Were the '96 - '99 Civics the best of the line?

Discussion in 'Civic' started by KWW, Aug 2, 2006.

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    KWW Guest

    My daughter just totaled our '97 Odyssey and, since this fall all 3 kids
    will be in college, I am pondering replacing it with a smaller vehicle.
    Thing is, we had a '96 Civic (eldest son totaled years ago) and it seemed to
    be the best car we've ever had. It handled and drive very well, smoothly,
    and quitely. The '01 Civics have a harsher ride, are noisy, and don't seem
    to handle well. The suspension seems like a cloan of the old Saturn sedan
    suspension.

    So I am wondering whether maybe I should try to find a good used '98 or '99
    Civic. Given that we will for a short time have 3 in college, and for a few
    years thereafter 2, a new car is out of the question.

    I have never been an Accord fan - my daughter and in-laws have them and they
    don't seem as nimble or efficient as the Civics, and don't provide THAT much
    more room for any particular model year.

    Thoughts?

    KWW
     
    KWW, Aug 2, 2006
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    jim beam Guest

    that's because it pretty much is! mcpherson struts = cheap. end of story.
    imo, the best civic honda ever produced was the 88-91, and if you want
    to be really specific, the 89's. light, fast, and with the body that
    suspension was designed for. provided the driver's not too "generously
    built", the seats offer much more side support too, so you can
    comfortably take much better advantage of the vehicle's handling.
     
    jim beam, Aug 2, 2006
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    Count your blessings. You talk like it's an everyday occurrence that
    your kids walk away from bad car accidents.


    'Curly'
     
    'Curly Q. Links', Aug 2, 2006
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  4. The engineering refinement was beautiful in the 96/97 Civics. Every
    system was simple and did exactly what it needed to do. Unfortunately
    they're getting high on milage now.

    I had an 01 Civic as a loaner and it wasn't much fun to drive. Bumps
    modulated turns, making it feel jittery and unsteady at high speeds. It
    felt like bad wheel alignment but with no wandering while going straight.
     
    Kevin McMurtrie, Aug 3, 2006
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    Dave L Guest

    I have never been an Accord fan - my daughter and in-laws have them and
    Because the Accord is NOT as nimble or efficient as the Civics! The Civic
    is definately more fun to drive while the Accord is basically a bigger car.
    I'll say the Accord is quieter and more comfortable for long drives. Choice
    will depend on which is more important to you.

    -Dave
     
    Dave L, Aug 3, 2006
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