1981 Honda Civic Overview


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1300 DX Hatchback
1300 Hatchback
1500 DX Hatchback
1500 GL
1500 GL Hatchback
1500 Wagon

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4.45 stars

Based on 7 reviews

Most Reliable Transportation I've Ever Owned! by Cravey
 — I bought a stripped 1500 DX new in '81. The car was just the thing for college and a major step up from my old and failing Barracuda. While not the most exciting drive, the Civic delivered unsurpa... Read More
I Would Easily Buy Another One If I Could Find One! by Aelanna
 — I bought this car used in 1995 with 140,000 miles on it in NY. Previous owner bought it in CA and drove to NY. I moved to VA and took the car with me. Now it's 2009 and the car still runs like a champ... Read More
Rocks My Socks Off! by Stephen
 — I love my car - it's so much fun to drive! It goes pretty hard for its age, beautiful gearshift, reliable, so pretty much never needs work. As a 5-speed, it keeps up well with the traffic, and is qu... Read More

1981 Honda Civic Overview

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1981 Honda Civic

This is the first full model design change in seven years.  The CVCC engine is now the CVCC-II, designed to improve combustion efficiency.  The year 1981 also rolled out the  Honda Civic Country Station Wagon, as well as  a 4-door sedan trim, with front wheel, overhead drive and notchback styling.

The '81 Civic received the U.S. Import Car of the Year 1980 award from Motor Trend Magazine and took first place in the  crossing mileage test in the import car section of the United States Auto Club.

Even after 25 years, the 1981 Honda Civic can pass emissions tests according to most of its drivers.  In fact, of those who sold it, they say it was the biggest mistake they ever made since the car was still perfectly drivable, still perfectly reliable, and still, even though running rich, had decent gas milage.


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What Is The Mpg Of This Car

in the city and on the hwy..... I think I have 88,000 or 188,000 I am not sure if it has roll over?

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1981 Honda Civic Timing Belt Cover

I have a 1981 Honda civic with a 1500 EM1 eng that I am rebuilding. I have all the part wit exception of the timing belt cover can anyone help me acquire this part. I have tried several Honda dealers ...

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Transmission On 1981 Civic

My 81 civic's transmission is shot. I have taken it to the honda dealer where I live and have yet to find a good transmission. 2 have already failed. Where can I get a transmission for an 81 civic?

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