Honda Civic Reviews from Japan

2001 Honda Civic RS Sedan 1.7 VTEC

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.7 VTEC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired16000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Good, reliable, attractive styling, solidly-built, but suspension disappointing

Faults:

Driver's seat rocks slightly. I had it tightened once, but the problem has gradually returned.

There's an occasional clunking sound coming from the right side suspension when I go over a pothole. I've heard about problems with the struts on this model. Might be the cause.

General Comments:

I've been quite happy with this car, but the ride and handling is worse than the previous models.

This is my fourth Civic. Without a doubt this one has the best fit and finish. It feels refined and solid. However, the ride and handling on the previous Civic I owned (1995) was definitely better.

My car is a Ferio RS (1.7 litre VTEC), a model built for the Japanese and Asian markets.

Everything else about the car is good. I'm very particular about rattles and squeaks, and this one has few.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2005

24th Sep 2005, 20:02

I have the same car and am very happy with it - but curious about your comment.

I too noticed that the ride on the RS is stiffer than other Civics I've driven, but I assumed that that's because the RS is a performance version of the car, and therefore had harder springs. Because of the extra power - and since it's a JDM model - some of the internals on the RSs are different from the the regular civics, aren't they?

It would be nice if someone knowledgeable could comment on this.

1994 Honda Civic Bali 1340

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1340 Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired32000 miles
Most recent distance42000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Later model Civics just haven't made the grade. European cars are miles ahead

Faults:

Failed emissions test.

Uses excessive fuel for such a car (30-32mpg).

Power steering pump leaked oil.

Poor performance.

General Comments:

Ventilation in the car is very poor, especially on a warm day on the motorway. Heater controls & window winder heavy.

A lot of cost cutting evident in the build quality. Noisy on the motorway & poor seats. Nice to drive & a nice looker though.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th August, 2000

15th Feb 2001, 07:44

I also have a 1994 Civic Bali, although I drive it quite hard, I routinely get 45 mpg and have not had to replace any parts except tyres and the exhaust in 42,000 miles.

8th Apr 2001, 17:47

Changing the plugs and Re-setting the ECU make a huge difference to fuel consumption on all Honda (Computer-Controlled) Engines.

10th Oct 2002, 09:15

I own a Civic Bali as well and I too receive better mpg then the review states.

For a 1.3 engine it is fairly powerful and I'd recommend one to any new driver.

The best thing is you can easily fit 17 inch alloy wheels on and still lower it.

I my self have BK 299 17 inch alloys on mine and it looks sweet!

28th Apr 2004, 10:05

I bought a second hand Civic Bali (1994 1.4) in 2000. It has been completely reliable, only ever had to replace the tyres, passed MOT every year with no failures, great to drive, looks good, and economical to run.

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews