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Old 05 Jan 2011, 03:01 pm
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Default Honda Civic Si Question?

*I know almost nothing about cars, please bare with me *


1. My parents have always told me since I was a kid that stepping on the gas would wear the engine down a lot. Is there something I can get for my engine to prevent the wear?

2. Should I get a used Civic Si or a new? I'm looking around and a used with about 50k miles on it is about 15-18k while a new is around 23k.

3. Are there any simple maintenance I can do to my car myself?

4. Any other suggestions please.

Thanks for your time.
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Old 05 Jan 2011, 03:16 pm
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When you step on the gas very often and keep driving to the fullest (always stay in the high rpm range), you will wear the engine down a lot.

In order to prevent the wear, you would need to stop having a heavy foot, or you could upgrade the engine internals with better parts so that the abuse won't have too much negative effect.

It's usually always better to get a new car over a used one. However, depending on your age that might not be the best idea, especially if you are going to race the car occasionally.

If the used Si is in good condition and has a clear carfax history, then go for it. Add a few performance parts at a later time, and you probably won't regret it if you know what you're doing.

Also, if you modify your used car, you won't be voiding your non-existent warranty

If you buy a new car, don't mod it in the first 2-3 years (or your could just add a nice cold air intake, but that's it).

To maintain it, just do regular oil-changes (preferably synthetic oil), do regular tune-ups (change spark plugs, belts, air filters, rotate/change/inspect tires, brakes, etc, least every 60K miles);

Good luck. No matter what you choose, used or new, ...Civic Si is a good car.
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