1983 Honda Civic Overview


Looking for a Used Civic in your area?

CarGurus has 58,876 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,500.


Not sure what you want?

Find the models that are right for you using the CarGurus Car Finder.



1300 FE Hatchback
1300 Hatchback
1500 DX Hatchback
1500 Wagon
S Hatchback

Honda Civic Experts

#1 Takoda Fraser
Takoda Fraser
Reputation 850
#2 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 680
#3 Jonathan Ford
Jonathan Ford
Reputation 620
View All

Have you driven a 1983 Honda Civic?

Rank this car!

Average User Score

4.75 stars

Based on 6 reviews

If Honda Made One Exactly Like It Today, I'd Buy It In A Heartbeat! by jpl4nscale
 — 1983 Black Honda Civic 1500 "S". Pocket rocket! Rev happy engine, precise 5 speed shifter. Comfortable for long distances in part because of "S" only seats. Averaged 42 MPG for the life of the car. ... Read More
1983 Honda Civi Fe - Hwy - 55mpg by Bill
 — This was the "FE" model hatchback and was the 1st auto to have an EPA highway rating of 55 mpg! I put about 70,000 miles/year for 3 years - only service work performed - brakes and clutch. The actual ... Read More
Honda's Run Like If They Are 20 Years Younger And Longer. by dp_83
 — Honda's run forever. There parts aren't terriblely expensive like a BMW. If you treat them with care and keep there fluids clean and topped off they will serve you right. Read More

1983 Honda Civic Overview

Overall User Score

4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.75

Based on 6 reviews

1983 Honda Civic

The 1983 Honda Civic seems to be the first time that owners actually voiced any complaints — and those are today's complaints.  Drivers find that the lightness of the Civic (about 1200 pounds) makes it difficult to get good road traction and other complain that it rusts (well, after 24 years, it's hard to expect otherwise, I'd think).

The Civic S was introduced in 1983 to begin competing with other sportier cars.  The '83 Civic S had a rear stabilizer bar for firmer suspension and announced itself with an encircled S so everyone could tell that you had the best and newest and sportiest little Civic.

Used '83 Civics are considered by lots of used car owners and buyers to be the "best transportation bargain on the planet."  And, if you look hard enough you can still find some decent ones for sale.  Also, if you're handy, there are loads of spare parts and repair manuals to be found online.


What's your take on the 1983 Honda Civic?

People researching a 1983 Honda Civic contacted a dealer about

Picture of 1983 Honda Civic, exterior
Honda Civic
33% of the time
Honda Accord
9% of the time
Toyota Corolla
7% of the time
Toyota Camry
5% of the time
Looking for a Used Civic in your area?
CarGurus has 58,876 nationwide Civic listings starting at $1,500.

Honda Civic Questions


Starter Removal

how do I access bottom bolt(s) on starter? special tool?

1,114 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 months ago)

Honda Civic 1983 Hatchback-manual Parts

Hello, I was just wondering if anyone knew of any place, ANYWHERE that has 1983 HC 1500, 5 Door, Manual Transmission car parts? Me and my beau currently bought a Civic and we need to repair the car...

240 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 years ago)

My Car Won't Stop Running....any Idea Where The Main Relay Is On An 83 Hond...

Hi looking for help with my Honda. Actually if anyone knows of a good mechanic that knows old Honda's in Vancouver please let me know. My mechanic is not keen on working on my car and is not that fami...

202 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 years ago)

(1) Is It Worth Buying At $500 Dollars?(2) Was There Any Major Problems Wit...

124,000 original miles, interior and exterior are in good condition, no visible oil leaks etc. thank's.

250 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 years ago)

1983 Honda Civic Automatic,what Is The Average Life Expectantly Of The Eng...

also was there any major problems with that year ?

228 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 years ago)