1996 Honda Civic
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Great first car!!!

by from Louisville, KY on January 20, 2009

I bought a 96 Honda Civic LX in 2002 for my very first car. It is 2009 now and I still have it. It has 140,000 miles on it and still going strong. I drove it through high school and all of college. Gr...
I bought a 96 Honda Civic LX in 2002 for my very first car. It is 2009 now and I still have it. It has 140,000 miles on it and still going strong. I drove it through high school and all of college. Great on highway and city roads and perfect gas mileage for a college student budget. I have had very few probelms with my car and could not have asked for a better reliable car. The only issues I have had was with my catalytic convertor and my o2 sensors going out, which was then fixed. I am now selling it and very sad to do so because I am afraid that another car will not be able to stand up to the standards that I now have for a good car!
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Does recommend this car!!

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One of the best car ever made...

by from Toronto, ON on December 9, 2010

I love my Civic! I really love it every day, 7 days a week, excellent, excellent car! had this car for 5 months till today, it has 230000 KM, and this little 1.6L engine STILL pulls STRONG! never got ...
I love my Civic! I really love it every day, 7 days a week, excellent, excellent car! had this car for 5 months till today, it has 230000 KM, and this little 1.6L engine STILL pulls STRONG! never got any problem in my family for 8 years, passed on from my father, to my brother and now, me. Extremely reliable, easy and cheap to maintain, just change oil and brake pads. Great gas mileage, 35L can run about 450KM in city and 600KM+ on highway. last but not least, this little Coupe also looks sporty!
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Richmond, VA on August 13, 2008

At 130k miles, this car has never had any service beyond typical maintenance, and continues to perform perfectly. We take it on long trips and short daily commutes with no problems.
At 130k miles, this car has never had any service beyond typical maintenance, and continues to perform perfectly. We take it on long trips and short daily commutes with no problems.
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1996 Honda Civic LX

by from Chatham, MA on December 31, 2010

This has been an extremely reliable car for the past 145,000 miles. The only problem has been with the main wiring harness cracking and the power door locks and windows don't work in the back seat. It...
This has been an extremely reliable car for the past 145,000 miles. The only problem has been with the main wiring harness cracking and the power door locks and windows don't work in the back seat. It consistenly gives me 33MPG+ on trips at 70MPH+ has had 5000 mile oil changes and doesn't burn a drop of oil between changes. I'd buy another, but want a Jetta Sportwagen TDI for the back seat room and fuel mileage difference.
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Just...okay

by from St. Louis, MO on March 9, 2015

I've heard for years how good Hondas are suppose to be and I bought this one used about five months ago and have never been so disappointed. In five months I've already put about $2,000 into it for re...
I've heard for years how good Hondas are suppose to be and I bought this one used about five months ago and have never been so disappointed. In five months I've already put about $2,000 into it for repairs. Yes, it is a '96, but I had a '93 Chevy Lumina before this and it was a MUCH better car. Every time I turn around it needs something. Engine light came on this morning on my way into work. Piece of junk!
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Does not recommend this car

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A car you don't have to think about . . .

by from Texas on February 11, 2007

We have owned a 1996 Honda Civic Coupe since 2000. It had only 15000.00 miles when we bought it. The only "problem" we had with the car was occasionally the check engine light would come on, which tur...
We have owned a 1996 Honda Civic Coupe since 2000. It had only 15000.00 miles when we bought it. The only "problem" we had with the car was occasionally the check engine light would come on, which turned out to be a bad sensor in the exhaust system and nothing to worry about. Nevertheless, Honda replaced the catalytic converter for free at 125000.00 miles and tuned it up to boot. Otherwise the car has been mechanically flawless. Just regular maintenance has kept this car running great.
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Great 16yr old car!!

by from Tinley Park, IL on September 1, 2012

We bought this car used about 5yrs ago. It replaced and Accord that I totaled. This is probably the 3rd Civic I've had in my 30yrs of driving!! It's still going strong. We have had to replace/fix the ...
We bought this car used about 5yrs ago. It replaced and Accord that I totaled. This is probably the 3rd Civic I've had in my 30yrs of driving!! It's still going strong. We have had to replace/fix the typical things you'd expect on a car with 150,000 miles: radiator, exhaust system, tires, brakes, etc. It passed the emissions test last month however the check engine light comes on intermittently. The only complaint is the electric windows and door locks. We had it all rewired a few years ago and now it's starting to act up again and the A/C doesn't work. But I can't talk my husband into replacing it since it does get 35mpg and he drives 40+ miles each day round trip. Wish we could find another '96 but with only 50,000 miles on it!!
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A great kick around car!

by from State College, PA on December 1, 2006

I've owned my 96 Civic EX 2dr coupe for 7 years. It's been a great car. It does whatever I need it to - and its been driven all over the country. Gets great gas mileage! It will rust out and fall apar...
I've owned my 96 Civic EX 2dr coupe for 7 years. It's been a great car. It does whatever I need it to - and its been driven all over the country. Gets great gas mileage! It will rust out and fall apart before it stops working.
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Best Bang for the Buck

by from wilton, ct on August 24, 2006

Ive owend a civic HB, for 8 years. Ive Had No major mechanical issues with it what so ever. Just change the oil, do tha brakes & tune ups when needed & the car should last you 150K miles plus... Bein...
Ive owend a civic HB, for 8 years. Ive Had No major mechanical issues with it what so ever. Just change the oil, do tha brakes & tune ups when needed & the car should last you 150K miles plus... Being that they are one of the most reliable cars on the road makes them a great investment for kids, young adults, & adults alike. I Highly Recommend getting one.
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bulletproof d-series engine

by from TN on April 5, 2015

I traded my 1996 Ford Explorer v6 for this 96 Honda Civic DX, after putting repairs into the Explorer I didn't regret for a second trading even for a non vtec Civic that needed a little love. after a ...
I traded my 1996 Ford Explorer v6 for this 96 Honda Civic DX, after putting repairs into the Explorer I didn't regret for a second trading even for a non vtec Civic that needed a little love. after a basic tune up and a few worn parts replaced, I feel more safe driving the Civic any day over any other car I have owned. when I say safe, I mean in the terms of will this car break down on me on a thousand mile trip, or not. the engine is so reliable at a hundred and forty thousand miles, that I have invested in a full turbo setup to boost the output of the engine. there are people on record running 15 pounds of boost on these D series engines clocking in over a hundred thousand miles. for a person 6 foot or taller, this car can seem a bit cramped. the interior is well designed and solid, but the driver windows have a chance of coming off track on every model. I love the styling of the car, and there's an unlimited number of add ons accessories aftermarket parts excetera. great car I love it!
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Does recommend this car!!

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