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Old 13 Mar 2013, 06:02 pm
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Default Buying a '99 Honda Crv with 200k. What do you think?

My friend is selling a Honda CRV with 200k for 3 grand. Got it inspected at a shop and he said it was very well maintained with all fluids and such in check. The only thing it needs as of now is a tire and one window is a little sluggish. I have a tight budget and I'm not looking for something perfect. What do you think? I'm a teen who drives around a small suburb and will probably leave it when I go to college for at least a year. I probably wouldn't even put 10,000 on it.
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Old 13 Mar 2013, 06:17 pm
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I would definitely buy it. Hondas are bulletproof (not actually). They have one of the highest resale values, and hardly ever break down. The window issue is the window motor going out, very cheap and easy to replace. The tire, well, you can have that replaced with a low cost used tire even. The Honda CRV is the best of both worlds between a van and a sport car without the soccer mom van look. You are probably not going to find a better buy for 3 grand.
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Old 13 Mar 2013, 06:31 pm
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Big mistake.

many honda parts are dealer only.
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Old 13 Mar 2013, 07:01 pm
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I do not think it is a bad idea, but don't believe the "Honda's are bulletproof" hype. NO CAR with 200K miles is bulletproof. Be ready to do maintenance on axles, belts, hoses, etc. None of those things are prohibitively expensive, but you have to have money set aside to take care of them.

The Honda 4-cylinder is an extremely good motor and the small transmissions have been excellent over time. Its even better if the CRV is FWD, because FWD is inherently more reliable than AWD.

3 grand is a bit much, but you also have the advantage of knowing the history of the car and how it has been driven.
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Old 13 Mar 2013, 07:17 pm
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Its a perfect car for you. A well maintained honda lasts almost forever.
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Old 13 Mar 2013, 07:31 pm
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all depends on how the car was driven. if it wasnt raced or beat on, i would go for it.

my 2004 civic has 200k miles because i babied the car. the engine still runs and sounds like its brand new. tranny has never slipped and no rust.

so its your judgement on whether the car was abused or not.
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