1992 Honda Civic DX 1.5 from North America
Great car, reliable, underpowered, but makes for a good commuter
Has needed only minor maintenance, like a battery and oil.
However, the interior has very small holes in it, and there are various rattles and noises from inside the car.
I bought this because I had a timing belt blow for no reason on my 1993 Subaru Legacy L Wagon. I almost wish I had kept the Subaru.
While a good little car with low maintenance costs and extraordinary fuel economy. It takes a looooooong time to reach highway speed; when the AC is on, it cuts the horsepower in half (at least), and front wheel drive is positively useless in the snow with this car.
I am a bit biased, though. If I had wanted a car to perform well, I'd have bought a sports car, and instead I bought a Civic. So on the plus side, this car gets over 30 MPG in the city, if driven like a grandma. If you have to let it rev, it'll still do 25+MPG, and it'll be pretty fast as long as you keep the AC off (I'm serious, I mean it's the most underpowered car in the world with the AC on...). It will hold 4 comfortably for short trips, but it's best for 2 only if driven for a long time.
I have small oil leaks, but the oil drains so fast I haven't the slightest idea where it all goes. It doesn't burn it, but it doesn't leak it either. I have heard it's a fairly common problem.
It does handle surprisingly well, despite FWD, and heavy understeer.
Inside, it's all business. No luxuries in here. You have a stereo, a rear defroster, a heat/cold switch, and a cigarette lighter, and that's pretty much it. I'm surprised that it comes with windshield wipers. I'm more surprised how comfortable the seats actually are. I rode over 1000 miles on a trip once and only got the most minor of backaches. The seats have plenty of support in the corners as well, although there really is no need.
Last but not least, there are NO usable cupholders. Not a big deal to me, but if you order a drink at a fast food joint, don't count on taking it with you. The most that will fit is a soda can.
If you want a basic commuter car, you can do no better. It is, after all, a Civic. My downfall was buying this thinking it's a more powerful car than it actually is. AWD or RWD would be better for me in the snow, but hey, it isn't terrible. At 145,000 miles, it feels like it has another 150,000 in it. It's cheap to fill up, and sips gas like nothing offered today, at least by Honda.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th December, 2009
7th Jun 2010, 13:30
I agree with your comments about the AC on while driving. I have a '93 Civic LX that I bought with 182,000 miles, and although being well built and sturdy, the vehicle is really underpowered in the first two gears. You definitely lose the precious gas mileage with either the AC on or having to keep up with newer, faster vehicles on the road. Anyone else have this problem with the 92-95 Civics? Without modifying the car, do we need to get a tune up to get it up to spec, or is this how the car was made in the early 90's regarding power?
24th Oct 2017, 01:13
I have a 92 Civic LX with 211000 miles. It's a base 1.5 liter non-VTEC motor. With a tune up and throttle cable tightening, it does get up and go. Just don't get carried away.