I purchased my Civic new in 2002. It's been driven hard over the last three years....it has not been babied. It hasn't had any problems whatsoever. I get over 30 mpg all around driving, Mid 30's on the highway. My Civic is a 4 dr LX model with a 5 speed transmission. It has excellent performance with the standard transmission...plenty of pep. If you are looking for a strong, reliable, fuel efficent and fun to drive car give the Civic a try!