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Old 30 Sep 2008, 06:31 pm
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I'm in the market for a used car that's great on gas and I hear that Civic's are some of the most reliable cars ever made. Is this true? I've heard stories of them getting 500,000+ miles on the original engine and transmission just on regular maintenance alone. Are the stories true? Are there any American cars that are just as durable? Also, I'm 6'5" so would I fit comfortably in a Civic? I fit just fine in a little Chevy Metro hatchback and I can't really imagine a Civic being any smaller.
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 07:16 pm
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civics are great cars , just when you buy one , try to get one where they give you all the paperwork of maintinence they have done, 500k miles is a bit much, but 250k, ive seen itand try to find on thats from the original owner or second owner , those cars have had more care statisticly non slavage
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Old 30 Sep 2008, 08:01 pm
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yes, honda civic's are really that reliable and i think you will fit fine in civic, i just bought a 1999 civic and i fit fine in there with lots of headroom and im 6'0
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My mother has a civic and I've driven it, and I can say that I;m 5'6 and there is not that much room, it's "compact". Also, the transmission is a bit slow if you're looking for a smaller car that you will fit comfortably in I recommend the honda fit, which I have. My boyfriend is 6'3 and he can drive comfortably because the seats adjust and the steering wheel moves up and down.
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Oh yes, civic's have a great rep. which is why they hold their value so well. I've never had one personally, but they are definitely on my short list when I am ready for another car. Unfortunately, I couldn't recommend american if you're looking for long term durability & high resale value.As far as your height is concerned, you'd have to test drive one to know for sure.You must understand a civic is a small car. Might be tight on the headroom/legroom side, so make sure u get one w/o a moon roof- which takes away interior space. What you may lose in going small, such as not a lot of horsepower, you'll gain in really good gas mileage & dependability. Good luck!
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How "used" are you looking? If only a few years old is in your budget, the ones they started making in 06 are just as big as the previous designs of Accords.
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I have a 1996 Honda Civic DX hatchback with 143k miles on it, and it runs great. I purchased it when I was stationed in Fairbanks Alaska from a guy who brought it up from Florida, so you know it can handle extremes. It drove great in the snow. I originally bought it just to go to work and back, but I usually drive it more than my 06’ Toyota Corolla because it has way more room inside. The farthest I drove it was 358 miles on the Parks Highway from Fairbanks to Anchorage, and I drive 2 or 3 times a month 130 miles to Los Angeles with no problems at all.
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i'm driving the new generation civic (8th i think) which are as roomy as a medium-sized car (i'd reckon). They seem to make it darn big these days. So if you're looking for a 06 and later models, just hop into a dealership and try one for yourself. But if it's anything older, well they're abit cramped..BTW i'm abt 165cm (sorry i'm not american so i don't meaure in feet) but am fairly bulky in size and it fits me perfectly. hope this helps.
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They are very good cars, cant go by a day without seeing one every second while driving, anyways they can last for a long time with regular maintenance and a huge variety of performance parts to give it some more power if needed.
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500K+ miles is too much man.. They can/Should run smooth until 200-250K after that its all your luck..
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