1992 Honda Civic ESi 1.6 VTEC from Norway


It has never had any problems with the engine. Only wearing parts have been replaced.

The biggest problem is rust, especially around the rear wheel arches. Furthermore, it has rust on the edges of the doors. One wheel arch rear was cut off and a new one was welded on in 2010. In 2015 the wheel arches have again become rusty; this is however because the car is used in a country with a lot of salting of the roads in winter.

Have had minor problems with the electricals; high beam stopped working due to broken wires.

General Comments:

I love the acceleration in lower gears; far more responsive than most cars. The "Baby VTEC" allows you to drive the gears at high RPM.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th August, 2015

1992 Honda Civic 1.5 non VTEC from Australia and New Zealand


Best car for the price!


Brake light needed replacement ($5).

Head lamp needed replacement ($20).

General Comments:

Bought the base model for 1992. No frills. Cheap to run, but gutless as you'd expect from a 1.5 non VTEC. I'm happy with this car for what I paid for it. Has never given me any major issues, despite my mechanic suggesting the car might not have had any servicing since coming from Japan. (many years ago) So easy to drive, doesn't blow smoke or make funny noises.


- Seats are uncomfortable, get a sore back on long trips.

- Slow (but to be expected with the engine size).

- Not a cool looking car.


- Cheap to run.

- Easy to drive.

- Lots of space (including the boot).

- Easily the best car I could buy for the cash I had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd December, 2012

14th Oct 2014, 12:11

I owned this model year and displacement Civic, and sold it for a Nissan Cefiro. It trumps the Civic in every way except MPG (it has a bigger engine). It costs about the same to buy.

1992 Honda Civic VX VTec from North America


Excellent vehicle!


O2 sensor replaced at 90k. Most expensive sensor ever - for me; $400+ from dealer.

General Comments:

Great acceleration and handling; fantastic gas mileage (40 mpg + consistently); overall low maintenance cost; yet parts are expensive when rarely needed.

Put a 90 gallon water heater in the car via the hatch-back with back seat folded down – it did not close, but I got it home and unloaded it.

Never ever let me down.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2010

1992 Honda Civic DX Hatch 1.5 from North America


Loud econobox


I don't know everything that was replaced prior to acquiring this car through marriage, but per my father in law had some significant repairs.

Water pump 130,000.

Radiator 145,000.

Door locks 120,000.

Hatch strut mount 95,000.

Exhaust 130,000.

Glove Box - broken when I got it.

Master relay 135,000.

Thermostat 135,000.

Speedo cable don't remember.

Multiple set of wires most recent 135000.

Passenger mirror 120,000.

Chews through tires even with good alignment.

Leaks oil.

It may have been more reliable in its younger year, but man it sure sucks wind after 100,000.

General Comments:

It is so loud in this car that I can barely hear my music or my wife sitting right next to me. It is painful to take on a long trip for this reason. I feel like I am driving in a tin can.

The seat are insanely uncomfortable for any significant distance. In town, not too much of a problem, but serious fatigue after 1 hour.

A/C is so underpowered that I am always sweltering.

Engine is underpowered, especially with the A/C on. The car will barely move out of its own way, and idles terribly with the A/C on.

Gets fantastic mileage, even with the automatic transmission. This is the one redeeming value of this car. On the open road, it will occasionally go over 40 mpg, which is fantastic.

I feel like I am going broke, and constantly working on this this, to just keep it running.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 25th August, 2010

3rd Sep 2010, 16:06

I agree with your comments. I recently traded in my 93 Civic LX for a Kia Spectra SX. The car was very underpowered and idled badly. I think it was because I needed to replace the timing belt. The car was very comfortable and almost all the options still worked. I would sell the car. You would be amazed how many people will buy a 5th generation Honda Civic. I was about to sell mine on craigslist, and even with the transmission slipping, I had 50 replies in 8 hours. Good luck.