I previously owned a 2004 manual Civic, which was a fantastic car that never had any problems. But I've had number of small problems with my 2007 Civic in just the first 18 months of ownership, and I fear these are signs of larger problems down the road. The A/C broke, driver-side sun visor broke, water-pump had a recall and needed to be replaced, and the car almost didn't start after sitting for just two days recently in 30 degree weather. I plan to trade this car within the next month or so.
Bigger engine than the 2004 model for better acceleration; easy to read speedometer; good sized trunk
Put smaller pieces of hard plastic on the interior, fix the sun visors, ensure AC and water pump don't have engineering defects