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.
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