1996 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 9 of 13

1996 Honda Civic SR Coupe VTEC 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired7500 miles
Most recent distance7900 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

Try to find one

Faults:

The radio has failed already.

Apart from that is seems to be sound.

General Comments:

The 1.6 SR VTEC is a must, It is a really fast car for a 1.6. Push it over 4500 rpm and hear the engine roar.

It is hard to find the 1.6SR VTEC, but when you find one its worth it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2003

15th Jun 2009, 11:30

What about the handling? This Civic glides into corners and mine has been mistaken for a rear wheel drive conversion on occasion. I've driven Vauxhalls, Rovers, Seats, etc etc but the Civic is a legend! An unmodified 1.6 SRi has 123bhp at the wheels. And it still looks amazing, not a day out of date.

1996 Honda Civic EX 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired11 kilometres
Most recent distance152000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Cherokee

Summary:

I have never owned a car from new as long as my Civic!

Faults:

Nothing has really gone wrong with this car - only regular maintenance.

- Replaced front disk brake pads @ 85,000 km

- replaced front window (cracked from rocks) @ 108,000 km

- replaced tires @ 112,000 km

- replace timing belt @ 150,000 KM (wasn't broken - just figured it needed to be replaced).

General Comments:

This is a great little car - It is the longest I have ever owned a new car. Excellent on gas and has a lot of pep for a 4 cylinder. I like it so much that the next car I bought (for my wife) was a 2001 Honda Accord EX-V6 - dealer wanted me to trade my Civic in - I said no way - that one is mine. :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2003

1996 Honda Civic Ex Coupe 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired54500 miles
Most recent distance64500 miles
Previous carFord Tempo

Summary:

A really great car

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with this car. It is my second car and I don't think I will ever go back to owning anything, but a Honda. Here are a few things that have gone bad or not working;PRDL light doesn't work, A/C temperature control light doesn't work and the muffler rusted out.

General Comments:

All cars have their little problems, but the best thing a person can do is keep up with general maintenance.

It's a quick, and very touchy car.

Handles very well great for city driving in my opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2003

1996 Honda Civic DX from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance200000 kilometres
Previous carFord Thunderbird

Summary:

Good Fuel economy, poor performance and high maintenance

Faults:

I have continually had problems with this car since I bought it. Before the car reached 100,000 Km the head gaskets and two wheel bearings had to be replaced. Luckily this was covered by the dealership.

After 2 years of ownership the car has had some electrical problems where the dash lights will flicker on and off when the car hits bumps.

Recently the transmission had to be replaced due to a bad bearing and a CV joint replaced as well.

As well the suspension is making some creaking sounds when hitting bumps.

General Comments:

Aside from fuel economy the cars performance has been anemic at best. Other surveys comment on the performance being great, I suggest they try a any v6 or v8, a 4cyl car doesn't compare.

This model is very cheap on interior quality, items such as a trunk light are missing, the radio buttons don't light up at night. The quality of the sound system is very poor.

I also found the dealers in my area opened too late and closed too early and found myself taking time from work in order to have maintenace performed.

As for this car and Honda in general I am going back to Ford where I still have an 1989 thunderbird with 360,000 Km that passes the emmisions better then the Honda, out performs it, out handles it and has more interior refinements. The only things I've replaced on it were the water pump and alternator.

I am very unimpressed by Honda, the quality, the lack of refinements and the treatment from the dealerships.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd January, 2003

9th Feb 2003, 12:07

Well to tell you I'm a technician that owns a Honda civic and I've had nothing but great things from that vehicle... Head gaskets don't just blow chief... They blow when people drive their vehicles with out coolant and over heat the motor, wheel bearing are going to go bad as well as cv joints, now your lighting problem I can't help ya there Honda makes a very well built high mileage reliable vehicle, so try taking care of your car a bit more.

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