2002 Honda Civic Si 2.0 I-VTEC from North America


A lot of fun, efficient, and sporty looks!


So far nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This car has a great interior and a very fun and sporty exterior.

The car is very peppy, yet I still average 30 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2004

2002 Honda Civic Si 2.0 I-Vtec from North America


All around great performance vehicle


Nothing has broken on the car.

Slight Transmission grinding in second and third.

Passenger Window Tracking is slightly off.

Squeaky clutch pedal.

General Comments:

The car handles great, it needs higher performance tires when you push it harder. I feel very safe in the car. There is no question that it is a high quality built car inside out.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th August, 2004

2002 Honda Civic ex 1.6 petrol from Israel


Nothing like the 1992 civic we had before


Nothing has gone wrong with the car.

The radio cum clock cum alarm often gets out of kilter and readjustment is awkward and lengthy.

General Comments:

The civic drives like a crate, no oomp and no spirit; it essentially feels brain dead.

The car is relatively low, getting in and out requires effort you feel lower on the road than you really are.

All electronics are somehow centered around the radio and make the adjustments quite unpleasant.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd July, 2004

2002 Honda Civic Si 2.0 i-vtec from North America


A fun economical car to drive


The silver paint on the hand brake is chipping. I hope this is covered under warranty.

General Comments:

The car gets very good gas mileage. I get 30-32 mpg freeway miles!

Stock tires are very poor and do not handle well. I used to have a older civic and it feels less safe taking sharper turns in the civic si than other civics.

The car is very spacious in the rear when the back seats are flipped down. Good for carrying large items!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th July, 2004

2002 Honda Civic Type-R 2.0 16v VVTi from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

After 9 months of ownership, this car is somewhat disappointing. I wanted a reliable, refined performance hatch. And in that sense it delivers. But it certainly delivers little else. Even the novelty of the dash-mounted gear-lever wears off! Honest!

The engine is sweet enough, but truly gutless. I know I'll have fellow Type-R owners shouting "but a Type-R can beat a..." at their PC right now, but let me explain! Until 6,000 rpm the Type-R has little to offer, we all know that. That's no problem, it's to be expected from an efficient Japanese VVTi lump. The problem I have is, where's the warp speed acceleration in the top end of the rev range? Don't get me wrong, there is a surge. But does it really get you to 62mph in 6.4 seconds? This car is so refined in it's power delivery and so bulky in it's construction that you "feel" like you're going nowhere fast. Even when the sensation of speed does arrive, it's time to change gear because you're in danger of bouncing the needle!

The handling is OK. It's not as good as my previous car, a Clio 172, but I had to get rid of that because Renault don't know the meaning of the term reliability!

I think that's the point I'm trying to make. The Honda is a well built, well balanced car. It's just so good at what it does, it's almost no good! I don't know of a manufacturer that produces, in the same price bracket as the Type-R, a car which is super-reliable AND super-fun (i.e. 200bhp). Can't we have both? An Impreza some may say? A fantastic car, but running costs mount up (Subaru recommend servicing every 6 months!). What we need is a genuine, back to basics hot hatch which is affordable, dependable and has that "I wanna drive it!" factor. Comments welcome!

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

Review Date: 1st June, 2004

8th Jun 2004, 05:26

I have had a CTR for the last 2 years and it has given me nothing, but pleasure, where else can you get near 200 BHP for 16 grand with great handling. Everyone still looks at this car even though it is very common on the road now. My boss has a Maserati and borrowed my CTR. His comment was that he'd wish he had purchased the Civic and saved himself 30 grand in the process. I have done 40000 miles with no problems save exspenive servicing and tyres.