Actually Anony was dead on on the Chrysler transmission thing.
I link you to:
It's all over the place that the Chrysler transmission is problematic. Along with the Windstar.
Like I said..What else are you gonna buy? The Civic may not be perfect but what do you think will do you any better over time. All information you can gather points at the Civic or the Corrolla or the Protege. And each of them have their pluses and negatives.