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hi ok so here is my question what is the best year for honda civic between 92-2006 i have about 6000 to spend and i dont want a si i would like to know what the best year for reliability and least amount of problems. I was looking at a 04 ex or hx but i read somewhere that 04-06 they had faulty motors due to poor casting so any help or tips would be great thank you in advance.
94 and 95 are the best years lmao. everybody has their own opinion..
ime, my car has done me well. very little maintenance needed and still runs strong. i like older cars that have less computer control, like my 94. seems to be easier and cheaper to work on compared to newer cars. i've known a lot of people that've owned civics from 92-00, but none newer than that. i can say that all the civics from those years seemed to hold up well.
I have only had 1 civic, an 01 and I think it is great. Never heard of this "faulty" motor thing. The only thing to look out for is a 01-05 with an auto transmission. What's wrong with an Si? EP3 would be cool, not the 2000 Si, everyone has one of them.
If you read through these forums you will probably find that all years of Civics have had mechanical/service issues from head gaskets to brakes to trannys and the lot. It has more to do with the previous owner(s) and how they have driven the car and how well it's been maintained. You have to be diligent when buying a car and make sure it's going to be worth the value your paying for it. That being said if you have $6000 cash to spend you can buy a good stock, decent mileage 91-95 Civic for $2000 - $3000. You can get a 96-00 in the same condition for $4000 - $6000. I'm not sure about 01-05 since I don't have a lot of interest in them in general. (sorry 7th gen, lol)
You'd be better off to figure out which one you like best and then find one that's in good shape. All cars are reliable and low maintenance if they have been well maintained.
As far as reliability is concerned, 6th gen and probably 5th gen as well, is solid. The mains things that go wrong is stuff like the ignition switch and cracked exhaust manifolds. But transmissions, engines are solid. What will go wrong with them in another 20 years? I'm no expert but parts are super cheap, just keep the rust away.
'01,'02 and a bit of '03, transmission problems (auto only I think, but maybe manual too, not sure).
'06-'08; Engine block manufacturing fart where coolant can leak or something.
Those are the big things to look out for in the 7th, 8th gen.
So if you want a newer civic, I guess get a '03, '04, '05 '09 '10 '11 '12 or '13.
__________________ 1999CivicDX with train horns from hornblasters, 55w HID headlights, 35w DDMtuning HID back-up lights (for when driving backwards, mounted in stock reverse light fixture) Cheap $11 side fog lights from Harbor Freight for side illumination for neighborhood street corners.
Oznium Superflux 16-LED dome light, CCFL Logisis 12" white underseat illumination and mounted on ceiling of trunk via duck tape.
Genuine locomotive E-bell zip tied &u-bolted inside back bumper. Trailer hitch.
5/1/2013: 230K miles. 2KW inverter, 160Amp alternator. 19mm rearsway
205/50/R16 tires, biggest u can safely use on stock suspension. Train horn vids; Youtube 'danwat1234'
30.5MPG average on Fuelly. Auto tranny, d16y7
I agree, they are all good. What matters is which car has been taken care of the best and how it was treated. You can keep a well maintained care for 15+ years. My mom still has hers as her car in Florida. She gets to her condo every winter and the only problem she has encountered was a dead batteries. These cars are meant to last!
Go for a 92-00 civic. Most parts are interchangeable. Lots of parts around, aftermarket support, dealer, junk yard,. Favorite models of the thieves.I like the 92-95 models the most. As one of the replies said, less computer control. It means less sensors and less things to fail. I prefer SOHC for fuel economy and ease of maintenance. Lots of room in the engine bay to work around. In where I am, I can get an engine and trans for less than 1000 bucks.
I like my 05 si-g EM2 (same as EX in USA)
I also had a 2000 hatch and it was reliable but severely gutless
and uncomfortable as hell.
My 05 also is loaded and gets roughly the same gas milage as long as
I aint VTECin all the time.
Only thing to watch on the 1.7 is the head gasket.
Had to get mine done but has been great since.