no. the 98 civic has wishbone suspension up front & handles much better
than the 01 with macpherson front suspension. that kind of mileage in a
civic is not a problem if you don't mind routine expense like brakes &
preventive stuff like timing belt. if you factor those costs into your
purchase price, you should be set.
Run a carfax.com report on both cars. The facts in the carfax report
should help you make your decision. Eventually, you will sell the car. You
would get more money for the 2001 than the 1998. Also, consider the
interiors. If the interior is one car is much better than the
interior--that would help you make your decision--Also--look for signs of
rust damage on the exterior.
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That's what I do - if the metal is silver where the oil isn't coating it
with brown (like on upper edges) you've found a gem. Any coloration is cause
to look elsewhere. Don't confuse brown oil (which is okay) with varnish. A
brown coating that doesn't wipe off with a rag - don't drop shreds in the
engine! - is bad news. Look elsewhere.
Also don't buy any car that has even a trace of rust in the radiator. I let
my car lust blind me and broke that rule once, and I regretted it.
I expect at least 200K miles out of any Honda product that passes those two
In general, yes. Of course a big factor is how the vehicle was used and
how it was cared for. If those miles were put on as a local courier
running around a city all day then the car is going to be very worn.
If, however, those were highway miles due to a very long open roads
commute then it was pretty easy on the car.
Maintenance history is a bit issue with a high mileage vehicle as well.
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