2005 Honda Civic
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great car

by from nebraska on March 22, 2009

Almost a year ago i picked up my first civic si the 2005 hatchback, one of the greatest vehicles i've owned, had only 31000 miles on it exactly when i got it runs awsome, handles great, picks up nice,...
Almost a year ago i picked up my first civic si the 2005 hatchback, one of the greatest vehicles i've owned, had only 31000 miles on it exactly when i got it runs awsome, handles great, picks up nice, quiet, hasn't givin me any issues. handling is great when on the highway, speakers sound great inteior is pimp they way the shifter is set over all a great car i love my honda's
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Down sized, but great so far

by from Farmington, CT on December 27, 2010

2005 EX Coupe 5 spd., 63k miles. Down sized from a minivan in October, and loving every minute of it. For a small car, it is very comfortable, and rides and handles nicely while getting about 33-34 mp...
2005 EX Coupe 5 spd., 63k miles. Down sized from a minivan in October, and loving every minute of it. For a small car, it is very comfortable, and rides and handles nicely while getting about 33-34 mpg around town. Just had its first big test in the snow storm this morning, and passed with flying colors. Really could use a 6th gear, but overall I am very pleased and not missing the van at all.
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Most Reliable Car I've Owned

by from Washington DC on April 16, 2012

The Honda Civic is a fantastic car for it's price. Aside from making the 90,000 mile purchase of a timing belt, I never put more money into this car aside from oil changes and gas. Gas mileage on this...
The Honda Civic is a fantastic car for it's price. Aside from making the 90,000 mile purchase of a timing belt, I never put more money into this car aside from oil changes and gas. Gas mileage on this car was amazing. Smooth, quiet ride. I had a basic model and only sold this car at 120,000 miles because I came to a point where I was ready to upgrade.
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Great, reliable, little car

by from Baltimore on August 6, 2009

Bought a new value package (VP) with the manual transmission at the end of 2005 and put 65k miles on it in 4 years with no problems. Great little car, loved the transmission and the agility of the car...
Bought a new value package (VP) with the manual transmission at the end of 2005 and put 65k miles on it in 4 years with no problems. Great little car, loved the transmission and the agility of the car. Got between 35 and 40 mpg in mix of city and highway driving. Minor annoyances: The body colored bumpers quickly acquired small scars from every tap of another bumper while parralel parking. The engine was adequately spirited with the manual, but got a little buzzy at higher revs and on the highway the road/tire noise was a little louder than ideal. VP had no cruise control. My wife had difficulty judging the back corners of the car when parallel parking because of the high trunk lid. Sold vehicle when moved to another city with better public transportation system, and kept 2nd vehicle that had 4 doors. Easy to resell car, good resale value.
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my Bluebird

by from McAllen on October 16, 2010

Known as "The Bluebird," my blue '05 Honda Civic had almost 130,000 miles on it when I traded it in. The only reason I traded it in was because it leaked water when it rained through the door, which w...
Known as "The Bluebird," my blue '05 Honda Civic had almost 130,000 miles on it when I traded it in. The only reason I traded it in was because it leaked water when it rained through the door, which was because I hit a pillar in a parking garage with my side mirror, not due to a faulty car. The only big repair ($100+) was a faulty A/C clutch at 75K miles, which was $250--if you don't count the timing belt, which was a part of maintenance at 110K miles. I put 15-20K miles on my car every year. We drove up and down the mountains every summer and would regularly get 35-40 MPG, with a car filled with luggage. During the rest of the year, in ONLY stop and-go-driving, I got 25-30 MPG. This was a reliable little car
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Excellent car

by from Sheboygan, WI on October 20, 2009

I've had 2 civics and both were stellar cars. There were no minor or major mechanical problems and the cars always got great gas mileage. I recommend this car for students, in-town drivers and commute...
I've had 2 civics and both were stellar cars. There were no minor or major mechanical problems and the cars always got great gas mileage. I recommend this car for students, in-town drivers and commuters alike.
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Life Saving

by from New Jersey on March 13, 2015

This is a wonderful little car! Sometimes its a little sluggish to accelerate, and it makes merging onto highways difficult, but the fuel economy is great, so its a trade off. I spend $30 once every t...
This is a wonderful little car! Sometimes its a little sluggish to accelerate, and it makes merging onto highways difficult, but the fuel economy is great, so its a trade off. I spend $30 once every two weeks on gas, its great! Its roomy, the trunk is HUGE! I'm also pretty tall, and I fit comfortably in it. Sometimes I have problems where the ceiling of the car actually blocks my view out the windshield a bit, but not here. Its reliable, and I've driven it in a few snow storms, and it handles great. I can't say enough good things about this car, but what motivated me to write this review is that it saved my life. The other day I was in a terrible car accident. The car was struck by a tractor trailer on an interstate highway, sent spinning through several lanes of rush hour traffic and into the guardrail on the median. I really could have been killed, but I walked away without a scratch or a bruise on me. It may be totaled, but the structural integrity of the car is completely intact, and that's the important part. If it is totaled, I will definitely be looking for another Civic like this, and I would recommend this car to anyone.
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4 1/2 stars, actually

by from Cincinnati, OH on July 15, 2013

I have now owned my Honda Civic for 7 years, and I must say, there are very distinct highs and lows. LOWS: - Performance in this car is horrendous. I literally have to turn the A/C off to go up a stee...
I have now owned my Honda Civic for 7 years, and I must say, there are very distinct highs and lows. LOWS: - Performance in this car is horrendous. I literally have to turn the A/C off to go up a steep hill (but there is an upside to this in terms of fuel economy, as listed in the "HIGHS"). - This car is utterly "optionless." Its price is not low enough relative to the LX to warrant no power windows and no power door locks. - As a previous reviewer mentioned, the car dings very easily indeed. This is avoidable if you park far away from others, but I learned that lesson too late. - Finally, a previous reviewer said that his car did great in a snowstorm. Sadly, that has not been my experience. I've gotten stuck in rather small snowfalls two times, and both times I had winter tires on the car. (This is actually why I am searching for a new vehicle.) HIGHS: - Gas mileage in this car is RIDICULOUS! I drove to Maryland, and averaged 44 mpg (far above what is estimated as highway mileage for the car). I now have a permanently affixed bike rack on the roof of my 8 year old car, and still average 34 in combined hwy/city. Of course, this is why the car has no "get-up-and-go". - Reliable, reliable, reliable. I have 140,000 miles on my car, and I have fixed two things: the tumbler on my driver's side door (here's hoping I never have manual door locks again), and the alternator. - The engine is smooth, and the handling is surprisingly capable for such a small and relatively inexpensive car. OVERALL: I wish the overall score on cars.com could be measured in fractions of stars, because 4 is unfairly low for a car whose only downfalls are winter handling (in my opinion, as clearly others have had better luck with this) and creature comforts (I'm not calling performance a downfall, since it's deliberately sacrificed for fuel consumption). So, let's say officially, my score is 4 1/2 stars.
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nice small car for real

by from moreno valley ca on October 17, 2010

i've owened this car for 5 years and it runs like the same day i took it out of the dealer, gas mileage its so great that sometimes i forget when i pumped gas, i've been giving the required services a...
i've owened this car for 5 years and it runs like the same day i took it out of the dealer, gas mileage its so great that sometimes i forget when i pumped gas, i've been giving the required services and i love it, its so realiable and looks so great with the black 17"s on, if i have to buy another small car it definitly be a honda civic or an accord
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GREAT ON GAS!

by from Dallas, Tx on February 13, 2012

This car gets about 40mpg (37.5-43.8) and runs great. Other than replacing the battery and windshield wipers, I haven't had any problems with it. It would be nice to have more space for cup holders.
This car gets about 40mpg (37.5-43.8) and runs great. Other than replacing the battery and windshield wipers, I haven't had any problems with it. It would be nice to have more space for cup holders.
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