1992 Honda Civic Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1992 Honda Civic 1.5 non VTEC

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.5 non VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Prelude

Summary:

Best car for the price!

Faults:

Brake light needed replacement ($5).

Head lamp needed replacement ($20).

General Comments:

Bought the base model for 1992. No frills. Cheap to run, but gutless as you'd expect from a 1.5 non VTEC. I'm happy with this car for what I paid for it. Has never given me any major issues, despite my mechanic suggesting the car might not have had any servicing since coming from Japan. (many years ago) So easy to drive, doesn't blow smoke or make funny noises.

Cons:

- Seats are uncomfortable, get a sore back on long trips.

- Slow (but to be expected with the engine size).

- Not a cool looking car.

Pros:

- Cheap to run.

- Easy to drive.

- Lots of space (including the boot).

- Easily the best car I could buy for the cash I had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2012

1992 Honda Civic GL 1.5

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres

Summary:

Great economic car

Faults:

Engine started eating through the oil at 200000.

Cold start problems.

High idle on cold starts.

Rocky seats.

Seats foam wore out on drivers seat bolsters.

Rocky head rests.

General Comments:

This car was great. I owned it for a year and did not give me any major problems. The problems listed above (except for the oil one) were fixed by my mechanic as the GL was a carby and needed adjustments done to it.

The engine started eating oil I believe due to myself stupidly using an engine flush, thinking it would do good for my aging engine. Instead my engine was never the same again.

The car was very spacious for its size, however it had a tiny boot. You could seat people in the back comfortably. I replaced the front seats with Delsol seats, which fixed all the seat problems.

I recommend buying an EG Civic, however I do think if I was to buy another one, I would try to find a fuel injected one (less maintenance).

Strangely, the car never seemed to use any more petrol regardless as to if I drove it hard or like a grandma. I consistently got 500km+ per 35L.

The shape of the car has aged extremely well, so prices have stayed high for its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th April, 2010

1992 Honda Civic Breeze Hatch 1.3 Twin Carby

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.3 Twin Carby Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance200013 kilometres

Summary:

Great car, especially as a first car, really enjoy it, and I'd recommend it to anyone!!

Faults:

Bought the car from a dodgy bloke, so I expected things to go wrong, and so far I've replaced:

- Right hand outer CV joint.

- Right hand boot rack.

- Re-do the oil injectors.

- Re-wired headlights.

General Comments:

- Great handling.

- Quick acceleration.

- Damn good when it comes to hand-braking around corners.

- Not the best car to drive along freeways and highways, as the sound can become quite annoying, and I got a full exhaust system installed, which doesn't exactly help with the noise on the longer roads.

- Really fun car to drive... each time I drive it, it's like a new adventure, really enjoy this car.

- There's a fair few modifications available for it, and as I'm into the looks of the car, these cars are really nice to do up, although it does cost quite a bit of money, and aftermarket body parts aren't all that easy to get around to.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th April, 2009

1992 Honda Civic mx 1.5 vtec

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 vtec Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired133000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Prairie

Summary:

The most fun car I have owned

Faults:

Wheel alignment go out easily.

Smokes bit.

Uses oil.

General Comments:

Not built for comfort, but for a 1.5lt.

The car will wind off the clock at 195kms.

Do 46 to 50 miles to the gallon.

Climbs hills like a v8.

I will be buying another when this one dies.

Corners well, but will swap ends down hill under heavy breaking in the wet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2004

1992 Honda Civic SiR 1.6 DOHC VTEC

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 kilometres
Most recent distance135000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Cheap way to smoke the road

Faults:

Rumbling plastic noise coming from the rear mirror.

Shock absorbers give a knocking sound, but my mechanic couldn't find any fault in the shocks.

Wheel arches too small for 16 inches tyres. You will need low profile ones to overcome that problem.

General Comments:

Considering the displacement and the cost, DOHC VTEC is a brilliant way to go fast.

A tiny Civic is more spacious than a Skyline GTR!

Fuel saving at low rev.

However, auto transmission and VTEC is a bad combo.

Loose plastic sounds and a "weak" chassis is a common problem in Civic hatchback. My previous Civic had the same noise.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd June, 2002

26th Aug 2002, 08:22

16inches are not standard wheels, Honda Si and SiRs came with 14inch wheels. If this car was bought in Australia it certainly was not sold by Honda Australia as only the Si model was sold here.

24th Sep 2008, 16:29

There is no need to go larger than 15" with this car.

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 5 reviews