I used to own a '97 Honda Civic DX
coupe, which is the stripped down model
for those of you who aren't too
familiar with the line-up. I now own
a '02 EX coupe which is their 'top of
the line' model. I must say, there
have been some drastic improvements in
those 5 yrs, as well as some
disappointments. My '97 DX was
supposed to be getting only 106 hp
while the '02 EX is supposed to be
getting 127. Still, the DX felt much
quicker. The '02 also has a lot of
little creaks and rattles on the
interior. The last complaint is gas
mileage. Honda claims 32 city and 38
on the hwy. I do a mixture of both and
am lucky if I get 30.
Power tilt and slide moonroof allows
you to get some fresh air even if it's
raining. Red instrumentation at night
allows for easy visibility and
a 'different' look. 5 speed manual
with a decent redline lets you use
every little pony it's got.
Let the passanger have a power door
lock switch. Memory seats on both
sides. One more cup holder in the
back. Leather seating option. Wider
tires. Courtesy lights stay on a
little longer when you first get it.
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