The actual model I own is a Green 11/99 1.6i SE NOT the Exectuive.
I purchased it from a local Honda dealer, in May/03 saw it on the forecourt it was immaculate on inspection the mileage read 13042!
Inside was still in showroom condition, the rear seats seemingly had never been occupied, and the luggage area unmarked. The jack, tools and spare wheel had never been touched and after a test drive it felt absolutely right, I paid more than I wanted at the time so glad that I did the rest is now history.
Kevan a garage owner I've known for over 15 years, services my car and when I took it in for the first time, he said "You've got a real cracker here, you know these model's are bomb proof"...
I've had the car for over 5 years, its in great condition, as I only average just over 8,200 miles p.a., I have just clocked over 58,500 miles which is well below par for a car of this age. The cam-belt was changed at 42000 miles (after 6 years as per the handbook recom) has had 4 front & 2 rear tyres, middle and rear exhaust sections plus regular servicing from Kev!
Drop the rear seats, remove the parcel shelf and I have the perfect ideal utility vehicle, lost count of the number of trips to the local tip or brought timber for my many d.i.y. projects.
Earlier this year, I was looking for a change, to the model and shape after mine, still not found anything so have stopped looking!
Long may my V-Reg live.
My car is the 1.8VTi not the 1.6. I bought it with under 30K on the clock and it has now done 195K. I had to replace the clutch at 150K and a rear wheel bearing at 130k. I now have a second wheel bearing just starting to grumble. The suspension has started to rattle and bump a bit and I have replaced some of the bushes. Otherwise other than damage that I have caused it has been pretty much faultless. Fuel consumption is good considering the outstanding performance that is available if you hang on to a gear and use the full available rev range. In a real hurry on winding roads the worst I have returned is 24mpg on a long unhurried run on the motorway I once managed 39mpg, my average over 166K miles is just under 33. The high insurance group is a drawback.
I have a 1995 Civic, touching 95,000 miles and love this car so much I think I will cry when it goes to the car park in the sky.
As a family of four, we just love the boot space for going away. We have electric windows, sunroof, all still working. If I need to get tyres, they're £40 a go. Two rear parts of exhaust £85. The body work for 13 years is great, one or two rusty bits but o.k.
My mechanic says I need to spend £400 on it though just to keep it going, so I'm looking for something similar. I keep being told to go Japanese - Honda or Toyota - reading reviews makes me want another Civic.
I need to keep looking though. I paid £4k seven years ago for my Civic and if I can get that deal again, great. We love you Civic, don't leave us!
I HAVE OWNED MY 1998 3DR CIVIC 1.4 FOR JUST OVER 2 YEARS NOW AND IT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY RELIABLE AND ECONOMICAL. I ACHIEVE OVER 40MPG EVEN WITH A HEAVY RIGHT FOOT AND DON'T FIND PARTS OR SERVICE TO BE EXPENSIVE. THIS MAINLY STEMS FROM THE FACT I SERVICE THE CAR MYSELF AND ONLY TAKE IT TO THE DEALER FOR ITS MOT! IT HAS NEVER FAILD TO START AND HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN IN OVER 50,000 MILES. I THINK THE FACT I DO SUCH HIGH MILEAGE HELPS THE CAR KEEP RUNNING NICELY AS IT GETS A CHANCE TO WARM UP PROPERLY EVERY DAY. THE ONLY BAD POINT OF THE CAR IS THE WEAK EXHAUST SYSTEM WHICH CAN CORRODE FAIRLY EASILY. ALSO THE CABIN IS A LITTLE BIT PLASTICKY AND CAN RATTLE A FAIR BIT ON THE MOTORWAY. OVERALL THE CAR IS FUN IF A BIT GUTLESS, VERY RELIABLE, VERY ECONOMICAL AND IT LOOKS GREAT. ALSO BY SPENDING A FEW HUNDRED QUID ON SOME ALLOYS THE 3DR CAN LOOK REALLY SPORTY AND IS A PROPER HEAD-TURNER.
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