The 1991 Honda Civic Si Was an Early Hot Hatchback

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Doug DeMuro

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The 1991 Honda Civic Si -- the "EF" Civic Hatchback -- is a special car that was an early example of a hot hatchback. Today I'm reviewing the Civic Si, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of the EF Civic Si hatchback. I'm also going to drive the Si and show you what it's like on the road.
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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro Пре 5 месеци
THIS... is the last nice Civic from this era in existence. I'm thrilled I got to review it!
ZR71 Media
ZR71 Media Пре 16 дана
A 1991 Ford Explorer (Any Trim) if you got one with a sunroof, it would be a manuel flip up. Consider this strange due to the Explorers were bigger and more expensive, yet here a Honda Civic which would be less expensive had a power sunroof. The 90's were strange times for cars.
EbluestarE
EbluestarE Пре 20 дана
I love these reviews! You remind me of Quentin Tarantino for some reason...
peterdevreter
peterdevreter Пре месец
Forget any rare mclaren F1, I think that this car in that state is a unicorn.
Drift Rider
Drift Rider Пре 2 месеца
Hi Doug Demuro, please test Russian cars, I think many will be happy about it.
vee win
vee win Пре 2 месеца
@oldskool is it for sale?
LivingThroughTV
LivingThroughTV Пре 12 сати
You need to have a go in an Up! GTI, though that won't be easily achieved, of course.
Indranil Chakrabarty
Indranil Chakrabarty Пре 13 сати
Great review !!! Great car !!!!
Ronald Aurelio Jose jr
Ronald Aurelio Jose jr Пре 16 сати
My Dad had a 1990 Honda Civic HatchBack SI and it was red with a engine swap I think.
Gary Martin
Gary Martin Пре 22 сата
My heavier '81 Celica GT only had 96hp and felt fairly quick during the time, so this Civic Si was indeed a desirable hot hatch
Lone Maus
Lone Maus Пре 23 сата
Dual exhaust on a 108 hp engine lol
erich84502ify
erich84502ify Пре дан
Basic reliable transportation and fun
Jack Dub
Jack Dub Пре 2 дана
i get what you're doing but im 6'2" and im pretty sure i could reach the back windows from the front seat lol that car is so small
lightning Bolt's Channel
lightning Bolt's Channel Пре 2 дана
Do a Saturn Sl2 ((it's lighter))
shawn hall
shawn hall Пре 2 дана
I believe Alpine made those Honda stereos
David Anthony
David Anthony Пре 3 дана
13:47 My 2010 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport wagon literally has the same light.
Kunwardip Mooker
Kunwardip Mooker Пре 4 дана
@14:55 Those are not really shallow "cubbies" They were designed for JDM Gathers Speakers to be mounted there. Oh how I miss my 91 Si.
Adam Smith
Adam Smith Пре 4 дана
My daily is a '91 CX trim package. It has a B16A swap. No power steering. No AC. All mechanical. I love it.
Gabor Csuzdi
Gabor Csuzdi Пре 4 дана
1991 was anything but early for hot hatches, after the Peugeot 104 ZS, VW Golf GTi of the 1970s, and Lancia Delta Integrale and Peugeot 205 GTi of the 1980s...
Nicos
Nicos Пре 5 дана
wow
Matej matej
Matej matej Пре 6 дана
Here in Slovenia Europe is one for sale 1.6 16v 96 kw 131 hp with 194000 kilometres for 5200 euros it's expensive for 30 years old car
Matej matej
Matej matej Пре 6 дана
There was also 1.6L 16v here in Europe with 130 hp same engine as crx Honda my friend had 1.6 16v civic and it was fast for teenager back then. You can tell from a far it was 1.6 16v because it had difrend bonnet with the a bulge
Stevie Jo
Stevie Jo Пре 7 дана
But it is very cool it's original, and unrestored
Stevie Jo
Stevie Jo Пре 7 дана
Imagine a 300HP K24 swapped into it. Your talking a very fast car!
space kid
space kid Пре 9 дана
"rare" lol I have like 5 of these in my neighborhood, all in mint condition (usa ftw)
Nicholas Crothamel
Nicholas Crothamel Пре 9 дана
Doug: Before I get started Me: *aggressively spams arrow key*
X Æ A-12
X Æ A-12 Пре 9 дана
vtAk
David Sanchez
David Sanchez Пре 9 дана
Proud owner of a 1994 Honda Civic LX. Mine is actually called eg civic having more of a egg shape. Obviously used and abused. Still driving after 26 years 145000 miles. Have the same motor in that one but 1.5L. Honda always performs.
The Cross Man
The Cross Man Пре 10 дана
"Rear headwest" @10:35
tuowl05
tuowl05 Пре 12 дана
I remember when this generation was new; liked the CRX more. I definitely appreciate the history of the car but something about the looks never did it for me. Reminded me too much of the Colt hatch of that era? Talons, Eclipse and even a non-hatch Z24 Cavalier, Probe GT were nicer imo for the price.
Justin Couch
Justin Couch Пре 12 дана
PGMFI was much better than the MPFI system. Anyone who had a Civic of that era knows that. I even converted my 1991 sedan with a 1.5L MPFI to the 1.6L MPFI to get that extra power.
WarpedNut
WarpedNut Пре 12 дана
Dude has one of those faces
_______
_______ Пре 13 дана
Just noticing the nice bend in the rear drivers side steelie
Tech Nine
Tech Nine Пре 13 дана
I own the base model, it has 70hp doug
2prize
2prize Пре 16 дана
pure simplicity
Tweekkat The Cat
Tweekkat The Cat Пре 17 дана
Cool Vibrations
Jim Hester
Jim Hester Пре 17 дана
I had the DX. Extra money for the passenger side mirror and I had to buy the radio cassette too. Loved the car. Would like to drive that one again to re-live the experience. Sadly rust got the better of it after 100,000 miles. Canadian seat belt law was I guess different as the belts were attached to the pillar. A little in the way for back seat entry and exit. They still make the North American civics in Canada.
Neil Hass
Neil Hass Пре 17 дана
The fuzzy game naturally plant because draw arespectively time round a undesirable behavior. guttural H habitual, pricey space
Robert Lawrence Bany
Robert Lawrence Bany Пре 19 дана
Headwest
mike stuart
mike stuart Пре 19 дана
We is finally reviewing his own car
Jason G
Jason G Пре 19 дана
I had a base model, it also didn’t come with a rear wiper, radio and cigarette lighter, but I loved it
Alexander Vaughn
Alexander Vaughn Пре 20 дана
I want that car in perfect condition
lobit12
lobit12 Пре 22 дана
one of the coolest design features is the glass/ visibility. I think this is part of the reasons these cars feel alot faster than they are. They are actually a bit scary / exciting to go fast in.
Barry Miscampbell
Barry Miscampbell Пре 22 дана
From Australia, I owned a 1989 4 dr GL auto sedan for 14 years. It was the best car I have ever owned. Fantastic handling from the double wishbone suspension would allow the 1.5 auto to out perform nearly anything else on the road through corners. B series motor, even without VETC, lovely reving and sounding and this was with duel carduretors and not EFI. With the engine mounted on the left side in a right hand drive car the balance is always going to be better one up driving. Honda changed this when they needed to have their engines rotate the opposite direction for F1 racing and joined the mainstream. Very easy and enjoyable to drive, electric windows and a/c standard. Very well made and reliable. Also a beautiful design to look at, I think the sedan was more balanced than the hatchback. Unfortunately the next model was a little bigger, with a longer stroke softer suspension to make it more favorable for Americans. Also a AWD version was sold in Japan. Unfortunately l sold it when it was 21 years old. Bought a 8th gen Civic 1.8 auto, more relaxed highway driving but virtually everything else was a backwards step. The latest Civics I don't feel have advanced any further, except for all the safety equipment.
misuiu64
misuiu64 Пре 22 дана
I loved my red 1990SI. I drove it 11 years commuting 160 miles roundtrip. I watched this video for the memories. .
Daniel Santos
Daniel Santos Пре 22 дана
Neat quirk about that generation of Honda clocks. If the ignition was off been with no key, you could push in the cover and it would light the clock momentarily.
John
John Пре 23 дана
Doug - the seatbelt mounted on the door was a solution to the "passive restraint" requirement, an alternative to the "motorized mouse" common at the time. You were actually never supposed to unbuckle it but sort of crawl in underneath it, close the door and - like magic - federal passive restraint requirement met. That also explains the emergency release(s) you mentioned - sort of reinforcement by guilt in a CYA approach.
ADDvanced
ADDvanced Пре 23 дана
Handling gets a 4 out of 10? Jfc doug. Please go autocross so you learn how to drive man. These things slay.
ThinkPad22
ThinkPad22 Пре 24 дана
I'd happily daily drive this all it would need is an android auto head unit.
Aben Rojas
Aben Rojas Пре 24 дана
This Honda Civic is my dream car
Panda MilkShake
Panda MilkShake Пре 24 дана
Please tell me I am not the only one that LOVES these types of interiors in cars. The analog stuff, the sharp yet rounded off edges on this monochrome black interior. I just love em.
Ron Damon
Ron Damon Пре 25 дана
I don't know how so many people like such an ugly car...!!!!
new2000car
new2000car Пре 19 дана
I agree. But once you drove one, it drives so nice that it outweighs the ugliness.
Raul Mundo
Raul Mundo Пре 25 дана
That thing is clean.
Throttle Twister Cycles
Throttle Twister Cycles Пре 26 дана
Doug has no business reviewing anything built before 2000
Jason Lay
Jason Lay Пре 26 дана
Still one of the best interiors in an average 80s car.
Anthony Stark
Anthony Stark Пре 26 дана
This is cool but nothing beats the CR-X
Donnelle Bivens
Donnelle Bivens Пре 26 дана
Seatbelt Warning: They probably repurposed the handbrake housing for Civics with automatic seatbelts.
Senna4EvR
Senna4EvR Пре 27 дана
0-60 in 7.5 seconds was very quick for the day. I guess If one compares it to the acceleration of a Ford GT40...yeah 1 out of 10.
Joel Lemieux
Joel Lemieux Пре 27 дана
My parents had a base 1991 Civic sedan. It had a 5 speed. My 1984 Civic had a 4 speed (and a manual choke!)
Herbie P
Herbie P Пре 28 дана
Is this the fastest car?
Matt McNicoll
Matt McNicoll Пре 28 дана
A few years ago, after a car accident, I had borrowed my grandmas low mileage 2000 civic DX (EK) hatch while I shopped around for a new car. Jesus Christ, I couldn’t get over the low weight and how agile it felt. She was 85 at the time and still driving stick too, but that D15.. you had to wind the shit out of it just to keep up with modern traffic, and all the new SUVs around you seemed like dumptrucks. Good memories.
fembot attack
fembot attack Пре 29 дана
This car ALWAYS gets stolen in my country. My uncle just chains a tire up to poles whenever leaving it.
mack cummy
mack cummy Пре 26 дана
There are better ways
postersm 71
postersm 71 Пре месец
The premium Honda radios were made by Alpine
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein Пре месец
The civic si or as we call it in germany the Honda CRX got a 160hp VTEC version I think that was the must have performance version you wanted back in the 90s :D
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein
Jean-Andre Sonnenschein Пре месец
I love how the exhaust is just like hanging there like Honda did not even try to hide it a bit or make it hang a bit higher so its not so noticeable :D
Vinny Bruce
Vinny Bruce Пре месец
I would mind get one of those as a collector side of I like the 99 model
Michael Man
Michael Man Пре месец
The seatbelts are on the door because "automatic" belts were required at this time. You left them fastened at all times and could simply get in and out without unbuckling-- hence the emergency release stickers.
R Mar
R Mar Пре месец
These are great cars. Basic, but so fun to drive.
Brandon Curtis
Brandon Curtis Пре месец
I still have a La Bra and the original Rear hatch cover unfortunately cars long gone lol
sirdonicus
sirdonicus Пре месец
My first car* 89 EF Dx hatchback 4speed manual in sky blue. This video brings back a lot of memories 😂👍🏽
Bobby M
Bobby M Пре месец
This car is 30 years old with 30 newer models after it to choose from and doug is picking on the 108hp? That sort of mindset got all of these things ruined in the first place.
Argura98
Argura98 Пре месец
6:25 it is not strange at all. it is cost effective for manufacturer to make the same door for all trims and models of civic and just power sunroof for SI. consider the sales volume didn't justified cost to make separate power doors.
Keith Cindy Panama
Keith Cindy Panama Пре месец
I had a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire with Manual widow and electric sun roof
Keith Cindy Panama
Keith Cindy Panama Пре месец
Could you do one on the 1991. Toyota Tercel? Or the 1981 Corolla.
Kaleb
Kaleb Пре месец
I saw an ad for a bone stock, one owner '91 civic Si for $3000 Canadian a couple months ago and I still regret not getting it
Arnold Guisa
Arnold Guisa Пре месец
That was my moms first car back in the day.
Michael Packard
Michael Packard Пре месец
10:35 headwests
Adam Voinovich
Adam Voinovich Пре месец
Chevrolet Beretta had the seat belts on the door too.
Zack Forbing
Zack Forbing Пре месец
The only civic I would buy 😍
Larry Page
Larry Page Пре месец
Si's have rear disc breaks!
Rafael Vargas
Rafael Vargas Пре месец
Can you make a review of the 1989-1994 suzuki swift GT
kaefergarage
kaefergarage Пре месец
I love this Civic and the area, when they were built. I owned a couple of it and still was satisfied with them. It's so cool, that you got a "real survivor". Awesome. I like your videos a lot. Here, I have to point out some comments you've said during the video. You showed the car for the US market. A lot of features weren't available for the US. Starting with the engine: in Germany it was available from 75 up to 150 HP. The power roof was never with a crank. Never. Honda started building in power roofs with the predecessor (AH) in 1983. Never mechanical, always electrical. Also we had power window and power steering with the 110 HP - 150 HP engine ;) The predecessor - btw - was available with up to 101 HP in Germany. PGM-FI. It was special. It was an own development by Honda. Nevertheless. In those days it was not common, to have fuel injection in small cars. That is the special on it. The predecessor also was not the first hatchback by Honda. The Civic is a hatchback since it is produced back in 1972. The safety belts is a US market feature. The structure of the b-post and rocker rail is modified for that. The little storage pocket in the back was only on the passenger side. Yes. But there is a reason. Simply, there is no room for a storage box because of the filling system on the drivers side. You can see the filler door while you speak about the storage pocket. The headrests for the back seat bench was available in Germany with the more "luxury" options. As soon you bought the fuel injection, you had the head rests. With a little facelift in 1989 the big head rest (like seen in your video) came as a standard in the back. Anyway: so sool.
Dislob3
Dislob3 Пре месец
Do the basic tercel
Christopher McDaniel
Christopher McDaniel Пре месец
Ok... a few things! I had a 90’ civic HB. Blue. Doug forgot, but you can see, how far back the back seat buckles are fitted....way, way back...they were hard to deal with. Also, the hatch back was what it was known for! Tons of space in the back. I had two friends who used them to haul scuba gear! And, the very best....gas was .89 cent a gallon..this civic got almost 42 miles to the gallon!!! Yes! 20$ all month long! Holds a twin futon, chest of drawers... moves a college student all over the USA. Never broke down. All for the new price of 8800.00 out the door! Bam! Bam! Honda....what great cars and memories!
Leandro Oliveira
Leandro Oliveira Пре месец
Hey Doug. This car brought me some good memories. I owned a 1991 1.3lr Toyota Starlet. And til this day, it was the funniest car I’ve ever driven. Fast for its size and quite sharp on turns. Perfect to drive on hilly roads. The previous generation was also really fun to drive. Unfortunately I crashed it in one of my long nights out drifting with the boys and I still miss driving it.
Koji Waki
Koji Waki Пре месец
Incredible condition for the age and the type of car.
Rafael Andres
Rafael Andres Пре месец
9:25 That's for automatic seat belt ones
Godless Toyota
Godless Toyota Пре 24 дана
Yup. My 88 Camry have this and have that big lever around the handbrake
TJ
TJ Пре месец
21:10 As a sixteen year old looking for a car, I would definitely get this if I could. Safety is not a concern, HP numbers are not a priority, and I live where air conditioning isn't really necessary 10 months out of the year. I wish that they still made dirt cheap, reliable, no frills cars like this today so there would be more of them around on the market. (I know safety standards wouldn't allow for something like this now, but I'm just talking about a car that's as minimalist as possible)
Michael Beaulieu
Michael Beaulieu Пре месец
Don't you think you are wrong for all those people who buy completely stripped civics and drop a new engine in them?
SJHFoto
SJHFoto Пре месец
The fuel injection WAS special. I had a 1988 Honda CIvic (the first year of this model), and it was the first year that Civics came with fuel injection standard. Accords started in 1990
Marc De La Rosa
Marc De La Rosa Пре месец
damn, that is a pure unicorn
nick koleba
nick koleba Пре месец
my nieghbor has the 91 civic
nick koleba
nick koleba Пре месец
the original
Joseph Christian Roldan
Joseph Christian Roldan Пре месец
Great commuter.
Wesley Kelly
Wesley Kelly Пре месец
I own a 1989 si hatchback and I love it
Isaac Fournier
Isaac Fournier Пре месец
I had a sedan 4 door lowered cut springs summer blue all stock. Auto even.. d15 with 80 hp if that Had to kill second gear if you wanted any acceleration. Anyways one day I'm off work and a dude and his buddy's I had beef with pulled up on me at a gas station. Kwik trip to be exact. What sucked was I was on E and there was 2 cars full of people. A hemi 392 and a 350z. Both useless drivers obviously as they chased me on E around green bay for atleast 30 miles on highways back roads and even a dead end. On one corner I took it so sharp I lost them. A lot more to the story but cant explain in full detail. Saw buddy alone afterwards a week or 2 later and he didn't say nothing haha. Built to hell these things put the gapperoni toppings on anything lmaoo.
adam ogden
adam ogden Пре месец
I love when Doug reviews the older cars. The new cars unless its a hellcat minivan or a kia k900 are boring.
ariel estrada
ariel estrada Пре месец
I'm not gonna lie, I love the rims.
SammyFox 2002
SammyFox 2002 Пре месец
I had this same car a few weeks ago, it had gotten stolen 4 days after I had bought it, it still has not been recovered, I had lost my job like a day before I got it to.
paul Gutzke
paul Gutzke Пре месец
My favorite car I have owned. Was looking through some old papers and found the original window sticker $10,555. A fairly quick car back in the day. Thanks for the review, brought back good memories.
HouseOutSideLight TV
HouseOutSideLight TV Пре месец
Review the 2000 xtrail
steve fletcher
steve fletcher Пре месец
Doug, you're missing the boat on late 80's passive restraint requirements. There is a reason for the door mounted belts. Cars of this era needed one of 3 things, airbag, motorized belts or door mounted belts that were designed to always be latched. You could leave the belts latched and still get in and out of the car. That's the reason for the 'emergency release' sticker..the buckle was technically the emergency release as the belts were supposed to stay latched at all times. Many cars of this era had door mounted belts.
SvenSianez714
SvenSianez714 Пре месец
Review my car, Honda Civic si 2020 coupe white
Ondřej Liška
Ondřej Liška Пре месец
I own one pre-facelift (1989) for like four years now. I bought it shortly after I turned 22 and after going through ownership of 19 different cars, this is the only one I managed to keep and I think I´ll keep until I die or until I get into an accident. It has so much spirit, manual steering and poor engine noise reduction, which in the combination with the super easy to rev engine does a great job on it. The only thing done to it was swapping OEM cooler (after the plastic liuqid container cracked) with a full aluminium Mishimoto one.
Mark G
Mark G Пре месец
I saw a blue ef that was cherry and bone stock by my house last year. I was debating if I should ask to buy it just because I haven’t seen one that nice and stock in a long time. Sadly, a few months ago I saw it and it was all banged up with major dents and body damage everywhere. What a shame. I own a Fiesta ST so you’re right when you say the Fiesta is the closest thing to a raw Hot Hatch experience.
sonyviva308
sonyviva308 Пре месец
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