1990 Honda Civic DX 1.3 16v from UK and Ireland


A fast car with superb reliability


Nothing has gone wrong with the except the brake pads required replacing, but this is a normal wear and tear item.

General Comments:

The Honda Civic is a very smart car and looks the business.

The car handles well standard, but tune up the suspension like I did and it flys around corners. I've lowered and fitted 16 inch alloys on it which makes it grip like a dream.

The performance is very swift I have had 125MPH out of it and that's no joke.

Awesome reliability and robustness.

One of the best cars on the road for the price.

If your going to get another car buy a Honda Civic.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd August, 2002

12th Feb 2004, 12:44

My boyfriend has a '90 civic DX, and I don't know if it was because the previous owner ran it into the ground, or what, but a right good number of things went wrong with it..

The driver's side CV axle boot tore and the axle itself made a HORRIBLE popping noise whenever the car turned. Replaced and its fine, but we think the other side is going bad now.

The thermostat was sticking, and it caused the car to overheat when the air conditioner was turned on, and when high speeds were maintained for a long time. Replaced that, and it hasn't done it since.

The major problem, which we have yet to fix, would be the oil rings on the pistons. They stick, causing oil to remain in the cylinders or whatever, and it burns so much oil that he's putting a quart in every week just to keep the levels normal.

The fastest we've gotten it was about 103 on the highway, but this was before we replaced the thermostat and we were forced to stop because the engine temp gauge went from cold to WAY TOO HOT in about 3 seconds. Maybe we'll try again now. ;)

Over all, I think it's a cute car minus the few problems it has, but that's to be expected from a car that's like, 14 years old. It's got a cute shape to it and killer handling, just drop a B16 integra engine into it and it'd do some major speeds :) I'd buy one myself if I wasn't completely in love with del Sol's :)

1990 Honda Civic GL 1.4, 4 cylinder, 16v, twin cam from UK and Ireland


This car will beat Swift Gti's, XR2's,205 1.6 GTi's, VTR's, GTE Novas! The list goes on!!!


The clutch has just been replaced, cost £150 roughly to fix.

The right arm on the driver's seat has worn to produce a hole.

Brake pads recently been replaced.

General Comments:

This is a great car, well actually great is an understatement, this car is superb!! I could go on for ages about this car. It's really comfortable, and it has kind of bucket seats that are standard, and it's really is relaxing, It's a smooth ride, don't feel many bumps, very nice.

The performance is very impressive. I take my car quite often down to this back road I know, and I do my 0-60 and I've had really good times.

The worst time I got 0-60 was 9.2 seconds, but that was because I wheel spun too much, hehe, but then when I didn't wheel spin too much, I got 8.7


Recently, I got a Quad exhaust system, which is four 3 inch pipes out the back, to fit this you have to remove the middle backbox!

Anyway, as you can imagine, no back box, which means it's mighty loud, and has produced more Brake Horse Power to over 100bhp from 90bhp, and the 0-60 of average about 8.3seconds, and if you're really quick with the take off, you can get about 8 seconds out of it.

I have also added an extension to my air filter, which gets more air into the engine quicker, this has also boosted my BHP. When it comes to top speed, it says 106mph in the book, but I got 118mph and I reckon I could get 120mph. I've revved my car up to 8000rpm fine! No problems and it burns rubber, trust me.

This Honda Civic GL, would give a Golf GTi a good run for its money, a Suzuki Swift GTi and a Peugeot 205 1.6 GTi. I've left XR2's, VTR's, XR3's, SR, SRi, GTE Nova's etc, see what I'm saying, this car is WICKED!!! IF YOU HAVEN'T GOT ONE, BUY IT NOW!.

The Honda Civic 1.4 16v dual carb, twin cam, is very fast, quick off the mark, and will make you feel really happy, when you leave people at the lights!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th August, 2002

21st Oct 2002, 06:38

I got a 205 gti and it will whip you mate, ha ha ha, honda civic!!!don't make me laugh.

26th Oct 2002, 13:52

Yeah I'll second that comment. I loved my old 1.4 GL and it was a great first car, but it's not a "GTi beater" nor does it try to be. It's pretty quick, might even call it a slightly-warm hatch, but I think you slightly overestimate its performance.