I got pointed in your direction from the 1st (and 2nd) generation civic website - http://www.1stgencivic.org/world/c1z...forum.php?f=31 . I drive a 1980 honda civic wagon. Before this I had an '81 civic sedan, an '89 towncar, and an '84 towncar. My last fill-up I really tried to go easy on the gas, and got 37.25mpg in town. Typically, I get 33-34 in the summer, driving pretty hard. My civic was rated at 31 city/42 highway, so I'm doing pretty good. Getting 37 in the city goes to show how far we've come in the last 27 years . I just got a k&n air filter, an econometer (not here yet), pumped up the tires, and plan to tweak the carb/dizzy for a little more mpgs. One thing that I need help with - my dad used to have a "trip computer" that he moved from car to car, but he can't find it. It had a flow transducer that you hooked to your fuel line, a sensor for the driveshaft, and a readout for the dash that showed your mpgs. Has anyone seen these around lately? I know they are available for cars w/ computers, but what about the rest of us?
Anyways, I'm glad I found the site - keep trying everyone.
What do I like about the old Hondas?
Here we go -
they're cheap - mine was $200 from ebay
reliable - I've only been stranded a few times, and remember, it's 28 yrs old
parts are cheap - water pump $15, new carb $40, distributor $60... ridiculous!
easy to work on - no computer, minimal emission controls, lots of room to work
fun to drive - small and light
different - you don't see many left here in the rust belt
great mileage - 37 in town, honestly
I could go on, but I won't.
Here's a picture of the civic in primer, two summers ago before paint.