1996 Honda Civic Coupe User Reviews

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    Great Project Car! —

    I have wanted a Honda Civic since 1999 when the Coupe Si came out. I would consider myself an import tuner hobbyist. I like to take little 4-cylinder cars and make them go fast and drive like slot cars, it is one of my many passions in life. I have had my 1996 Civic DX Coupe since August of 2008 and I still love driving it. That is saying a lot from a guys who has also owned a 1992 Prelude Si, a custom turbo-charged 2002 Mazda Protégé5, a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX and a beefed up 2005 Subaru Legacy GT. It is a 4-cylinder, underpowered, 5-speed, “my soda bottle has more liters than that”, fun little tuner car. Before I start let me just point out that my Civic is not factory. I have invested heavily in the suspension, so much so that there are very few original suspension pieces left on the car (maybe a control arm here and there). I have KYB AGX Adjustable Shocks all around mated to Tien S-Tech springs and an Eibach Anti-Roll kit in front and back. Rear Skunk2 lower control arms, Skunk2 lower tie bar in the back and a rear disc swap from a 1997 Integra. I have power slot rotors all around with race spec brake pad and stainless steel braided brake lines. I have also added power door lock actuators for my Python alarm and Kenwood 5-way speakers in the rear deck with 3-way Kenwood’s up front. I have also added a factory CD player accessory that I got in my many trips to Alma Imports (Junkyard) here in Mesa, AZ. The interior is comfortable with plenty of room for my 6 foot 5 inch frame. I have plenty of leg and head room, and my knees are not constantly knocking against the dash. The radio is quaint, but still sounds good going through the Kenwood speakers. There is plenty of visibility all around and the mirrors cover the car very well. The seats are okay, they don’t hold me in as much as I would like but that will be remedied soon. Overall the interior is functional but bland. The exterior on my car is silver and a mess. There is a small impression in the roof, a dent in the passenger door and passenger rear quarter panel, the headlights have yellowed and are faded, the front passenger quarter panel is black, and there are various pits and dings all over. It needs a good once over from a body shop and some new paint and bumpers. The wheels are factory and bald as all get out. The engine is a D16Y7, maybe 115 HP when it was new, feels more like 90 – 95 now. It’s slow and can barely get out of its own way. The transmission is smooth and responsive. Overall driver feedback in the car is excellent. You can really get a feel for every aspect of the car when driving it. Overall it is everything that I thought it would be, I was expecting to get a very slow 2-door coupe with plenty of potential for improvements all around. Parts are really easy to get and the aftermarket selection is awesome. Probably not a car for everyone, good car for learning about car repairs and maintenance, and for getting into tuning. Oh yea, it has over 125000 miles and still runs strong.

    Pros: Fairly smooth transmission, easy to add aftermarket accessories, comfortable interior, usable back seat, good size trunk.

    Cons: Sloppy suspension/handling from the factory, very poor acceleration, no power steering, manual windows and door locks.

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    High Revving, Easily Modifyable, Fwd Fun! — Great fun to drive, good acceleration and braking, steering is slightly vague. with slight engine modifications can easily beat better cars. All engines easily swapped and most parts bolt on/bolt off.

    Pros: Easy to tune and lots of parts availible

    Cons: Manufacturer parts expensive.

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    Its My Beater — This car was bought out of haste, the thought of regret has crossed my mind a few times ,but all the things that i have taught myself from reading the haynes manual and completing repairs by myself have made it more then worth it. I suggest everyone get a cheapo car and do it your self when it comes to repairs because as a car guy i have learned so much and will always remember how i almost replaced my entire oil pan because i left the gasket from the old oil filter on thinking i had stripped the bolt for the oil pan since oil spewed everytime i started the car.

    Pros: easy fix, can go 300 k easy, sips on gas, everyone wants to race you

    Cons: back support, I'm 6"2', no torque needs turbo,

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    This Is Probably The Best Car To Actually Learn To Drive On. — The handling of this car is ridiculously forgiving. Incidents that would've ended in a fiery wreck in anything else had a happy ending. Unfortunately, the Israeli version came stock with the D14 motor (90 HP) which is... shall we say, underwhelming.

    Pros: Extremely reliable, great fuel economy, forgiving handling

    Cons: Not enough power, front wheel drive, chassis torsion

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    Solid Fast Coupe — This car was only sold becuase there wasn't room for my 6 foot plus son in the back - so we got another Honda. It was fast and utterly reliable. A truly excellent car

    Pros: Fast
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    Easy To Run

    Cons: Rear legroom if you are over 6 foot tall

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    Great Little Car — I owned 1996 Honda Civic from June of 1996 to June of 1998. I loved it. I had the EX trim and a standard transmission, and it was really very peppy. I liked taking it up mountain roads. It didn't have the engine or horsepower of a more powerful car, but it barely weighed anything so flew. I could pass much faster cars in it. I had a spoiler factory-installed; that might have been what gave my little car the speed! The only problems with this car were that it hydroplaned very easily and the seats were not very comfortable. It barely had to be raining, and I would skid over puddles like they were lakes. After driving long distances, my back would be much more sore than when driving other cars. Overall, I would recommend this car in a heartbeat. I wonder who has mine now...

    Owner for 2 years, 0 months

    Miles Driven per Year:12,000

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    96 Civic — It was a fairly reliable student car -- manual locks/windows. It's the first model year of the 6th gen Civic, a lot of fans at the time hated the redesign with the "big" headlights. I grew to like it, and the better lighting it offered at night. My DX only had (an after market) power moonroof. I also had the A/C and ABS package. Build quality was not as good as the Japanese built Hondas. This Civic Coupe was from Ohio, USA. Fuel efficiency was (and still is) the best! It was a great little car, and kept her for 12 years. She's still running great for her new owner.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Fuel efficiency, durable seat fabric

    Cons: Made in the US (wished it was from Japan)

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    I love this car. It's very comfortable and looks sporty. I put an after market audio system in it though because I like to bump. I think it they could have thrown in some more features though. Like so... Read More

    Great Affordable Economical Sports Car. By rickydoyaljr

    This is a great fun car if you and one other person are riding around town or going on a road trip. A little too small for a family, but great for teen drivers considering safety, reliability, and eco... Read More

    2011 Honda Civic Coupe Reviews

    Madison By Lamster

    Madison is a very beginner friendly car. It drives like a regular civic in low rpm saving gas but when needed to go fast, she picks up fast. All due to her Vtec. She puts a joy inside of me everytime Read More

    Easy To Maintain, Lots Of Sporty Styling And Great Engine To Back It Up. By Benjamin

    I loved the performance and feel of this car. It was cheap to maintain and not expensive to insure. The k20z3 engine was nothing short of spectacular and if you were inclined to, you could easily tune... Read More

    2010 Honda Civic Coupe Reviews

    Great Car By sifellah

    it has a gorgeous red color , great in gas , very comfortable very cheap to maintain its not a luxury car i perfor if it has leather sear i feel very safe in the car it handles really good brakes ... Read More

    It Is A Reliable People Mover By Tommiez1

    It is sleek, nice styling, great gas mileage, very reliable, great stereo, Stylish wheels, great color, handles great, very fun to drive, like a go-cart. The negatives are really not a comfortable rid... Read More

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