1998 Honda Civic EX from North America


A GREAT car for anyone that does not have kids


Nothing has gone wrong yet.

General Comments:

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.

1998 Honda Civic DX 1.6L from North America


Point A to Point B every time with ability to modify easily


Door and trunk seals started falling off at 43kmi.

Radio display had started to haze from inside at 45kmi.

Passenger front window would open a crack due to road vibrations, causing irritating whistling at speeds 45+mph, at 50kmi.

Loose, but not falling apart, driver front door handle at 60kmi.

General Comments:

Incredibly easy to regularly maintain every 3kmi with oil changes, fluid checks, rotating tyres, installing new brakes. A wonderful car upon which to learn and/or modify, being a Honda.

Not much power, but being stock and the DX model it is not known for performance, mainly reliability. Acceleration was OK, would have liked to put in an after market air intake for a little extra 'oomph'.

Reliability was amazing. Every single time I turned the key, it started. Never had any major defects, only routine fluid flushes and visual inspections at 60kmi checkup.

Survived driving around a primitive campground for 3 weeks without needing an alignment.

Great gas mileage, 32mpg highway (once got 38mpg) on regular unleaded and Techron every 3kmi.

Speed on 25mph exit ramps was average. In snow handled better than average.

Trunk with fold-down back seats made transporting items even as long as skis a breeze.

Shifter was at awkward distance, too far, while driving. Remedied with custom built shifter knob.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th January, 2004

1998 Honda Civic EX Coupe 1.6L SOHC from North America


My second Civic after having a 1997 EX!


The paint was a little pink from oxidation underneath the windows. This was nothing that a quick self-done detailing couldn't fix.

Someone has chipped off the clear enamel from the hazard button.

The headrests of the rear seats are faded to a purplish color from the sun.

Changing the timing belt is a real pain on this car. We had to take it apart twice after first discovering that you definitely can't take it apart by hand.

General Comments:

The tires were mismatched when I went to buy it. The dealer replaced them with brand new tires at my request.

The car has way too much body roll. I'll need to purchase sways and struts.

I wish that this car had more power from the factory. Perhaps if the Civic Type R was available in the US perhaps I would feel differently.

I love the Milano Red paint. I love the color so much that I bought both of my Civics in this color!

I have had three friends drive my car and decide to buy Civics because they liked it so much. Two of these people were previously interested in Firebird (and Euro cars) and Jeeps.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th November, 2003