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Honda Civic

jilldjilld Posts: 5
edited March 2014 in Honda
Around for 20 years, the Civic is the best selling hatchback of all

What do you think of yours? Or are you considering buying one?

Tell us what you think!


  • I have a '93 Civic CX hatchback - the car is really great! Very reliable! It has 125,000 miles so far (most highway) and no problems!

    When I first got Homer the Honda, the only maintenence I knew how to do myself was change the oil - over the years, I have greatly improved (with the help of some books and my brother-in-law). Some of the more advanced jobs I have undertaken: changed the timing belt and water pump, the "B" pipe (part of the exhaust system), flushed the brake fluid - and of course, also changed spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor, alternator belt, fuel filter, engine coolant, air filter, headlights, ...

    I am no true mechanic - If I can learn to do these things, so can you.
  • I got a 1886 honda civic. Now it has 167000 miles on it, still runs great.
  • Better keep that car, it's already a collector's item! :)
  • zedorzedor Posts: 3
    Its a good car but lacking in power and options
  • rwongrwong Posts: 2
    We purchased a 1996 CX hatchback. It is rock solid, sticks to the road like glue, and has great gas mileage to boot!
  • pbarkpbark Posts: 1
    My new Honda Civic had been plagued with noise problems. The car makes more rattles than my friend's Saturn for starters. Under hard breaking, the car will make craking sounds which send shivers up my spine. The heater also comtributes to the cars horendous symphony of noise. It will make jingling noises whenever the car is in cold weather with its heater on. Those of you thinking about buying a Civic hatchback should seriously reconsider. Personally I would buy the new Saturn coupe rather than this overpriced Japanese Jingler.
  • rwongrwong Posts: 2
    To pbark..... I am not sure what the problem is with you Civic? Our 1997 hatchback is dead quite on the road. The build quality is much better than
    any of the other cars we looked at Neon, Tercel...
    And no I don't work for or sell Honda's. I would buy another one of these in a minute! The gas mileage is amazing considering the power in the 5 speed.
  • abbaabba Posts: 17
    I have owned 2 civic hatchbacks. Both have been
    reliable, economical, and fun to drive. The new
    civic hatchbacks (1996-present) lack the sporty
    handling of the older ones.
  • leifleif Posts: 41
    I bought a Civic DX in 1985 for $6700, and my sister still drives it--270,000 miles on the car! Just one clutch and the engine has never been opened deeper than the valve-cover gasket.
    How much more can you love that?
  • I hear this again and again: happy Honda Civic owners! I'm a happy Volkswagon Golf owner, but you guys are making me think I might want to think again!
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Right. Leif's got a 1986 CRX si with a wishbone break and he wants to know if it is worth salvaging the engine to put in his sister's 1985 Civic which is tooling along at over 270,000 miles.

    Here's a couple things to check: Was there a major model change between 1985 & 86? If so, that might make this more difficult. Next, check the wiring harnesses in both cars to make sure they are alike (or at least similar). If not, hmmmm, might be a no go.

    What do you think, folks? Can this puppy be saved?
    Has anyone tried this at home?
  • Hi folks!

    I'm thinking of buying a used 1995 Honda Civic 3 door hatchback. This is my first car and I need something that's inexpensive, easy to maintain, reliable, and has a long life. Do any of you know how much mileage a Honda hatchback can have? Is it reliable? How long can it last? How many miles can one gallon of gas take you? Are there any drawbacks? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Welcome! We're glad you found us. If you haven't already, you may want to take a look at our on-site information for that model and year.

    We own a '91 Honda CRX and it has way more than 100,000 miles and we get 40 miles per gallon. It has been a good car for us.

    Calling all lurkers... What has your experience been?
  • leifleif Posts: 41
    bubbles--you couldn't make a more intelligent choice for economical reliable transportation, see my previous post regarding 270,000 miles! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY :-)
  • Thanks to Carlady and Leif for responding so quickly. I took the hatchback out for a test drive today. Everything seemed to work ok--however, there's one thing that I'm really worried about. There seemed to be this strange smell that was coming from the driver's side. It smelled like gas but I'm not sure since this is my first car and I'm not sure what's normal or not. But there was some strange fuel odor that would come and go. The odor was there whether or not the heater or A/C was turned on. Do any of you know what this could be? Is it serious? Is this a potential problem waiting to happen? Should I stop thinking about buying this particular car? The car has about 28,000 miles on it. None of the warning signals came on because of the smell. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  • leifleif Posts: 41
    I'd get it checked. (I've often regretted not having a car checked by a mechanic before I bought it. Costs a lot less than the trouble it saves.) In any event if it is a leak or something I'm sure it is repairable. Are you buying it from a dealership and getting a warranty? Good luck!
  • Hi!!

    My hatchback didn't work out. Now I'm thinking about buying a 1994 Civic with 49K miles. It's going for $8,990. Is 49K too much mileage for a first car that I intend to keep for a very, very long time? I've read all your above testimonials about Honda's lasting for 150-270K, but is this the norm for all Hondas? How much can I bargain the price down to?
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Hmmm, too bad about the hatchback...

    As for purchasing a used car, Bubbles, there is plenty of information on the site to help you. Start by looking at the info on the model which interests you, in this case a 1994 Honda Civic. You'll find pricing information which will help you calculate a fair price. It takes mileage and features into consideration which will help make your price more accurate.

    To arm you with the best information about how to make your purchase, take a look at our Buyers Advice area.

    Then come back and let us know what you think!
  • cashcash Posts: 1
    why is honda's rust warranty so lacking. all the other car companies, at least many, offer 6-year performation. honda's only 3. why? what's the deal with honda metal that honda cant warranty it longer. no one's come up with a satisfactory answer for me yet.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    We're not really having a contest for longest post, investor, but I'd say you have surpassed even the prolific bnormann. ;-)

    I love your description of yourself as a "spirited driver," and I'm happy to know you've been saved by your nimble Honda! It's great to hear from a man who loves his car!
  • I've got a 1992 Civic CX with 90,000 miles on it. Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it. I highly recommend these cars.
  • phlobphlob Posts: 4
    Just a gripe. I have white a 90 si hatchback. Its starting to get a bit old. I love it. why, why,why, cant honda paint another hatchback white? I love that color on that car. If they wont make me another si, then they could at least make a dx in white.
  • My 1993 Civic si is the one of the finest handling
    cars I've ever driven - and it's fast as hell! After the factory Bridgestone tires wore out, I bought a set of Pirellis. The car out corners just about everything on the road, and has a 0-60 almost as fast as a Porsche 944.

    It also has some nice non-econocar features such as a sunroof and power mirrors.

    My only gripe is that it has so much torque that rain and snow driving sometimes requires starting in 2nd gear. Well, that and too much road noice.

    At 70,000 miles, I've replaced nothing but oil and warranty parts.
  • civiccivic Posts: 1
    Anyone own the new '98 Civic Hatchback DX? I want
    to know how do you like it so far? I'm planning
    to get one real soon.
  • phlobphlob Posts: 4
    rummor around the rick case department is that honda is bringing the si/type R int the u.s. Irronically enough it comes in white with nice black molding on the sides. the japanese model has a red interior. does anybody know if this is true? the guy at one dealership thought it would be in the form of a sedan(si/sedan? huh?) and another dealer said it would be a hatchback like the one in japan. are they pulling my leg or should i just consider a dx instead of waiting for the unknown ressurection of the si hatch? anyone.. anyone?.
  • I have yet to hear anything on the return of an Si hatchback or new type R. When Honda announced that it was coming out with a new R series of all it's cars this past Summer, we just assumed that the US was included in that plan. Obviously though, none has surfaces so far and plans look bleak for any return soon. What is rumored however, is that when the new generation Civic comes out in '00, the CRX will finally return. The role of the DeLSol is being replaced by the new SSM roadster due to be unvieled this Spring. So just pray for the return of the CRX!
  • abbaabba Posts: 17
    Here is what I have heard regarding the next generation of Civics. The Type R version will
    be released in the US only as a coupe. The CRX
    replacement will be a bit higher end/priced and
    larger than the old CRX. Unfortunately, the Si
    or Type R hatchback is not planned to be available
    in the US, to my knowledge. However, it is still
    early and things may change. I'd suggest letting America Honda know of your desires. Honda is one of the few manufactures who do not provide
    a way of contacting them on their web site. Maybe
    they don't want to hear from us. That's ok, I just keep my 93' Si. Drive safely.
  • bowe2bowe2 Posts: 2
    I have a '91 Civic Si and a '91 Accord EX Wagon and the Civic is by far and away one of the best cars I've ever owned. When it dies (and it only has 83,000 miles on it now), I hope Honda has another sporty coupe that I can replace it with!!

  • alesiaalesia Posts: 1
    I'm thinking about buying a Civic hatchback but I'm worried about safety and about the space. Do the models from 1994 on have back seats that fold all the way down, making the rear compartment completely flat, or do they only squish down part of the way?
  • abbaabba Posts: 17
    To alesia:

    I own a 93 civic hatchback. In terms of safety the civic is rated as one of the safest small cars on the market. From 94 on all Honda hatchbacks came with dual airbags. As for storage, the back seat folds all the way down, making a totally flat area. Drive safely.
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