1996 Honda Civic LX 1.6 from North America
An excellent, well built precision machine
Bought used just recently. Have seen several comments that even if not taken care of, these cars hold their own. The previous owner did most of the mechanical maintenance (timing belt, water pump, oil changes, etc.) but neglected brakes and cleaning it up with any regularity. After a thorough vac/upholstery cleaning, the Honda shined again inside. The exterior, with clear coat coming off, will have to be re-painted, something I negotiated when I purchased the car. Had to replace rear brakes completely and true the rotors in the front. Heater fan switch worked only on the 2 highest speeds, so the relay? was replaced. Minor things I knew when I negotiated the purchase. Anyone have an issue with the instrument lights being very dim, even on highest brightness? Don't know the issue there yet.
A wonderful car that will serve me well in years to come. Most issues that the original owner neglected are minor fixes, and Honda's are bulletproof mechanically.
Expected and received excellent gas mileage on my first tank. Peppy and rev-happy if you chose to. Seats are not the most comfortable for long trips, but hey, it is an economy car! Will keep posting as I own the car longer, but very pleased so far and look forward to being a proud Honda owner, as I am with my Toyota products!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th January, 2008
21st Jan 2008, 13:49
So in the end, how much did the car cost you? I'm asking because I'm looking at the same make with about 98k and I need an offer to relate to.
21st Jan 2008, 20:42
Bought the car in charlotte, N.C. for negotiated $2800. Spent $200 on tires, $400 on rebuilt brakes, front and rear and a fan relay switch for the fan speeds. Now $600 to paint due to the clear coat coming off, so this 99K 1996 now has cost me $4000, which according to KBB is the value of it now. That works out fine because I have a mechanically sound Honda with new brakes, new paint job and a timing belt changed around 70K. Otherwise the $4000 is still a good price, but no new paint nor brakes, etc. Good luck, depends on the region you're buying in as to the value of a used 1998.