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#2740 of 4041 1996 Cavalier Sedan
Jun 20, 2003 (11:33 am)
Both my sister and I had just bought new cars, me a 99 Hyundai Accent (blue/tan interior, base model, but BOY did that thing think it was a Porsche!) and my sister a used Neon Sports Coupe. We bragged to my mother that we had airbags in our cars (signifying we had a nicer car than her). Then, she calls me up one day...and says she's got a new car. Which is the above mentioned vehicle. I was shocked. WHY would she want a GM product?
I told her she could have gotten a used Honda Accord for the same price, but she said it was good for her. So far, the car has been OK to her...a few things here and there. The thing I notice most is interior rattling/creaking and the damn cheap-interior. The back seat is atrocious. The radio sucks. However, it moves, gets somewhat fair gas mileage, and hasn't had that many problems. Is it a great car? By all means, no. But it moves. And that's what is important to my mom.
I'm still buying an '04 Civic Coupe EX manual w/side SRS though...better interior, ergonomics, reliability, safety (which I worry about with my mom's car), and gas mileage. Not to mention WAYYY cuter.
Jun 20, 2003 (5:12 pm)
lngtnge: Regardless of the torque rating the Civic EX can hold it's own against the other cars mentioned. I would rather have high-end passing power than "race from a red light" power.
#2743 of 4041 2004 Civic changes/30th Anniversary
Jun 20, 2003 (6:53 pm)
The 2004 model year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Honda Civic. This is obviously a very important and historic milestone in both the history of the Honda Motor Co. and the automobile industry, as the Civic is one of Honda's most important cars. Honda Motor Co. was basically the first auto company to introduce high fuel efficiency and low emission technology to the United States. I was wondering if anyone knows what changes, whether they be minor or major, Honda will be making on the 2004 Civic line? Additionally, does anyone know if Honda will be doing a special 30th anniversary Civic for the 2004 model year? I believe someone mentioned in a recent post that Honda may be making some cosmetic changes to the exterior of the Civic since 2004 will mark the 4th year of production of the 7th generation Civic and apparently Honda has a history of making exterior changes to models in the 4th year of their production. Thanks for any input you can provide!
#2744 of 4041 2004 Civic VP
Jun 21, 2003 (7:47 pm)
Some posters have reference dealer sites that speak of a Value Package (VP)Honda Civic in MY04. I recall that Honda offered a Civic VP towards the end of the last generation's production run. Basically, the VP adds some content at a discounted price. Perhaps someone can elaborate?
#2745 of 4041 2000 civic sedan window regulator
Jun 22, 2003 (10:28 am)
I'm looking for a place to buy a 4-DOOR driver side window regulator with motor for 2000 civic sendan 4-door. I found plenty of places for the 2 door model, but not the 4 door.
Jun 22, 2003 (7:23 pm)
Try a local junkyard. They might have a few wrecked 96-00 Civics. Even if it's not off of a 2000 Civic the switch will be the same.
#2747 of 4041 Manual or Automatic?
Jun 23, 2003 (6:30 am)
I am looking for a very cheap, reliabile second car--a little sedan (Civic, Corolla or a Protege). I'll probably drive it less than 5K per year, with most of those miles being short haul trips in town. Lots of stop and go traffic. In about 5 or 6 years, I'll turn over the car to my kids.
I'm thinking about getting a manual tranny to save money, save on long-term repair costs (no auto-tranny to replace) and because I miss driving a manual.
Is the Civic a good buy? Is the 115 HP engine somewhat "lesser" compared with the Protege or the Corolla? Is getting a manual for mainly city driving really a bad idea?
Jun 23, 2003 (12:00 pm)
Personally, I don't think you could go wrong with any one of these 3 cars. All 3 are very reliable, well built cars.
The 115 hp engine in the Honda wasn't an issue with me. I've test driven all 3 cars, and they all had plenty of power for a car in this class and type. All 3 were capable of effortlessly cruising down the highway at 80+ mph.
Comparing strictly sedans, I preferred the Protege. It wasn't quite as bland as the Honda and the Toyota. Now if you want to throw the Civic coupe into the mix, that's a different story. I'd take it in a heart beat! You did mention you wanted a sedan though.
These 3 cars are so close you'd have to drive them, compare prices, incentives, warranties, etc., and make your own choice. It's really going to come down to personal preference.
#2749 of 4041 Re Manual or Automatic?
Jun 23, 2003 (2:08 pm)
Lots of stop and go traffic.
If you are dead-set on a stick, I'd recommend going with the Civic--it has the easiest shifter of the bunch, and from what you've said you'll be shifing a lot. For the little you'll drive it, you could save a lot of money (you said it needed to be cheap) by getting a used Civic, maybe one of the "certified" units with an extended warranty, and you'll get a lot of years out of it. As for repair costs, factor in clutch replacements (at least the pressure plate). Those aren't cheap. Today's automatics are pretty reliable. Also, extended warranties cover the parts of an automatic tranny but not wear items (like clutch pressure plates) in stick shifts.