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Old 08 Apr 2008, 11:01 pm
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Default mileage on honda civic?

im looking to buy an old generation 5 or 6 civic(92-95 or 96-00) and was wondering what should be my limit on mileage for one that has never had the engine rebuilt or the transmission replaced. I know they can last a while but buying a car with 150-200k miles on it doesnt seem like it can be too good of an idea.
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Old 08 Apr 2008, 11:16 pm
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Just sold mine at 210K. It had cost about $3,000 the last 60K for repairs, but when I sold it, it was running great and most important parts replaced.... engine CO2 emissions were like new...I would say for $3-4K at 150K miles and in good physical shape, you might have yourself a real bargain.
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Old 08 Apr 2008, 11:31 pm
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I suggest right over 100k, because people have a thing about disliking cars over 100k (so they probably will be a bit more lenient in bargaining), and 100k is still fairly young for a Civic, so you will have at least 50-100k miles to go before any problems (more than likely more). Best bet is to make sure the car has good maintenance records. it seems like you're more concerned with durability and reliability, so i suggest avoiding SI models or any civic that looks remotely modified, since it usually means someone has thrashed it hard (not that these cars can't take it, but they won't last 200k either without a new clutch or something else depending on the amount of care given)
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Old 08 Apr 2008, 11:46 pm
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Be leery of high mileage generation 5 Civics. Head gaskets were a weak point in some of the motors. I can tell you from first hand experience that to pay a shop to fix a head gasket on a 95 Civic LX costs a lot of money. The minimum that I was quoted was $1200-$1400. This didn't include timing belt and water pump which should be changed since you've already done the labor to get to the head. The gasket itself is about $20.I suspect transmission problems could easily set you back $2000 +.Unless you can do much of the work yourself, I would be very selective in picking a high mileage car of any make.
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