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Old 16 Feb 2013, 08:32 pm
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Default 1999 or 2000 civic si a good first car?

Hello im a 17 year old guy and I'm starting to look for my fist car and I'm wondering if a 1999 or a 2000 civic so is a good fist car. From what Iv heard, Hondas are great cars and I really like the way the 99 and 2000 civic si looks! Iv also heard that they have a rare and expensive engine which makes parts much more expensive to replace. Sinse Im not rich or anything this would be a problem but Iv heard that if you take good care of them you won't have to replace anything very often. Also I know that these civics have a tendency to get stolen. What are some ways I could prevent this? Alarm system, removable streaming wheel? How much would those extra things cost? Also, is there a big difference in price to insure these cars then say a different kind of Honda? Sorry for the length. Your answers are appreciated!! (: cheers.
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Old 16 Feb 2013, 08:47 pm
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Assuming it's in good shape, has been properly cared for, a 10 year old Honda Civic is a great first car. For your first car you want something simple, reliable, economical. You aren't trying to impress people, you just need 'basic transportation', an that's Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. It's comfortable, easy to drive, easy on gas, it's everything you need.

Yes, the engine is a little complex. It's built like a watch. You have to make sure you keep oil in it, don't let it overheat, etc. Make sure the cam belt was changed sometime around 80-90k miles or so, very important. But if you keep up with maintenance, that engine is just extremely reliable and long-lived. I had an Acura Integra that had the same engine. It was destroyed at 157k miles by a rear-ender, and at that point the engine was still running like a brand new car. It wasn't even dirty! Engines are one of Honda's strong points.

The SI is a little more powerful. I don't know if it costs more to insure, I'm guessing not.
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Old 16 Feb 2013, 09:01 pm
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Did you factor in insurance costs when looking at the 1999-2000 Civic Si? It will cost significantly more to insure an Si vs a DX, EX or SE. Also, the Si doesn't have a "rare and expensive" engine. It's just a B16A2 which can be had for a relatively cheap price. Keep in mind that a decent condition Si is roughly two times more expensive than a decent condition EJ6 (DX) or EJ8 (EX and SE).
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