I bought my three-year old 1.6 Civic Executive (2003 52-plate) 12 months ago with only 18,000 warranted miles and full Honda dealership servicing. It had one lady owner from new. I know this to be true because it was my mother.
Three months later (20,000 miles) the brake shoes and discs required replacing, costing £400. I was very disappointed considering the very low mileage. Honda did not seem to think it was a fault.
I have had this car from new since 2005 - and have now completed more than 30,000 miles of completely trouble-free motoring. It starts first time all the time, is cheap to run (I regularly average 48mpg) and never requires anything other than standard servicing (I haven't even had to change a light bulb!)
Road noise is a little excessive on the supplied Dunlop tyres, but by switching to a Michelin tyre this can be eliminated
The engine is smooth and doesn't mind a good revving. It performs well for a 1.6.
The build quality feels good for the class and I have not had rattles in the cabin.
All in all, an excellent and practical car.
I couldn't find the exact model to match the car I own ('02 1.7 VTEC Coupe' 3dr), so I chose the next closest model I could!
It compares to the EX model available here in the UK. It is primarily based on the USA model, which goes for a slightly sportier configuration, instead of a practical family car.
Under the bonnet is a 127 BHP 1.7 Litre VTEC engine which is only topped by the Type R in terms of power & performance, but is so much cheaper to insure and road tax. The engine does the impossible (except for the Japanese engineers it would seem), performing in every aspect as a sports engine, but having the practical fuel economy normally associated with underpowered and sluggish family saloon cars.
It will rev to infinity, almost like a motorcycle instead of a car. My Vauxhall Vectra would rev to a maximum of 3700RPM, no matter what gear you were in, this goes all the way to 7000! Every element of this car screams "Drive me fast": The gearbox is quick-shift, almost like a rally car; with very little travel needed between all 5 gears.
The all leather interior lends a really nice "quality" feel to the inside of the car, controls are all in sensible places and are clearly marked and easy to familiarise yourself with. Build quality is what you would expect from Honda; sturdy and hardwearing. All in all I would instantly recommend this car to anybody, it is fun to drive, economical on fuel, built to last, smooth comfortable ride and packed with safety features.
I bought my "55" Civic VTEC Sport in November 2005 from a dealership in Hull (I got nearly £3,000 off the Honda UK price!). Since then i have done 23,000 miles problem free. Being only 19 when i bought the car i couldn't get insured on a Type-R, but loved the look, so chose the Sport model, which has exactly the same shape and body (smaller spoiler). Performance is good for a 1.6 and the VTEC is pleasing across the rev range. The car sticks to the road very well, and sports suspension makes hard cornering easy. Brakes are the same as the Type-R so no issues stopping. Driven normally i can get 40mpg and 380 miles out of a tank. Even driven hard i get about 35mpg. Gearstick is in a perfect position, and everything has a feel of quality to it. Sometimes my back aches after long journey however. I have a car thats nippy, turns a few heads, has good running costs, and very reliable, so all good at the end of the day!
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