A great buy! Just shop around for the best price
Overall this car is a prime example of Honda's legendary reliability; other than the oil pan gasket that had to be replaced twice because of oil leaks, this car has not run into any mechanical problems.
If I would have to recommend a compact car, the Honda Civic would definitely be my top choice; the 1.6L engine equipped with Honda's legendary i-VTEC variable valve timing system makes this car quite quick. The 0-100km time is just a little over 9 seconds, and the engine has ample torque, all of which is available at around 2500rpm.
The front and rear independent suspension provides great cornering with very litle body roll, and the automatic 4 speed transmission is amongst the best in the industry.
While not the most stylish generation, the 2001 to 2005 model years offer an interior fit and finish that is unlike no other; the seat materials are of top notch quality, and the plastics used are of surprising quality for an "econo car". The LX-i pacakge comes loaded with power windows, cruise control, remote keyless entry and ABS brakes, and all of the accessories are of remarkable quality.
The downsides to this litle beauty include a large amount of road noise; rattles and squeaks can be heard while going over bumps at low speed. The brakes are a little too spongy and would be greatly improved with a front/rear disc setup.
While I was able to get a great deal on this car, its high resale value makes it much more expensive than it's American counterparts, and its overall "bang for the buck" is greatly reduced by high sticker prices. Also their insurance costs (especially if you're under 25) are sky high.
If you can afford the payments and the insurance, go for it! You won't be disappointed.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st June, 2007