2002 Honda Civic Consumer Review: Bad Mileage Low Quality Honda

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Bad Mileage Low Quality Honda
By Armand Hesslegrave on


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


Very bad mileage in winter city driving. 14.9-18 mpg. Worse than many SUVs. Dealer says this is normal for winter. Paint quality is very poor and inconsistent. Interior and exterior rattles galore. Tire sidewalls gave out at 8k. Brakes howl on cold mornings, dealer says "civic brakes do not like the cold". AC fails sometimes. Engine hesitates at @2500 and 3500 rpm. Dealer says I am "driving it wrong" and that engine does not like "hard onramp acceleration" and that it is made for "careful use". Road noise is MUCH worse than other compacts, and suspension transmits even the smallest bump to the occupants. Front suspension creaks and moans.

Best Features

Good brakes, even with rear drums. Good acceleration when vtec is in the 3000+ rpm zone. Good interior design and seats.

Worst Features

One of the WORST quality cars I have ever owned. I should have purchased the SI, which has all of the quality and engineering that the sedans used to have.
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