1996 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 5 of 13

1996 Honda Civic LX 1.6 4 cylinder. from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 4 cylinder. Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance55600 miles
Previous carFord Contour

Summary:

Great little car

Faults:

At 53K miles, the left front axle had to be replaced, and in 2003 it had new front brakes. Except for those two things and regular work, this car has been great.

General Comments:

Accleration is a bit lackluster, but the car gets great gas mileage, and sounds sporty. Everything else about the car has held up well over the last 10 years, and I can promise my next car will be a Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th June, 2006

1996 Honda Civic EX 1.7 DOHC from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.7 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Beretta

Summary:

Great value. Will last forever with regular maintenance

Faults:

Power steering pump at 54,000 - replaced under extended warranty.

Heat shield removed due to excessive rattling at 60,000.

Muffler at 91,000.

Tires at 91,000.

Distributor & Spark plug wires (90K service) at 100,000.

General Comments:

This has been an excellent car for the 6 years that I have owned it.

I have never been left stranded by this car and it has never failed to start on even the coldest of days. I did notice that if I don't start it regularly (say for over a 2 weeks), it takes a few cranks to get the engine to turn over. Also the acceleration is lackluster compared to my old Chevy Berretta, but that's to be expected in a compact car. Aside from the slow acceleration, I love this car. It's dependable and looks good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th April, 2006

1996 Honda Civic EX coupe 1.6-liter, 16-valve, 4 cylinder. VTEC (127-hp) from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6-liter, 16-valve, 4 cylinder. VTEC (127-hp) Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles
Previous carMercury Cougar

Summary:

Best darn car I've ever owned

Faults:

Driver's side power window came out of the track.

Exhaust rusted out, needed complete replacing.

Clasp for the cup-holder lid broke. Repair of this small piece requires replacement of the whole cup-holder unit.

Gasket for the sunroof is showing age, but still seals. To replace requires replacing entire sunroof unit.

General Comments:

Peppy engine with excellent pickup, high gas mileage (35 mpg/average). VTEC gets good power out of the four cylinders, runs quietly, and doesn't sacrifice gas mileage to do it.

Loves to be driven in the twisties. Might not have the image of a sports car, but it definitely has the heart of one.

Remarkably comfortable backseat for adults, considering the overall size of the car is pretty small.

Precise, smooth manual gearbox; second best I've ever worked, and doesn't miss first place by much (best was a BMW 316, so it's in very good company).

Monochromatic interior is pretty drab. I dressed mine up with stick-on trim appliques.

Just a lot of fun to drive, and easy on the wallet to do it. I don't think I'll ever own another car that's not a Honda/Acura product.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th March, 2006

1996 Honda Civic LX from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance130000 miles

Summary:

The Car That Won't Die

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong except for the usual wear and tear issues.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I honestly feel like it is the car that won't die. I haven't always taken the best care of it, but it hasn't let me down, EVER. Truly reliable and well worth the buy. I would buy another in a heartbeat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th January, 2006

29th Jan 2006, 00:38

I have the same make year and model (manuaI) here in South Africa. I must agree wholeheartedly - a superbIy reliable vehicle. I am now looking forward to purchasing the latest 2006 Civic which is a beauty!

1996 Honda Civic 1,4is from Croatia

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1,4is Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired135000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carOpel Kadett

Summary:

My best car ever..

Faults:

Bad? Nothing.

General Comments:

Car runs like new after 140 tkm. All you need to do is change oil, filters, anti freeze and that's it.

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

Review Date: 29th October, 2005

1996 Honda Civic EX 1.6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance90000 miles
Previous carHonda Civic

Summary:

Outstanding, amazing little car

Faults:

Not a thing.

General Comments:

Four drawbacks to the Civic EX automatic: not much pep especially when merging onto the highway; at highway speeds it gets noisy; interior is very plain and nothing special; and on rough roads you feel every bump.

Other than that this is an outstanding car. Safe too! I totaled my '96 when I hit a patch of ice and spun out on the highway. The car was completely destroyed and I walked away from it without even a bruise. Airbag didn't deploy though---weird because the front was nearly ripped off.

I would absolutely buy another one. I own a 1998 Civic EX now, but my impression is that the 96 model was zippier.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2005

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 64 reviews