1991 Honda Civic CX 1.5 from North America

Summary:

I love my car!!

Faults:

When you drive 'em hard, you end up paying for it. With that being said: Bought the car with 185000 KS on it already, drove it like a banshee, and replaced the motor at over 260000. By that time it was blowing blue so bad that it was gross and the aluminum head was definitely done. Got a new (used) motor in it, it's currently at 160000 on the new one.

I have replaced:

Valves, valve guides and valve seals (on an old motor)

The clutch when we did the motor

Timing belts every 100000 KS (preventative maintenance)

Tires

Brakes more than 4 times

Fuel pumps (I'm on at least my third one) and Fuel filters

The distributor (electronic, so expensive)

The radiator (the old one was rotten)

So many cooling system hoses (never a bad thing with a car that's 17 years old)

Front CV axles, usually the passenger side (probably my driving)

The struts

Oh, and the window on the driver's side has been apart and re-glued at least 3 times.

Now I'm told that there's either a short or a broken wire somewhere on my fuel pump's wiring, and that's why sometimes it won't start.

General Comments:

It doesn't matter how much has gone into this car, I still love it. I love to drive it and I don't mind fixing it so I can drive it more.

It's wicked good on gas, I can go anywhere and it doesn't cost me an arm, a leg, my first born, my later in life pension, etc, etc.

Someday I'm going to have to actually sell it, and buy something else, and I'll be looking at a civic again (but not the 08's or anything, I like the hatchbacks).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2008

28th Feb 2009, 00:32

If you are using cheaper aftermarket fuel pumps, could be another bad fuel pump. I went through 3 of them on an old BMW 320i. Also, if you run an electric fuel pump out of fuel, you can easily damage it.

1991 Honda Civic LX 1.5L from North America

Summary:

Very affordable and economical!

Faults:

With proper maintenance the Civic is unbeatable.

The interior is still in good shape as well as the exterior.

The paint is beginning to oxidize on the roof, and the clear coat on the trunk is beginning to peel, but what can you expect after 17 years.

All maintenance has been performed as recommended by the manufacturer.

General Comments:

Well worth the 11,000 I paid in 1991.

Only 92 hp but still gets 38 mpg, slightly less in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2008

1991 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD 6-speed 1.6 from North America

Summary:

This is the bionic car!

Faults:

It needed a new CV joint, and power steering pump, but that is pretty good for 185000 miles, so I'm not complaining. Plus, it was pretty cheap to fix.

General Comments:

I love this car! This is my first, and I've only had it a week, but I grew up with an older model, and this one has the cleanest vehicle history report I've ever seen.

I won it on eBay.

It had sat in the snow for god knows how long, and it started right up... first try... with vigor.

It drove straight up a huge snowy hill with no running start, right after starting, and then drove straight home to Georgia from it's parking lot in New York, with no problems, and without adding anything, but gas.

I have never been so impressed.

First day home: we took it off-road... not even a days break from its journey, and could not get it stuck!!! Trust me... we tried.

This rice burner can make it up a hill. We drove it up a mountain, and didn't have to change gears once... we stayed in 3rd the whole time!

Honda definitely knew what they were doing with this little gem. The car is comfortable, simple, versatile, and reliable.

I do not recommend this car for anyone looking for luxury (no AC, no power anything), but it is the perfect car for just about anything else.

It has way more cargo than one would think could fit in such a small body, gets 30+ mpg, and can fit two adults relatively comfortably in the back seat.

I am completely sold on this model. Thank you Honda, this is the bionic car!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2008

15th Mar 2008, 07:12

I got a 1991 4wd wagon Civic and put a CRV 5 speed tranny in it, along with a built LS vtec, and now I've got a 627 hp AWD Civic. I'm the only man in the history of man to drift in a 91 Civic.