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Honda Civic (coupe/hatchback)



  • This is a great site! I used to drive a 1990 Honda Accord LX and just sold it with 287,800 miles on it. My friend however still has her accord with 340,000 miles on it. I used to drive my old car between 65 and 70 MPH and let me tell you it is no fun while everybody pass you on the left.
    Heck, I even have a trucker pass me on the freeway. In the last 100 thousand miles or so I began driving 80 mph constantly on my Accord. I got around 26 to 27 miles a gallon on the old car.
    Now with my new Civic 2001 I am driving it a little bit harder. I guess I am used to the fast speed.
    Say anyone here is experience with a hard start up? I mean when I turn the key the engine will not turn over till the 3rd try. I can hear the alternator cranking but the engine will not fire up. I also have to add 1 quart to my coolant reservoir since I got the car 3 weeks ago. I hope I don't have a coolant leak somewhere. I am paying close attention to the coolant reservoir to see if i need to add more in the next couple of week.
  • mpgmanmpgman Posts: 723
    I'm looking at Accord and Civic along with the VW Golf in diesel and gas variety. What kind of mileage do you get with your Civic? Auto or 5 speed? Which model? Thanks.
  • I am driving a 2001 Honda Civic LX / auto/ 4 doors. The sticker on the window when I bought it new it say 38 MPG on highway. It depends on how you drive it too. There are several earlier post in here that talk about how much MPG they got with their civics.
    I only use Shell 87 Octane on my car. So far my average is between 36 to 37.5 MPG and I only drive about 90% to 95% on highway. (210 miles a day commuting). The rest is just city street.
    Hope this help mpgman!
  • scoppascoppa Posts: 1
    I just bought a 97 Honda Civic EX last week and am regretting it. It seems to get poor gas mileage (around 22) and doesn't have much pick-up (its automatic and I'm used to manual). I used to have a CRX that I loved and ran into the ground, but this seems like a different breed. I'm thinking about turning around and selling it and buying a VW golf. Anyone have any comments?
  • carladycarlady Posts: 35
    We have a topic to help answer that very question: VW Golf or Honda Civic DX HatchBack. See you there!

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  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    That sounds pretty low. It 's very possible it needs a tune-up?
  • Which Golf model are you talking about? What's your price range? If you want to zip around, you'd have to get at least the 1.8 turbo. This one can get expensive.
  • If I were going to buy a used civic...1996 and later...what would you recommend? And how much should I be paying?
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    It all depends on the mileage. Go look at the kelley blue book prices on line (forget the url). If you want a little pep go for the EX model but you can't go wrong with the DX or LX. They 're all very dependable. I got a '97 DX HB with 121k mi. and I beat on the car a lot. Kelley blue book says about $5400 retail for good condition (not excellent) and $4200 dealer trade-in. Expect to pay $7-8k for a '96-97 DX/LX (106hp) coupe/sedan with around 60k mi. EX (127hp) would be around $8500-9500 but that baby will run like new. Try not to go to a dealer to buy one. Look in the paper and buy from the original owner if you can. If you go to the dealer make sure you come down at least $1,000 from the asking price because they 're ripoffs.
  • If anyone is interested, I unfortunantly must sell my 2000 DX hatchback. I can't afford the loan. :-(

    It is black, 5-speed, AC, Pioneer CD, has 18,100 highway miles (99% are highway) and the remainder of the warranty.

    I am asking $12,000.
    You can e-mail me at if you are interested, or just post here.

    I don't want to get rid of it; I love the car, but must pay off loans.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    That's what I got, my mine is a '97 black 5sp w/AC. Got 122k miles on it with no problems so I can attest to its reliability. I 'm still on the original rear brakes and have only done 1 tune-up at 80k mi. I 've replaced the front brake pads once at 83k mi. The muffler and axle back pipe will probably be the next maintenance item but they have about another 10k mi. to go before they get bad. The CAT-back pipe is still in very good condition which surprises me since it's not stainless steel but regular steel and I thought it would 've rusted by now. A new battery is probably another thing I should replace (still good though) but these are regular maintenance items that most cars have gone through already if they had 122k mi. on them like mine.
  • You may want to try marketplace to list your vehicle for free.


  • WOW. dealership service centers have the propensity to SUCK in the biggest way. what a bunch of liars.

    I called the Honda dealership in Newton Mass, and they wanted to charge me $380 for 30,000 mile service (as recommended in the owner's manual).

    I wound up going to the Honda dealership in Everett Mass, and paid $280.

    I had 98 Honda Civic DX hatch back.

    The thing was absolute piece of junk. The clutch gave out twice in 5 months (my 78 Camaro Z28 has the origional clutch). The hood vibrated at idle. The dash rattled around like an old K-car. Fit and finish is very poor. The seats were very uncomfortable for long rides. The gas mileage on the highway is terriable if you go over the speed limit. The driver's door stopped working. Engine started making strange noises. There was more but I think you get the idea. Traded in the piece of junk after just 6 months to get 96 Ford Mustang GT which has be very reliable transportation but a little expensive on the gas. Don't get suckered by the over rated reputation for quality.
  • I have a 99 Civic Hatchback, it's my second Civic Hatchback, and it's the BEST car I've ever owned.

    NOTHING rattles or vibrates

    GREAT MPG, especially highway driving at 70mph.

    The driver's door works fine.

    My first Civic went 150,000 on ONE CLUTCH

    The seats are very comfortable

    Fit and Finish are top quality

    The engine is smooth and quiet

    z28man, I think you must have purchased a rare lemon.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,593
    Never heard of ANY of his complaints. Probably a Honda hater who has never owned one.
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    a Honda hater. To have all those problems with a Honda in 6mos is just mind boggling unless that car had fallen off a crane or the truck that transported it, then I guess it would be possible.
    2 clutches in 5mos? what a joke, yeah right. How do you switch from a 4cyl 106hp Civic HB to a '96 Mustang GT 215hp? com'on..

    I have a '97 DX HB with 123k mi. on it. I bought the car new 4yrs and 2mos ago.

    I have the original Clutch and original everything.

    The only things that are not original are:

    Spark plugs, air filter, distributor cap, rotor and wires, timing belt (at 91k mi.), some hoses, front brakes and tires. All maintenance stuff. Still on the original rear brakes and battery! The only repair was an electronic speed sensor that went at 83k mi. and was covered under the extended warranty.

    Gas mileage: 34-36 at 60-70mph, 32-34 at 70-80mph. I once got 38mpg on a long trip driving at 59-60mph and not a mile over that. I did get 30mpg once but I was averaging 90mph on the highway and gunned it at stop lights and abusing the car. I was actually trying to see what the worst gas mileage would be.. :)
    The seats are fine IMO but they use some more padding. I think it's more our bodies and backs that can't take sitting in the same position for many hours. I 've driven in older and cheaper cars for 5-6hrs straight without getting out of the car and I had no problems because I was younger, now 10-15yrs later my back is not the same anymore. I had to stop and stretch my back every couple of hours on the trip to Atlantic City (Casinos) in my brother's '01 Impala and I thought the seats were really nice and comfortable. Now I know it's me and not the car seats.
  • rae52rae52 Posts: 99
    I have 35k miles on my '99 Civic DX hatch, 5spd.
    It is absolutely the best car and best Honda I've owned to date.

    No squeaks or rattles; Clinton Honda fixed my rattle hatch last year and that was the extent of warranty work!
  • only1harryonly1harry Posts: 1,136
    I didn't have any rattles at all up until my car was in a bad accident (went over a truck's axle on the hwy going 60mph along with 11 other cars) with $5500 damage. My Civic had 50k mi. on it at the time and most of the damage was suspension and chassis damage. I have a rattle in the back that comes and goes but lately I haven't heard it at all like in the past 2-3 mos. I thought the car would develop many rattles after that accident but it didn't. The exhaust is also holding up very well now at 123k mi. Not bad at all for a regular steel exhaust.
    Excellent commuting car especially for those with long commutes like myself. Have never been stranded or broken down. I 'll probably trade it in for a '02 Civic EX or LX couple towards the end of the year or next year. There is a great possibility Honda will bring back the hatchback for '02 and in an Si flavor as well! I may even get the Si HB if it's available, depending on what the sticker is.. I 'd be happy if they just bring the Hatchback with the EX 127hp motor.
  • schragemschragem Posts: 16
    My '92 Civic VX (135k mi) is a great, great car. I just had to replace the O2 sensor, and now the mileage is back to 48 MPG on mixed (mainly hwy) driving!! It had dipped into the hi 30's, and I thought it was just getting older, but it seems that the problem was that it was burning too rich and no longer is that the case. Have had to replace only a CV joint (pothole), rear bushings, and spark plug wires as far as non-routine maintenance, and I love the styling and feel of this car. It could use a bit more oomph (95 hp), but it's still fun to drive. I hope to hang onto this car until they come out with a fuel cell car (just saw a commercial for it), which might be awhile. Don't know why they ever discontinued the VX, but I hear that there might be a hybrid Civic next year.
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