1994 Honda Civic Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

1994 Honda Civic Ferio MX 1.5 petrol

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired244000 kilometres
Most recent distance248000 kilometres
Previous carFord Laser

Summary:

The best, most reliable car I have ever owned!

Faults:

Only downside is the steering wheel has faded a bit from the sun... Easy fix, buy a steering wheel cover... Sorted.

Had to get idle adjusted... was idling quite low, but has been fine ever since.

General Comments:

This is a great, reliable and seriously economical car, which is great with rising fuel prices... Will do 500-650km per 36 litres (91 Octane).

The car has never broken down and feels great to drive!

Also has plenty of power on hills, which is great considering it's the carb model, not fuel injected.

The car is also really spacious... Will seat 4-5 people comfortably...

Great for anyone wanting a cheap, low maintenance car that will stand the test of time.

Starts first time and is a definitely a keeper...

One of the cheapest cars I have ever owned... Would be the cheapest, but I've owned a Daihatsu Mira in the past, but this Civic is much better and a lot quicker!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2013

1994 Honda Civic LX

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150200 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Great little car, regret letting it go

Faults:

Nothing really, being a carbed motor needed a tune up at least once a year. Otherwise, was hard to start when warm (have heard this is a common problem with older Hondas).

Otherwise, this has been great car to us, compared to the Corolla we used to own; it gave us no more trouble than that. A bit classier than the Corolla, and generally happy with its economy and performance from a 1.5, and 7000rpm from a non-vtec engine - nuts!

General Comments:

Not bad. Paint quality is not great on these older Hondas, cheap and reliable, and being in NZ, these are a very popular choice, and parts are a plenty.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2011

1994 Honda Civic Ferio 1.5 16v

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 16v Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 kilometres
Most recent distance130920 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 33

Summary:

Fantastic car!

Faults:

Car broke down at traffic lights about 3 months ago. The engine just died and engine wouldn't turn over, turned out to be the distributor. Pretty amazing that only one break down has happened in the whole time I've owned it.

The rear window defrost button's light has died.

Gearbox sometimes has trouble getting reverse - may take a couple of attempts before engaging.

General Comments:

I had a lot of trouble parting with my last Alfa, it was so much fun to drive and make such a wonderful sound. But by the time I had finished with it, first gear was gone, second was going, and there was a lot of rust that needed fixing and would have cost thousands to get to the standard it needed to pass its WOF. So off I went to the local Honda dealer where a fresh from Japan Honda Civic was gleaming at the front of the yard. And basically it was between this Civic and a similarly specced automatic, but I insisted on the manual and haven't looked back since.

I was looking for was something that would be reliable and economical, ultimately this car has surpassed my expectations and it's amazing reliability and fuel economy make up for its deficit in character. I can easily get 500ks out 33 litres (15km per litre) of fuel with mixed driving, without even trying to drive economically. And the fact the only time I've had to take it to the garage until my break down was for scheduled servicing is just a testament to its astounding reliability.

Performance isn't that lively until you get fairly high into the rev range, but for everyday driving it's usually fine. The ride is probably my least favourite part of the car. It's O.K, but you can feel virtually every bump in the road which can get annoying.

I don't know if it's the carbed or fuel injected engine (all it says on the engine block is 16 valve), and since it doesn't say anything on the back apart from 'Ferio' I don't know which specification it is.

The only 'modern' car amenity this baby has is air conditioning. It lacks electric windows, mirrors and cup holders, but its simplicity means that there's nothing to really go wrong.

Comfort is acceptable for up to an hour, but the lack of a foot rest, and the firmness and lack of support from the seats can make your butt a wee bit sore.

I'm more than happy with this car, and will probably continue to drive it til it dies or is uneconomical to repair. Which means probably in about 50 years ;)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2008

1994 Honda Civic LX Sedan 1.5 Carbuerated Inline 4

Model year1994
Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 Carbuerated Inline 4 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired111000 kilometres
Most recent distance117000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Nice car, but not without its' flaws

Faults:

-Battery leaked acid onto the back of engine bay, caused a small bit of rust, Honda NZ fixed it for a very reasonable price.

-Gearbox is becoming increasingly hard to use, I'm dreading the day when it finally goes "BOOM."

-Timing belt is making odd noises, having a look at it tomorrow.

General Comments:

I certainly can't complain about this car, it looks nice, it handles beautifully, it's comfortable for a base model car and it has stood up to a fair bit of trashing.

My biggest complaint would have to be that for a 1994 model, my car is behind the times, it lacks Fuel injection, electric windows, Air Conditioning, Rear disc brakes and a rear anti-roll bar. All of which were fitted to the LXi (Next model up) of the same year.

The car has a serious lack of power, but the trade off is good fuel economy, though the car is neither strong nor as reliable as my old Volkswagen Jetta.

I'd recommend it only if you wanted a fuel-miser.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2005

1994 Honda Civic VTi 1.6L SOHC VTEC 4 cyl

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6L SOHC VTEC 4 cyl Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 kilometres
Most recent distance83000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corona

Summary:

Great small car without the cheap small car finish

Faults:

- Replaced leaking clutch master cylinder.

- Windscreen mould replaced.

- Driver's side door lock switch snapped.

- Rear window spoiler/high mount brake light rattles on bumpy roads.

General Comments:

- Great little car to drive. Handles well.

- Lacks low end grunt but loves to rev all the way to 7K. Great induction noise when an aftermarket air filter is added.

- Great quality finish for a small car, looks good and the shape doesn't look outdated. Also surprisingly roomy inside.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th August, 2000

7th Jun 2003, 02:56

I have just bought a 1996 Civic 1.6 VTI and it handles great.

The only problem is a bit of rattling of the Brake light.

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 5 reviews