1998 Honda Civic Reviews - Page 5 of 19

1998 Honda Civic SiR 1.6L DOHC VTEC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6L DOHC VTEC Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance240000 kilometres
Previous carEagle Talon

Summary:

A really good deal

Faults:

Nothing went wrong, except for normal wear damage.

General Comments:

It's the best car I have ever owned. It's affordable, cheap on gas and on maintenance.

It's good looking, fun to drive, and handles like a sports car; however the seats don't hold you when you take those tight corners.

I have driven a lot of other cars, but this is my 3rd Civic and I haven't gotten tired of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th December, 2008

1998 Honda Civic Si from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired260000 kilometres
Most recent distance320000 kilometres

Summary:

Great Car

Faults:

Nothing major has happened to my car. I maintained it well by changing my water pump and timing belt everyone 100,000km. Which wasn't too expensive. There was a point where my engine light would turn on suddenly. But I left it for a few days and it turned off itself. Now its been running problem free for a few months. oil change here and there.

General Comments:

I'm not a car guy. I hate cars. But what can I do, I need a car so I can go to work. Car is not the best performer, not the fastest or smoothest. But offers great fuel efficiency and reliability. That's all I need. A car that doesn't break down and leave me stranded. I will get another one for sure.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th November, 2008

1998 Honda Civic EX Coupe 1.6 VTech from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 VTech Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired138000 miles
Most recent distance149000 miles

Summary:

Fun, economical, stylish, and affordable car that will out live your grandchildren

Faults:

So far nothing really, runs pretty much perfectly with no problems, and nothing really bad happening to the body of the car (there were a few dents when I bought it), other than the usual with the windshield wipers losing paint (paint them for cheap, or buy new ones for almost as cheap, so w/e).

In fact the only thing that has ever actually broken on the vehicle was the washer pump, and that was because I launched it off an approach when I fell asleep. All that happened was the inner fender tore out the pump, which was 6 dollars and 15 mins to replace. The rest of the car was perfectly fine after this incident.

So to sum it up - NOTHING WENT WRONG THAT I PERSONALLY DIDN'T BRING ON MYSELF, LOL.

General Comments:

Look - From a quick walk around, the car doesn't look half bad, especially for an economy car. It has a sporty, yet refined look that separates it from the boring and often ugly look of your average economy car.

Interior - The interior of the Civic is surprisingly roomy. I myself am a little over 6' 3", and yet I can drive with good leg room and over all comfort. I would not however, recommend this car to taller people of old age; it may be difficult to get in and out of.

The seats are of pretty good quality, and feel pretty good for a small car; not luxury, but not bricks either. The back seat is pretty small, but is not too bad to ride in either, as long as your passengers aren't too far over six feet, or if they don't mind slouching.

Handling - I cannot really tell you what a Civic would handle like straight out of the factory, because my car came with a sport spring kit, which alters the handling as well as the ride.

Economy/Performance - I average about 33mpg with my 4spd slopomatic (auto), but can get as high as 38 on longer highway trips. As far as performance, don't expect to be winning any races (damn racers), as they aren't super fast cars, but the EX does have the get up and go for passing adequately, and those quick off the light jumps.

On a side note, while the engine doesn't exactly send you rocketing down the road, it does give off a very satisfying roar when put to the floor (not a vacuum cleaner sound either, a nice smooth, clean sound). This combined with the low end peppiness of the vehicle make it quite entertaining to drive day to day.

Reliability - NEVER had a problem with starting to fail of anything, and as it's a Honda, it will probably outlive me.

Other - The A/C in the vehicle is not super strong. Tires are quite cheap (about 50-60 per tire installed and balanced).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2008

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 68 reviews