Honda Civic Reviews from Poland

1997 Honda Civic VTI 1.8

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 1.8 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Summary:

Very very good

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Engine first. You wouldn't believe how rapidly mere 1.8 could fly if you didn't spend days or hours driving it. There is astonishing response both in terms of speed and sound when you fully open throttle ex 1,2, 3rd gears. Drive it along the wall or in the tunnel, push hard and what happens around 5800 rpm and higher will smash you. The sound brings to mind subaru`s boxers along with highly vibrating string. LSD is good addition, lets corner bends effortlessly with steady control and power transmitted more to outward wheel. It ensures lack of under steer. Entire lack! as long as you enter corner with proper revs and feet on the pedal.

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

Review Date: 24th August, 2008

1998 Honda Civic is 1.4

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carMazda 323

Summary:

Very good car for that price

Faults:

Only one thing. Problem with starter. Honda Dealer said, that this is popular failure. It was seizing or something like that. I don't remember.

General Comments:

First of all about the engine. This engine is really noisy and the cabin isn't "soundproof". When we push the engine only to 3000rpm everything is fine, but the car is without power (max horse power is when we get 6000rpm). But when we want go "really fast" the engine must work with 4000-4500rpm and more. But then we can't say, that the engine is working silently. Anyway Civic 1.4 is still more silently than Deawoo Lanos 1.5 DOHC for example. So when we haven't much power to 3000-3500rpm and when we love dynamic driving, is good to know, that the gearbox works fantastic. The engine have sport characteristic and we could push it to 7200rpm. My still can go 175Km/h without any "fight", and my record in this car is 195km/h. 100km/h you can do in less than 12 seconds.

I use this car practically only in Warsaw, so I "know" traffic jam very well. 9 liters for 100m/h this is normal I think. On highways when I often go about 170-180km/h the petrol consumption can be really high. I think even 14l per 100km.

Handling...hmm...my previous car was Mazda 323F (pop-up lights model) and maybe that's the reason, that in my opinion handling could be better. Anyway, people says, that the car is nice to drive, and the suspension is rather stiff. In compare to my first car Citroen BX of course yes, to Lanos 5D also. Anyway we can say that, the handling is pretty well. This suspension "stiffnes" is good choice for 90KM Civic 5D.

Interior...in my opinion is very nice. Car is well equipped. Power windows and mirrors, power steering, two front air-bags. Plastic is soft, velour, wooden insertion. Very nice, well made... good point of Civic 5D. No "crickets" after 155000km.

Summary. Very well made car. Looks really nice inside and from outside. His style is timeless. Very reliable. If you can, try to buy 1.6 version (faster, but fuel consumption the same) but 1.4 also isn't bad. Maybe isn't "silent master" but engine noise in upper revs range is even nice. If you don't like to change gears... maybe this car isn't for you. But the engine like I said have "sport" characteristic. Good for tuners I think. The version after lifting (1997) are better made, and have doors "strengthening". Service is very good, but not specially cheap in Poland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2003

1996 Honda Civic Hatchback CX

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 kilometres
Most recent distance70000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

Good car, but overhyped

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This is an excellent car, low maintenance cost; reliable etc. However it a bit overhyped. It gets really noisy on the highway, especially past 120km/h. I had a Corolla before and it was way better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th November, 2001

27th May 2004, 13:33

I have 96 hatchback and do have to agree that they do get really noisy on the highway, but I wouldn't trade my Civic for any other auto.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 3 reviews