1998 Honda Civic 1.4i 1.4 from UK and Ireland
Nothing has gone wrong in 30,000 miles of driving!
Having previously always owned performance cars, I guess I was expecting too much from this 1.4 engine. But when I first took to the driving seat, I was pleasantly suprised by the town driving experience as the engine provided a enough power to potter around below 40mph. On the motorways however, this car is totally under powered (what do you expect from a 1.4!) and struggles on the slightest incline or when overtaking.
On the plus side, this car is VERY easy to drive and has an excellent turning circle (great for those U-turns in narrow roads). The fuel economy is *okay*, although I expected it to be better than 35mpg whilst doing mostly motorway driving. And considering that my father's 1.4 manual Vauxhall Astra did around 45mpg and a friend's 1.6 Astra managed 40mpg on similar journeys, I would have hoped the Civic could have done better.
Handling is good despite having such skinny tyres and suspension is also good for a standard car. So unless pushed hard in to a corner, the Civic was always neutral (never over or under steering) and handled bumpy roads better then most cars in class I have driven.
Overall, I'd say that the 30,000 odd miles I have covered in the past year have been totally faultless. Not bad really considering it's been racked up in such a short amount of time.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th December, 2004
18th Jul 2008, 00:32
I agree with you mate! In fact, I originally purchased a 1998 and have replaced it twice (the dark sky-blue was only offered one year, then I purchased the light sky blue, and now I have the green-bluish paint color). Maybe I should re-think such fortitudes <Civics> as I keep wrecking these autos (no fault of the manufacturer). Honestly, this is probably why I keep buying them. They are very economical and SAFE automobiles! I don't know what more I can say beyond this! Chris.