1998 Honda Civic LX from North America


I love my Honda!!!


I have only had to make minor repairs, which of course, I think goes along for everyone. You can't have a car and expect everything to be perfect. However, I have made no over-the-top repairs.

However, I am not happy with the check engine light. This light very frequently comes on, and then back off. Recently, it has decided it wants to haunt me for the rest of my life and will not go away.

General Comments:

I love this car! It is my first car, and I have definitely put the miles on it in the time I've had it. Nothing has gone wrong yet (hope I didn't just jinx myself), and I would definitely buy another Honda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2006

2nd Aug 2008, 16:57

The check engine light is probably your gas filler cap. Try turning it until it clicks about 5 times.

1998 Honda Civic LX 1.6L D16Y7 from North America


Good first car, but is lacking, and leaves you wanting more


Electronic fan switch went out around 65000 miles.

Exhaust Manifold cracked around 65000 miles, probably due to fan switch failure, replaced under warranty.

Brakes started to fade around 70000, replaced around 75000.

Noticed racked CV boot around 75000.

General Comments:

Despite the faults, its not a bad car. The basic maintenance is cheap and its fairly easy to work on.

Very basic interior, nothing fancy. Seats could be more comfortable. My only real gripe about the interior is the location of the CD player, right behind of the cup holder. And the cup holder isn't good for anything larger than a 12oz soda can.

It handles fairly well for a FWD car, but only with a set of good tires. I got a set of Yokohama AS430's and I am quite satisfied with them. I don't recommend taking corners too fast in this car because it does have its limit. After 80000 miles, the shocks are still good.

The 1.6L motor puts out about 105hp, or at least that's what I've been told. At 2600lbs, its not a fast car. Top speed is 117mph. People thinking of tuning this car should probably buy something else. The motor can take some punishment, but in the end, leaves you wanting more. More power, more fuel economy.

Fuel efficiency isn't what I would like out of an underpowered 1.6L motor, around 30mpg. But I get the feeling that it could and should be better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th February, 2006

17th Apr 2007, 23:28

This review seems well written.

I notice the cup holder is poorly placed.

I found that the little Honda gave me over 41 mpg on a trip. I suspect driving habits make the difference.

I don't think I will ever go back to an "American" car.

Q. Who is the #1 car manufacturer in Ohio?

A. Honda. They produce more cars there than the big three combined.

1998 Honda Civic SE 1.4 from UK and Ireland


A well built, practical, economical, and reliable car


It's a Honda. - Nothing goes wrong!

General Comments:

It's a very well built and reliable car.

The Honda 1.4 engine is extremely good, because you get good performance and excellent fuel economy.

The Honda Civic 5dr is a practical everyday car, but it's also nicely designed and it looks smart, stylish and sporty (with nice alloys & spoiler).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2005

1998 Honda Civic EX VTech from North America


I will probably drive a honda forever


Needed a new engine at 110,000 miles, although perhaps my slack oil changes contributed to the problem.

Having trouble with the boots/cv joints needing to replaced often.

Tires always wear unevenly no matter what.

Ignition coil had to be replaced after the car died on the interstate.

Catalytic converter had to be replaced.

Brakes and rotors have had to replaced multiple times, although I lived in a mountainous area most of the time I have owned the car.

General Comments:

I really do love this car. It has been through a lot with me, but has needed some costly repairs.

It is very comfortable and easy to drive in less than ideal conditions.

Great first car owning experience.

Car has great personality too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd November, 2005