1989 Honda Civic Wagon

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  • Performance7.1
  • Interior7.7
  • Quality8.4
  • Recommendation7.7
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The Perfect Car by Blisscoach in Moab, Utah on 04/03/2004. Trim: 1989 Honda Civic Wagon 2WD, Owned more than 10 years.
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Pros: Sleek, clean lines, maximize visibility for the driver and passenger. This car carries me, my wife, our three dogs and luggage on trips, getting 35mpg. Driving a windy mountain road to work, it corners like a sports car (though it doesn't accelerate like one) and is surprisingly quiet. With 215,000 miles it looks and feels like new with almost everything original. Front wheel drive makes for excellent handling in snow and it even handles 4WD only tracks. 1989-91 Civic Wagons were the pinnacle of automotive evolution. (Since then the art of perfection has become the art of marketing a fad.) I wish Honda would resurrect this model. The only new vehicle like it is the Subaru Forrester.
Cons: Very little to dislike. A few corners were cut in terms of economizing, like the metal for the body dents and rusts a little too easily. The timing belt issue isn't great either -- replace them every 60k or die. Otherwise, nothing to complain about on this car.
Overall review: Perfect for families on a budget and for those who care about global warming, the cost of gas or the environment. Incredible reliability and excellent performance and styling. Honda's best ever.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance6.0
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality8.0
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Honda wedgie by Mike from Naples FL on 03/11/2002. Trim: 1989 Honda Civic Wagon 2WD, Owned more than 10 years.
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Pros: excellent mileage, I still get 34mpg combined. I don't do long trips but I suspect 40mpg. Still reliable at 110,000 miles (Massachusetts winters)
Cons: Not as sporty to drive as my 1979 Honda Wagon, same engine, but this is a heavier car.
Overall review: I've had the car for 12 years. Reliable, no frills transportation. My wife hates trips in this car, though. The front end is like a wedge of cheese. You don't see the hood and I've noticed many of my passengers have expressed terror (couldn't be my driving) at the thought of a collision, it would slide under another cars bumper easily. Honda stopped this design and shifted the wagons into the Accord line.
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  • Styling6.0
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior7.0
  • Quality9.0
  • Recommendation8.0
ski-bum by A CarPoint Consumer on 12/06/2001. Trim: 1989 Honda Civic Wagon 2WD, Owned 2 years.
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Pros: 12 years old and still going strong and great in the cold just because of the manual choke. Hard on gas mileage but cannot complain about the reliability. Gets from point A to point B with no problems and carries all the groceries.
Cons: Con results from a plus. In cold weather, takes a long time to heat up and warm up. Means that gas mileage can be low for short trips and winter driving can be horrendous with the inadequate defrost system. Good for a get around vehicle in a small town where you fill up once a month.
Overall review: Beater. Love it for what it is and don't lose it because it could replace that '65 volkswagon you've been driving for years.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance5.0
  • Interior10
  • Quality7.0
  • Recommendation1.0
ok by A CarPoint Consumer on 05/17/2001. Trim: 1989 Honda Civic Wagon 2WD, Owned 3 years.
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Pros: (No data provided)
Cons: (No data provided)
Overall review: ok car
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior7.0
  • Quality8.0
  • Recommendation10
Civic 4wd '91 by Box Aficianado on 03/08/2001. Trim: 1989 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD, Owned 4 years.
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Pros: It's really a '91 but that is not listed here. I bought it with over 200K and knw it's over 250K with few problems related to the car it's self. Around town mileage 25 MPG. Plenty of power, it you are not afraid to wind an old engine.
Cons: I would like old style seat configuaration which allowed seats down from dash to hatch. Not enough low end power. Power comes on like it's turboed. It pulls hard at least to red line and feels like it would like to go to 8 grand. Clutch throwout bearing has been going out for about a year. Hard to start out smooth. Potential problem in snow and ice. Luckily I've had to go find snow and ice trouble. Radio works intermitently. Have any ideas? Upper radiator mounts are from a 1950's Japanese transistor radio. If you look at them hard they will break and the only fix is ~$300 for a new radiator. I put a huge "keep off" sign on mine.
Overall review: Great car. I'd prefer an automatic, but I think they may have had problems. I' ve seen something about extended waranty for them.
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