1996 Honda Civic GLI 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand


Great Honda quality, and the engine is very reliable


Radiator blew at 185,000km. Replaced, which cost 350 AUD.

Then changed timing belt and water pump; $700.

Leak from the sunroof when it rains.

Engine rattles, but it's too expensive to fix.

General Comments:

This car is very reliable. It starts every time. There were some problems, but for 17 year old car, it's not too bad. I bought it 2 years ago and it broke down twice; not too bad, right? Once the radiator leaked, and I had to replace it, and the other time the water pump had a problem.

I have been reading a lot of great stories about this car, and want to see how far it will go. On 204,000km now. I hope this old time car, which was manufactured before 2000 in Japan, will show its quality more than cars produced after 2000 in other Asian countries.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th December, 2013

1996 Honda Civic CX 1.6 from North America


Typical great quality product from Honda



Motor mount.

Engine MAP sensor.

Catalytic converter.

General Comments:

Inexpensive and dependable.

We got this as a commuter car, and run it on the highway everyday. Very dependable and cheap on gas. Roomy inside and all features work; A/C, heat etc. Cheap car and worth every penny.

All the repairs listed other than the engine sensor are from us driving the car hard after it has been used lightly from the previous owner. The MAP sensor was a 64 dollar part that took 5 minutes to replace (thanks to the local auto parts store).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2012

1996 Honda Civic LX from North America


Reliable - 385,000 km and still can't let it go!!


I bought the vehicle from a dealer with 240,000km on it.

At 300,000km I changed the timing belt and water pump, and did a tune-up (700$).

I also had to change 2 tires because they were worn out (200$).

Recently had to replace alternator (paid 400$).

General Comments:

Very reliable, starts every time.

At high speeds it becomes unstable on the highway, especially when the wind blows.

Not very spacious inside, but enough for short trips.

My longest trip with this car was Toronto-Montreal non-stop.

The car is doing what it is supposed to, but it's time for an upgrade :) I would have upgraded a long time ago if this car hadn't been so reliable.. simply can't let it go!!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2012

1996 Honda Civic DX 1.6 from North America


For reliability and fun, along with economy, get an EK


Clutch started making a springy noise lately, still shifts beautifully though.

General Comments:

Love it, love it love it, love it.

Still has plenty of life in it.

In a time when I pay $80 to fill my truck, $25 fills the Honda, and lasts about 400 miles if I'm a good boy. But I'm not, so I get about 250.

1st gear takes me to about 20 mph, 2nd to about 45, 3rd to about 70, and 4th to close to 100. Top gear takes me to 116, but I get there quick.

Handles great, but it's a little small.

All in all, I love my Civic. And no matter how many people try to talk me into selling it, it's not going anywhere but on a long twisty road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2011

1996 Honda Civic GLi D16Y4 - 1.6L 4 cylinder SOHC 16v from Australia and New Zealand


The most fun $1500 car I've ever driven


Rear left wheel bearing started failing - making lots of noise.

Burned about 500mL of oil a fortnight.

Crunched into third gear, even with the clutch fully depressed.

General Comments:

Surprisingly fun to drive, and can cop a beating. Flogged it while I owned it, smashing into the 7500rpm limiter on a daily basis, and it never missed a beat. Liked to drink some oil, but that was it. Handling was funny... turn in, it would initially hesitate, then turn and violently swing the tail end out. Made me laugh each time.

Great cheapie beater, which is what I used it for.

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

Review Date: 9th August, 2010

1996 Honda Civic EX 1.6 from North America


Take care of your baby, and it will take care of you


Replaced transmission at 130,000. Previous owner wrecked it from reckless driving.

Imported new tranny from Japan with 60,000 miles on it for $350. Mechanic swapped it for an additional $300.

A/C broke at 150,000, not worth the $800 estimate to fix.

General Comments:

I absolutely loved this car (was totaled yesterday because a deer ran into me). I am looking for a new one.

This car never once left me going "uh oh, what's that noise".

This car is very fun to drive, but it is not a sports car, so don't drive like you are in a Corvette.

Would get 42 mpg on road trips, and regularly 35 around town.

Easy to maintain, and very reliable as long as you take care of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2010