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Old 04 Apr 2012, 11:01 am
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Default Is this Civic worth it?

There's a 2002 Honda Civic EX for sale and I'm trying to decide whether it's a good deal or not. It has 135k miles, needs shocks and brakes, the A/C is not cold, and one of the windows does not roll down. The exterior and interior are in very good condition, minus a small dent where a tree branch fell on it.

Do you think it's worth the $3,450 the seller is asking?
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 11:16 am
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With what needs to be done to fix this, my professional opinion would be no more than $1500-2000.
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 11:31 am
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Well Honda's are probably the best cars u can buy because of their safety and reliability. I personally wouldn't buy it because 135k miles is ALOT. not only will u be fixing the shocks and brakes but eventually the transmition and other engine componets and that can definetly cost a boat load. look on craigslist or other sales websites and find a car with lower miles (anywhere from 0-80K miles)
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 11:46 am
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If that's really all that's wrong with it, it's worth it.

What you list raises the cost to 'the reasonable range'.

Hondas are just 'early middle aged' at 135 K.

How sure are you that's a good figure?

Do have your mechanic check it out though."If it sounds too good......"

That window is suspicious. Was it 'flooded'?

Is it a 'salvage title'?

Do the 'car fax'.
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 12:06 pm
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I've owned 4 Honda's already and just bought me another one. For me with the whole mileage deal like Cody said.... I don't look at the mileage. my first civic i had was a 97 ex coupe. bought it with 197000 miles roughly and all i had to to was put gas in it and oil changes. i would say offer the person selling it 3,000. the 450 dollars you save can be used to fix up what needs to be fixed.

-The windows motor is probably dead. cost of new window motor 70$ max for a new one. installation is a 10 minute do it yourself.

-For the shocks the cheapest i found is 97$

-Brakes vary from 150$-375$

also before you buy it consider who is selling it. is it an older person? or a younger person

older person= well taken care of

younger person= has the possibility of been abused.

personally i would buy it

But just bought a 2000 SiR

Good Luck
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 12:16 pm
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Its a bit high, check out kbb.con for price range of that car, at that mileage it can last long if only the previous owner took good care of t (all oil and filter changes have been done on time,) if not it can break down even tommorow most probably requiring expensive repairs, if there is no surety that it has been taken care of by previous owner then i suggest not to go for it
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 12:31 pm
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I would go for it if the price was in the $2000 dollar range, but I don't think it's worth what the seller is asking for it. That may be the book value, but the things you need done can get expensive if the repairs are more than just wear and tear items. Plus, the reputation of the Civic around that time is shaky. Transmission problems: I would definitely ask what maintenance was done to the tranny.

Low to mid $2000's. I don't trust Honda's around that time.
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Old 04 Apr 2012, 01:01 pm
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Well it will last. I'd never get a Honda tho. Way to boring and stock. With no options. But reliable. I'm looking more for performance stock. All those things you need to fix are minor.
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