Face it, Federal regulations make all cars heavier than in the past. So my 1980 Civic 1.3 got 50 MPG and this one only gets 35. And the 1.3 accelerated about as well, too. But this '97 rewards with be...
Face it, Federal regulations make all cars heavier than in the past. So my 1980 Civic 1.3 got 50 MPG and this one only gets 35. And the 1.3 accelerated about as well, too. But this '97 rewards with better comfort, crisper handling, more utility and astoundingly good reliability.
Purchased used from first owner at 115,000 miles. Stack of receipts showed just routine maintenance having been done. Up to 210,000 miles, that's all we had done. Standard plugs, cap/rotor, tires, timing belts, that's it. Interior still looks like new (after we vacuum it). MPG about 34 city 38 highway with the five-speed transmission. Engine is weak, but always has been - with a Honda, you usually don't get zip unless you spring for the fanboy version called an "Si", then you have to tolerate a loud exhaust screaming at you.
Ride/handling is a notch tighter/louder than other compacts: that's a Honda tradition. You can fling it into corners and get a lot less body lean than in, say, a Corolla. At 210,000 miles, the bushings are loosey goosey.
We're going to replace the clutch, not because it's bad, but because it just seems like at this mileage, it should be. As long as it's out, we'll replace engine mounts and driveshafts, and hope this takes up much of the driveline slack.
This car supports two people. Drive to/from work, store, long vacations, everything. We have two vehicles, and whoever leaves home first gets this one because it's so nimble and easy on gas.
We don't change oil very often - just the 7,500 mile intervals recommended. In those 7,500 miles, it's only using a half a quart, and the stuff comes out fairly clean. This engine's durability is amazing.