Excellent car - highly recommended
Air conditioning condenser was recalled shortly after purchase. Honda replaced in one day at no charge.
Exhaust (from catalytic converter back) needed replacement after 6 years. I assume this is average since I live in the Northeast of the US and there is a lot of salt on the roads in the winter to combat snow and ice.
Car is extremely reliable - has started every time on the first time since I purchased it.
5-speed manual transmission is excellent.
VTEC engine offers brisk acceleration and excellent fuel economy and reliability.
In 9 years, I've only made minor investments in servicing the car (oil changes, tune ups, front disc brake pads, etc.). The only exception was the exhaust replacement which is understandable after 6 years.
Car is very fuel efficient - I get approximately 27 m.p.g. in mixed driving.
Car still looks sharp and current despite its age of 9 years. Paint has held up well and no sign of rust.
Factory installed stereo (with door mounted tweeters) is good. After 9 years, I fried the front right woofer which needs to be replaced.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th June, 2003