i owned a mint example 3dr 1.6vti for 2 years. I you can find one in decent condition and want performance then this is the car for you. 160bhp from hondas revolutionary VTEC system is outrageous. 0-60 in little over 7 secs and they can be modified quite easily.
Great performance, not so stable feeling at high speed and unfortunately very thirsty on petrol.
Beware: exhaust back boxes rust very quickly and rust is prone around the back wheel arches - when washing the car, take the time to clean out the salt/dirt/ from inside the lip of the rear wheel arches. this will prolong the life of your car's body work.
Plain interior, ok boot space but a definate wolf in sheeps clothing, I embarassed many a well know ' hothatch' in my younger days, sadly moved on to 'sensible' diesel....
I cant fault the honda civic, mine is an automatic, bought mine for £4000 with only 9000 miles on the clock,HPI cleared. Very smooth to drive, good on fuel, still yet to service myself as it had just been serviced when I bought it. Previously had a Vauxhall Corsa which was always letting me down. Read all the reviews on Honda and couldnt fault it. You get a lot more for your money than you do with other manufactures. Aircon, alloys, full elec pack, cd player, everything is adjustable all standard. Sticks to the road like glue, loads of space, I could go on for ever praising this car. I will always be buying Honda from now on. VERY good reliable car.
I'm surprised at some reviewers' comments on the lack of legroom - I was looking for something bigger, but I was so impressed with the Civic's internal space that I bought one.
I'm 6ft 4in tall and my son is 6ft 6in tall, so I checked before buying that we could sit comfortably one behind the other. It has good luggage-carrying abilities as well - I regularly put my bike in the back to take for a spin in the country.
After four years, my main grumble has been the Honda servicing costs (over £600 for the first one). Also, the turning circle is poor and it's difficult to judge the four corners of the car when parking. My daughter, who has just learned to drive on a Ford Focus, claims the Focus is much easier to drive.
Overall, I find the Civic a thoroughly practical, economical and reliable car - I just sometimes wish it was a bit more exciting.
I have been driving this car for over 5 years and have covered 68,000 miles in this time.
The reliability has been what you would expect from a Honda - I've never had any problems with it. It's only ever been into a garage for scheduled servicing and while these maintenance bills haven't been the cheapest, the level of service from my local Honda dealer has been outstanding.
The performance is quite perky considering its 89 bhp engine and the close ratio gearbox makes it feel quite responsive. The economy has been a consistent 40ish mpg. The handling is probably not its strongest point, but the silky smooth ride quality compares to that of an executive saloon.
Behind the wheel, the comfortable half leather seats complement the excellent ride quality and the high trim level makes the cabin a pleasant place to be. Elsewhere, there's plenty of legroom all round and the boot is very spacious.
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