2004 Honda Civic Value Package 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
I bought this car new in 2004, and it is probably the best car I have owned to date. It has been very reliable, as I have only done the usual routine maintenance (wipers, tires, oil changes, etc). I got the VP package with manual locks and crank windows (less to go wrong- not that it probably would). The 5 speed trans. makes it fun to drive. Power seems on par or better than other 4 cyl. economy-minded models. Buying price was maybe a tad higher than some competing models, but the lack of repair costs and the great fuel economy have long since justified the price! MPG of 35-42 is about the usual for me. I do tilt the seat back a bit, as I'm 6'5" and 250 lbs. Great car though!
Styling, zippy power, smooth manual trans., good gas mileage, typical Honda quality, easy maintenance (I do it myself)
more aggressive stock tires, interior a bit cramped for several (bigger) people