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Old 27 Jun 2008, 12:01 am
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Default how many miles is too many to buy on a honda civic?

i'm looking at a honda civic with 115,825 miles and another civic with 136,491 miles. I've heard honda's and hyundai's are different than most cars and higher milages aren't a huge problem. But are either of these something to be concerned about?
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Old 27 Jun 2008, 12:16 am
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If its any newer than a 1996 then dont get it!
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Old 27 Jun 2008, 12:31 am
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I dunno about the whole Hyundai's with high mileage thing. The Honda one is true though, 150,000 is probably mid-life for most Honda Civic's. So both of those are pretty good. Don't just choose the one with less miles though, choose the one that has been kept better. If the seller has service receipts that's the best. A few other things to keep in mind: Title/History - make sure the car has a clean title and hasn't been involved in any serious accidents or have a salvaged title. Repairs - Honda recommends timing belt be changed every 60k miles. So if your looking at that one with nearly 116k miles, know your probably going to need to replace timing belt/belt tensioner/water pump at about 120k (about $600 at the dealer). Also at 120k it is due for a scheduled service, at the dealer that's probably about $250-300. If that other civic with 137k isn't on its second timing belt, skip it. A timing belt is a critical part of the car (especially Honda's) and lacking on that usually means the car has been ill maintained in other areas too.(Plus you don't want it snapping before you can get it done yourself). Ask for proof of services too. If the owner says timing belt has been done twice, make sure you have a two receipts confirming that it has been done twice. Paint - Paint is expensive, look at any body damaged and or paint fade. A big one is to look for rust. If there's rust, skip it. Rust isn't good at all and it can be very expensive to repair. If any of those cars need a paint job, keep the cost of that in mind too.
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Old 27 Jun 2008, 02:58 am
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Default Re: how many miles is too many to buy on a honda civic?

you would be ok with both of those if the are kept well. honda's are good cars, and fyi hyundai's suck and will barely make 100k's.
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