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Old 14 Apr 2010, 02:31 am
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Default What's a better car. A 2000 honda civic or a 2000 Toyota camry?

What's a better car. A 2000 honda civic or a 2000 Toyota camry?
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Old 14 Apr 2010, 02:46 am
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I don't like either
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They are both pretty darn good cars. Which is better depends on your needs and circumstances. In terms of overall quality / reliability / value retention etc. they are roughly equal to my mind.

The Camry is quite a bit larger, can carry adults in the rear seat fairly comfortably at least for rides of an hour or two. The trunk on the Camry is much bigger. V6 is available and commonly outfitted on the Camry. Overall I find Toyota ongoing maintenance cost going past 80,0000 miles to be quite a bit less that Honda. The list of recommended service items at 15,000 and 30,000 intervals is shorter for the Toyotas. Also the Toyotas engines are non-interference meaning that if the timing chain breaks or slips there is no chance you will destroy your valves or you engine as a result.

On the other hand the 1998 -2002 Toyota 3.3 V6 is notorious for a problem with narrow oil return flow passages that clog with sludge and lead to engine failure. The problem can be avoided with using quality oil and not missing your changes and all around proper care and maintenance being sure the check the PCV valve.

The Civic is quite a bit smaller (the direct comparison is the Accord). Although much nicer than the 70s and 80s cars the base models are still very basic and simple. Civic is probably sportier, and gets better mileage by a good margin. Overall I find Honda motors to me smoother and more sophisticated and really like driving them, but also find that my actual costs to keep them in top shape are higher. One thing to be very careful of is replacing the timing belt at 90,000 mile intervals (a $800 to $1,000 + job if you do a replace a bunch of other parts that it makes sense to at the same time) because Honda engines are Interference Engines. The Valves go into the space that the piston is going to be in a thousandth of a second or so. If the timing belt slips or brakes at the very least you need a rebuilt head - around $1,800 or so - or salvage an engine.

If you like to toss a car around through twisty roads the Civic is much more fun, and lots of great suspension tuning parts are available. The Camry is very drivable but really a touch dull.

So if you are single or coupled but kids are not in the picture and you don't need to give Grandma a ride to Church the Civic might make more sense.
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Camry is more comfortable and Civic is more sporty.
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