My partner has just purchased a £650 1992 Honda Civic 1.5LSi saloon as
a replacement for his company car when he changes jobs next week. The
car is in generally very good condition for year and has had full
Honda service history by the original owner right up until 2001. Then
the history finishes..
The car has done 72,000 miles and the engine starts and runs very
sweetly except the car judders a bit when pulling away in every gear,
but most noticable in first. My partner thinks this could possibly be
the throttle cable sticking, any other causes for this?
He has changed the air filter and plugs and the car has had an oil/
filter change and a new exhaust as the old one was blowing slightly.
It needs a CV boot changing but apart from that there's little else
wrong. However he was wondering whether it needs a cam-belt change. we
can't find any evidence that it has been done. As he's only probably
going to keep the car for a year at the most, is it worth taking the
risk and not changing it?
Any other problems he may face with this model of car?
Firstly if there is no history of a cambelt change, do it now, immediately.
Its cheap and easy on the single cam lump.
Secondly the judder- could be soft engine mounts / broken mount. Get a pry
bar, climb underneath and check. (NB car not supported on jack!)
These little honda's are generally about as reliable as it gets.