1997 Honda Civic LS 1.5 Vtec 3dr from UK and Ireland
Speedy bargain machine
Nothing so far. Only had it a few weeks.
The best feature of this car is the engine. It is very economical, but get it above 4000 rpm and it just rockets.
The interior is a let down (slide controls for ventilation, but it looks good from the outside (fat, low profile tyres).
Feels solid and composed around town and on twisty B-roads.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th December, 2000
2nd Feb 2001, 09:35
I have had the car for 3 months now, and I like it more and more. Keep it below 3000 rpm and it works in ecomomy mode (green light comes on). The fuel economy is exceptional.
Pick the revs up (4000-6000) then the Vtec-2 (stage 2) come to life. This is the only flaw in its performance, but I am thinking of getting it Super Chipped and fitting a K&N air filter, to sort this torque flat spot out.
At 6000-7200 rpm the Vtec-3 (stage 3) kicks in and it flys (went past my brother in laws RS 2000, Escort GTi).
And then slow down and you're in ecomomy mode again doing 250 miles on £15 of petrol (unimaginable with British fuel prices being so high).
A very underestimated car, and very reliable.