14th Jan 2001, 08:07
I couldn't agree more with the performance of my Honda Civic 1990 VT. I have had it just over 2 months and can't get enough of it!!!
It's done just over 100k miles and is pure bliss to hammer about (blowing away boy racers in their Ford XR things!!!). I can truly say I'll never buy another make of car again!!!
24th Jan 2001, 20:36
I agree with the first guy and the guys who commented about this car, but I do have to say that the top speed on the clock says 155mph and it will do that as a standard model.
Tune it up a bit, then you can see the pure power it can produce. First you have to let the car breath by changing the air filter and exhaust, then you have to sort the brain out and the difference is unbelievable.
There is only 1 problem with the car though... original Honda parts are very dear and can break your pocket.
14th Feb 2001, 06:54
The car is great. I've got a 1990 import 1.6 siR and I agree with all the above comments. You can supercharge them if you need to overtake any Impreza's - http://jacksonracing.com
22nd Feb 2001, 04:56
Hi, I also couldn't agree more with all your comments. I have a 1989 SiR and it's awesome. The torque around town in all gears is great - it easily beats the 'legendary' 4-AGE 20v that we also have.
Mine's done 171000 kms and it still goes very hard and loves to rev. Handles good for a hatch too. Look forward to finding out my top speed soon after I modify the intake and exhaust. I certainly know my next car will be a DOHC VTEC Honda.
24th Feb 2001, 20:58
This is my second post on this board about my 1.6i VT!!
I have recently bought a Scorpion stainless steel exhaust and Superchipped it, and the performance change is remarkable!!! I can get 0-60 in 6 seconds!!! And the fuel economy is still affordable!!!
11th Apr 2001, 15:05
I agree with the guy with the Scorpion exhaust, I've recently had a custom built Superflow exhaust fitted and removed the CAT (not a legal requirement on a 91 model, hee hee!) and have gained at least 10bhp, the VTEC really gives me a shove in the back now, before it was quite subtle when it kicked in. Don't know about chipping it though, don't want to fix what isn't broke.
14th Sep 2001, 10:42
155 mph! Total crap. 130 is the most to expect from a standard or even slightly modified 1990 Civic 1.6i VT. To get that kind of top speed will required a big turbo upgrade and lots of money.
Anyway, that's irrelevant really. This is a great car! I have had 2 standard 1.6i VT models, and before them I had a 1.6i 16v model. I really do like this car.
I'm not sure it handles as well as a 205GTi, but it is very close.
27th Jun 2002, 13:21
I've had my 1991 VT for 2 years now. It has covered 80,000 miles. I have had very little trouble at all. I have just had to replace the radiator, which was costly! I still love the balance of performance, practicality and the element of surprise. I have modified the car by adding a 57i K&N kit and up-rating the brakes to red dot discs and greenstuff pads - the difference this made was incredible. I have also recently stiffened and lowered the car by fitting a G-Max suspension kit - this made me realise how much body roll the original set-up had. Now my car will stop, corner and pull very hard in the higher rev range. I wish I could get into contact with other VT owners to share stories and upgrade ideas.
29th Sep 2002, 20:36
My 1990 Honda Civic is up to 235,000 and it still runs great. The only problem I had with it was that I had to get a new distributor for it, but other than that, I still think it is the best car I ever had.
17th Feb 2003, 10:47
OK guys, I have a question for all. I have a 90 Civic that will not run. I have put a new ignition coil, rotor and distributor cap and still not getting fire. What can it be, My distributor, my ignition switch. If you guys can help me please email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
13th May 2003, 12:48
I am having the same problem with my 1990 civic. I changed the coil and the igniter module, and that worked for about 5 miles. It then dropped spark and I found myself in the same position again, what could it be? If you have any suggestions please contact me at email@example.com.
17th Jun 2003, 09:57
There is a problem with the main relay in this cars. Check for cracked soldering in this part.
22nd Apr 2004, 04:14
I've just bought an H-plate 16i-VT that has done only 12000 since new which had been stored in a heated garage since 1996 by an old boy who was advised not to drive after a cardiac arrest. It looks as if it had just left a new car showroom with not a single mark inside, outside or in the engine compartment. I can't wait to discover the pleasures of driving it once I've insured it. I had a taster when I drove it home and agree with most of the other comments. It is in the original factory condition without any modifications done to it.
Mike Patel, Wembley.
12th Aug 2007, 09:37
Yeah I've had my Honda 1.6 16 DOHC VTEC about 5 months. It's done 125,000...
You could never beat these cars. I smoke most things; Audi 1.8 20v turbo smoked LOL...
For the age they're a lovely car and I would never change... (once you go japanese, you never go back)
That's what I think... my mates got a G reg non VTEC 130 BHP; still quick for a 1.6.
I got a VTEC controller; VTEC kicks in at 4.5k RPM.
Peace out and have a good time driving, and one from Somerset with a 4th gen Civic...
Oh, I nearly forgot www.4guk.co.uk
14th Jan 2008, 17:21
Just sold my beloved 1.6 vt. had it 9 years and feel like a mug now driving a poxy focus. R.I.P.