1986 Honda Civic Reviews from UK and Ireland

1986 Honda Civic VTi 1.6 DOHC

Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 DOHC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired21000 miles
Most recent distance40000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

The most underrated hot hatch in the UK

Faults:

Rear exhaust started blowing where the pipe goes into the box recently at 37000 miles.

No other faults at all in 2.5 years.

General Comments:

Power from 1.6 litres is very impressive, goes well above 5500, but still has good torque below that (remember it is only a 1.6).

Seats could be more supportive when you start pushing high speeds on windy roads.

Brakes don't instill confidence when braking hard from three figure speeds.

Handling very good.

MPG averages 30 regardless of how hard or easy it is driven.

I have de-badged mine for that Q-car look, it is fun watching the faces on 2.0 litre drivers as you pull away effortlessly.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2001

1986 Honda Civic DX Auto 1.3 12v petrol

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 1.3 12v petrol
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10

Faults:

Given the age of the car, very little!

Since new this car has only really needed maintenance items such as a couple of exhaust sections, brake pads etc. Only recently (at C70,000M) even starting to need more extensive renewals, ie a radiator re-core due to damage.

General Comments:

An excellent car, extremely reliable!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 1998

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 2 reviews