Red Stripper: 1991 Honda Civic DX

It was big news when Honda released a hatchback version of the 2017 Civic.  The hatchback body style has not been available over here since 2005.  The fourth generation Civic was a available from 1987-1991 as a sedan, coupe, hatchback, wagon, and a two seat CRX.  The DX was the no frills model that this unfancy list of optional equipment: power steering, rear wash/wipe, clock, passenger door mirror, wheel covers, and auto transmission.  What the Civic lacked in luxury features it made up for in driving fun and fuel economy.  The 92 horsepower4 cyl SOHC engine only had 2165 lbs to haul around.  Find this 1991 Honda Civic hatch for sale in Westport, CT for $1,750 via craigslist.

The car has been in the seller’s family for over a decade.  It was his father in law’s daily driver for years before he stopped driving.  It was a reliable car that hauled everything from groceries to dump runs.  The car has 136,000 miles on it, but has not been driven daily in over a year.  This DX model was rated at 29 mpg city and 32 mpg highway, but the seller reports mid 30s mpg.

The battery is weak, but the seller notes last summer the distributor cap, coil, and rotor were all replaced.  The seller goes on a mini-tirade about the car being bone stock and that it does not have a aluminum tow hook cover that he fancies all racer Civics have and even suggests if you buy the car you can then add one yourself.

You could make a very entertaining commuter out of this hatch by delving into the myriad of available engine swaps, some suspension shopping at Ground Control, adding some lightweight 15″ wheels, and a gauge cluster with a tach.  Any other suggestions to make this cheap runabout more exciting?

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Cory is trying to avoid buying a car that he has recently written up….