1988 Honda Civic Overview


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Base Wagon
Base Wagon 4WD
CRX Coupe
CRX HF 2 Dr Coupe
CRX Si 2 Dr Coupe
1 national listing
DX Hatchback
2 national listings
S Hatchback

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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 19 reviews

Reliable Car With A Nice Power To Weight Ratio. by Miika
 — The 4th generation Honda Civic is a very popular car, even though it´s over 20 years old. One of the main reasons for it´s popularity may be that it has the exaxt same chassis and suspension as the ... Read More
Great , Fun And Econimical/reliable Car. by Matthew
 — I got this car 3 years ago and have not had anything go wrong with it and only been impressed. The car is smaller than some would like but it has plenty of room for me. Handling, braking, acceleration... Read More
Its A Great First Car! by bignich530
 — It is spacious but not to big! It gets great gas mileage and it is very reliable! This car will help save you money and will get you were you need to go! It may not be an all in one vehicle, but it is... Read More

1988 Honda Civic Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 19 reviews

1988 Honda Civic

Let the drum rolls begin. Power and looks are at the forefront of generation four of the Honda Civic, and a wide variety of engines come into play. All models except for the CRX had a longer wheel base and all had more glass and a lower hood line added to looks, almost making the Civic a stylish ride.

It is 2006 as this is written, but even back then, the '88 Honda Civic was technically advanced. Its top CRX and hatchback models incorporated VTEC technology (more about this in a second); most all had a double wishbone suspension in both the front and rear; and each cylinder had 4 valves.  

Still it was VTEC that had tongues wagging. VTEC stands for variable timing and lift, electronically controlled and simply means that engine speed controls the amount that the intake/exhaust valves are opened to enhance performance.

But even those Civics that didn't rate VTEC had changes. The wagon, DX sedan and hatchback, and new LX sedan all boasted a 1.5-liter engine with 16-valves, 16-valve producing greater horsepower. Even the base hatchback had a version of the same engine, just a bit lower in hp. And, the CRX got kicked up, too with a 16 valve, 1.6 liter engine.

The '88 Civic came in several models: a hatchback, sedan, wagon, and the ultra-cool 3-door CRX.

Most drivers, of any '88 Civic model, love it and some even suggest, "if it's good new, it's even better used."


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Honda Civic Questions


My Tires Wear Out In Less Than A Mont

when i drive my car it sounds like it makes this squeak noise like my tire is breaking. with than a week my two front tires are all wear out seriously.

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How Much Transmission Fluid Do I Put In On My '88 Civic Automatic

ran engine til it was hot and checked tranny fluid and it was inbetween low and high on the dipstick. Also the car wasnt shifting from time to time on a short drive. How much if any fluid do I put ...

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