1988 Honda Civic DX hatchback 1.5 from North America


Reliable, economical, and a delight to drive


Finally at 196,500 miles things are starting to go bad. The transmission has just failed. The alternator failed at 190,000 miles. The other repairs have been several batteries, about 4 sets of tires, about 4 brake services and one brake system overhaul, replaced struts once, 3 mufflers, replaced front axles at 175,000, all four wheel bearings, 3 timing belts, one water pump, and the front ball joints. I do all my own repairs, and try to catch stuff before it becomes a problem.

General Comments:

A more reliable car I cannot imagine. The only down side is she is finally wearing out. Fuel economy has always been better than EPA ratings, usually 34 city and about 38 highway, not bad for an automatic. I wish I had kept the body up better, it is starting to rust through around the rear wheel wells.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2000

1988 Honda Civic Hatchback 1.3 from Finland


Original camshaft bearing was replaced by the dealer because the camshaft was turning inside the bearing (1990). Unfortunately, a bearing which was supposed to transport oil to the camshaft was exchanged with a non-oil transporting.... Motor broke after 115.000 km when the waterpump stopped turning (Why? I don't know...)

Starts rusting near the rear wheel, where the car lifter (right word?) touches - from the inside!

General Comments:

Very reliable car also at -25 deg. Celsius. Low petrol consumption.

Worth the money !

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th October, 1999

1988 Honda Civic from North America


Burned oil so bad after 130,000 miles, had engine rebuilt.

General Comments:

Small & cheap. Change oil every 2,000 miles. Bounces a lot going down highway (light & cheap). Engine struggles after getting 3 more people in car (lawnmower engine).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th November, 1998

29th May 2001, 13:44

If you properly take care of your Honda it won't be like that. Mine has over 200 000 on it and still can give a Neon (R/T) a run with 4 adults weighing 200 a piece in it. And it isn't an Si model.

15th Aug 2009, 19:06

"light & cheap"

Exactly, this is why it is a base model of a cheap brand. It's light and underpowered so it gets good gas mpg. If you wanted balls you should have picked a V6 or V8. Maybe a Camaro?