1988 Honda Civic Overview

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1988 Honda Civic Overview

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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    Mikecivic
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    Car Trouble

    Car would not go pass 30mph and rpms would be at the 3 ..... Then the car stop accelerating all together and would just drag along and started to smoke wats wrong

    2 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 months ago)
    Smindlos
    0

    The Car Lost A Pull While I Was Driving So I Get Another Pull Now The Car I...

    My car lost a pull while I was driving I did replace the pull but now the car is not starting when I put mark please help

    6 views with 3 answers (last answer 6 months ago)
    Alex Delp
    5

    How Do I Know When I Should Change The Transmission Fluid (manual)

    33 views with 1 answer (last answer 8 months ago)
    88_EF
    0

    So Wat Can It Be

    24 views with 3 answers (last answer 9 months ago)
    88_EF
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    How Hot Should The Temperature Be On A Honda Civic Dx 1.5l

    My original temperature broke so I tried putting a aftermarket one and it's reading 300 to hot even the warning light comes on I just got the head gasket done

    20 views with 3 answers (last answer 9 months ago)