Sorry to hear about all the transmission problems. I have 83k on mine and no signs of auto tranny slippage. Averaging 35mpg city and 40+ highway. I've found that if you drive above 70 on the highway, mpg declines dramatically. Bought the extended warranty in august of 2003 and never used it. Only complaint is that I'm replacing the brake pads every 25k miles without intensive use.
Excellent body integrity, paint, and timeless style. Honda reliability all the way around!!
More power without sacrificing fuel economy (new civics have more power but not as fuel efficient). Longer lasting brake pads.