A fun car to toss around
The heater hose broke which caused it to leak coolant, engine overheated and head gasket blew, unfortunately it being an aluminum head on an iron block, the head warped severely and cracked from MINOR overheating, installed a new motor at a cost of $590.00.
Front suspension bushings went out at 105,200 miles, also needed alignment and axle, $700.00.
Car is notorious for going through passenger side front axles, been through 5 since I purchased the car.
Exhaust has a tendency to rattle even when everything is tightened down and clearance is good.
Car has problems with fuel pumps, too, sometimes it will start normal then shut off, will not start back up unless it sits for about an hour.
Car has the infamous "civic seat tear" on the outer side of the drivers side seat.
For having 70 horsepower, this car really does fly. I have done some modifications such as:
A custom cold air induction system.
Upgraded the exhaust manifold and downpipe to DX units (downpipe is 1 inch larger in circumference, and manifold is a header-style instead of the pre-cat style), to a 2.25 inch exhaust system and a performance Tsudo muffler.
NGK Blue spark plug wires.
All in all, the little things add up, now the car breathes MUCH easier and it feels like the horsepower rating is closer to 100 than 70.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th September, 2005