1988 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 2 of 8

1988 Honda Civic LX 1.5L D15B2 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5L D15B2 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Caprice

Summary:

Reliable, but not a sports car

Faults:

Replaced clutch at around 150k.

Replaced radiator at around 175k.

Replaced suspension bushings at least twice between 150k and 200k.

General Comments:

Very reliable car.

It lacks low end and mid range power, but still manages to be fun to drive being fairly light. Pulling into traffic and merging onto highways can take planning. To get up to speed, the car can be very noisy.

Has decent handling, but not very sporty or tight.

Gas mileage is wonderful, and can get in the mid 30's on the highway.

This car has never stranded me.

It was driven hard at times, and handled being driven all day as a pizza delivery car very well.

The springs were in poor condition, especially on the front when I got the car. The car would develop a creaking sound when going over bumps, and the bushings were replaced to remedy the problem, but it only seemed to be a temporary fix. It was only a minor problem considering that the motor and transmission still worked very well.

The seats were also broken down, and the drivers seat had a tear with metal and foam sticking out. The seats were not comfortable in the condition they were in, but were bearable.

This car would have lasted me longer if it were not totalled at about 200k. The car was hit in the front left corner when someone taking a left going the opposite direction in front of me failed to yield to oncoming traffic. Their car was a newish 2002 or 2003 Civic, and their whole front end was smashed in. The only damage I had on my car was leaking windshield wiper fluid and a busted left turn signal, with maybe a small fender dent. The car still drove fine, but was technically totalled, and we received about $1400 for it. That was the worst decision I had ever made taking the money. I would have been much better off keeping it. This is one of those cars you will probably miss when you lose it.

Note to anyone considering this car: the transmission and motor on this car are not made for performance at all, and you will wear them out very quickly if you are always racing people and doing burnouts. Don't even do one burnout. This is a reliable means of transportation and can be fun to drive, but is NOT by any means a sports car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2009

1988 Honda Civic DX 1.5 from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.3 / 10
Distance when acquired325000 miles
Most recent distance328000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

The most reliable car I've ever owned

Faults:

Normal wear items: timing belt, water pump replaced at 325,000.

General Comments:

328,000 miles and still going great.

It burns no oil and still gets 38 MPG.

Honda's are built to last with normal oil and timing belt changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2008

1988 Honda Civic LX 1.5L from North America

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired135 miles
Most recent distance200 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Fun, Reliable Car, Excellent Gas Mileage!

Faults:

Replaced timing belt and water pump around 130K

Have gone through several CV joints probably from driving over bumps too fast. replaced brakes.

Original Muffler lasted til' 205K!! just replaced it with a new one.

Going to replace Valve Cover Gasket and plugs and wires.

General Comments:

Little 88 Honda Civic first gen has the best gas mileage ever!! fun little reliable car to drive around town and everywhere. I'm thinking about buying a new one and keeping the 88' as a back up.

Funny thing is you can rip one of these cars out of the junkyard for around 100 bucks and replace every thing on the one you have. I see people laugh at me on the road for driving it, but I don't care because I'm laughing at them at the gas station from all the money I save on gas getting 40 miles to the gallon!!! lol. 20 dollars you can fill it up and drive it all over the place. Sometimes at a red light car kind of rev.'s engine like it's ready to go. lol. Probably best car I've ever owned.

At first it had a hard time getting on the highway, but over the years I've broke it in slowly where its pretty zippy now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th October, 2007

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 31 reviews