1991 Honda Civic GL 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland
Honda practicality, but fun with it
Power assisted steering leak.
Engine mount collapsed.
Exhaust vibration at 1700 rpm (seems incurable!).
Head gasket failure.
Rear offside wheel arch corrosion.
Worn/faulty electric window guides (known fault when purchased).
Comfortable at the wheel, plenty leg and headroom.
Controls and instruments are well laid out.
Not dramatically quick (though perhaps the manual version is more responsive), but plenty adequate.
Cruises nicely at motorway speeds, though a little noisy (my 1986 Shuttle was more relaxed at 70).
Ride is about perfect; can feel the road, but most bumps get ironed out.
Power assisted steering makes the handling a bit vague, but the actual grip is very good.
Tardis like luggage accommodation; folding the front seat flat allows for 7 foot long loads.
2 doors and a low roof mean it is less than ideal as a passenger vehicle.
I've owned over 20 cars, and this is one of my favourites.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th July, 2011