1993 Honda Civic Reviews

1993 Honda Civic LX 1.5 gas from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 1.5 gas Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance210000 miles
Previous carChrysler Sebring

Summary:

Everything it's supposed to be... and for a LONG time!

Faults:

Nothing much. Despite being the ORIGINAL A/C, it was not quite blowing cold enough at idle on hot days. Had it converted to new freon and recharged 3 weeks ago, and they said that the compressor was on its last legs. After almost 20 years, if that's all that has gone wrong, so be it!

I do NOTHING to this car but change the oil, and it runs great. It needs shocks/struts, a timing belt (if you replace these every 80,000 miles or so, these cars will last FOREVER), and some ball joint, but it runs great as my daily driver.

General Comments:

GREAT car. I bought it with 130,000+ miles on it, and have driven it across 3-4 states regularly without concern. I get 30-33 around town (depending on how much the air conditioning is used), and have gotten 41 on the highway.

EVERYTHING I have replaced on this car - brake pads, tuneup parts, etc., is cheap! Small, but if you need reliable, affordable transportation, you can't go wrong with these little cars.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th May, 2014

1993 Honda Civic LX 1.5L gas from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 1.5L gas Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired139000 miles
Most recent distance197000 miles

Summary:

Nothing fancy, but EXTREMELY affordable and reliable

Faults:

Third paint job - but the previous owner kept it outside, did not clean/wax it - just kept slapping cheap paint jobs on.

General Comments:

AMAZING little car! Super reliable, MPG is phenomenal - I get mid-30s around town, near 40 on the highway (I hit 41 MPG with one tank!).

I have a small trailer hitch and a roof rack on it, which will allow it to haul 4 kayaks and 3 bikes, all while getting 30+ MPG. I call it "the world's smallest SUV".

This car has done EVERYTHING I have asked of it, and never sputtered. GREAT around town car. I have a buddy at a Honda dealership, and he says if you change the timing belt regularly, they'll go on and on and on... says they regularly see these with 300K+ miles on them still running strong.

GREAT around town, and not too bad for road trips with small kiddos.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2013

1993 Honda Civic DX JDM b18c GSR VTEC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission JDM b18c GSR VTEC Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired159000 kilometres
Most recent distance180000 kilometres
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

The tank of hot hatches!

Faults:

IACV (idle air control valve) started surging the idle at 175000 km. A very common problem, easy fix, but pricey for new at over $300 CDN.

Alternator at 178000 km; a simple replacement can cost anywhere from $60 used to $200 rebuilt or new.

I spoil the car with 91 or higher octane with every fill, and it is worth every penny for the performance and economy.

General Comments:

Having a JDM B18c swap in a 1800 pound Eg 2dr hatch is like Godzilla in a can! This car is insane! I have owned a Cobra, and currently own a 95 GT with a few minor mods, and my Civic eats it up in the first 4 gears with its close ratio LSD tranny. The VTEC is a beast, and with a Skunk2 stage 2 cam, it is screams like a banshee :)

The interior of my DX has stood the test of time with honors, and everything still functions as it should.

The mileage is incredible for a car that I red line every day.

The only major draw backs, are some parts will be hard to scavenge, and 4th and 5th gear are way too short. At 8500 rpm in 5th, the car is topped out at 210-220 kph :( LOL as if you need to go faster in the city.

This car will surprise many V8's on a daily basis.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th May, 2012

1993 Honda Civic EX 1.6 VTEC from North America

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTEC Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 miles
Most recent distance138000 miles
Previous carNissan 240SX

Summary:

Compromises

Faults:

Transmission synchros slip going into second gear.

Brake master cylinder failed.

Dash lights come and go.

Check engine light; bad distributor or ECM?

Leaks oil.

Door locks work intermittently.

Broken door lock.

Upholstery has holes and cracks on visors.

General Comments:

I am disappointed because of the higher expectations I got from reading a lot of the reviews on this site. I think there is a double standard for Japanese cars.

If I told you all of the problems this car has, you are probably picturing the typical run of the mill American car and not a Honda. The worst part, is that all of the problems I've already encountered are typical for this year and model.

It is a cheaply made car with a lot of problems, big and small, but it has a reliable, powerful, and economical engine that counts for a lot in these days of $3 + gasoline. It gets 40 mpg pretty consistently if you can put up with grinding gears, cosmetics falling apart, and a lot of wind and road noise.

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

Review Date: 9th March, 2011

10th Mar 2011, 13:12

Those are very good cars... but because some people think they run forever... they skip a lot of maintenance to the car... I have 3 Hondas... 2 were taken care of and one was not... the one that was not is a 1989 Honda Civic hatchback DX model... it is a work in progress because of neglect by prior owners... I try to do it on a budget because I only paid 1000.00 for it, and it will never be worth more than 1700.00... so I do it little by little...

The other two I have had very few problems with... also you can get a lot of parts at wrecking yards that specialize in Japanese cars and Honda only wrecking yards...

If you can restore the car little by little... you will find that the engines are good to 200-400,000 miles....

29th Dec 2012, 20:38

I don't know how you could stand to drive a Honda Civic for 200-300k miles? There are so many better options out there.

I don't think it's uncommon these days for a vehicle to last that long without all the cosmetics and functions falling apart. And being able to hear yourself think while you are driving down the road counts for something.

I had higher expectations of Honda, but it was not even in the same class of auto as my 240SX... or my current American made vehicle.

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 51 reviews