1996 Honda Civic User Reviews

1996 Honda Civic Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 73 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"fuel economy" 30 reviews
"power" 26 reviews
"ride" 25 reviews
"reliable car" 12 reviews
"handling" 11 reviews
CONS
"power" 15 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"small power" 4 reviews
"suspension" 3 reviews
"gearbox" 2 reviews

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darekp writes:
1996 Honda Civic EX Review
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4

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Car still looks good for 96, Good tires, A/C works

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like all car needs some minor work

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. — I bought my '96 Civic EX in '1998 with 24k miles on it, and have been driving it ever since. I live very close to work and now has only 112k miles. About 3 or 4 years ago I changed timing belt @ water pump my self, about 10-12K miles ago.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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randtgorman writes:
1996 Honda Civic LX Review
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Very Solid vehicles. Made to last for many years. Family cars that can be passed down. Easy driveability.

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Sits a little low for me. I think the newer modles improved on this.  Not enough power, but it is a 4 cyl.

randtgorman
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Long Lasting — The Civic's are a good base line, long lasting, economical vehicle. They fit teen to elders. Comfortable ride for the most part. Great City driver that provides a lot of maneuverability in and around tight parking lots. The gas mileage is the selling point for most people.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Chescov writes:
1996 Honda Civic LX Review
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Gas saving, reliable car!

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I wish it was newer

Chescov
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Awesome Car For The Buck! — Gas saving, reliable car, bought it at 240000 miles, and have not had a problem yet! Hondas are truly amazing cars, I just wish they were a bit better looking. It is definitely the right car for a college student with not much money!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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history121999 writes:
1996 Honda Civic LX Review
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Reliability, timeless styling, affordability, paint, trim, decent fuel economy, brakes, agility

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Oxygen sensor defect

history121999
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Love My Civic — This will be the 13th year of ownership with my 1996 civic. In has 184000 miles. Apart from a few oxygen sensor related computer issues early on, I couldn't of asked for a better car! It is not just for teens and tweens. Nowadays,with the oil and gasers raking in record profits, speculators laughing in our faces and grinning all the way to the greedy banks, its nice to own a vehicle (no payments in 7 years) that can get decent milage and that lasts. However, I am kind of disappointed in the fall of the civic as of late. This new generation of civic is nothing like its great handling predecessors. Honda in general is not living up to the quality standards it helped to create in the 1970's and needs to get back to it's quality-driven roots that really came to an end at about the time the 7th generation civic rolled out in 2001.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Gavin writes:
1996 Honda Civic DX Review
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5

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so fun

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it don't have a v8

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Fast And Furious — best $2300 i ever spent love my honda. it's fast and fun in the snow and rain. i love rippin the E-brake and waching it slide. i have had my 1996 honda civic for 2 years now and it never gets old.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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yosef22 writes:
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3

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Durable chassis, still a good run for a 15 year old car...

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kinda old, lots of problems with cooling, gears, AC and suspension...
sometimes hard-to-find parts are just fabricated and after-markets installed...

yosef22
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Good Overall Performance. — Street Tuned for a little edge against road rage drivers, slow folks and ricers... it was resurrected after a freak accident and all the tuning and fabrication was done for 3 years, all the little details slowly but surely done because of a tight budget and limited availability of some parts...had a few problems but i guess it's part of the scene..there has been a lot of trial and error processes especially with the engine..considering the fact that a less powerful engine was swapped with the stock d16, and most of the parts were fabricated... fun factor? OH YEEEAAAAH!!! On the more technical side, the modifications seemed to have made the Civic hungrier for fuel with an average of 15km per liter (40 liter tank). This is somewhat unusual for an earlier version Vtec engine's fuel economy versus the much more powerful DOHC Vtec. And the McPherson Strut upgrade at the front end seemed to have stiifen the ride too much while the stock rear multi-link wishbone really took its toll and gave in, so a modified tortion strut bar was fitted in to lift the suspension a little and give it more "movement" even with a loaded rear end...A/C still runs like new because of a newer system and compressor. Audio works well with the stock head unit (Fujitsu Ten) which is already obsolete, also surprisingly the only downside was the exterior appearance because the dents and loose bumper/ fenders were'nt really fixed.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Evan writes:
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Bullet proof

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Nothing.

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Civic Loveliness — Great overall car on a budget! Bullet proof! There aren't too many cars on the road like the one I had. I miss the car on a daily basis, and wish I could get my hands on another one! The performance wasn't necessarily there, but for someone who's interested in modifying cars, as we all know, this is the car for you!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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suzirohaz writes:
1996 Honda Civic HX Coupe Review
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It is a powerful car with reliable performance.  I never had engine problem with it. The radio and CD player is loud and gets good reception. I love driving down the road with windows down listening to the music. The manual gear is fun to play with and makes driving very fun each time you're on the road. But I think the best of this car is the gas saving.

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This car does not have A.C when I bought it and have been driving with it the last three years. Though the heater works well. Never need to use either of it though.

suzirohaz
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The Sports Car To Go — It saves a lot of gas. I travel between home and school and work often and the gas saving is really amazing. I have replaced new tires and the rims are new too. Never broke down before, which is a plus!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Syed writes:
1996 Honda Civic EX Review
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Unbelievably Powerful Engine....with amazing acceleration & Top Speed

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This car needs 5k to 15k /month for maintenance  

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Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kelsey writes:
1996 Honda Civic EX Coupe Review
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fun gets good looks

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the clutches wanna go at a unusuat rate

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Awesome — performance is great as well as handling and braking. build quality is about the same as any other car eventually parts will need replaced. the cars look anazing inside and out when brand new. incredible in gas 32 city 36 highway. the cars are a blast to drive if they are 5 speed manual.

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