2001 Honda Civic S 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


Stay away


When pulling out onto a main road in the morning, car loses all power. It's like taking off in 5th gear for 3 or 4 seconds which can be very dangerous.

Rolls quite a lot.

Extremely under powered. Similar 1.4 petrol models have a great deal more power.

General Comments:

Dealer has told us that the problem with early morning sluggishness is due to 2005 emissions restrictions and that there is nothing they can do. They have suggested we over rev the car to compensate. Sounds like a old 1982 Fiesta I had.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th December, 2002

21st Dec 2002, 04:36

Thanks for the sarcastic comment above about driving the car properly. As it happens, since the initial posting, there has been an error found. They have replaced the main CPU and have solved both the sluggishness in the morning and the lack of power. It's a completely different car now, and if I had been given this one a year ago, I would have been completely satisfied as this was the one thing that was really lacking. Oh yes, and if the the previous commenter could get onto Honda and save them a bucket in replacing the main CPU in the affected cars by driving them differently, they would appreciate it. Little minds and sarcasm. Lovely.

2001 Honda Civic 1.7 litre Gli from Australia and New Zealand


You buy Honda civic, you buy a terrible nightmare


Weak power especially when field is up hill, rattles and squeaks noises mysteriously around the dashboard, doors and interiors.

Imbalances while turning, whole passengers were thrown to the other side.

Sometimes when I press the brake to slow down the car or to stop entirely, I can hear some mysteriouslyrattles.

Bad smell from air conditioning, this is true for all honda civic I even ride in.

General Comments:

This car is not worth to buy.

This problems has cause emotional pressure and disturb my enjoyment while driving.

This rattles really drives me mad all the time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th November, 2002

20th Dec 2002, 23:59

Rattles you can't find really get on your nerves, plastic interiors do that, I have a 1972 Chevy Blazer and I have had no problem with the interior rattling, because it is all metal, but there is a trade off, plastic absorb outside noises and the metal does not.

2001 Honda Civic 1.6 SE 5 door 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


An excellent car which is let down by poor customer care.


Tape player jammed when the car was 2 months old.

Glove box hinge broke after 8 months.

Dash board plastics started to look worn after only 2 months.

General Comments:

The performance is very good for a 1.6 however 1st gear is very low compared to other similar cars I have driven.

The clutch pedal is very light to use and the dash mounted gear lever is comfortable and smooth.

The Dealer's response was very poor when I had a problem with the cassette player. They initially said that the faulty unit had to be removed from the car and sent away which would have left me with a hole in the dashboard for 3 weeks. The Salesman even claimed that he would be fined £1,000 by Honda if the garage exchanged the radio! I contacted other Honda dealers who said that this was untrue and that they would order a new unit from Honda and exchange it for the faulty one. In the end I contacted Honda UK who arranged for a replacement unit and compensated me by offering a separate CD player for £100.

There is only one rear ashtray, which is door mounted, if there a 2 smokers in the rear they have to hold the ashtray between them. Surely it wouldn't cost very much for an extra rear ashtray to be fitted.

Also the supplying dealer does not supply a courtesy car when my car is in for service or repair.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th November, 2002

2001 Honda Civic SE 1.6 VTEC from Cyprus


Good stable dependable car


The Drivers door makes a clicking noise when the tire goes into a hole.

The dash makes again a very annoying noise when you accelerate.

General Comments:

I was expecting more from a 1.6 VTEC Honda engine when it comes to power. This is comparing the car with my old model 1.5 1992 model.

Is a nice family car the you can depend on.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2002