Honda Civic Reviews from Portugal

1987 Honda Civic Shutle 1.5

Year of manufacture1987
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired70000 kilometres
Most recent distance190000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Starlet

Summary:

Very good and very cheap

Faults:

Nothing really went wrong with this car; we had the car as a second car for 16 years and it always work. In 16 years some things do go wrong like the following: The battery was replace twice, tyres replaced twice, front window replaced once, exhaust, clutch, radiator, brakes, light bulbs, oil and water. The car also had a small accident on the front whereby, this was partly replaced. For the rest the car did not have regular maintenance, only when something was broken it was taken to the garage. In 16 years it was probably in the garage 10 times.

General Comments:

It was a great car, we had taken the car to Portugal when we moved to this country in 1991, we had just owned it for 1 year and were planning to stay in Portugal for two. Plans changed and we stayed in Portugal until 2006. All this time the Honda Civic Shuttle was with us, and always worked.

I must say the car was neglected as it was always parked outside and only used to drive short distances within the city. After some years the roof started rusting and with heavy rain it got wet inside the car, but this was not a reason to stop driving it.

As the car was never imported into Portugal we drove around on foreign registration plates for 15 years and luckily were never caught as this is not allowed. The added advantage was that we stopped paying road-tax back home as this was not needed and did not have to pay in Portugal, also the yearly MOT was skipped. The annual fixed cost of this car was extremely low, only paying insurance and NEVER having mechanical problems.

When we moved back home we drove to the airport with the Honda, stopped at a car junkyard to drop of the car and catch a flight. The last week we had the car it drove 900 km and was in good working order, a strange thing to do drive to a car junkyard with a good 19 year old working car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2007

1996 Honda Civic LS VTEC 1.5 VTEC

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.5 VTEC Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance77000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Clio

Summary:

The most reliable and economic car I've ever owned

Faults:

I replaced the brake rotors with 76.000 Km as they were warped (but the brake pads were still good for at least more 30.000 km).

Some noises on the rear suspension.

General Comments:

This car is very smooth. The manual transmission, the pedals and the steering are very soft and precise.

This engine is great. If you keep it below 3000 rpm, a green light will turn on and I get about 5 to 6 liters/100 km.

If you need more serious power from the engine, I have to rev above 4.000 rpm.

This car has a good handling, making the twisty roads a pleasure, while keeping the confort.

The building of the car is at a lower level than most of German cars, and there are some road noise inside the cabin.

I bought this car after driving the earlier model of civic of a friend of mine. That same friend still has it with 197.000 km and the engine feels like new.

I give an excellent general rating to this car, because it is comfortable, economic and most of all - reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2005

2001 Honda Civic TYPE R petrol

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission petrol Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15005 kilometres
Most recent distance17800 kilometres
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Amazing car from Honda..

Faults:

Noise from the wheels. went to dealer. turns out its the bridgestone potenza tyres that come with the car that do the noise.

General Comments:

An amazing sports car for a family guy. Very thrilling and yet economical. couldn't be happier with it.

Went to 240Km and had to remove the foot from the pedal... it wanted more...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2002

2001 Honda Civic Type-R 2.0 i-vtec

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.0 i-vtec Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance3800 kilometres
Previous carHonda del Sol

Summary:

Best buy quality/price ratio

Faults:

A lady with a huge pickup truck broke my front bumper, had to wait 2 months for a new one. A very bad Honda logistic service.

General Comments:

A very good car in all means, lots of power, but little grip in the first few meters if you push the gas pedal hard. In bumpy roads your back will complain after a few kilometers, but is a pure sports car, what you expect? You can go side by side or a little in front of a S2000. Best buy quality/price ratio.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2002

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews