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"summer Fun" Car. by MyOldHondaCivic78
 — Was originally a hatchback. Has stock ED3 engine and 5 Speed transmission. Gets great gas mileage. Easy to maintain. Great on long as well as short trips. Does have a ragtop so it can be driven yearro... Read More
Worst Car Ever by Carmen
 — This was the worst car I ever owned. Problems started a week after I bought it. The rear wheel bearings were grinding and the dealer would not believe me. I brought it in 5 times before the stupid ca... Read More

1979 Honda Civic Overview

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1979 Honda Civic

This year, 1979, marks the last of the first generation Honda Civics.  The year brought only a few changes to the Civic or CVCC, mostly just an increase in horsepower to 55.

People are still driving it — even now.  In fact, last year, someone commented that his '79 Honda Civic was the most "functional and utilitarian vehicle" he'd ever owned and he compared it to a workhorse, calling it "a faithful, sturdy, always capable, and sure-footed little vehicle."

All drivers of the Honda Civic love its gas efficiency, its reliability, and its amazing ability to keep on going, though alternator replacements, new engines, and more.


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1979 Honda Civic

i found a 79 honda civic hatchback that im looking to buy the owner told me all it needs is a carborator but hes asking 1195 and im hopeing its worth alot less the interior needs work has minor body d...

198 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 years ago)

Help To Find Parts For 1979 Hondamatics

Just picked up a '79 3 door and hitting dead ends on finding cam shaft, front cross member parts. Does anyone know of other avenues besides e-bay, this old honda, honda parts online and autoparts war...

418 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 years ago)

What Were The Original Colors Of The 1979 Honda Civic?

I was given a 1979 Honda Civic. They spray painted it lime green and I don't know what was the original paint color. I want to restore it to an original color. Any idea what they were? Thank you!

246 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 years ago)

How Much Did The 79 Cvcc Cost In 1979?

could you tell me in canadian and american dollars? it was a 5 speed. don't think it had air but it had a cassette, i believe.

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How Much Is The Car (in Good Nick) Worth Now?

I have a Honda Civic 1979, in very good nick. The plastic is still on the doors, the dash isn't cracked, and it has very low mileage for its age. I might need to seel it soon to make ends meet and I w...

528 views with 2 answers (last answer 7 years ago)