I've now done 136,500 miles with not a single breakdown, the only repairs have been through reasonable wear and tear.
I've driven many, newer cars and the simplicity of the civic still means I'm glad to get back into my own car. It doesn't corner the best, the low speed ride is too firm and the nose dives too easily into a corner without enough feedback from the steering wheel. However, it's comfortable, the ride is brilliant on the motorway, it faithfully goes wherever it's pointed and it feels really firmly planted on the road, with well weighted steering.
The engine struggles with the aircon and a full load. Even generally to accelerate you need to work the engine, but there's normally no need, driving gently the car does fine. It also sounds reasonably good when pushed.
There is too much road noise but little wind noise. On newer surfaces the noise generated is fine. I get over 40mpg with mixed driving, up to 55mpg with a gentle motorway run. Servicing isn't cheap, neither are wear items such as brakes, exhausts and some rubber items are starting to perish (1998 model). The lack of mechanical breakdowns and low insurance makes up for this.
No rattles in the cabin. It's boring but brilliantly simple. Reasonably spacious but rear space can be tight behind a tall driver. Steering wheel doesn't adjust for reach - can be irritating. I love my car and would recommend Honda - I'm biased. Am 21 - Not an oldie.
So far have covered 163,000 miles in 1999 model. Its been exceptionally reliable, drinks NO oil between services and is simple to home service.
Sum total of problems is an electric window compensator which I managed to repair (a replacement is £180)and one perished suspension bush at 160,000 miles.
Averages about 36mpg when driven over distance at speeds over the legal limit. Handling is great for such a type of car and is better than the newer shaped Civics.
All round visibility is very good. No real gripes, it is a Honda after all.
This is my wife's car.
It's a good, very reliable car, as long as you look after it. Servicing not cheap, but our local dealer is top notch.
Fuel economy at motorway speeds is fantastic, almost 45mpg, but the downside is that the car is very slow and its overtaking ability is poor. But it has great space, good build and is easy around town.
It is a bit noisy at higher speeds though.
This is my first Honda and I am very impressed. The interior space is much-needed when we have a 6ft tall son and a daughter over 51/2ft. However, I have found it takes more revs than I feel comfortable with to pull away and I feel I need to get to fifth gear before the car seems to relax. The Civic was a year old when I bought it and I was very impressed with the deal I got from Brindley Honda in Codsall, Wolverhampton. The price was £11,000 for the SE Exec model with 8500 miles on the clock. I will definitely be buying Honda from now on.
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