1998 Honda Civic Illusion 1.4 16v from UK and Ireland


A cheap to insure nippy car with lots of aftermarket modding potential


Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

The car is great! Its got very good performance for a 1396cc engine, very rev happy and pulls like something a lot more powerfull after 2000rpm.

Comfortable ride, although standard seats don't look that nice, but nothing that cannot be sorted out.

The handling as standard is good, but add some lowering springs and you'll love it even more.

Very wide range of bodykits and tuning goodies available all across the globe.

Returns good MPG even if driven hard.

Would please anyone, young or old.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st May, 2003

29th Aug 2007, 14:48

I need to take of the door panels on my Civic Illusion, but cannot take off the window winders. Any help?

15th Jan 2009, 14:30

You have one screw in the door release handle. Undo that, that take off the speaker cover, this should just pull/snap off. Next undo the few screws in there and then undo the speaker screws. Un-clip the speaker and carefully, pull the door card, You will hear several clicks and it should slid off easily. Be careful of the door release handle as this may be tricky to get off alone. You may want some one to help you here.

Hope it helps.

1998 Honda Civic is 1.4 from Poland


Very good car for that price


Only one thing. Problem with starter. Honda Dealer said, that this is popular failure. It was seizing or something like that. I don't remember.

General Comments:

First of all about the engine. This engine is really noisy and the cabin isn't "soundproof". When we push the engine only to 3000rpm everything is fine, but the car is without power (max horse power is when we get 6000rpm). But when we want go "really fast" the engine must work with 4000-4500rpm and more. But then we can't say, that the engine is working silently. Anyway Civic 1.4 is still more silently than Deawoo Lanos 1.5 DOHC for example. So when we haven't much power to 3000-3500rpm and when we love dynamic driving, is good to know, that the gearbox works fantastic. The engine have sport characteristic and we could push it to 7200rpm. My still can go 175Km/h without any "fight", and my record in this car is 195km/h. 100km/h you can do in less than 12 seconds.

I use this car practically only in Warsaw, so I "know" traffic jam very well. 9 liters for 100m/h this is normal I think. On highways when I often go about 170-180km/h the petrol consumption can be really high. I think even 14l per 100km.

Handling...hmm...my previous car was Mazda 323F (pop-up lights model) and maybe that's the reason, that in my opinion handling could be better. Anyway, people says, that the car is nice to drive, and the suspension is rather stiff. In compare to my first car Citroen BX of course yes, to Lanos 5D also. Anyway we can say that, the handling is pretty well. This suspension "stiffnes" is good choice for 90KM Civic 5D.

Interior...in my opinion is very nice. Car is well equipped. Power windows and mirrors, power steering, two front air-bags. Plastic is soft, velour, wooden insertion. Very nice, well made... good point of Civic 5D. No "crickets" after 155000km.

Summary. Very well made car. Looks really nice inside and from outside. His style is timeless. Very reliable. If you can, try to buy 1.6 version (faster, but fuel consumption the same) but 1.4 also isn't bad. Maybe isn't "silent master" but engine noise in upper revs range is even nice. If you don't like to change gears... maybe this car isn't for you. But the engine like I said have "sport" characteristic. Good for tuners I think. The version after lifting (1997) are better made, and have doors "strengthening". Service is very good, but not specially cheap in Poland.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2003