Has only ever had the usual oil changes and other scheduled maintanence but nothing over the top. But most people seem to be conservative, especially when it comes time to lay their money on the line for a new car. I would like to get a newer honda but I don't want to part from this one. Like a fine gray-flannel suit, classic styling draws attention in. I needed car that had good gas mileage and this car is great on gas! I have 258,450 miles on it and i still drive at least 100 miles a day for work and it has never broken down or not started on the first try. There's something to be said for modest little Japanese cars.
I guess we get similar mpgs. I would highly recommend this car. Honda's hold their value and I would never drive another make! Engine Reliability: I purchased this car with 250,000 miles on it, and it has not let me down yet. Many people complain about snooze-arama styling, then turn around and buy a car like the Honda Civic sedan. It be a slowly depreciating asset toy for me, driven 5000 miles a year so it might hold value well. I hope their new cars are still this high quality, so in 10 years with any luck! The engineers at Honda in 1998 really designed this vehicle to be easily worked on. The engine runs strong and transmission shifts smooth.
If you have not already, read this thread to get started There's a wealth of knowledge on this site, so explore. The car, assembled in Marysville, Ohio, is carefully constructed with gem-like headlamps. Most of the highway is exposed to decent wind. I have only done regular maintenance except for replacing the muffler two days after I bought it. If you can find a 98 civic with low miles, get it, you won't regret it.
This car has taken me on 13 hour trips amidst blizzards and out performed every truck on the road. I also have a monster stereo that I want to get rid of, made to get super high bass as opposed to good sound, big drain on the battery and takes up a lot of weight and space in the trunk. Just over five years later and it's still running like new. This is one of the best qualities of this car, since you can do most of the maintenance yourself you do not have to spend a lot of money and have a mechanic do it for you. After installing front and rear strut bars, 17 inch custom wheels, and a cold air intake it was amazing how much better the Civic performed. Do you have any special mods on your car that you think help your mpg? I have never had any problems with my Civic.
Another great thing about this car, unlike others, is when driving in the city it never gets under 30 miles per gallon. I was nervous because any car I had before never even made it to 154,000. Most new cars are boring as hell, so quiet and smooth, I love hearing the engine and feeling the road. My current vehicle was falling apart, so I began to look for a new-used vehicle. Do you have a manual transmission? Anything below 40 and you will receive a benefit measured in small fractions of a single mpg imho. That is only on the 60 mph sections too. I had my doubts about buying a car with that many miles on it, but I had heard Hondas keep going forever so I took the chance.
The 54mpg I got was for a one-way flat 30 mile trip. The exterior was designed to be very sleek and stylish. I drive 90% highway about 60mph but find that I get better mpg in the lower density city areas areas without traffic lights every block , so it seems aerodynamics are an issue. My drive is 70 miles each way, 90+% highway. I know more air normally means less mpg, but summer for the hx may be an exception.
This Civic now has close to 200,000 miles. It's really hard for me to break a 50+ mpg tank. Even the five-spoke alloy wheels drew praise. In the summer, I think the hx needs more air intake flow, the high temp and humidity combined with such a lean mixture means very little fuel injected and little power. I plan to drive my hx into the ground, hope to get 300K miles at least. Thanks dave, I will check that out.
The cold air intake helped the engine run much more responsive and improved gas mileage. I have been so pleased with the reliability of this car over the past five years. Purchased the Civic in 2002 with 60,000 miles. It has over 140,000 miles on it and it runs great. With it's conservative, upright stance, you'd never confuse it for a sports sedan. With driving techniques and the listed mods, I average 51-53mpg.
Exterior: The exterior on this car is flawless. This car may be the best thing Honda's ever done. I would imagine Chicago to Houston is a pretty flat trip eh? What kind of % mpg increase would you expect from aero improvements like the grill block and under belly? I still feel comfortable taking it on cross country roadtrips without fearing a break-down. Driving like most people drive, 65mph or higher, I'd average ~44mpg. This car seems like it was put together so that a child could take it apart.
The best thing about the Civic would have to be the exeptional gas mileage. I consistently still get 36mpg, but back when I first got my car I was getting closer to 42. . The 60 mph sections will probably see maybe a 3% at most improvement with a Cd dropping from maybe. Nowadays I drive 60 miles round trip to work, every day without fail my little Honda putters up the Turnpike at a solid 80mph with no complaints.