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#3847 of 4041 Re: Which Civic EX to buy? [neil2]
Feb 28, 2005 (7:46 am)
I am trying to decide between two Honda Civic Ex's that are being sold by private owners. One is a 1997 with 98,000 miles on it. It seems to be in excellent condition, body-wise. The owner is getting the timing belt, fuel filter and water pump replaced. He is asking $5,800 for it. The blue book price is $5,610.
My other option is a 1995 Honda Civic Ex with 88,000 thousand miles. It is in good condition body-wise. The owner is not sure if the timing belt or water pump has been changed. He is asking $4,200. Blue book price is $4,000. I may be able to talk him down, especially if the timing belt needs replaced. I am assuming they have not been changed.
Which of these two would be my best choice in the long and short term? This is my first time buying a used car and was hoping someone would be able to give me some advice.
Seems like the 95 Ex is not the original owner, and the mileage is a low mileage for that year. I would run cafrax on both before making descisions. I am just suspicious of the 95, being a low mileage car, and the "owner" not knowing what was done to it. In other words, the "owner" is probably a small time reseller. Who may or may not altered the mileage. Have you seen both cars? what do the pedals on the 95 look like?
Either way, you can never know what you buying unless you inspect everything. I mean taking the tires off to check brake pad thickenss, rotor wear, putting it on the lift and checking for subframe or any other structural damage, checking records for maintenance, doing the compression check, and so on.
BTW. I think the 95 should have had the timing belt changed at 60,000 miles. Owner should know. 97 was the same as 96 model year, which I believe went with 105,000 mile interval.
#3848 of 4041 re: Which Civic EX to buy [blueiedgod]
Feb 28, 2005 (1:13 pm)
The 92-95 Civics required timing belt changes every 90k. Since this car has 88k, it's plausible the owner hasn't done it yet and is simply playing dumb about it or just doesn't know it needs to be done soon.
#3849 of 4041 18 month test drive
Mar 31, 2005 (10:00 am)
I've owned my 03 Civic EX Sedan for a year and a half, and have run up 45,000 miles.
It runs as good as new. I haven't had a single thing go wrong. Just change the oil every 4 or 5 thousand miles. I put on a new set of Michelin tires to replace the Firestones at 31k.
The only disappointment is paint quality. Two New England winters have taken their toll - my front end looks like it's been sandblasted. This wasn't as severe with Accords I've owned in the past, so I suspect Honda uses a lesser quality paint on the Civic.
#3852 of 4041 Re: 2000 Civic LX [mike372]
Apr 04, 2005 (10:33 am)
Dear friend, don't wait for your Civic to get the 100K miles. Replace the timing belt ASAP. Yes, if you break the timing belt while driving; certainly you will bent the valves. Don't try to save money buying the timing belt at any auto-part shop, buy it directly from the dealer and do replace it every 60k.
#3853 of 4041 Re: 2000 Civic LX [leonidas10468]
Apr 04, 2005 (1:33 pm)
I'm sure your advise is well intensioned but it's wrong.
Hondas from 1997 on have a 105,000 mile timing belt interval or seven years.
#3854 of 4041 first time civic owner
Apr 11, 2005 (8:43 am)
Hi all, not sure if I'm in the right forum or not but...
I live in botswana and have just purchased a 1996 sri automatic imported from singapore. The car has 75,000 kms on the clock is in very good condition. Have to say I'm not and never have been a car person having ridden bikes all my life. I've owned a few cars VW Polo Mazda 626 and similar and have to say I am mightily impressed with this car. Rides like a dream and the vtec gives awesome response under 'load' - mpg is good too.
I have no manual for this car and can't find one locally so to the questions;
first thing i did was oil/filter/coolant/plugs change.
What else should i be immediately concerned with with a car of this age?
Any tips/help would be gratefully received. (i worry about timing belts....)
#3855 of 4041 Roof cargo, bikes, etc...
Apr 12, 2005 (7:57 pm)
We have a 2004 Civic LX 4-door. Our family of 4 likes to tent camp during summer and fall months. We also like to take our bicycles with us. We have 2 kids who used to ride in a little trailer pulled by my bike but the kids are now big enough that we're going to need to take their bikes on trips with us. Space is going to be an issue. I'd like to put a Yakima Q-tower system on the roof for a cargo box and if possible, 2 bikes. The other 2 bikes would be on the rear carrier. Question...anyone have experience with cargo or bikes on their Civic? What do you use and how successful has it been? Thanks!!!!!
#3856 of 4041 Re: 2003 Civic Coupe - Buzz + Sticky Clutch Cable [micweb]
Apr 12, 2005 (10:18 pm)
I know this one is over 2 yrs old but I just had the dealer fix my 2002 DX sedan. Whenever I operated the clutch pedal it would make a terrible noise, a combination squeak/spring motion noise that was worse at higher outdoor ambient temps. I could've sworn that it was the clutch pedal assembly pivot/bearing destroying itself. Dealer changed the clutch master cylinder (said there was a service bulletin out on it) and the noise is gone! I had read the service bulletin many months ago but it didn't describe the noise I was experiencing.
Covered under the 3yr warranty which expires in about 20 days.