Honda Civic Reviews from South Africa

1996 Honda Civic V-tec 1.6

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired288000 kilometres
Most recent distance302000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf


Vtec, need I say more


I had purchased the car with a go tech management system and with the head redone.. it has a twin performance exhaust, which makes a impressive noise.. the management however messes things up... the hooter does not work; even after it had been rewired, it died again. Been told it's a common fault.

I have encountered many oil leaks, I have spent around 5000 on maintenance so far.. it's a solid car, but it was a mistake buying a car with the mileage so high. It does make me smile a lot when I do drive it, but it could have been much better.. Look around and be safe. Be sure to look at the interior.

General Comments:

Excellent, but must be maintained 100%.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th September, 2009

1998 Honda Civic 150i Hatchback 1.5 petrol

Year of manufacture1998
Engine and transmission 1.5 petrol
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10


No problems experienced yet.

General Comments:

Although it is no tar burner, it handles and performs very well. The only gripe being that the gearing is too long for the torqueless motor.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 1999

5th Apr 2005, 07:07

Not the most throughout review there. I drive a 1999 150i 3 door Civic. I have to agree with you that the engine is under-torqued and the top gears could be closer. However, as for performance and the 0 - 100 run this car rocks. I pull most 1600's including the likes of the new Run X's and VWs and all I have done is changed the intake and exhaust systems. All in all I am extremely happy with this impressive little car!

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews