1999 Honda Civic EX 1.6L VTEC from North America
Best small car out there, worth every penny
Tail pipe rusted out at about 50k, not unusual for the rust belt area I suppose.
The left front power window wouldn't go up while visiting family 700 miles away the day I was headed back home. I later found a frayed cable in the regulator and bought a used unit in the salvage yard for $75.
Sometimes when in drive and stopped it seems to idle too slow causing a vibration and something to rattle up front.
OK let me get my gripes out of the way, which may seem nit-picky.
Would be nice to have the window controls illuminated so I can see which button is which at night.
Would be nice if the intermittent wipers had some sort of variable control. You get Off, Intermittent, Low and High,- dumb.
The cup holders are so-so. You get a big one and a smaller one, if you take off too quick you better hold on to your drink or it might be running down your leg!!
Forget about those map lights on the overhead. If you need your partner to read something like a map for instance you the driver will get blinded.
When I'm taking a hard right and consequently leaning on the door the dome light comes on, I need to fix this.
Would it kill Honda to make an ashtray and cigarette lighter standard? Even if I didn't smoke it would be a nice place to put gum wrappers, bits of trash, etc.
And finally just like too many 'imports' they are still using that wimpy 'beep-beep' horn.
OK besides those few things, I really love this car. I have fun putting it to the floor and watching the tachometer go up to 6500 RPM before it shifts into second gear. Once I got rid of those stock tires and put some decent tires on it it handled much better. It sips gas, is very comfortable on long trips (for a small car) and is a lot of fun to drive without beating you to death over bumps.
I like how the radio buttons are real big and easy to find from the corner of the eye, and the heater controls are simple and easy to reach.
I would like to upgrade to a Honda van, due to a growing family. Yes you do pay more for a Honda anything, but right now my Civic is 5 years old and still worth about $9000 on a trade, tell those KIA owners this, they are feeling the pain.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th December, 2003
You may want to read some of the Honda Odyssey reviews before you make uneducated remarks about KIA or any other up and coming manufacturer.
I found a Technical Survice Bulletion on the hood rattle, and I made some adjustments to the door so all is fixed now.
About the dude who left a comment trying to defend KIA, you got to be kidding me, The only reason anybody buys these is because they are much cheaper. Why? Because they are made of mostly cheap components. After 2 years what is it gonna be worth? Maybe 40% of what you paid for it. Maybe now that Hyundai have taken over they will get better, but don't expect their value to hold.
My first car was a civic ex. I honestly had nothing, but problems. I bought it at 70 000 kilometers, and had to replace the oxygen sensor three weeks after buying it. It was slow and would sometimes shake at stop lights. The windows were always slow and struggled to open and close in the cooler weather. After getting in a minor rear ender, the airbags inflated costing a LOT of money. I would buy another civic, but I would consider newer model.