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The Car That Ate America — Best car I have ever owned it never breaks down. Only seating for 4 and we are 5. Was silver grey and well that's a bad thing without lead silver grey is like water color and will wash off or fade off very fast in the sun

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fast, small, everyone asks about it great cost of ownership runs like a Swiss timepiece,  good gads mileage, chick magnet.

Cons: Hard to find interior parts so I make my own,  brake lights are too small people don't see it

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Most Reliable Transportation I've Ever Owned! — 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 unsurpassed economy and reliability. Around town with the stick I got 34 mpg religiously and 39 on trips. Repairs over my 80,000 mile ownership included replacing the water pump and repairing a sticking parking brake, and THAT'S IT! When I sold it, rust was taking over the hatchback and the wheel openings but the general operation was still strong. If only Honda could build it again today.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Economy, build quality

Cons: Acceleration, rust

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Wow, Just Wow I Love Mine And Would Buy Another If I Could Find One. — This little race machine is over 30 years old and is NOW starting to need replacement parts! I have a small vaccuume problem and that is it! Oh, and the 29 year old clutch needed to be replaced last year. Why dont they make them like this anymore?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Chick magnet. Great style and very fun!

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I Would Easily Buy Another One If I Could Find One! — 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! Had the interior redone and some bodywork, never had to fix anything major on it. Gets 38MPG and with CA emissions low pollution. Best $400 ever spent! I want to buy another one!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Built like a tank, 27 years old and still running strong. Can't say that about any GM/Ford/Mopar I ever owned!

Cons: Not the flashiest car on the road, not the fastest car on the road. But for what it was built to do, get you from A to B reliably day after day, does it incredibly well.

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Rocks My Socks Off! — 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 quicker off the line than many equivalent newer cars. YAY!!! Woot!

Pros: gearshift, reliability, good looks, zippy performance

Cons: little bit more power would be nice - soon to be attended to

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Economical Transportation — My first car. I loved it. Bought it for $900 and drove it into the ground. Finally walked away from it and left it at the junkyard. Had to install home lightswitch to operate heater fan. Small hole in passenger side floor. FWD rocked in the winter. Handbrake turns are the business! Intstalled big ol'6x9 speakers in boxes in the hatch (more bass in your face!)

Pros: Cheap on gas, hatchback for carrying your stuff. Fun to drive. Cheap parts from junkyard when in need of repair.

Cons: Hmmm...it's hard to find fault with your first car when you score a gem like this.

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Not Bad — Bought this thing for $400 many moons ago. Served it's purpose! The thermostat stuck every year, but it was a cheap part to replace, and easy. Gas mileage was great! Finally had to get rid of it when the clutch went out.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great on gas

Cons: Size

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