1998 Honda Civic LX 1.6L petrol d16y8


Great first car


Since we bought the car until 2005, my Dad was driving the car and he was behaving like s**t to it, constantly over revving, which caused the engine to overheat, which caused the timing cover to melt.

After this in 2009, when my mom was driving it, the head gasket blew, but although the leak was minor, we decided to replace it; after this no problems with the engine appeared, but the rear suspension started knocking at about 150k, so we replaced it recently, which made the car great again.

General Comments:

I drive the car now and it's just mint; you can't really get something a lot better generally for this amount of money.

I wouldn't recommend to do 20k kilometers a year and harass the engine, but if you drive it nicely and you take a good care of it, it will give 300-400k kilometers easily.

Instead of getting a Civic I would recommend you a Mitsubishi Colt of the same year or a Peugeot 106 of the same year as well; if you want speed but lower reliability, go for the Peugeot. If you look for price, go for the Colt, and ultimate reliability, price and performance will give you the Civic.

I got it when it had 190000km on the odometer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th December, 2016

2007 Honda Civic LS 1.8


The most uncomfortable car I have ever owned


Absolutely nothing, no rattles, squeaks, everything works exactly as it did when the car was first delivered nearly 3 years ago.

General Comments:

Although this must be the most reliable car that I have ever owned, it is also the most uncomfortable as well! Any medium or long journey is painful, my passengers also complain about the hard unforgiving seats, especially in the back.

The car is too low and difficult to get into, especially if parked by the kerb.

The boot is far too small, and cannot accommodate two medium size hardshell suitcases.

I solved the tyre noise problem which so many people have commented on - I changed to GoodYear EfficientGrip, and now the car is more economical as well.

I have owned this car from new and disliked when I first drove it on a long journey after it was delivered. I thought that I would get used to it eventually, but unfortunately this has not happened, and now I can't wait to get rid of it!

Maybe this is a young person's car, with its good acceleration and sporty looks. This is not a car you should buy if you consider comfort a priority.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 13th July, 2010

13th Jul 2010, 22:39

This question has to be asked:

"Why buy a car that you were not 100% happy with after test driving it?"

15th Jul 2010, 02:11

You're right of course concerning your comment on the test drive. A "test drive" in Israel usually means a 10 - 15 minute short run. I have learned my lesson. Next time I will hire or borrow the model that I wish to purchase, and try it out for at least a day, including a fairly long journey.

2007 Honda Civic ES 1.8


Good average car


Automatic window got stuck once when I parked the car near a forest.

Brakes don't always react good.

The plastic in the left side of the car peeled.

Beside that, everything works good.

The safety is average, cause I had a car accident once, and got all my back of the car destroyed, but still the car moved on.

General, the stuff that the car made is average.

General Comments:

Nice, fast enough, very economical, and head turn around car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2009

2007 Honda Civic LS 1.8


Good, but not as good as a Corolla


Like my previous Toyota Corolla, nothing has gone wrong, and I don't expect it will.

General Comments:

I traded in my previous Toyota Corolla after 110,000 trouble free kilometers, I have only had the Civic a month, but I can't help comparing it with my previous Corolla.

There are two bugs with the Civic which make me sorry that I bought it, firstly - that handbrake! What a silly place to put it, it digs into my leg, and makes any journey for over a half an hour a real pain (literally).

Secondly, the lack of leg room for the front passenger, the front passenger foot-well is much shorter than the drivers side. Consequently, my average height wife has to push her seat right back to get comfortable, so there is no room for a passenger in the back! Also it is difficult to open the front glove box all the way without banging ones knees.

I don't agree with other writers concerning the noise, my car is very quiet, except for some tyre roar, which I expect to eliminate by changing those horrible Bridgestone tyres for Michelin.

The seats are reasonably comfortable if a little hard, most Japanese cars have hard seats especially compared to European ones, but I find that the Civic seats are harder and less comfortable than my previous Corolla's.

The Civic is certainly a faster car, with much better acceleration, and with discs brakes all around, ABS, EDB, traction control, & 4 airbags fitted as standard, I certainly feel safe!

The sound system, and air-conditioning are good, and

I also enjoy driving this Civic more than the Corolla, but it is not as comfortable, especially on longer journeys.

I am still annoyed with Toyota for not producing their european Corolla & Auris with a standard automatic gearbox, which forced me to by the Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 20th September, 2007

20th Sep 2007, 20:44

I own a 2000 Civic and I think it is better than a Corolla. Hands down!

12th Oct 2007, 22:55

I drove a Civic the other day and I hurt myself getting in that small car! Nothing is in right place if you are a big guy. The Corolla was much nicer to drive and very fast. The Civic is just a plain car without much real thought or consideration for passengers. It's as reliable as the Corolla, but not as comfortable. Nor does the Civic get as good gas mileage. Most people have to put on a big tin can muffler on their Civic to get any kind of power from it. The Civic was never meant to be a comfortable car, they just made it super light to make it as fast as possible. The Corolla is far safer, it doesn't crush as much in the test crashes you find on You Tube. I'm sure this guy will eventually sell the Civic and buy a Corolla... read between the lines!

3rd Dec 2007, 03:33

To comment #3

RHD Civics have the same problem with the handbrake. Honda put that stupid handbrake lever on the right-hand side of the gear lever.

21st Jun 2008, 01:46

Civic used to be somewhat sporty with their reclining, contoured bucket seats and double wishbone, ground hugging suspension and low clearance. On long trips, the seats fit like a glove, and the car just seemed to glide effortlessly over pavement to the tune of 50+mpg. The huge front windshield gives a very clear view of the entire road in front, and I felt in control of the world. A true joy to drive!

Honda have lost something very important, and you'll be very hard-pressed to find it with any vehicle manufacturer nowadays. That's because they're all trading simplicity and reliability in favor of more useless luxury features and needless fluff. But then, isn't that what the American people demand?

1991 Honda Civic ex 1.6 SOHC non vtec


I used to love her, but I had to sell her :- (


Main relay is a problem at all civics when they get old. it is fixable for a few bucks.

The a/c is not good enough.

This car never stops.

Nothing, but the main relay went wrong.

General Comments:

Engine is very good and like high rpm.

Oem shocks are not so good, have to be replaced for good handling.

Very fast and fun to drive, never breaks down and never needs a tow truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th October, 2005

2002 Honda Civic ex 1.6 petrol


Nothing like the 1992 civic we had before


Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

The radio cum clock cum alarm often gets out of kilter and readjustment is awkward and lengthy.

General Comments:

The civic drives like a crate, no oomp and no spirit; it essentially feels brain dead.

The car is relatively low, getting in and out requires effort you feel lower on the road than you really are.

All electronics are somehow centered around the radio and make the adjustments quite unpleasant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004