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1993 Honda Civic Hatchback

3dr Hatchback 1.5L DX 5-Spd

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Pre-Owned Profile: 1992-1995 Honda Civic

Source: AutoTrader.com

A great little car remains one of America's favorite compacts.

When Honda first introduced the Civic in 1972, it really put Honda on the map in the U.S. as a premier manufacturer of efficient and reliable small cars. Since then Honda has continued to refine the Civic through several generations of the small car.

The Civic is ideal as a first car for a young driver or as a second car for a retired couple who don't want to drive their Mercedes or Cadillac to the grocery store each day. It's not a bad choice for others who are tried of taking up a lot of real estate and consuming large quantities of fuel.

With its enviable reliability record the Civic makes an ideal pre-owned buy as well. It comes in several bodystyles that appeal to different people. For those who want a more conservative look there's the four-door sedan. For younger buyers wanting a sportier look the two-door hatchback is the answer. There was even a semi-convertible version called the del Sol, which sold in small volumes for a few years.

 

What You Need To Know:

1. Review of a 1995 Honda Civic

2. Summary of Good and Bad Points by Owners

3. History of Civic

4. Review of Current Model

5. Basic Facts

6. Changes Year-to-Year

7. Safety Information

8. Value Guide

9. Option Installment Rate

10. Sales History

11. Awards and Commendations Earned

12. Other Reviews

13. Recall Information

14. Price of Spare Parts

 

1. Pre-Owned Vehicle Review -- 1995 Honda Civic DX 4-door

My Likes: refinement for small car, open feeling inside

Dislikes: buzzy engine, lack of performance with automatic transmission

Competitors: Chevrolet Cavalier, Ford Escort, Dodge Neon, Saturn, Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, Mazda Protege

Miles: 41,260

Condition: B

Price when new: $13,110 (est.)

Posted price: $13,860

The Honda Civic is the best-selling small car in the U.S. After driving this three-year old car I can understand why, despite a problem with this particular car.

When you get in a Civic you'll immediately notice how open and airy the car feels despite its small size. This is because the dashboard sits low, giving a great open view out of the windshield. The car I drove had an automatic transmission, which meant that its performance was not so good. It's a fact of life that a small four-cylinder engine has to work too hard to give good performance with an automatic. This probably explains why up to half of all Civics sold in the U.S. have a manual transmission.

Anyway, the major disappointment with this particular car was the noisy engine -- it sounded like a diesel. Honda engines have a reputation for lasting a long time and always sounding good if somewhat buzzy. That is why I was so disappointed to hear a Honda engine with an obvious problem with the valvetrain. From experience, I know that this is unusual but it still shows how one has to listen to the engine in a pre-owned car to make sure it's okay.

Aside from this flaw the rest of the car was in good shape. The cloth seats were clean with no blemishes. All the plastic trim still showed the fabulous fit and finish Hondas are famous for. This car had four doors, which is great if you ever carry more than one passenger. It provided good access to the rear seats, where there is a decent amount of space; even tall people will not feel too cramped.

There were four different bodystyles available in 1995 with the four-door sedan being the most popular for obvious reasons -- it's much more practical. For those who want a sportier car the two-door hatchback is a good choice. For those who want two doors with a trunk Honda also provides that option. Lastly, I should mention the del Sol targa coupe, as it is based on the Civic. Only a small number of these semi-convertible sports cars were sold between 1993 and 1997.

Overall the Honda Civic makes for a great pre-owned small car. Honda claims that the car has the highest resale value of any small car. This means you'll have to pay a premium compared to similar cars from other manufacturers, but it also means that if it is well maintained it will retain its value better. Case in point: the car I drove was listed at more than the original new price three years ago, which is not unusual according to the Kelley Blue Book.

 

2. Summing It Up - Owners' Views

Good: "I would recommend a Honda to anyone. Great car."

Bad: "Just not very big."

 

3. History of Civic

Honda celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1998. For the first 15 years of the company's history it only produced motorcycles. The first diminutive cars were sold in 1963. They were really far too small for U.S. driving conditions and few were sold here.

In 1972 Honda struck gold when it introduced its first Civic model. It was a small, well-built car with great fuel economy. Timing was perfect as the fuel crisis hit and suddenly Americans wanted small economical cars. Rave reviews in the press quickly helped establish Honda as a purveyor of great economy cars, and the Civic was the right car for the time.

In 1974 Honda introduced the CVCC engine which was one of the cleanest engines available. It further established Honda as an innovative car manufacturer and helped push sales higher.

The past 25 years have seen the Civic continue to gain in prestige, always being one of the most popular small cars in the U.S. By the end of the 1980s Honda was building the majority of Civic models in the U.S. and Canada, making it as much an American car as many models from domestic manufacturers.

The latest generation of the Civic was introduced in 1996 and it offered the most refined Civic yet. Despite the fact that it costs more than other small cars the Civic line continues to be the best selling small car in the U.S. as consumers appreciate its strong overall value and great reputation for trouble-free, low-cost motoring.

 

4. Brief Review of Current Civic

The newest Civic, introduced in 1995 for the 1996 model year, does not look that much different from the previous model. Its wheelbase has grown in length making it about the same as the Accord and Camry, yet it retains a small overall length. The four-door sedan has a slightly more upscale design that makes it look like a small Accord. There are basically three versions available, a four-door sedan, two-door sedan and two-door hatchback. The hatchback has a unique design that gives it a sporty look quite different from the other two models.

In typical Honda fashion the newest Civic continues to improve to such an extent that it moves the needle in refinement yet another notch. For example, it's the only car in its class to offer an (optional) engine with variable valve timing. As with all small cars, though, a manual transmission gives a much more sprightly performance than an automatic.

The fuel-sipping HX Coupe is available with an optional CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic transmission, which features belts and pulleys to give infinitely variable gear ratios. It is the only car with an automatic that is rated among the top fuel mileage contenders in the EPA ratings.

 

5. Basic Facts: 1992 - 1995 Civic

Vehicle Type: Subcompact Sedan/Coupe

No. Passengers: up to five

Origin of assembly: Ohio, Canada and Japan

Engine: (Standard): 1.5-liter 102 hp SOHC I-4

(Optional): 1.6-liter 125 hp SOHC I-4

Transmission: 5-spd manual, 4-spd. auto; front-drive

Length: 173 inches (2-door hatch: 160 inches)

Wheelbase: 103 inches (2-door hatch: 101 inches)

Width: 67 inches

Height: 51 inches

Curb weight: 2300 lbs. (approx.)

Cargo volume: 12 cu. ft. (2-door hatch: 13 cu. ft.)

Fuel tank capacity: 12 gals.

Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway): 34/40 (1.5-liter, manual); 29/35 (1.6-liter, manual)

 

6. Changes in the Honda Civic Line 1992 - 1998

1992 Model Year

New model introduced

1993 Model Year

Coupe bodystyle introduced

Driver side airbag standard

1994 Model Year

Dual airbags become standard

1995 Model Year

No major changes

1996 Model Year

All new model with many changes

1997 Model Year

No major changes

1998 Model Year

New rear handle on hatchback models

1999 Model Year

Minor facelift gives the car a slightly sportier look

Easier-to-use controls for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system

 

7. Safety Notes

NHTSA Crash rating ('95 model year): Driver 4; Passenger 5 (5 is best)

ABS optional

Driver-side airbag standard from 1992, dual air bags standard from 1994

 

8. Value Guide

Prices listed are for base models. Options can add considerably to the lowest price listed as these are usually "stripped" models. In many cases, very few vehicles are ever sold at the lowest price listed! Source: Kelley Blue Book

1992 Model Year

New: $8,410 to $14,835

1993 Model Year

New: $9,300 to$16,430

1994 Model Year

New: $9,850 to $17,020

1995 Model Year

New: $10,270 to $17,410

1996 Model Year

New: $10,745 to $17,675

1997 Model Year

New: $10,945 to $17,675

1998 Model Year

New: $10,945 to $17,675

 

9. Option Installment Rate

Generally, when you order a new car you have a choice of factory-installed options. When you buy a pre-owned vehicle the choice is limited to what was actually installed on vehicles sold in that model year. Use this option installment rate as a guide to the chances of finding particular options on a pre-owned vehicle. Source: Ward's Automotive Yearbooks

Note: Air-conditioning systems are a dealer installed item in basic Honda Civic models. Installation rate is unknown.

1992 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

1.5-L, 4-cyl (SOHC) 97%

1.6-L, 4-cyl (DOHC) 3%

Transmission:

Auto 59%

Manual 41%

Body Style:

2-door sedan 9%

2-door hatchback 0%

4-door sedan 91%

Air Conditioning: n/a

Cruise Control: 64%

ABS Brakes: 3%

Power Steering: 89%

Power Windows: 75%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 0%

1993 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

1.5-L, 4-cyl (SOHC) n/a

1.6-L, 4-cyl (DOHC) n/a

Transmission:

Auto 49%

Manual 51%

Body Style:

2-door sedan 31%

2-door hatchback 17%

4-door sedan 42%

Air Conditioning: n/a

Cruise Control: 63%

ABS Brakes: 6%

Power Steering: 90%

Power Windows: 59%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 0%

1994 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

1.5-L, 4-cyl (SOHC) 64%

1.6-L, 4-cyl (DOHC) 36%

Transmission:

Auto 53%

Manual 47%

Body Style:

2-door sedan 25%

2-door hatchback 14%

4-door sedan 61%

Air Conditioning: n/a

Cruise Control: 59%

ABS Brakes: 36%

Power Steering: 91%

Power Windows: 72%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 0%

1995 Model Year

Installment Rate

Engine:

1.5-L, 4-cyl (SOHC) 93%

1.6-L, 4-cyl (DOHC) 7%

Transmission:

Auto 55%

Manual 45%

Body Style:

2-door sedan 39%

2-door hatchback 18%

4-door sedan 43%

Air Conditioning: n/a

Cruise Control: 59%

ABS Brakes: 5%

Power Steering: 88%

Power Windows: 59%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 0%

1996 Model Year (new model)

Installment Rate

Transmission:

Auto 51%

Manual 49%

Body Style:

2-door sedan 47%

2-door hatchback 15%

4-door sedan 38%

Air Conditioning: 48%

Cruise Control: 75%

ABS Brakes: 5%

Power Steering: 88%

Power Windows: 56%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 0%

1997 Model Year

Installment Rate

Transmission:

Auto 61%

Manual 39%

Body Style:

2-door sedan 39%

2-door hatchback 8%

4-door sedan 53%

Air Conditioning: 65%

Cruise Control: 65%

ABS Brakes: 7%

Power Steering: 100%

Power Windows: 70%

Remote/Keyless Entry: 35%

 

10. Production/Sales Volume History

Normally a model year runs from October to September. Often though, when a new version is introduced it hits the market before October. Legally, a model year can start as early as January of the preceding year. Accurate model year sales counts are almost impossible to collect as different model year vehicles are regularly sold side-by-side for several months. Production figures, when listed, include vehicles made for export to Canada, Mexico and overseas. Source: manufacturers

1992 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1991 through Sept. 1992

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 208,308

1993 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1992 through Sept. 1993

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 253,086

1994 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1993 through Sept. 1994

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 265,871

1995 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1994 through Sept. 1995

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 273,441

1996 Model Year (first year of new model)

Production run: Oct. 1995 through Sept. 1996

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 287,718

1997 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1996 through Sept. 1997

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 318,091

1998 Model Year

Production run: Oct. 1997 through Sept. 1998

Total number produced: n/a

Total no. sold in U.S.: 328,748

 

11. Awards and Commendations

1996

"Automobile of the Year" - Automobile

"Ten Best Cars" - Car and Driver

"Best Overall Value in its class" - IntelliChoice

 

12. Quotes

"You can skip reading about the rest of the cars if your idea of automotive satisfaction leans strongly toward refinement-priorities thus skewed, the Civic is the be-all and end-all of this price class." - Road & Track comparison test, May, 1995

"The Honda is almost too refined for my ham fisted tastes, but somehow I'll endure. Its engine is smooth, powerful and VTEC revvy. Its handling dynamics are more than acceptable, provided one doesn't push too hard on the bumps. Its exterior shape won't look dated with the next flourish of automotive fashion. Its interior is artfully designed and well executed. Simply put, the car is Hondaesque." - Dennis Simanaitis, Road & Track comparison test, Feb., 1995

 

13. Recalls (Only major recalls listed)

ID Number: 94V063000

Component: transmission: automatic

Potential Number of Units Affected: 191,289

Year: 1994

Manufactured From: Mar. 1992 To: Sept. 1993

Year of Recall: '94

Summary: A retaining clip that connects the transmission shift cable to the shift lever actuating rod can have insufficient retention pressure and may eventually come off after repeated shift lever operation. If this happens, the position of the shift lever may not match the actual transmission gear position.

ID Number: 96V106000

Component: brakes: hydraulic power assist check valve

Potential Number of Units Affected: 160689

Year: 1996

Manufactured From: Aug. 1995 To: May 1996

Year of Recall: '96

Summary: A soapy lubricant was used to insert the check valve into the vacuum hose which causes the brake booster check valve to stick. This condition can cause a loss of the brake's power assist.

 

14. Cost of Parts (relative to other vehicles)

Headlight unit: $93 (below average)

Side marker lamp: $29 (below average)

Door (left front): $394 (below average)

Fender (left front): $207 (average)

Note: these are estimated retail prices for commonly replaced body parts on a 1995 model. Prices are current as of mid-1998 but will vary from region to region and are subject to change at any time. Source: ADP Collision

The Rettie Report and Pre-Owned Profiles contain objective information from a variety of sources. The subjective comments are those of John Rettie.

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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 year or 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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