A reliable bullet-proof little car with still good looks and good manners
Replaced upper control arm assembly right front at 270,000 km.
The interior courtesy light was coming on unannounced while driving. Turns out the latch screws on the doors had come loose. This did not allow for good contact with the courtesy light switch on 3 of the 4 doors.
The car's factory size tires of 175/70/R13 seem a little inadequate. I have changed tires, but have stayed with the factory size recommended. It seems now that the car having higher mileage, that it wanders in grooves in the road now quite easily even though the current tires are not sufficiently worn. They still have some wear on them left judging from the tread wear bars on the tires.I'm sure HONDA would say it's simply the tires.
Left front axle is broken and needs replacement at 275,000 km a most reasonable time frame I think. It simply makes a noise when turning and accelerating to the left.
I replaced the radiator at 210,000 km.
The car's AM/FM tape deck by manufacturer was very cheap. I replaced it with a Kenmore version and upgraded the front speakers. It is much better like it should have been out of the factory.
This car's interior fit and finish is not on a par with the 1985 Honda Civic GL model owned previously. The interior is of slightly lower overall quality and has not stood up as well with the same relative useage.
The car still looks good though I had it repainted. This was mostly not because the original paint had faded or the body had deteriorated, but because of a lot of scratches. They were on the car when I purchased it at 4 years old in 1998.
This car's body integrity has been helped by the fact I have had it Krown rustproofed each year since 1998.This stuff does indeed work!
The car, though not as comfortable as my 1988 Accord EXI, is still a reliable and dependable as you'll ever want. I am even on my original alternator!
The car, with a 1.5 litre gas engine and automatic transmission, is not great at low speed acceleration and merging on to 4 lane highway. But once up there cruises very nicely at 120 kilometres an hour. It does have a buzz at this speed from the engine.
I really miss, what was once standard equipment on the Civics, the tachometer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th October, 2004