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.
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