2004 Honda Civic VTI Oriel 1.6 VTEC (DOHC) from Pakistan


The best Pakistani vehicle?


Can't get the radio to display the clock.

Other than that it's been fine.

General Comments:

This is a Pakistani-assembled Civic, and it's probably the best local vehicle offered on the market here.

It's 80% Japanese by components and 20% local. Although I'm not a fan of Japanese cars in general, the Civic does the job quite well. The engine is responsive, if at times brash, and it handles good too even with the standard 15" alloy wheels. Brakes are responsive.

The only complaint I have is that the current model shows the under-carriage from the rear, and this looks rather unattractive.

Reliable and well-made for a Pakistani car, much better so than the equivalent generation Corolla which has had many quality-control issues.

Resale is strong too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th January, 2006

14th Aug 2006, 06:56

I totally Agree with your comments on Shape.

I called it cooked eyed car for that appearance.

2004 Honda Civic Hybrid from North America


Not worth the money


Battery replaced by dealer- wouldn't hold a charge. Front brakes. Recall for reprogramming the computer and something with the battery pack charging system.

General Comments:

I have two things that bother me about this car- the first is mileage. A stinking 35mpg when it was supposed to get 46- big difference, I would have just bought a regular civic for 5K less and probably get 3mpg less. Also the car is a flimsy tin can- soaks up dings and scrapes. It reliable, I like the interior quality, just not a long lasting and durable expenditure of $20K.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2005

24th Oct 2005, 22:55

Honda's aren't as reliable as they used to be, so you may get disapointed even more.

You probably would have been served better with a Focus for thousands less.

22nd Dec 2005, 23:54

I sold it. I kept my Land Rover and I am driving my big barge around and LOVING it- so what- I'll spend an extra $29 a week on gas! It was easy to sell 'cause others have bought into the hybrid hype.

2004 Honda Civic Sport VTEC 1.6 from UK and Ireland


Honda reliability, VTEC performance and great economy


No faults so far.

General Comments:

I bought this car as a 54 plate ex-demo from my local Honda dealer. Although it was high mileage, it came with the 17" optional extra alloys and rear headrests. The higher mileage for its age (9 months at the time of purchase) enabled be to bargain the dealer down to a very reasonable price.

The Civic Sport is a brilliant car - you can rev it like any other VTEC and accelerate away, but you can also drive it sedately like any other 3 door hatch. It looks great with the TypeR body styling and the larger 17" wheels.

Fuel economy is very good - 40mpg+ on a medium drive, I've yet to take it on a long motorway trip, though I would expect to get almost 50mpg from it. If you drive it spiritly on short journeys expect your mpg to drop to around the 33mpg mark.

The car is very comfortable with the sports seats, and is very nice to drive. The leather steering wheel is sporty (although the steering will take some getting used to - the turning circle is far wider than my previous car).

One thing I love about the Civic is the positioning of the gear stick - after driving the Civic I find it difficult and very cumbersome having a lower mounted shift.

The Honda stereo leaves a lot to be desired, although it happily plays my CDR music and the radio reception is good. If you're an "ICE" fan you'd probably want more though.

The car comes fitted as standard with a Cat1 alarm/immobiliser - the car requires the factory key to start, as there is a transponder for the immobiliser built into it.

The insurance on this car, considering its performance (i.e. acceleration) when compared with other 1.6 cars (the focus, astra etc) is incredibly cheap.

My car came polished and waxed from the dealer, so keeping the Nighthawk Black nice and shiny isn't too much of a problem. If you're into your car cleaning however, some Meguiars is a must have.

All in all a brilliant value car for some good, comfortable, enjoyable driving fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd August, 2005

27th Nov 2008, 05:56

Hiya, I've always loved the Civic Sport, and wanted to own one. Now I've read your review, I think I love the sound of it even more. I want a nice family car with good performance, safe, reliable, and fun to drive, and the Civic Sport looks like a Type R, so it ticks all the boxes for me ;-)

Thanks for your review, you've helped me make my decision.