1998 Honda Civic EX from North America
A GREAT car for anyone that does not have kids
Nothing has gone wrong yet.
This has been a good car. My second Honda Civic in a row. Same problem areas are:
Low power for merging or going uphill.
Rear fender on both cars is sort of 'off' track a bit, very strange.
Does tend to hydroplane in big puddles.
Visor material starts wearing out quickly and the stuffing/padding in there will start flaking. Get a cover for both asap!
Same thing with the sun roof, that material covering it wears out quickly and you get dust in your eyes when you open it.
Otherwise, fabulous car. Never fails to start ::crossing fingers:: is totally reliable.
Changing the oil is a BEAR. I have to take it to a service station.
Would want my kids to have one when they are ready to drive if they were not so expensive.
Paint, seats, engine, everything is just great.
Don't get one if you are just starting your family though, getting car seats in/out buckled/unbuckled for years in a row was such a bad decision. I should have gotten a van or such. TOO SMALL to climb back there all the time. And the latch to move seats forward/back is on the inside of the seat, not outside by the doors. So whenever you want to move your seat back, you have to scrunch down and practically climb in the car to do so.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th October, 2004
18th Jul 2008, 17:37
Clearly agree with the person above regarding children in the car. I recently had to take my niece to the doctor and found that it was not very comfortable having a child seat in the back with two other passengers. Otherwise, a very reliable car, although a bit sluggish on the freeway, and should you choose to (against the law) go beyond the recommended freeway speeds, it drinks fuel like a fish. Perhaps this is because of the four speed system on the automatic transmission. I've also driven the manual version, and found that because of the SOHC system, the rival Corolla (DOHC) gives better gas mileage. Not to bad mouth Corolla, but the Corolla tends to be an old man's car. Civics are definitely more peppy. Overall: A great car for your average teenager to newly-wed couple.