I have owned this car for 17 months. During that time, I have had to have a windshield seal reglued, the fuel sensor replaced, the cruise control unit replaced, the sunroof control unit replaced, and most recently, the gauges replaced. The gauges were replaced this week and the odometer now reads 100+ miles. Honda told me yesterday that they cannot reset it to the actual mileage--very annoying. I guess I'm supposed to live with this even though the car is under warranty. I'm not happy, and I still don't know yet if my low-fuel light problem has been fixed so that I actually can know when I need gas without tracking my mileage with the tripometer.
interior design and comfort.
Fix the low-fuel light so that it is reliable. Mine comes on anywhere from between fumes in the tank (less than a gallon) and 4 gallons in the tank.
Decided to try a Honda sedan after racking up over 235,000 miles on my 1993 Toyota pickup. Based on past performance and reliability, this looked like the perfect runner. I was not disappointed as the 1.7 is peppy when combined with the 5-speed--and gets about 30 mpg around town. All controls are easy to reach. Dash lights are great since you can adjust independently with and without the headlights on. Stereo is of excellent quality. Fold down seats are a bonus when extra room is needed for cargo. Suspension is solid and surprising-- doesn't feel like a typical subcompact. Front seats are slightly cramped but not uncomfortable. Seats have good support for long drives.
Peppy engine, solid brakes, dual trip meters, adjustable dash lights, reasonably smooth suspension, and effortless shifting of the 5-speed transmission.
Make vehicle slightly wider to eliminate cramped feeling up front. Perhaps a 6-speed transmission would help compensate for low shift points and allow better cruising at freeway speeds.
I bought a Honda after having American made cars. I had heard about the reliability and higher resale of Japanese cars and decided that I wanted some of that after having a few lemons. I have not been disappointed! My Civic is great. I drive about 32K per year, and since I spend so much time in my car, I needed one that would be reliable, comfortable, and get great gas mileage. My Civic is all of these. Plus, it looks great!
Sunroof, stereo, GAS MILEAGE, styling, handling, reliability. I love almost everything about this car.
The power moonroof switch is a little awkward to locate, as is the main Cruis on/off switch. They are both to the lower left and difficult to see, especially when driving.