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Old 29 Dec 2010, 09:16 am
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Default do you think a 1994 honda civic would make it on a 300 mile trip?

my mechanic checked it over a week ago, maintains that my car is in good condition. he changed the fluids and looked it over- said that my rotors in the back would need to be changed soon, but otherwise (besides the car being old) he said it looked good. when i asked whether he thought it would make the trip, he said "i have confidence in your car, but most 94s i wouldn't recommend it for"... can anyone tell me whether you think it'll make it (300 miles there, 300 back)? thanks

sorry forgot to mention, but it has 230,000 miles
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Old 29 Dec 2010, 09:31 am
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Age by itself should have no bearing on whether your car would be suitable for the journey or not, rather it is to do with the mileage your vehicle has undertaken and the associated wear of mechanical components. If all fluids and points of mechanical wear have been checked and given the ok then I should think that your vehicle should have little problem with the trip. After all in terms of overall engine usage 300 miles is quite minor.
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Old 29 Dec 2010, 09:46 am
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Do you expect the car to last 600 more miles of daily driving without major issues if you DON'T take the trip? If you think it will last 600 more miles without a breakdown during normal driving, then take the trip with it IMO. Just because a car was made in 19XX doesn't mean it won't make a long trip if it's in good mechanical condition (which it sounds like it is).

If you're REALLY worried that it won't make the trip, you can always get AAA or a similar roadside assistance service just in case. You can get a basic membership for roadside assistance for around $50-$100 per year with most companies that offer the service. You can get policies to cover a tow truck to a local shop and some plans cover hotel remimbursement too should you be stranded for a night. Hopefully you won't need it, but if you're worried you won't make it that's proabably the way to go.
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Old 29 Dec 2010, 10:01 am
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If it's running fine and the mechanic told you it was solid, I would take it anywhere I wanted to go. My brother took his POS 20 year-old Toyota from Wisconsin to California and back. It ran fine the whole time. My old Accord had over 300,000 miles on it when I sold it and the kid I sold it to is still driving it 4 years later. I would have total confidence.
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