1993 Honda Civic VTI 1.6 from UK and Ireland

General Comments:

Very well designed car. Great driving experience.

Lots of OEM+ and after market parts available.

Many options for customizing / modifying / souping up.

Watch out for rust!

This is a great series of cars, I've owned 3 so far: Lsi, Esi and now a ukdm VTI with the B16 engine. Out of all 3, I've only had one time when it failed start at the first turn of the key.

As everyone else has said, it can be what you want it to be. It's no super car, but it holds its own and can serve up pretty good mpg.

There's loads of options for modifying if that's your thing. OEM+ and JDM style: like factory optional armrests, cup holders, Integra interior, factory fogs, parking poles etc. It's all easily available.

Engine swaps are relatively easy; fancy a K20 from a new Type R? Or just a bolt in B18 from an Integra....

When buying, watch out for rust on the rear arches and sunroof. The arches are a big job to fix; I reckon much more ££$$ than a new engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2008

1993 Honda Civic LX from North America


Great beater!


Brake pedal vibrates when pressed.

Suspension creaks at passenger-side front.

General Comments:

30+ mpg, no maintenance costs other than oil, gas, and the car wash.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th February, 2008

1993 Honda Civic LX 1.5 from North America


Bulletproof, but flimsy


Alternator need to be replaced at 280000

Put timing belt and water pump in when I bought it to be safe.

General Comments:

I don't know about the bad reviews here, but my civic has been basically trouble free. I bought it with 250000k on it and it had a bearing noise in first gear (manual tranny).

Now 40k later it still makes the same noise and has never stranded me.

Yeah its getting beat up inside and out, heater blower stopped working so I had to rig that, and the clutch is getting weaker, It leaks about a quart of oil between changes, but doesn't smoke.

I still get 40 mpg on the freeway and around 33 around town. Its uncomfortable to get in and out of, but I bought it for economy and that's what it delivers.

Almost 300000k miles its still running strong, you won't get that from a domestic car. I will drive this car till it dies, leave it there and buy another early 90's civic.

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

Review Date: 5th November, 2007

6th Nov 2007, 12:12

And how is it flimsy?

9th Nov 2007, 00:11

Just what eveyone else seems to agree on here, that the body dents easily and the plastic interior parts break and fall apart. Thin sheet meatal and plastic are what makes it lighter for economy. The running gear is bulletproof and that's all I care about. It's a transportation appliance, if I wanted comfort I would drive a caddy.

9th Nov 2007, 16:20

I know people who go around and purposely dent Japanese cars because they are angered by them taking market share. I am sure this is the reason for that. My sister's Honda CRV was given a good push and it is now dented. We have gotten notes on it before saying that we think we are all that because we have a Honda. Just goes to show how low some people go to damage a great car. DENIAL anyone?

1993 Honda Civic VTi 1.6 from UK and Ireland


What a machine for a 1.6 non-turbo


Water leak on the passenger side.

Fuel pump relay switch.

General Comments:

The VTi is a very quick car.

I have owned one for 1 and a half years. I have had minor faults, but the engine makes up for all of them. 0-60 timed in 7.7 seconds. It can keep up with any of the 1.6 cars, and eat most of them for lunch.

You must put an air filter in to appreciate the sound change at 5500 rpm. It is amazing, and always puts a smile on my face.

Excellent 1st gear and 2nd gears. The downside is that you need to rev it high when driving at 40mph if you want to keep up with Subarus and Evos. The best way is to drop a gear.

Watch the 'Bradford Civic' on youtube.

You need to lower the car for handling around very sharp corners. I have raced a Civic Type R, Integra Type R, BMW 325i, BMW X5 4.6 Sport, Mercedes CLK Kompressor, Startlet Turbo, Toyota MR2, Vauxhall GSi, but I don't race Saxos and Novas. Raced a Focus. The Civic is a sheep in a wolf's clothing.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th April, 2007

12th Apr 2007, 16:00

I'm sorry, but I fail to see how you can keep up with subarus and evos, especially from 40 onwards.

Subaru 0-60 in 5.5s

Evo 360 0-60 in 4.1s

Civic 0-60 in 7.7s

Please explain your comments, you sure do have me confused.

13th Apr 2007, 02:42

I agree, but its not just the EVO and scoobies. Most of those cars that were listed would make mince meat out of a 1.6 VTEC. Interga type R?? One of those would be gone, I own a 260 bhp WRX and I've had a few scares off type Rs, but not a 1.6 VTI. Though I'm sure they are fine cars for a 1.6.