1998 Honda Civic EX 1.6 from Colombia
Ultra reliable, great fuel economy
No major things. I have taken the car to the regular maintenance (timing belts at 150,000km, brakes adjustments and oil changes).
Beside that, I had to go to the dealership just after I purchased it, because somebody at the tire service broke one of the front right wheel bolts when repairing a tire puncture.
Then I had to replace the master brake cylinder at 155,000km. I got the OEM part on Ebay for around USD180.
Great fuel economy, between 38 and 50 km per gallon depending on the route, which I think is good for a sedan that size. It's a 14 year old car that is more reliable than many new cars with a fraction of the mileage that mine has. It has never used a tow service or broke down in the middle of the road.
The interior is very roomy and well built. Everything still works (A/C, electric sunroof, cruise control, electric windows, electric side mirrors) and there are no annoying noises coming from plastic or metallic parts.
Seats are very comfortable. I usually make 6 hour road trips (3 or 4 times per year) and there's no need to stop.
The car is slow climbing mountains on Colombian highways, because of the automatic transmission.
Tends to hit obstacles on non paved roads or the ground when entering subway car parks, because of its short height above the road surface.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th September, 2011