Great gas mileage (40 mpg highway) and
fairly decent drivability are the only
good thing about this car. Had nothing
but problems. Was in shop 5 times after
only 4 months driving. Had to replace
front and rear shocks, remove dash and
insert foam to eliminate extensive
rattling (still rattles). The whole
bloody car rattles. Gear shifter pops
out of gear, brakes make horrible
metallic pop when first used, clutch and
brake pedal squeak like rusty door
hinges, etc, etc. Serious quality
Great gas mileage.
Focus on final quality. It makes no
sense to make such a good engine and put
it into a cheap plastic rattle trap. I
had an '86 Honda that had fewer problems
when it was 12 years old.
This is a great little car. Gets great
gas mileage and and keep up in
traffic. And Civics have a reputaion
of being very reliable. I do wish that
it had a little more power and handled
a little better in the turns but this
car is not a sports car. I just
sometimes wish it were. I would have
gotten an RSX if i could afford it at
the time because I want a little more
performance out of my daily commute
Sunroof and the large trunk. Lots of
room for all my stuff.
This car is great for everyday
driving. It gets great gas milage and
is even a little fun to drive. It is
a very reliable car and is put
together very well. Interior design
could use a little help as far as
functionability. The radio/CD player
is mounted far too high and angled
upward. This is bad for anyone under
6' 4" tall. On sunny days you can't
even read the display without leaning
forward and craning your head up and
looking down on it. This is of course
not good when driving down the road.
I knocked the rating on Interior
Design hard for this because in this
day and age, the stereo is a highly
used item in everyone's vehicle.
My favorite feature would be the
exterior styling of the car. Very
smooth with straight body panels for a
simple yet aggresive look.
I am performance minded so bear with
me. Lower the vehicle 1 inch and
install 15" wheels instead of 14".
This greatly improves handling. Stand
the center dash up a little straighter
for better viewing of radio and other
Well, I posted a review back in May of
2002. To update, the car STILL has not
had any problems. Yes, the road noise
is still there, and the rattles and
creaks are there. But reliabilty and
gas milleage has been very good. On all
highway, I have gotten anywhere from 39-
41MPG. But back in the city, it's been
hovering around 33MPG. Over this time,
I have gone on numerous trips, and
drive everywhere and I still enjoy
Gas milleage, trunk space, back seat
space, transmission (5 speed), direct
ignition system, handles ok, 43MPG
(once), easy to read dash.
The shocks/struts dont match very well
with those springs, the car actually
lifts on high speed corners when
hitting a bump. Need better tires.
Brake feel needs improvement, rear disk
brakes would be nice! Still needs more
The front struts on this car went out
with in 5000 miles. Dealer advise--
"you will be paying for them soon
enough your self"
A/C system not adequate on a hot day.
FM/AM have different sound levels.
Oil filter hard to get to.
AT transmission down shifts too fast
when cruse control is on.
Sun roof rattles.
Paint job is flakey and weak.
Sheet metal dents if you look at it
I do not have car payments or I would
defalt on them
Honda is a car company that is all talk
and very little on the delivery end.
But a Toyota and have a reliable toy.
This will be my last Honda