This car has been very good to me. I got the car for basically free, and have been driving it for over a year and a half, and have put on almost 45,000 trouble free kilometers during this time.
Initially I had to put 500$ into it in order pass the safety inspection, most of which went to a new exhaust. This was the only expense incurred by purchasing and getting the car on the road.
The car has never not started or left me stranded, except one time when my girlfriend left the lights on all day (hardly my Civic's fault).
Although one day I did leave the lights on for a extended period of time; she still started.
I have taken this car on many long road trips and it has never let me down.
I once drove 300km with an old 15ft fiberglass boat weighing probably close 300-400lbs strapped to my roof. It took five guys to get the boat loaded on the roof. And the Civic performed what was demanded of her without a glitch.
The only major problem I have had with the car is recently while driving with six people squeezed into the car, I blew or burned out one of the cylinders.
I thought the car was dead, but the engine still runs strong on three cylinders, and has been going for almost two months, and despite the cold Canadian winters, continues to start faithfully each morning without a block heater.
I would put the money into the car to fix the engine, but the floor and body are really in bad shape. If you lift up the carpet while driving, you can see the road! Rust has been the only real problem, and could have been avoided with regular rust proofing. If this car was structurally sound, I would not hesitate to put money into her.
Car is fun to drive.
Insurance is also very affordable. When I first got the car, I was 21 and paying only 52$ a month. An incredible price for a guy in his early 20's living in Ontario.
Before I blew the cylinder, the car could easily go 140km/h without hesitation on the highway.
Even with only three cylinders, the car, although initially a little slow merging on the highway, (really sucks if you get stuck behind me) will still get up to speed, and she will happily and comfortably speed along at 120km/h.
I'm shopping for a new Civic, yet I am hesitant to let this one go. It just does not want to stop. I kind of wish the engine would seize up so I don't have to feel guilty about giving up on her.