Bought mine in 2009 for $7500 and 140,000 miles on the odometer. Now it has almost 200,000 miles and not a sneeze!
The 1.3L engine is a little slow even with electric assist, but not as bad as most people think. I have no trouble merging on highway. Going up a long stretch of highway need to move to the slow lane, esp. after all the battery capacity is drained.
Without A/C, the average gas mileage is pretty good, hovering between 44 to 50 MPG. In the summer, however, when it is hot outside, A/C can sap gas mileage, esp. on short local trips. On longer trips, the A/C does not drain as much energy because once the interior cools down, the A/C is not engaged as frequently.
I really like manual transmission, and have a small family to haul. This is the best combination of gas mileage, fun factor, practicality and cost.
More efficient A/C compressor. This car has a mechanical (not electric) A/C compressor that requires the gas engine running. But it is a decade old technology, probably still pretty good and competitive compared to other cars of the same age.
Bought this car just over a year ago with 90000km on it. Now has 120000km mostly highway gets around 43 mpg. It's just a base model with 5spd stick. Work really good. Had to timing chain replaced at 95k as well as serpentine belts should be replaced every 100k. Have also replace break lines and Oil pan at Around 110k. Also just replace alternator witch is a common thing for Honda. Changed out spark plugs
And oil every 5k. Over all this car is a good reliable car no complaints mechanical wise runs like a top . As far as the interior seats are alittle stiff but are manageable. It's a fun little car and with today's gas prices I would recommend anyone of this car.
Standard transmission .4 cylinder engine.small tire size
Not so stiff seats.seats don't slide back enough. Brighter headlights.
A/c in all models
2005 Honda Civic EX Special Edition 2dr Coupe (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
I sold my beloved and trusty 2000 Civic EX for this p.o.s. in 2011. The 2005 EX SE came with 24K miles on it.
At 68,000 miles (2012) with the heat on vent... heat ceases, cold air starts, temperature spikes high, heat comes back on, and gauge drops. The thermostat has been replaced twice. The coolant system has been flushed multiple times. The sensors have been replaced. The radiator, water pump, and timing belt have been replaced. Next thing to try = head gasket. After contacting Honda directly this year, I was told that a product update was given on '05/'06 Civic radiators, but "oops sorry" any manufacturer replacement of parts ran out in 2011. -_- Very, very disappointing!
I would suggest having a coolant system that works. Why does the air conditioner compressor turn on when the defroster is on?!
There's an AC on/off button for that reason.
There's no need to make the engine work harder just to defrost my windshield.
Just like everything...a brand going downhill due to cheap shortcuts and shoddy workmanship.
Also, there is less leg room in the 2005 compared to the 2000.
I'm 5'10" so a couple of inches makes a differences. Stopping making dashboards so dam.n intrusive.
2005 Honda Civic Value Package 4dr Sedan w/Front side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
I have an 05 Van and Civic.
I have been disappointed by both.
The van is below average and poorly reviewed in the van section.
I wrote honda and they did not stand behind their product.
My Civic has been steady, but the road noise is terrible.
I am really starting to hate this car and Honda.
If you buy one get earplugs.