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Old 16 Nov 2011, 09:01 am
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Default Is 120,000 miles on a Honda Civic EK bad?

It's a 1999, and everything looks great in the pictures, and they say it runs well. But I don't know...Is that a bad mileage?
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 09:17 am
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If it has been properly maintained and serviced it may do the same again. If it hasn't it could die tomorrow.

Buying any used car is a gamble - the higher the mileage, the greater the gamble.

When you look at it check out the following:

How many owners? Fewer the better - they have like it enough to keep it!

Service history? All services completed on time at a Honda dealership?

Any invoices from repairs? See what has gone wrong and what of the expensive consumables and wear-out items (cam belt, exhaust, air con compressor, clutch, drive shafts, wheel bearings, brakes) have been replaced

Has it been well cared for? Clean inside? Cigarette burns or tears in carpets or seats? Scuffs and damage to the trim? Bits of trim missing? What does it smell like?! Chips and scratches on the paintwork (at 120k it will have some wear and tear - look for signs of neglect)

And finally, rule number 1!! Take someone with you who knows about cars - it is easy to set aside little problems and buy with your heart - you need someone to keep your feet on the ground so you buy with your head!
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 09:32 am
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Anything can happen to any car at any mileage. However, at 120000 miles unless it was completely negleted its entire life it still has 120000 good miles left. The most important thing at this mileage is the timing belt. It should have been changed at 100k. If they can not prove it has been changed you need to haggle with them and have them reduce the price by at least $400 and use that money to immediately take it to a mechanic to be replaced. If that belt brakes the engine will be toast. Otherwise just having a mechanic do an inspection on it will tell you if there are any other issues.
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 09:46 am
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Well it looks worse if it has 50 miles on it. I would be asking why was the car not driven. Or can it not go?

Otherwise you are looking at a car with what I consider standard usage(10,000 miles a year)

If it is way higher, than a travelling salesman had the car or it was a rental unit.

It is to be expected for that year...I mean it is 2012 now, so do the math.

They could not have run it that long without some repairs, so get those receipts as well
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Old 16 Nov 2011, 10:02 am
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No its just getting broke in
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