1973 Honda Civic 1.2 from North America
Trend-setter for economy cars in the U.S. and still a classic
Cracked head at 100,000 miles. My own fault. Currently electrical problem resulting in failure to start. Undetermined cause.
Handles like a sports car.
Only option available when I purchased the car was hatchback/sedan.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2006
"Handles like a sports car."
Did you take into consideration that this car is the size of a shopping cart? I bet you didn't. Pretty easy for something that small to feel like a sports car or a go kart!!
I still own my 73 Civic, and have to agree that it handles like a sports car. Not so much in the acceleration, however, as in the steering. I remember dating a girl in 74 from Detroit who couldn't believe something that small was actually a car! Much like the Smart Car of today. But that original Civic model has led to over 12 million Civics sold to date. Somehow I don't think the Smart Car will match that.
I had an 83 Civic, and hated it. It never started in cold weather, despite having a block heater. It was so primitive that it had a manual choke. The transmission was awful. It was called the 'Hondamatic.' I didn't expect a whole lot of power, but boy was it gutless. The car broke down, and left me stranded. I've hated Hondas ever since. I think the notion that it handles like a sports car is absurd. I loved my next car, a 1998 Suzuki Swift. Now there was a car that was fun to drive.
You're going to be in a pretty slim minority of people complaining about Hondas and subsequently advocating a Suzuki. Just sayin'.