Defective engine. Dealers hid underlying problem when water pump had to be replaced 3 times for broken bolts. Bolts holding engine to chassis just dropped out. When I said there was something wrong, bolts don't just break. I was told there was nothing wrong with the bolts. They thought 130,000 miles was good for the Consumers car of the year.
Extraordinarily reliable and economical. After 193,000 miles I am getting the same gas mileage as when I bought it. Will get 33 mpg on 80 mph trips. Roomy and comfortable. Love the styling. I wish the current Civics looked this good. Very comfortable. A bit loud in the cabin at speed. Car has always been somewhat sensitive to crown of roadways and will tend to drift to lower side of canted road. Has been this way since purchase. Likely due to the aggressive steering geometry which gives the car it's sharp handling. I've improved this by using different alignment settings than the Honda recommendations. Very well made car throughout. Upholstery appears in perfect condition with no tears or visible wear after 10+ years and almost 200,000 miles. Great sound system. I highly recommend this car as a choice for a used vehicle. From what I've read, the new Civics are not providing this kind of reliability, although they surpass this model year in performance.