Honda Civic Mk2 (1979 – 1984) Review

Honda Civic Mk2 (1979 – 1984) At A Glance


+Improved in every area over the original Civic

-Not that you'd know it to look at it...

The second generation Honda Civic was launched in the UK in 1980, and was very much a case the same again, but with what seemed to be a 10 per cent scaling up. New 1335cc and 1488cc engines was even smoother and more economical than before, and in S form (launched in 1983), it was a genuinely capable and underrated rival to wrm harches such as the MG Metro and Talbot Samba S.

The range was extended to include a pint-sized estate version, called the van, and a four-door saloon. But for most enthusiasts, the Civic saloon's greatest moment was when it was facelifted to become the Ballade - which became the basis for the Triumph Acclaim.

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Non-starting automatic - how can I fix it?

"I'm having problems starting my mk2 (1979) Honda Civic 1.6 Auto. Sometimes, when I turn the ignition key the starter motor fails to turnover. All ignition lights are illuminated. I move the auto gear handle up and down and then the starter motor turns and the engine starts. What causes this and do I need to get it fixed?"
There is a detent to prevent the engine being started unless the selector is in P. The system is suffering wear and tear and is not registering that the selector is in P.
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