1981 Honda Civic User Reviews

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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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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Honda Civic Reviews

    Amazing Ride By Alex

    I recently nough this car, and man i love it, very smooth to drive and always reliable. I know when i turn the key it will start. if you havent drove one, you need to! it wont disappoint, i promise Read More

    Amazing Car To Own! By alexsntn

    i love the handeling, very fun to drive for a four cyl. Good on gar, i love the side view camara. Coulnt find anything wrong with it, it even did good in the snow. Safety was an importnat factor. not ... Read More

    2013 Honda Civic Reviews

    Nice Small Car By subramanian_v

    Car gives great mileage and doesn't require any maintenance other than service at regular intervals. Civic is an ideal car for people who are single or drive long distance as its gives 40+ in highways... Read More

    Super Commuter. By witii

    Had never driven a civic or a hybrid before. Was looking for the best bang for the buck getting over 40 miles/gallon combined as my current commute is 130 mi/day . Did not want a hybrid but found that... Read More

    2012 Honda Civic Reviews

    Classy Car By Caddyohlala

    I love the car, it handles real well. The gas mileage is a winner, and shifting the car is so much fun, she is fun to drive! It's sharp and eye catcher, just sad I must sell due to unforseeable circum... Read More

    Great Car - Some Drawbacks By wwboy

    I like my car. it's efficient, simple, and good looking. The imid display, steering wheel controls are super nice. I like the built-in phone and the adjustability of the steering wheel and seats. I'm ... Read More

    2011 Honda Civic Reviews

    The Pinnacle Reliable Commuter Vehicle By vayu17

    I loved pretty much everything about this car. It made me more conscious of how I drive to achieve a higher fuel economy. The car handled well in almost every situation. I drove this car across the... Read More

    Really Good And Can Be A Really Good First Car For Anyone By Gerson23

    I like everything about the car how smooth it is and how others can't help but look at and I love that. I don't have any negative comments about it. Try it and you won't regret it is just good Read More

    2010 Honda Civic Reviews

    Good By xrigs007

    Not a bad car if you are looking for something for the family or long distance travel. Very good vehicle to have as a daily driver to and from work or school and to the supermarket. My family loves it... Read More

    2010 Honda Civic In Excellent Condition. By Russ952

    This car has been a great car for me. I used it to commute to work (60 miles one way) with no problems. The gas mileage is unmatched and there is very little maintenance. The car handles beautifull... Read More

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