1989 Honda Civic Si 1.6 from North America
For an older car, its quite a bargain, given its performance
Replaced CV joints at 200k. Replaced muffler twice since I got the car three years ago. Second time, I purchased a stainless steel muffler from Borla. So far so good.
I switched to synthetic oil 6 months ago and it caused the valve seals to leak. So now a bit of blue smoke comes out of the muffler from time to time. Do not switch to synthetic oil on older, higher mileage engines.
Replaced bearing on transmission.
Valve cover gasket replaced.
Replaced fuel pump as car was not getting enough fuel. Also it was hard to start in mornings and no start when driven on hot or humid days-caused by bad main relay- a common problem with Hondas.
Replaced starter, alternator, battery in the last year.
Replaced thermostat and radiator fan switch/relay at 225k.
For some reason, the windows on these cars tend to fog up very badly on rainy days. Can be bit irritating when driving.
This car is still very peppy/quick for 13 years old. Handles very nice.
Is non-power steering so its bit tough when parking.
Most of the problems I've had were due to age. However once parts are replaced, I figure I won't have to worry for quite few years.
I've replaced the stock wheels/tires, shocks and springs with high performance items so now the car handles the corners very nice. Unfortunately ride quality has also deteriorated dues to these 'upgrades' so not many people want to sit in my car anymore. But I have fun with it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th August, 2003