Actually that Z-Tec engine in the ZX2 has proven to be very reliable and has many performance mods offered.
Wow, a lot of upgrades? no way! too bad it's electronically limited to 105 MPH, so keep racing them GEO's.
Actually, the Ford Escort has problems with dying on the highway, and during braking. Reliable engine??? Don't think so.
What good is a Honda motor if the bodies rust and fall off before the car is 7 years old!
It never ceases to amaze me how much people continue to pay for Honda's overpriced name, and like clockwork, 6-7 years, here comes the rust, first on the rear wheel wells, then the truck lid, lower edge of body/frame.
I see newer Hondas every day with rust on the rear wells that are several years newer than my ZX2, which has no rust anywhere, and still runs great at over 100K miles, and I have not lost a contest yet to any Civic, new or old, but they still keep trying!
Last, for what I paid for my ZX2, it has lasted me 10 years so far with basically no maintenance costs, other than oil and tune up. My brother bought a Civic for $26,000 with the OHHH... VTEC, and is still paying on it. His is starting to smoke a little oil out the pipe, mine does not, so which motor is better? I am not sure, but I do know I saved a lot of $$$ with the purchase of my ZX2 over the Civic, and one thing is for sure, having owned a Prelude years back, I found out that when Hondas do need any kind of part or work done, then things really get expensive; at least the ZX2 parts are readily available and half the price of the Honda parts. To me it is a win-win. I guess it all comes down to what you like in the end!
I just got off the phone, after advising a friend who is buying a car for his son, to buy a ZX-2. These cars are some of the best buys on the used car market. As a mechanic and car enthusiast, I advise a lot of folks on what used cars to buy. Ford, GM and Chrysler all top the list.
As one who has had experience with Honda (Civic) I can't honestly recommend them or any older imports. They are all poorly built, rust prone, and use far flimsier materials than older domestic vehicles. Our Honda was falling apart at 50,000 miles. Not one of our domestics from Ford, GM or Chrysler has ever even required a repair before 100,000 miles. Several of our cars have been driven well over 200,000 miles, and one Ford was driven well over 300,000 miles.
Our current GM has well over 100,000 miles, and has yet to have even a brake job. Our Ford has 70,000 and has yet to have a single thing done to it except tires and one battery. This has been typical of every domestic vehicle we have ever owned.