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Old 09 Jan 2008, 05:10 pm
James
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Default 1999 Honda Civic?

My son is looking at a 1999 Honda Civic for a car for college. I think it
has about 50K miles on it. That is all that I know.


Does this car have a good reliability record? What would an average cost be
?

Thanks for any comments !!

James


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Old 09 Jan 2008, 05:22 pm
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Default Re: 1999 Honda Civic?

www.edmunds.com has a used car appraiser that seems useful,
IMO.

Some suggestions for used Honda purchases appear at:

http://home.earthlink.net/~honda.lioness/id18.html

"James" <jnipperxxx@nospamfdn.com> wrote
> My son is looking at a 1999 Honda Civic for a car for
> college. I think it
> has about 50K miles on it. That is all that I know.
>
>
> Does this car have a good reliability record? What would
> an average cost be



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Old 09 Jan 2008, 05:45 pm
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Default Re: 1999 Honda Civic?

James wrote:
> My son is looking at a 1999 Honda Civic for a car for college. I think it
> has about 50K miles on it. That is all that I know.
>
>
> Does this car have a good reliability record? What would an average cost be
> ?
>
> Thanks for any comments !!
>
> James


A 99 Honda with only 55K mi is probably a reliable car. The only thing
that you need to do that might not be obvious is make sure that the
timing belt and oil get changed.

Jeff
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Old 09 Jan 2008, 06:24 pm
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Default Re: 1999 Honda Civic?

Thanks Jeff and Elle for these replies. I will look for further responses
as well.

Thanks again !!

James


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Old 09 Jan 2008, 06:51 pm
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Jeff <kidsdoc2000@hotmail.com> wrote in
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> James wrote:
>> My son is looking at a 1999 Honda Civic for a car for college. I
>> think it has about 50K miles on it. That is all that I know.
>>
>>
>> Does this car have a good reliability record? What would an average
>> cost be ?
>>
>> Thanks for any comments !!
>>
>> James

>
> A 99 Honda with only 55K mi is probably a reliable car. The only thing
> that you need to do that might not be obvious is make sure that the
> timing belt and oil get changed.
>
> Jeff
>

50K miles is very low for that old a car. a 10 yr old car should have
around 120K miles or more on it.(99's were sold in 1998,too)
(12,000 mi. per yr....,15K/yr is average)
is it a "rust belt" car??
flood damage? (Carfax may help finding out,you need the car's VIN,and it
ocsts $40 for a month's access to Carfax.)
It's possible the mileage was altered.Carfax will help there,too.

Auto or stick shift?
Check tires for odd wear patterns indicating an alignment problem or bad
ball joints.
Take it to a mechanic or Honda dealer for complete eval.

Does it have the immobilizer ignition key system? Important for anti-theft.

I've read that 1996-2000 Civics have a high theft rate(popular with
auto "tuners"/modifiers),and it's easy to get inside them thru the side
windows;that little plastic window guide (at the top front of the door
frame)acts as a lever to flip out the top of the window to be able to force
it down and gain entry.

I'm not trying to be negative,you just need to really check out a used car
these days. (personal experience!)

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Old 09 Jan 2008, 08:40 pm
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Jim Yanik wrote:
> 50K miles is very low for that old a car. a 10 yr old car should have
> around 120K miles or more on it.(99's were sold in 1998,too)
> (12,000 mi. per yr....,15K/yr is average)
> is it a "rust belt" car??
> flood damage? (Carfax may help finding out,you need the car's VIN,and
> it ocsts $40 for a month's access to Carfax.)
> It's possible the mileage was altered.Carfax will help there,too.
>
> Auto or stick shift?
> Check tires for odd wear patterns indicating an alignment problem or
> bad ball joints.
> Take it to a mechanic or Honda dealer for complete eval.


I'm the original owner of a 98 Civic with less than 50k miles. I take
the bus to work which helps to keep mileage low. I should hit 100k some
time in 2020
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Old 09 Jan 2008, 09:11 pm
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"ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote in news:13ob1c1jmgje78e@corp.supernews.com:

> Jim Yanik wrote:
>> 50K miles is very low for that old a car. a 10 yr old car should have
>> around 120K miles or more on it.(99's were sold in 1998,too)
>> (12,000 mi. per yr....,15K/yr is average)
>> is it a "rust belt" car??
>> flood damage? (Carfax may help finding out,you need the car's VIN,and
>> it ocsts $40 for a month's access to Carfax.)
>> It's possible the mileage was altered.Carfax will help there,too.
>>
>> Auto or stick shift?
>> Check tires for odd wear patterns indicating an alignment problem or
>> bad ball joints.
>> Take it to a mechanic or Honda dealer for complete eval.

>
> I'm the original owner of a 98 Civic with less than 50k miles. I take
> the bus to work which helps to keep mileage low. I should hit 100k some
> time in 2020
>


do you think you are the exception or the norm?

I also had a low mileage 94 Integra;only 59K original miles on it when it
was stolen last June.(stripped,and torched...) :-(

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Old 09 Jan 2008, 10:12 pm
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Jim Yanik wrote:

> "ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote in
> news:13ob1c1jmgje78e@corp.supernews.com:
>
> > I'm the original owner of a 98 Civic with less than 50k miles. I
> > take the bus to work which helps to keep mileage low. I should hit
> > 100k some time in 2020
> >

>
> do you think you are the exception or the norm?
>
> I also had a low mileage 94 Integra;only 59K original miles on it
> when it was stolen last June.(stripped,and torched...) :-(


I'm obviously not normal! This is my only car and given how much
thieves like Civics, it is a miracle the car hasn't been stolen.
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Old 09 Jan 2008, 10:44 pm
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On Jan 9, 3:10 pm, "James" <jnipper...@nospamfdn.com> wrote:
> My son is looking at a 1999 Honda Civic for a car for college. I think it
> has about 50K miles on it. That is all that I know.
>
> Does this car have a good reliability record? What would an average cost be
> ?
>
> Thanks for any comments !!
>
> James


Can't help you with the cost, but I have a 99 Civic CX bought new.
It's got 209,000 miles on it, and it's been pretty good. Due for it's
second timing belt, but still on the original clutch. Two things have
broken in the past year or two. The blower motor has stopped working,
and the glove compartment is locked shut. Being in California, I can
live without the internal fans, and there's not much of importance in
the glove compartment except for the owner's manual. Otherwise,
everything is original except for battery, headlights, tires and
brakes. I've done the oil changes myself for the last 150k miles or
so, except for a few trips to the dealer or (gasp!) Jiffy Lube-type
places due to unavoidable circumstances. I lose a quart of oil about
every 2000-3000 miles, which I understand is no big deal.

But of course, my car is pretty basic (no AC, no power anything), so
there's not much to break. As always, look carefully before you buy
used. Take it to a trusted mechanic for a thorough check-up before you
consider buying.

BT
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Old 10 Jan 2008, 08:36 am
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"ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote in news:13ob6p04quqj58a@corp.supernews.com:

> Jim Yanik wrote:
>
>> "ident" <asdf@asdf.eu> wrote in
>> news:13ob1c1jmgje78e@corp.supernews.com:
>>
>> > I'm the original owner of a 98 Civic with less than 50k miles. I
>> > take the bus to work which helps to keep mileage low. I should hit
>> > 100k some time in 2020
>> >

>>
>> do you think you are the exception or the norm?
>>
>> I also had a low mileage 94 Integra;only 59K original miles on it
>> when it was stolen last June.(stripped,and torched...) :-(

>
> I'm obviously not normal! This is my only car and given how much
> thieves like Civics, it is a miracle the car hasn't been stolen.
>


I suggest you install a well-hidden fuel pump cutoff switch.
Then they will not be able to start the car and drive it off like they did
my Integra GS-R. (despite an alarm with starter disable)
Gone in 60 Seconds....very accurate,in my case.

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