This is the best car I have ever owned, and I have owned several. I bought it due to the gas mileage and reliability and it has held up its end of the deal. I continually get low 40s MPG. I now have 315,000 miles on it and I have only had to replace an alternator (@ 250k). It still has its original clutch! The only thing I have had to do for this car, besides the alternator, is routine maintenance and put gas in it. I still trust it to get me anywhere.... long or short distance. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this car!
large trunk; roomy passenger area; driver's seat arm rest; excellent gas mileage; handles well
Not a single thing can be improved. The car is absolute perfection.
2002 Honda Civic EX 2dr Coupe w/Side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 4A)
I bought this car with 130k on it and it now has 144k(second car). Now that I gave my sister my car, this will be driven a lot more. I really like the exterior and interior design of the coupe. It's sleek and has a crazy amount of room for a coupe. The only complaint is that it doesn't have an armrest, with the storage compartment. I have replaced the A/C compressor, oxygen sensor, front rotors and brakes, ball joints, control arms, swaybar links, and battery. All parts were cheap because it's a Honda. I don't hold the repairs against the car because these are all parts expected to go after 11 years. It drives very nice and is comfortable. My cousin has the same one, with over 230k.
Had this car for 2 years now - I drive it tough, on tough roads (NYC, dirt roads..) I can accelarate as fast as I need - even though I must use low gears & push it, she goes! Now 86K and still sounds great.
Cup holder in cool place - up front against dash.
// Roomy trunk.
Nice simple design on dashboard.
Spark plugs very easy to access.
WISH it had a 6th gear.
I know it would be weak, but cruising at 60mph, I can't stand the constant 3K rpm!
The seats are NOT nearly as comfy as the '97 Accord.
Too much cheap, hard plastic in cabin.
I get great gas mileage in this car... I average 30 city, 34-37 highway. I once got 40 mpg and that's going through mountain roads. The only problem is the build quality, my engine went at 85xxx then my tranny at 146xxx. I could understand the engine because at the time I was doing deliveries with the car plus it was an unbearably hot summer. The tranny it just all of a sudden gave out without any warning. I've read from other sources that many people have this problem with the early 2000 civics (bad trannies).
2002 Honda Civic EX 4dr Sedan w/Side Airbags (1.7L 4cyl 5M)
The Honda Civic is one of the best expressions of the economy sedan. The basic concept of offering as much room as possible to the passengers, while also providing fuel economy and nimbleness is well served by the Honda Civic.
The best feature is the overall nimbleness of the vehicle and the flexibility of the engine.
This car is great fun to drive.
It feels light and responsive, so drivers don't feel intimidated or disconnected, rather they feel in control and involved.
The engine compartment is cramped and this leaves very little room for the home mechanic or frugal owner to affect many repairs.
The replacement parts from the dealer are also very expensive (e.g. a replacement Honda alternator is >$500 at the dealer). The vehicle also is made of thin body panels which results in many dents and dings. Unfortunately making these panels more robust would sacrifice the great nimbleness of the vehicle.
One improvement that may have been addressed in later models is the noise and vibration abatement.
The 2002 model year does suffer from much "buzz" in the passenger compartment which can be tiring after an hour in the driver's seat.