1996 Honda Civic EX 1.6 SOHC VTEC from North America
Excellent value, low running costs
Replaced one axle myself ($70) at 170,000 miles. Not bad at all.
The cooling power of the A/C is not as good as a newer car.
To get the most out of the engine, especially the non-VTEC models, you should opt for a manual transmission if possible. It makes the car much more fun to drive. I have driven the 5 speed, non-VTEC version, and the mileage is fantastic.
Currently I have an EX model, auto. My maintenance costs have been low. I did experience some hard shifting, but I changed the transmission fluid (not a "flush") with Valvoline high mileage and the shift quality improved substantially, most noticeably when the engine is warm. To do this you drain and refill the transmission fluid 4 times (remember to clean the magnetic drain plug). 3 jugs of oil is exactly what you need for 4 changes. After each refill, drive the car around the block a few times, engaging every gear and reverse.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th December, 2014