Good Lord, Where do I start?
Just since I've owned it:
2 head gaskets.
New clutch at 95,000 (car was a one-owner, I bought it used from an older lady, this may or may not have been the culprit)
Car was Ming treated yearly and still has become a rust bucket after only 9 years. Quarter Panels have completely gone through behind the wheel wells. Door bottoms are well on the way there. Also around the fuel filler door. This car is really looking ugly.
Speaking of sheet metal, I swear this car is so thin it dents from people looking at it.
Passenger side window came off track twice.
Car always seems to get very close to overheating on hot days or when climbing long hills. Two thermostats have not remedied this problem. I do not lug my engine or accelerate hard.
Neither has the cracked radiator I replaced a year ago, or the water pump 8 months ago. It is not the fan either, or any relay related to the van.
Engine knocks and ticks bad in cold weather, or after not being started for days. And doesn't quiet down much after warming up.
Weak heater and Air Conditioner under all conditions, even after recharging A/C.
Alternator at 102,000 miles.
Weak stereo blew speakers and failed completely a year ago.
Lackluster acceleration for honda's somewhat sporty edition of the Civic.
Suspension Components are flimsy and brittle. Honda wasn't kidding about "wishbone suspensions" I've been through a stabilizer bar, two links, 2 sets of shocks, and 2 wheel bearings since I purchased this car.
Car has eaten three sets of brake pads and rotors since I purchased it.
Most of these are not normal wear and tear items!
The previous owner gave me all maintenance receipts since 12/1997. She religiously changed her oil every 3,500 miles or less, Coolant every two years. She must have either thrown away the ones where she was spending thousands like I have, or Hondas just fall apart around 100,000 miles. What could it be?
I bought this car because of Honda's "bulletproof reliability", but have yet to find it on this car.