The paint WILL fade on this car as part of the manufacturer paint recall and they will only pay 25% to help you fix this problem even though you bought this car from HONDA! They told me it was 2 years past warranty and "I was lucky that they were even helping cover the cost to repair the paint at all". The service is ridiculous, I highly suggest you buy your car from a manufacture that actually takes responsibility for a known defect in the car.
I'd call this gem a little Mercedes if I didn't know better, but its better than any Mercedes. With 209,000 miles, I have never replaced anything except the tires (Kumho Solus) at 106,000 and 195,000 miles, the brakes once at 113,000 miles and the ac clutch coil & compressor at ~165,000 ($2,500 combined cost). That's it. Going mostly hwy miles between 65 and 85 mph, I average 39 mpg. The car is deceptively fast when you need it and feels safe at speed. With the manual, it seems you can go from 65 to 95 in seconds. Only gripes: It is not great in snow. Some of the power door locks don't work, I've disabled them all. Uses about 2 quarts of oil in between 9,000 mile oil changes and the most annoying thing: the radio volume goes up & down with your speed and I cannot find a way to fix that.
This review will be a little biased as I've always been a Honda owner. My previous car was a 1986 Honda Accord DX Sedan which saw me through my college years. Had it not been for me totaling my 86 Accord at an intersection, I'd probably still be driving it. It passed on at about 375000 miles. I purchased my 2008 Civic LX Sedan at the end of 2008. It currently has 150000 miles on the odometer which means it's just starting to stretch it's legs in Honda terms. So far I've had to replace the starter which, because my car was under warranty, was replaced by the dealer. Other than that all I have to say is that the car is very reliable, comfortable, and moderately fuel efficient. I say moderately fuel efficient because today's cars are very fuel efficient with the introduction of hybrid and electric cars to the market. Those that complain about the car's lack of performance need to take a hard look at themselves in the mirror and ask, 'are you an idiot?' If you want to own a Civic and want performance, it's called the Si model. Every other model other then the Si is built for fuel efficiency. Great car, tough to beat compared to it's competitors, great value, absolutely the best bang for your buck.