1991 Honda Civic LX 1.6 Liter from North America
Ignore the brand name. This car is not worth it
Everything imaginable. Struts went out twice in 40k miles, radiator shattered like glass, alternator, 2 sets of batteries, CV joints, air conditioning compressor, stereo, back speakers, distributor cap.
Honda is known for reliability. Mine was purchased late in its life with the expectation it would make it to 200k miles.
Mine has thousands in repair costs almost instantly at 119k that costs more than the worth of the vehicle. THe dealership lied to me and was dishonest about terms of the agreement when purchasing the vehicle.
I blew almost $4000 in repairs and after the distributor blew into a million pieces I sold it for $100 at 170k miles and never want to see it again.
I have seen American cars last longer than 170k miles with less maintance fees.
The car has trouble shifting gears when its cold out and has a terrible cheap plastic looking dashboard. Its not nearly as nice as the newer civics.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th January, 2006
I am sorry to hear such a story about a '91, but I think you got a bad deal, that is all.
I had mine for 9 years. I was the 2nd owner that bought it from a dealer with 62,000 on it and drove it for 110,000 before doing a full swap with a jdm Si engine. The old engine went to a friend for his CRX and that is where the old engine remains with ~230,000 miles and still going strong. My entire interior was always in new condition and when I sold it this last fall, it had 260,000 miles on the body. Batteries, alternators, everything goes with time, but what happened to you does not sound normal.
Good luck with your next car. I bought an '03 Civic new and it has been just as reliable as the '91 was. I miss that car a lot!