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Old 03 Dec 2007, 03:31 am
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Default acura 02 used, reliability and long lasting?

i was looking to buy a used acura rsx 02, with only 44,000 miles on it and for 12,290. im wondering, how many miles do you think this car will last for? are acuras usually pretty reliable? i really like this car, i would be paying for 9000 of it from working, however my dad says he says i should get a new civic lx from a dealer for 15999.the only reason he thinks this is because he feels the acura wont last me a good time through college (im in 11th grade right now). the thing is he would be commuting to work in it untill august 09. says he expects there to be about 70,000 miles on it by then.so my question: is it probable that an 02 acura with 70k miles could get me through 4 yrs college then like 5 years having a job? i wouldnt be commuting at all for college, if any1 knows who little or much cars are driven in college? then 4 years after for the job.so will it last that time? plz tell me if i need to include more info, and i will contact u with a message thanks!
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Old 03 Dec 2007, 03:46 am
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Umm... HELL YES. Acuras are very reliable. They are Honda's luxury division and are generally more reliable than Hondas. The RSX should EASILY last you to 120K+ miles. Hell at 40K miles it's still practically new. Getting a NEW Civic for $16K over a used Acura for 12K is stupid. Get the Acura. The only pitfall is that it may be more to fix if something goes wrong, but the car is fairly reliable.What you're doing is getting a car the right way. I always tell people its foolish to spend $15K on a new car when they can get a better used one for much cheaper.
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Old 03 Dec 2007, 04:02 am
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If it has been maintained and you do the same, it should last you 250,000 miles.
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Old 03 Dec 2007, 04:16 am
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CRITICAL: maintenance records for the Acura. If it has been properly maintained, 200K miles is nothing, with many going to 300K miles.If you can't get the maintenance records - do NOT buy it.
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The Acura will not need much of any work until it gets to 90,000. At that time, it will need a timing belt (do not skip this or delay this, doing so could end up with a trashed engine!)Other than the water pump/timing belt, the car will likely need nothing save for brakes and tires and routine maintenance. My experience with the many Honda's I've owned is that they can run to 200,000 miles.AstrobufAs to the wisdom of the used Acura vs the new Civic, it would greatly depend upon the condition of the Acura.Other items to consider are safety. While both are small cars, the Acura is a bit bigger and thus safer.
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If its been maintained properly 200K miles is nothing you can get another 200k's
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Old 03 Dec 2007, 05:05 am
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I work for Acura and Honda, the Acura is the better car and your dad is very very wrong! The RSX has some of the highest reliablility ratings in the history of the auto industry! 9K for a 44k mile RSX sounds kinda cheap though I WOULD MAKE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK THE CAR! We sell those for about 12K. As far as reliability goes you CANNOT find a better car. Afterall Acura is actually what the rest of the world gets as a Honda. Acura only exists in the US, furthermore the RSX is just a 2 door version of a TSX which is still made today, the engine is different but the 2002 is the car that helped build the great reputation of Honda worldwide! It is a GREAT BUY! Sit on it and you miss!As far as how long it will last, that depends upon you! Take care of it and it will go forever ( We have many many customers still driving Legends from the 80's one has over 400K miles on it)
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Based on my Honda experience with my Prelude... is so bad that I swore not to buy a Honda ever again. Even if I win one on a Cracker Jack box. I had many cars from Euro, Japanese and Domestic. My personal experience the ones that ran with more trouble free were GMs (some people say that I am wrong but my bank account does not lie), the next were Audi and VW and last and some people will bash on it... Japanese... sorry folks but that is my experience. The worst one I ever encountered were Honda, Toyota, the best from the Japanese bunch Mitsubishi and Mazda. Nissan are the middle of the bunch here.The biggest factor here is proper maintenance. If you take care of your car, it will take care of you. Is as simple as that ! Your best pal is the Owner's Manual. Follow the maintenance chart and you will have a long lasting vehicle, no matter the brand.
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