1998 Honda Civic Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1998 Honda Civic - Great little car with Great Gas Mileage

JM
Chicago, Illinois
Overall
4.0
Value
5.0
Performance
3.0
Style
2.0
Comfort
2.0
Fuel Economy
5.0
Reliability
5.0
I think this car is great. I get unbelievable gas mileage. It is small and easily parkable and drivable. I would highly recommend it. It is great for trying to parallel park in the city. It is not the most stylish car I ever owned, but I don't need style. There is no rust which is great, and it has never been in an accident. The interior is detaching from the ceiling a bit but its hanging in there. Overall, it looks like an old car and acts like an old car, but drives great, and gets great mileage, and is super practical.
Story
I took a long road trip with a friend from Chicago, winding around different places, to New Orleans and back, and we hit a snowstorm on the way back, from St. Louis to Chicago, and we slipped and slid several times but every time I was able to save it without leaving the roadway or getting in an accident or anything bad happening, and we felt so blessed, there were SO many cars in the ditches ... (more)
Pros
By far my favorite thing was the gas mileage. I topped out at about 36 mpg on the best tanks. The sunroof is great. I also love how maneuverable it is since it is so small, and how easy it is to park.
Cons
Being a two door car, it is difficult to have passengers. Passengers, especially tall ones, are uncomfortable in the back, being tall myself, if I sit perfectly straight, my head touches the ceiling. Driving steep inclines or on large bumps are a problem because the car is so low, it would sometimes bottom out. Also, over time different parts have started to go. The car currently has no power steering, and the passenger window doesn't quite go up all the way.

1998 Honda Civic - Handyman's Helper

Frank
Chicago, Illinois
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
2.0
Comfort
3.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
I hadn't had a car, by choice, since 2004. But when I started doing handyman jobs a year ago I knew a vehicle of some kind would be a necessity. I went with an older model Honda Civic hatchback because 1) Hondas are reliable, even old Hondas if they were properly maintained 2) mine had been properly maintained 3) good fuel economy 4) good trade off between available cargo space and a vehicle size; it's easier to park a smaller car in a crowded city like Chicago. It's been exactly what I wanted and needed: a workhorse Nugget: the owner knocked $200 off the price because a previous owner gave the car a camouflage paint job, which most potential buyers found unattractive. However, the painter hadn't sanded off the original silver-gray paint before applying it, so paint thinner, elbow gre... (more)
Story
I talked to a lot of people wandering through my neighborhood while I was in the process of buffing off the camouflage paint. Everyone admired my persistence.
Pros
The main issues for me were fuel economy and mechanical reliability. I've gotten that. After that, I wanted a good amount of storage space. With the back seats folded down I've got that.
Cons
The car is rather low to the ground, so I can't see much of the traffic ahead of me. The driver's side sun visor tends to sag, so I have to keep pushing it back up. I need to replace the driver's side view mirror because it's cracked.