1981 Honda Civic 1500 DX 1.5L from North America
A great little bargain!
At 7,000 miles the undercoating melted into the parking brake mechanism and locked it up. This took 10 minutes to repair.
At 60,000 miles the water pump failed. This took 15 minutes to replace.
The bucket seats wore through at 65,000 miles.
The hatchback lost its battle with rust at 72,000 miles.
This was the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned.
Driver comfort was cozy, but acceptable. Back seat accommodations were rather cramped.
The little engine revved eagerly and the transmission ratios were well spaced. Fifth gear was downright miserly on gas.
Oil changes were a snap with the filter mounted on the front of the engine. Tuneups were equally quick to accomplish.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st June, 2004
15th Feb 2005, 20:41
I have had the car for 6 years and have rebuilt it once. head gaskets are easy I can do them in under 4 hours.
8th Mar 2005, 08:01
I have a Brown 1981 Honda Civic, and its just the most reliable car I've ever had. Its very good on gas and I just put a new clutch into it, other than that nothing else has broke down. Engine runs fine and the car rides very smooth.
27th Oct 2005, 09:17
I bought a 1982 White Honda Civic Automatic for 150 Quid around 1992-93. This little fellow was stuck a back of a showroom forecourt. Needed some minor bodywork done and some welding that I had done by some backstreet garage that I'd used before they charged me £5.
Put thousand's miles on this thing, before I destroyed it on a slippery road. That made me sick, I got home in it, the damage it took I don’t know how, the engine give up right at my house.
I put the car in storage for 5 years hoping one day to have the cash to fix it. Sadly that day never came its final journey was on a tow truck. Of all the cars I've had since then, This Honda remains my favourite.