The bearing and driver side window problem was found in India, Thailand, Pakistan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia. etc. Since Altas Honda imports couple of these parts form Thailand and thus those parts were faulty. But in newer cars, ALL these problems are absent!
As for Axle and ball joints, well if someone bangs his car on the foot path and its axle comes out then i dont know why that person should be surprised. Civic 1.8 is made according to international standards, not for KHADDAS and PINDs which we keep in mind while buying a car. If one has to visit these places very often, then 1.8 Civic is not his cup of tea.
Im keeping a Civic 1.8, i never faced any axle problem, you know why? Cuz i never BANGED my car anywhere!