1998 Honda Civic LX 1.6 litre from North America

Summary:

This car is safe, reliable, economic and fun to drive

Faults:

Replaced timing belt / water pump at 150,000km.

Replaced brake pads every 50,000km.

Replaced rotors twice; once at 100,000 and 200,000km.

Machined rear brake drums at 200,000km.

Replaced right side upper table at 200,000km.

Replaced ball joints two times.

Replaced clutch at 190,000km.

Replaced rear upper table passenger side at 190,000km.

Changed oil every 5,000km regularly.

General Comments:

This car has been extremely reliable for me, and the fuel economy is terrific.

I am the original owner of this car, and am very satisfied with overall quality.

Things that have gone wrong with this car I would consider normal wear and tear on any vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th April, 2012

1998 Honda Civic LX 1.6 non-VTEC from North America

Summary:

127K miles = engine and transmission work still like new

Faults:

69K - Is when I got the car from the first owner :-)

70K - Exhaust pipe and muffler needed replacement - took it to a muffler shop ~$200.

75K - Right rear wheel bearing went bad, took it to the shop ~$150.

101K - The car had problems starting in very cold conditions (<0F/-17C), distributor contacts needed good cleaning - fixed myself ~$0.

117K - Original radiator had a small leak, new radiator installed.

125K - Power locks suddenly stop working, nor the driver's button or remote worked. I turned out that the power lock module was missing ground, I fixed myself (cost at the shop would be $250-$500 to fix).

127K - All belts, including timing and water pump, will be replaced at the shop, cost $500 (not actually a problem, but regular maintenance).

General Comments:

Pros:

- Never had a single problem with the engine or transmission.

- Great on gas, I drive 40/60 city/highway and get an average of 29-31MPG.

- Reliable, I have owned this car for 4 years now and put abound 55K miles on it and it never let me down, it always starts.

- All models with power lock come with a keyless entry capability (stock radio required), just need a remote ($25 @ eBay) :-)

- Acceleration is good from 0-60MPH for a 1.6L engine, poor above 60MPH.

Cons:

- Seats are uncomfortable if you spend more than 2-3 hours in the car.

- I'm 6'1" and could use some more legroom.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2012

1998 Honda Civic EX 1.6 VTEC from North America

Summary:

Big sad face review - threw a rod!

Faults:

Don't have much history on this car because it did NOT make it home from the initial purchase!

From the test drive.

- Radio dead.

- Driver's side window seals are toast, lots of wind noise.

Oh - The engine threw a rod on the way home!

General Comments:

I had never really believed the hype about Honda's, but decided to give this one a try.

It had 188K, which is higher than I like, but "Hondas go forever" made it seem like this was not too far up the mileage scale.

The price was $1850, so it did not seem like a bad deal.

There appeared to be NO mechanical issues during the test drive. No knocking, no ticking, nothing but normal engine sounds. Then the car was driven home, mistakenly in 3rd. Knew something was wrong when the car would not make highway speeds without excessive RPMs, so the car was driven SLOWLY home. It only lasted about 20 minutes at 5K RPMs. This may sound harsh (the 5K rpms), but this little 4 is supposed to red-line near 7K. It should have been able to run at 5K all day long. Not so much on this one. And trying to find a replacement engine at a decent price is a major hassle and expensive. The junk yards want $800 - $1500 for a USED engine.

It seems most of the good reviews on these cars are at low miles. I would not trust one of these to go 200,000.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th December, 2011

18th Dec 2011, 10:35

Sounds like this one faced a bit too many stoplight races prior to trade-in.

19th Dec 2011, 21:34

How can you buy a vehicle that you know nothing about that has 188K miles on it and then make assumptions about its quality when something goes wrong? First of all, you admittedly drove it in the wrong gear and over revved the engine. Yes, 5K is too much on an older engine that maybe wasn't taken care of as it should have been. Do you have all service records for this vehicle? Do you know its history? Sounds like "no" is the answer.

I'm sorry, but I see reviews like this all the time. The best cars on the planet need proper maintenance. Since many Civics are hot rodded by kids who can't afford insurance on a real sports car, many of them are dead long before their typical lifespan due to unreasonable abuse and neglect. If you were the original owner, then maybe this review would have some credibility, but that is in no way the case. No one should use this review as any testament to the quality of a Civic.

28th Dec 2011, 15:37

Yeah, because blowing the engine at 5K RPMs because you were in 3rd gear instead of 5th is definitely the car's fault. And even if 7k is redline, well, that's redline! No everyday road car is equipped to run at redline, and with 5k being very near redline, I'd say 20 minutes at this RPM is very good.

24th Jul 2012, 10:13

I bought a Honda and it had 267k on it, and it has no problems at all. You drove it in 3rd all the way home? I had never driven a standard prior to this, and I know better than that. Plus you over revved the engine; what did you think was gonna happen?