I have a choice at the local dealership between a new or used Honda
Civic Coupe LX. The three new ones have less than 10 miles but the used
one only has 7,700 miles. The used one is about $1,000 less than the new
ones. All four are gun metal gray with light gray interiors. The only
difference is one is used.
The dealership tells me the used one was purchased by one of their old
salesmen that lives about 30 miles away so most of the 7,700 miles were
what they're calling highway miles. His round trip to work was 60 miles
a day. He sold it because his family got bigger and he purchased a Honda
I don't have access to the Honda user's manual so I'm not familiar with
their suggested break in routine. My concern is most of the miles during
the break in period were probably highway miles.
Do I save the $1,000 and take the used one or buy a new one and break it
in my way? I generally follow the manufacturer's break in
recommendations but push the car a little harder since I drive fast. All
my new cars have been broken in this way and I've never had an engine
Should the dealership be offering the used one for a lower price?
From what I can tell, if I want the extended warranty then it will cost
an extra $1,500. They offer it on their web page without the extended
warranty but offer it online through another web page with the warranty
for a higher price. The price difference is $1,500. The used one with
the extended warranty cost more than the new ones. It's only an extra
Seems a bit pricey to me. It's basically a new car with 7,700 miles. Is
the extra year warranty worth the extra money? Seems like I'd be better
off with a new one or the used one without the extended warranty?
I should look into this. If they will sell it at their web page price
with the extended warranty, without the $1,500 price increase, then the
used one might be better? Unless the first owner didn't take care of it.
My preference would be a car that doesn't need any warranty repairs.
Buy the new one. Try to get another few hundred off, don't forget it's
end of the model year time, and they are holding 3 identical 2010 grey
ones. Also, don't necessarily believe the "salesman bought it" story.
Sounds like an update to "little old lady who just drove it to church"
story. Don't forget, car dealerships will say whatever you want to
hear. You will never know what that car went through the first 7700
miles. How many curbs hit, how many potholes, accidents, replaced
windshields, etc. And consider this, would you buy a new car and let me
use it for a year and put 7700 miles on it for $1000? If so send your
address and I'll bring cash.
Good points. I thought a new car lost 15% to 20% of it's value when it
was driven off the lot. The used one may come with the Honda certified
warranty. One web page says it has it, one web page says it doesn't.
I've seen the car fax for the used one and it doesn't have any negative
I'm trying to get them to let me keep the used one for a couple of days
so I can check it out. If they don't make me a great deal and/or I find
something I don't like about the used one then I'll see what they can do
with the new ones. The ball appears to be in my court? They've got four
of these, new models are arriving daily. Make me a deal! 8-)
Thank God I'm not buying the car from a whiskey-named poster. If I have
the opportunity to keep it for a couple of days to get a feel for it,
how is that ridiculous? Better yet, don't even waste my time or anyone's
time in this newsgroup by replying. Have drink on me, Jim Beam. Cheers!
Jim Beam is the world's top-selling bourbon whiskey.
I have a 2008 Honda Civic LX Couple and love it......except for one
It's a bitch to get in and out of. I'm not a big man, but I am 67 and
feel it. To get into the car, I have to recline the back of the seat,
and literally fall into the car ass first, then straighten the back.
It's fun to do but not pleasant. Getting out is also a contortion
act. I have to recline the seat and haul myself out with a chorus of
Oh yeah, once inside, there is no way you can reach the seatbelt
without either moving the seat back or reclining it, unless, of
course, you have 36 inch arms.
I wish you luck with whichever car you choose and hope very much you
aren't arthiritic : )
Ouch! I'm 58 and I feel it but I had no problem entering or exiting the
Coupe when I did the test drives. I've got a few more test drives to go
so I'll pay particular attention to entry and exit because I plan to
have this car when I'm 76.
Seat belts weren't a problem either but I'll look at those next test drive.
What I did notice is it's easier to enter and exit than my 92 Civic 2
door hatch which sits really low to the ground.
Erh, really, what kind of "break in". Modern engines don't really
need one. A rebuilt, yes. But not a new one. Same with pads and
disks (but not drums).
I have about 21 weeks on the used car (likely closer to 18 or 19).
Kelley shows private party to be $18500, dealer is $20K. This is
I'm will to bet you can get the used price down, and the same with the
new. You're call.
So they say. I don't really believe that. I like to break them in, just
in case. The Coupe comes with drums on the rear but I've never been too
concerned with breaking those in. My first new car was a 1968 Pontiac
Firebird so I've broken new cars before. 8-)
So far, they're not really giving me any great price breaks considering
the new and used are 2010 models and they're starting to get 2011 models
in. A new car loses about 15% to 20% when one drives it off the lot and
I'd like to see that and more reflected in the price of the used one.
A 68 FBird is not a 2010 Civic. Way back then you had to break them
in because Ford/GM/Chrysler were too lazy/stupid to build engines
properly. My first new car was a 74 Cosworth Vega (I think it was a
74, but it was new). Yes, I did a beak in, including changing the oil
at 1000 and 3000 miles.
My Fit had 000000 miles on it when I did my test drive (okay, maybe
.1) Sitll had cardboard in the seats and no antenna. Break in
consisted of driving it until the A1 light came on.
I crew for a junior fueler. Our break in after rebuilding the entire
big rotating parts consists of about 30 seconds of running. And these
cars are supposed to make 1000+ HP in a couple of milliseconds.
By now they are in the "sell it or smell it" stage with the new one.
They're paying Honda by the month for the car and the 2011's are going
to push it further back on the "I want" list.
Break-in seems to depend on who you want to believe:
When I go back to the dealership I plan to look in the owner's manual in
the used one to see what it says about the break-in period.
This is what I would think but the local dealership isn't giving up much
but we're still negotiating.
You've never really said what you think is a fair price for a new Honda
Civic Coupe. Calling me names and telling me how to buy a new car
doesn't really address the issue.
What is a good price? Sticker Price is $18,995. Dealer Cost is $16,340.
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