Forgot about this site, after you effectively hijacked and ended this thread but just came across it and wanted to stop back, for any other users, who you referred to as "royal we", who might be interested in a similar topic elsewhere, on the open ended question "What parts do YOU buy aftermarket or OEM?". It's no longer active and a bit dated from Jun 22, 2015 but with 42 posts, provides, at least, some feedback. That said, IMHO open ended questions are only a waste of time, to a closed mind...See ya!^Haha...Use of the "royal we". Do you have a multi-person account?
Your open ended questions lacking any apparent focus or purpose makes it quite clear who is trying to waste whose time.
So, back on point.
Why do you prefer high mileage oil over full synthetic oil in your 96 Civic?
Do you generally feel that aftermarket parts are inferior to Honda parts for your 96 Civic?
What parts do you buy aftermarket vs genuine Honda, for the car you drive daily?
Also, my '96 civic manual says to use 5w-30 engine oil; what brand and/or type would you recommend?
Thanks, for sharing...Some things I have had done recently :
Rotors and pads - Wagner cermaic pads and coated rotors.
If I need an exhaust for a daily driver, I'd have one custom made out of stainless and add a Borla or RSX Type S muffler.
Thermostat - I went with OEM Honda.
Any belts I would go with Gates or Honda.
Oil, I run a synthetic Blend, Valvoline or Castrol, or whatever name brand is on sale. Change every 4-5k miles.
OEM Honda oil filter or Purolator.