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'04 Civic EX Coupe 58K
By Shawn on
2004 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
This is overall a pretty solid car. The trick with this generation Civic is to avoid the 1st two model years, and ideally the 04-05 iterations seem to be the most reliable. Interior is the typical attractive/conservative Honda mix, ditto with the outside. Performance, it's not a performance car, but for 1700 cc's and getting the gas mileage it does, it performs admirably. Fun to drive, Honda always hones in driving responses (gearbox, steering etc) which make them fun to drive, not a chore. For the enthusiast, these aren't cheap to make "fast", but they're awesome cars for suspension modification. This hugely improves the fun to drive element (at the cost of ride quality, of course).
The ability to tilt AND retract the moonroof glass is a welcome feature and is often overlooked.
Trunk pop button on the keyless fob, it's truly maddening not having one. And something else to tack to the MSRP, EX trim on ANY model in the lineup should have steering wheel mounted audio controls, IMO.