1992 Honda Civic VX all stock 43-51 MPG!

1992 Honda Civic VX

Technical specifications of Honda Civic 1992

Price: US $2,700.00
Condition: Used
Item location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Make: Honda
Model: Civic
Type: Hatchback
Trim: VX
Year: 1992
Mileage: 298,000
VIN: 2HGEH2360NH527230
Color: Red
Engine size: D15Z1 1.5 liter
Number of cylinders: 4
Power options: Air Conditioning
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: FWD
Interior color: Gray
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Safety options: Driver Airbag
Options: CD Player
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

For those unfamiliar, the Civic VX is pretty much the most fuel efficient gas-powered vehicle out there that will carry 4 people, let alone 5 (yes, it seats 5). It gets better mileage than a Prius on the highway, and not much worse in-city.
This is a totally-stock Canadian-made for the lower-48 VX. I bought this car in 2007 from the second owner, with 253k miles at the time. I live in the city and work from home, so my trips are infrequent and short. I had always looked forward to hitting 300,000, but as close as I am, I don't think I'll get there. We have a baby now and the 2-door hatch is too frustrating for in-and-out with the car seat in the back. We've already bought a newer (still Honda!) 4-door, and the VX is getting very little use.
Most of its miles were put on by the previous owner, who had a 45-mile highway commute each way. I gave them a call recently and confirmed that they never replaced the transmission or clutch, and thanked them for passing on such a wonderful car. The input shaft bearing on the transmission had been noisy for quite some time. I replaced it and the clutch at the same time, about 1000 miles back, The trannie gears had to be taken apart to get at that, and they were deemed to be in good shape.
The car, in just city driving, usually averages 42 (40-44) mpg. On a highway trip, depending mostly on speed, I've averaged 45-52 mpg, just driving mindfully, not hyper-miling or anything unusual. Over 45000 miles that I've owned it, I've never had any major problem. I don't think it's ever broken down on me, excepting a couple of occasions of leaving the lights on and killing the battery. I've fixed that problem too, by adding a relay unit from a newer Civic, so this VX now has a lights-on chime and interim wipers!
It has an after-market stereo-head unit. It's nothing fancy but it plays CDs and has an AUX input, both nice upgrades with negligible weight gain. I've also added a custom-made shelf/ cargo cover in back that has two rear speakers embedded. It's easy to disconnect and remove, too. The only other addition is that I added a passenger side mirror, for safety. In 1992 the VX did not have one--it wasn't legally required and not having it saves a bit of wind drag.
Other than than those things, the car is remarkably original. It has the coveted VX original wheels and low rolling resistance Sumitomo tires. I wouldn't hesitate to go anywhere on them now. The tires have only about 10k miles in front and 5k miles in back. All look very good.
The engine is strong, with consistently good mileage. It starts up quickly, every time. I've changed the oil always between 3-5k miles, and at least once a year. When I've stretched it to the longer interval I've put about a half-quart in at around 4k. The engine is usually running at under 2000 rpm, so a 5000 mile interval is equivalent to the revolutions of 3500 miles in an average car. This is a big part of why these cars get such good mileage, as well as how they last for so many miles. The engine compartment in the photo has not been degreased by me, ever. I'm not saying it's perfect, only that it's pretty darned clean and leak-and-rust-free, and what you see is what you get.
So, the good, summing up: all-original, clean-titled Civic VX with fantastic mileage and strong D15Z1 engine and tranny. If you're still reading this, you've probably been looking for this car. It has about 1500 miles since I last changed the oil/filter, plugs, and wires. It has just about 4k miles since I had the water-pump and all belts (timing, alternator, A/C) replaced. The entire tailpipe, catalytic converter, and muffler were replaced in July 2015.
And now to the bad. There are 2 current issue remaining that haven't bothered me enough to pursue: paint and A/C. I was planning until recently to keep this car (I do love the "Lil Red Wagon"!) and put a Maaco paint job on it. I think now though that her new owner should decide what quality of paint job (and color) she deserves. As to the A/C my hope would be that it just needs freon, but I really don't know. I've owned the car 10 years, and never used the A/C because it saps too much of the little motor's power away. Most VXs didn't even come with A/C. This one's is factory, however.
The driver's seat has the tear that every Civic of this vintage I've seen has, in the left side about where your lower left ribs would rub as you step out of the car. I've looked for a good replacement many times at my local U-Pull it, but they all seem to have that tear. Similarly common, the carpet is well-worn on the sides, outside the mats, at both driver's and passenger's feet.
I've tried hard to lay out everything I know about the car. I'm happy to answer questions for interested parties, and I'll try to do so within 24 hours. For you on the east coast and in the mid-west concerned about rust, tell me where you want the camera pointed and I'll try my best to find it. We do get snow here a little, but salt is outlawed on the roads in Oregon. I grew up in the Southeast, and it's amazing to me how little rust develops on cars here.
I'm willing to hold car off-street up to three weeks to allow plans for pickup or shipping. We'd have to work out a partial payment beyond the deposit though, if it will be over one week. I reserve the right to cancel bids from buyers with no feedback or history.
Thank-you.

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