Hyper Miler: 1992 Honda Civic VX

You could drive a vehicle with great fuel economy to save the whales, the planet, or all of the people living in low sea level areas, or you could drive a vehicle with good fuel economy because you are a degenerate cheapskate — but it really doesn’t matter as long as that car doesn’t make you look like a 1%er douche who is attempting make up for his ruthless capitalistic business deals by driving an electric luxury car..cough cough Tesla…cough..sorry…anyway, if you want to drive something that gets great fuel economy AND makes you look cool, skip the overpriced new junk and drive this classic Honda. Find this 1992 Honda Civic VX offered for $4,500 in Harford Cty, MD via craigslist. Tip from Jeff S.

From the seller:

1992 honda civic vx hatchback 

condition: good 

cylinders: 4 cylinders 

drive: fwd 

fuel: gas 

odometer: 190000 

paint color: red 

size: compact 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: hatchback 

OG’s VX Build: HyperMile Driving with some JDM Styling. ecomodder.com. look up this link if you want learn the complete build of this super rare one of a kind build. Most have for hypermiller that wants to push his boundries without worrying about replacing any expensive battery.Rather than eeking through a mod list, please just read my build thread from top to bottom. I know that it is long, but to be blunt, I don’t want to sell the car to someone who hasn’t read it. I figure if a person doesn’t care enough to read about how this project evolved to this state, than they likely will not take proper care of the vehicle after buying it.

My build thread on EcoModder can be found by clicking here.

Also, don’t be surprised if I call you about a year from now and make an offer to buy it back from you. Seriously, I probably will!

Asking price: $4,500.00.

1992 Civic VX; drivetrain is completely stock. Only mods are aero and lowering springs.

186,000 miles or so on the odometer.

Good Stuff: Car is mega smooth on the road (drive with a finger at cruise); 65 average city/hwy MPG with NO EOC and car-on at idle. I don’t do all that crazy mess, and car is still breaking 65 easy this summer. This VX is mechanically strong, no issues. Great tires, though they are due for a rotation. 1992 3-door VX Hatchback

Clean title in hand

189,392 miles

1.5L I4 VTEC-E Engine (D15Z1)

5-speed economy-geared transmission

Completely mechanically stock other than 1.5″ lowering springs


Front lip extension

Front air dams

Wiper deflector

Front wheel-well modification

Sideview mirror delete

Side skirts

Rear diffuser

Custom rear cambak/side skirts/wheel covers (tied into diffuser to box the tail)

Lowered 1.5″ all around

A/C delete (12v fan and fresh air vent installed)

Rear seat delete

Rear upholstery delete (rhinolined)

Spare delete

Passenger’s seat delete

Driver’s seat replaced with Sparco Star racing seat

Wide-view racing mirror installed for visibility

MPGuino on custom pillar-mount

Vacuum gauge on same pillar

And more that I’m undoubtedly forgetting…

The car is incredibly light, and even compared to my wife’s stock ’93 VX it just coasts through the air up to about 75mph. Unfortunately, I’m not able to hyper-mile much on my 45 minute commute to/from work due to the route, so I’m only seeing some of the benefit of this car. Even so, I’m averaging around 50mpg hand-calculated (on test-drives I’ve hit 60+ on straight and flat roads).

This car needs a mileage-obsessed tinkerer to continue modding and improving the car’s performance and efficiency. If this sounds like you, drop me a line!

As far as maintenance is concerned: the previous owner used only Mobile 1 Full Synthetic with quality filters, and I’ve continued the trend, changing it at 7,000mi intervals. He also changed the transmission fluid shortly before selling the car, so around 1.5 years ago (not sure of mileage). I installed new plugs, wires, distributor cap, fuel filter, and air filter ~2000mi ago. I also had to replace the clutch fork recently, so I replaced the clutch slave cylinder and throw-out bearing while I was in there, including flushing the clutch fluid. Vinyl applique on roof has been replaced heated and re-stretched . 

Feel free to shoot me any questions you might have. Ecomodders,

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