We are in the USA. Granddaughter is looking to buy her first car. She is
talking Honda Civic. Don't know why, but she believes that is what she
wants. She will have about $5,000 (US) to spend. I lean toward something
not more than 5 years old. Haven't started looking but thought I would ask
this group for opinions re: a Civic. Are all Civics created equal or are
there certain models/years to stay away from?
Thanks for any help.
you'll be lucky to find a civic under 5yo for $5k or less. but that's
ok, because while the ones that /do/ fit budget will be older, they'll
still be a good deal more reliable than a domestic the same price.
that's why the 5yo's cost more.
pretty much all post 88 civics are reliable and cheap to run. for
handling, the 88-2000's are the best [wishbone suspension]. just make
sure it's not been too badly crash damaged. be suspicious of anything
where the paint looks "too new". civics are good for mileage up to 300k
and beyond if well maintained.
$5k will buy you a 10 or so year old Civic here in NJ... I like them a
lot but was looking at Accords for my son (I wanted a little larger
car to compete with the SUV's). We ended up with a '99 Subaru Legacy
with AWD that he likes a lot. Paid well under $5k for it, too...
In addition to what the others have said, stay away from any car that
has been 'upgraded' with aftermarket air intakes, wheels, headlight/
taillights, etc. As you'll see, Civics are very popular with the tuner
crowd, but many of them have stuff added with no thought of how it
will work, just how it will look (or sound). Also look for one with
mechanical records, and preferably with the timing belt replaced.
'07 Ody EX
Central NJ USA
For $5k I'd buy an american over a jap car anyday.
Much better value and reliability because $5k buys you a dilapidated
jap car and an american car in very good shape.
Unless your daughter is a mechanic or runs a repair shop
I won't advise to buy a desirable fun car for that kind of
money. I suggest to get something some boring piece of junk that won't
fall apart next day.
Speaking of that, are 07 and 08 Civics any better than 06s
You smoke crack, don't you? 5K buys you an older jap car that still runs
longer and more reliably than the newer american scrap...
There are no 08 civics (or anything else). There have been no reliability
problems with 06 civics. Hell, my Si is almost a year old, and there has
not been a single recall for it. I don't remember ever having an American
car with no recalls...
Whatever. I stand by my statement. $5k on a jap car
are likely to be flushed down the drain. At least that's my
experience with the jap cars in that range. Won't go there. Ever.
Yep. I stand corrected. No 08s just yet.
I believe your Si is made in Japan and DX thru LXes are made all
over the place. According to the previous posts here 06 civics
were nothing but trouble. Especially with the automatic geatboxes.
The don't make Si with an auto do they? My point exactly.
Si is a very special car in the Civic lineup and it's reliability
is not a good indicator of how DX, EX and LX fare.
I suspect Honda may have cleaned up its civic act for 07. Did it?
Your experience is clearly BS. I'd rather have a 8 year old Accord (well
maintained) than a 5 year old GM, Chrysler or Ford product. Any day of
And yet again, you'd be wrong. My Si was assembled in Ontario, using
parts from the US, Canada and Japan.
The last time there was a common problem with a Honda Auto Tranny it was
02 in the Accords and Odyssey lines using a V6. I know a couple people
with 06 Civics with Auto Tranny, and they have had no problems...
My experience might be BS but I can assure you that the money flushed
the drain on my old Subaru were very real. No old used cars for me jap
or otherwise thank you very much. The reliability is way overhyped.
You have a representative sample don't you?
And I have $10k flushed on a 7 y.o. Legacy that I paid $7k for.
Then when I was shopping for a car three years ago I stop
by a Honda dealer to see what they had.
Well, they had a 3-4 y.o. civic with 50-60k miles on it
and the dealer wanted $9600 or so for it. $10k for a stinky
piece of "certified" junk with a half the juice taken out of it? It
was probably due for a timing belt and gawd knows what else.
I went straight to the Mazda dealer and bought a 1 y.o. Protege with
3k on odometer. Very clean and no stench. Granted, Civic has a better
tranny and a smooth motor to match but I feel that I got
a much better value (and unlike Corolla the car is a hoot to drive)
If I were to replace my car and I were in snowbelt I'd get a new Civic
Si. A used one?
Given the depreciation rates for Hondas: no bloody way!
I'm not a complete moron. Used Hondas (Toyolets and Subarus too)
are WAY overpriced.
So I stand by my recommendation to OP to look elsewhere for a used
Just my $.02.
I was explaining to the OP that there are better deals and that
for $5k he can get a car in better shape if he shops elsewhere.
I don't have a problem if he buys a new Civic but a used one
is not a good value that's all. I think I explained already
that CIvic Si is on the list of my protege replacements
along with RX-8 and EVO. (Mazdaspeed 3 won't cut it for me).
In case you wonder what I'm doing on this NG in the first place.
From the experiences I have had over the years with any of the BIG 3
companies products, there is no way that any of them come close to being
better than a Honda.
I have owned GM and Ford vehicles that have more rattles, squeaks and
shakes than a ten year old Honda.
I got rid of a Saturn (LS2) after 2 1/2 years 'cause of the rattles and
noises it was making. And it was only book valued at $8k by that time,
after having spent $21k for it new. I hear the Aura is much better, but
I'll let someone else risk their money.
On 3/2/07 10:38 PM, in article email@example.com, "Mike
Where did you get that tidbit? I have found the opposite to be true. The
Hondas need more tlc than the Nissans.
My Nissans (6 and counting) have all required less maintenance than my
Hondas. Their ABS doesn't fail if you don't change the brake fluid every
two years, their transmissions don't fail if you don't change the tranny
fluid every two years, etc.
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