1992 Honda Civic EG3
Available for: $15,995
The Honda Civic is a fun and economical car. That doesn't tell the full story as these are quickly becoming one of the most collectible JDM import models, too. Enthusiasts are aware that there are much faster cars out there, but hardly any have the charm of this 1992 EG3. The classic styling has aged gracefully, and this one is finished in a timeless (NH-538) Frost White. Adorned with some subtle rainguards, the body is in good shape aside from some minor dings and chips associated with normal wear and tear. Boasting a mere 20k verified and documented miles, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything akin to this stateside. Featuring a nearly immaculate cabin with top-notch ergonomics, this hatch would make for an ideal daily driver or unmolested platform to modify.
The cabin impresses in person just as it does in our photo set. It's clear this car was cared for in a prior life, and even the OEM front and rear carpet mats are included in the sale. The hatchback body style features tons of side glass and offers decent visibility and little in the way of blind spots. The dash is in good nick and lacks any cracking or distortion. Mounted centrally are the OEM Gathers audio system and climate control switchgear. Easy to use and intuitive both systems work as they should and the a/c blow colds which is handy this summer. The gauges are easy to read and well illuminated at night time. We had to verify the gas gauge worked as this miserly four-seater sips fuel, delivering far above-average MPG. The soft-touch surfaces like the steering wheel and gear shift are in above average shape and the soft gray seats look barely used. They are still soft to the touch and lack any major rips, stains, or tears. For those who hate the complexity of Honda's current portfolio, you won't have to worry about computers, cameras, or sensors breaking. This lovable ride lacks all of that stuff and makes do with manual mirrors, locks, and windows. The headliner and carpets look good and the door cards have withstood the last twenty-five years without any major abuse. Even the original owner's manuals are in the glovebox to complete the package.
Many argue Honda's golden age is in the late 80s and early 90s. The brand produced designs that will likely outlast many new vehicles being produced as we speak. The Civic has always offered a low cost of ownership and dependable mechanicals and this one is no exception. Powered by a D13B, the little engine turns over quickly thanks to a new 12v battery. It's fresh off an oil and filter service and idles confidently. While the EG isn't going to win any drag races, it can get moving at sustained highway speeds and despite its light curb weight, it feels stable. Best of all, the most costly maintenance item was performed in our shop and one of our trained technicians has replaced the clutch with a brand new one. Notable repairs during this vehicle's lifetime including two new front fenders that have been installed in Japan. The OEM suspension is wonderful for daily driving and insulated against large and potholes better than we would have expected. The little Civic hardly makes a squeak or rattle when behind the wheel. The brakes easily stop this featherweight when they need to and the OEM steel wheels are wrapped in new all-season tires at all four corners. They deliver a quiet ride and will last for tens of thousands of miles to come.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.