i have a civic that just wont stop burning oil.
Don't feel alone in this issue, I also had a '97 Civic that was burning/leaking a little oil... here are a few things I did to alleviate the issue:
1. Change your own oil and use Mobil 1 Fully Synthetic High mileage with a top line oil filter.
-Mobile 1 has an addative that softens engine seals and extend their life (and it works), this can greatly slow or in some cases stop the loss of oil - don't be put off if you don't notice immediate results, it may take one or two oil changes with it before you notice the difference.
-Fully Synthetic oil is more stable and lubricating than traditional oil, and once the leak slows you can go longer between oil changes (I'm currently going 12-15k miles before oil change with high end filter and Mobil 1 in my '01 Civic, but I do a lot of highway). Fully Synthetic can also increase your gas mileage slightly.
-A top line oil filter may cost a little more but is more effective in filtering out contaminants
2. Make sure to change your air filter - a dirty air filter can cause extra strain on the engine.
3. Use a fuel injector cleaner for 2-3 consecutive gas fill ups - this can clear out that nasty gunk in the engine
4. Check Coolant levels or do a flush and fill - If some part of the coolant system is clogged or not filled completely this can cause uneven expansion of the engine block which can also wear on engine seals.
Hope these suggestions help with your issue. If you try all these and still have problems, you may need to have some engine gaskets replaced.
I would also suggest slowing down a little... you get the best gas mileage at 50-70 mph.