next tax season going to go out and buy either a GMC or a Toyota since believe it or not GMCs have been more reliable than the civic with minimal repairs, the repairs are cheap for Honda I guess that's a benefit? But seem to need more in frequency and just don't enjoy it. Good basic commuter car, it's not a race car guys, sick of seeing them with loud exhausts they aren't meant for street racing, 127 hp is not substantial enough except if you're racing a prius even then it's almost anyone's race haha.
2002 Honda Civic Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
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.
2002 Honda Civic Sedan LX 4dr Sedan (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
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).
2002 Honda Civic Sedan EX 4dr Sedan w/Side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
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.
The best feature is the overall nimbleness of the vehicle and the flexibility of the engine.
This car is great fun to drive.
It feels light and responsive, so drivers don't feel intimidated or disconnected, rather they feel in control and involved.
The engine compartment is cramped and this leaves very little room for the home mechanic or frugal owner to affect many repairs.
The replacement parts from the dealer are also very expensive (e.g. a replacement Honda alternator is >$500 at the dealer). The vehicle also is made of thin body panels which results in many dents and dings. Unfortunately making these panels more robust would sacrifice the great nimbleness of the vehicle.
One improvement that may have been addressed in later models is the noise and vibration abatement.
The 2002 model year does suffer from much "buzz" in the passenger compartment which can be tiring after an hour in the driver's seat.