1993 Honda Civic Vti 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Almost perfect


Suspension bush replaced at 102000 miles

Clutch plate spring failed at 108000 miles - replaced clutch.

A few rust spots starting to show.

Seems to go through 2 or 3 headlamp bulbs per year.

General Comments:

I bought this car with little hesitation after experiencing pure fun above 5000 rpm on the test drive. The noise and power are awesome. Even biker friends love it.

Handling is great and can be pushed very far. Very composed and predictable with no nasty surprises at all, but you get thrown around because the seats are not a good shape.

Road and engine noise are a little tiresome, and the ride is hard. Doesn't bother me, but passengers complain on bumpy roads.

The initial cost seemed high, but was well worth it. Cost of motoring has been exceptionally low over the 5 or so years. I kept a full service history to about 60000 miles, but have done little more than oil changes since then. Have only suffered one breakdown due to the clutch failure, so am extremely pleased at reliability.

It's been driven extremely hard to the rev limited almost every day for the last 6 years and is still running sweetly. However, at nearly 10 years old it is starting to show it's age and poor treatment. A couple of rust spots here and there, plus an occasional crunch going into gear.

I would definitely buy Honda again, although the Type-R would probably kill me!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd January, 2003

1993 Honda Civic ESi 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Neither reliable or inexpensive


O2 sensor replaced (EM Light constantly lit)

Coil replaced, but turned out to be Ignition Control Module . Car turns over, but won't "catch".

Brakes glazed, possibly through under use by previous owner. Pads replaced, need new disks really.

Rear brake caliper seized, replaced caliper, same problem. Handbrake cable need to fix.

General Comments:

Get that oil changed every 6,000 miles.

A quick car in a straight line, but not fantastic in the corners. Loads of wheel spin, but fairly predictable. Needs working hard to get swift progress.

Reliable most of the time, starts quickly even in sub zero temperatures when I drove it to the Alps. Brakes froze which caused a few brown trouser moments...

Cabin is drab plastic, but has worn well.

Very good fuel economy high 30's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2002

1993 Honda Civic VTi 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Performance at it's best


The problem I am having with this car is that the V-Tech does not kick in at 5.5 rpm in any of the gears.

General Comments:

The car is a little rocket for a small engine. For extra good road handling I have placed gas shock rods.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2002

1993 Honda Civic DX 1.5L from North America


Good car, but throw it away when it exceeds 150000 miles


At 151000 miles the transmission only has park, neutral, and 2nd gear.

It will not shift out of 2nd.

I've had problems with the body easily rusting.

I replaced the alternator three times before I got a reliable one.

Does not brake well at high speeds, (becomes unstable)

General Comments:

Generally it is a good car that has been through hell.

It handles good and can be quite fast.

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

Review Date: 2nd December, 2002

1993 Honda Civic VTi 1.6i DOHC from UK and Ireland


Screaming, satisfying hot-hatch


Distributor seized as a result of a melted rotor arm!

Rear brake calipers seized as a result of a failed ABS modulator.

General Comments:

You won't find a better hot hatch from the early 90's if you ask me. The screaming VTEC is one of the most satisfying noises a driver can hear and what more could you ask for than a rev limiter at 8500rpm!?

The car does lack low-end torque when pulling away, but from then on the engine won't stop pulling all the way to 130mph+ if you keep it above 5700rpm.

I find the suspension a little soft on corners, but I expect it's just getting a bit old.

Other than that I couldn't be happier, and I don't mind spending the money on it as it's a very rewarding drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th November, 2002