1988 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 5 of 8

1988 Honda Civic LX from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership1988
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired32 miles
Most recent distance238000 miles

Summary:

Very easy to keep running good

Faults:

At about 60,000 miles the radiator was cracked in half by somebody setting a battery on it.

Fall of 2002 the CV joints began to fail.

General Comments:

This car is one of the most dependable cars I have ever owned or seen.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th February, 2003

1988 Honda Civic DX Sedan 1.5 from North America

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired102000 miles
Most recent distance137000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Faults:

Distributor went bad at about 130,000 miles.

About 3 tires have been replaced.

Radiator had small leak (from highway driving, I took a hit of a piece of tire scrap)

General Comments:

Interior is in immaculate shape.

Exterior has a dent on almost every panel.

This car is 15 years old and still gets 38mpg.

I am a Honda man thru and thru.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd January, 2003

1988 Honda Civic GT 1.5 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired109000 miles
Most recent distance109700 miles
Previous carPorsche 944

Summary:

A cheap reliable fun pocket rocket, well pleased

Faults:

Had cracked windscreen when bought.

Inlet manifold gasket was blown.

Minor rust in back arches.

Windscreen washer motor.

General Comments:

Bought the car from an auction for £135 thinking it would be a good little runabout for a friends girlfriend. After driving it I decided it is far too much fun to drive to part company with so has now become MY little runabout!

Even came with a face off sony radio cassette that works.

Very lively 1500cc 12 valve injection engine that revs really freely, but is very economical to run if you manage to exercise some self control on the fun pedal.

Comfortable to drive and handles well, but could do with some more rubber on the road.

Fits through gaps in the traffic easily, excellent steering lock and the back seats fold down to make a good mini-estate car if required.

Very well built, no rust apart from the back arches which I am going to repair.

After a good valet, got the windscreen and inlet gasket fixed, changed the oil and filter and replaced a washer motor she sailed through the MOT no problem.

My only critisism is the lack of power steering which was an extra as some of these cars do have PAS.

I have located a set of "14 alloy wheels in a local breakers for £80 to finish my little project off.

All told the car will be finished for about £400 which would probably only buy you a rusty boring XR2.

I'll be keeping an eye out for more cheap hondas, well impressed with the build quality and reliability.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

1988 Honda Civic Shuttle 1.5i 1.5i petrol from Slovakia

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.5i petrol Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance199000 kilometres
Previous carPeugeot 205

Summary:

Very good tip for a long life

Faults:

My alternator got frozen and became irreparable also after frost has.

It rusted on the bottom.

I had to replace all bearings and front suspension driveshafts.

It loses oil from the engine.

My rear suspension rusted totally and broke by driving.

I replaced my radiator, after losing cooling water because they have broken it at the dealer's service and haven't said me anything about this.

Sometimes my engine stops recently after being started.

General Comments:

I have had very many problems with this car, but I must say this was (and still is) the best one, it never lets me stopped on the highway. I've driven it for long distances (1500km from Slovakia to Germany), also in the city as well, it has never something happened (after replacing my rear suspension frame, by the way).

The driver's seat is after 1000 km driving without pause very uncomfortable and hard.

But the experience of driving it is very good, you have enough sight, and I very like steering and gearbox of it, they are really great!

The Honda Shuttle is a Civic - Kombi, but you find lesser room for your baggage as experienced.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2003

12th Dec 2009, 16:01

Nowadays I'm still holding this car, having reached km 280000! The engine performs still as good as the car were new. I think I can't separate from it, although I had to fix some rust problems on the bottom of my car another two times.

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