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#1 of 32 How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last??
Aug 02, 2007 (12:15 pm)
writing from Canada.
I have a 1998 Honda Civic EX with about 125,000 miles on it. Bought it in 2000 with about 13,000 miles on it.
This car is amazing. Runs like the day I bought it. Nothing wrong with it. I've followed the maintenance guide meticulously and I'm about to start at the beginning of the guide again. I've decided to keep it as long as possible. It's turning into a bit of a project to see how long it will last.
The paint shines like new. I have it rustproofed every year.
On my 3rd set of tires, 2nd battery. A/C still works good.
My dealer tells me they have some customers with over 375,000 miles on their Civics and Accords! I can almost save up for a new one before this one dies!!
Any feedback appreciated.
#2 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [redpathman]
Aug 02, 2007 (2:54 pm)
Hey, that's great! Meanwhile you might be interested in this topic: 500,000 Mile Accord. Welcome!
#3 of 32 forever
Aug 02, 2007 (4:48 pm)
congrats. Good maintenance is key and you appear to understand that already.
#4 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [redpathman]
Aug 10, 2007 (5:44 am)
There is no reason that you should not be able to easily get into the upper 200's before having any serious issues. Even those are generally fixable - transmission, etc. Depending on your level of commitment there is no reason that you cannot reach the 400's.
My 2001 Civic has 135k on and runs like new - I am in the same boat as you - wanting to see how long it will run. I know several others with Honda's that run well with mileage in the 200-350k range. Its amazing what taking care of a car can do.
#5 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [redpathman]
Aug 10, 2007 (5:51 am)
One thing I forgot. You may want to consider switching over to a fully synthetic oil. It has virtually stopped the aging on my engine. However if you do make the switch over you can never switch back.
#6 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [raykramar]
Aug 10, 2007 (5:55 am)
Why can't you switch back?
#7 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [kiawah]
Aug 10, 2007 (1:26 pm)
My mechanic told me that it will cause leaks. He's a master tech for Honda and is very straight up. Although I've heard both that it is fine I don't care to test it.
#8 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [raykramar]
Aug 10, 2007 (5:58 pm)
Well I'm keeping this thing. As I drive around, I've begun to take note of pre-1995 Civics and Accords. They're everywhere.
Took mine in for an oil change the other day and had this same conversation with one of the service advisors at the dealer. Told him those 2007s looked pretty good. He said, yes they do, but mine is better. Better overall car than the newer ones. In fact he claims that the 1996-2000 batch of Civics were particularly good. I still love driving it; and my ego can take it. It still looks great too.
#9 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [redpathman]
Sep 18, 2007 (9:39 am)
I also have a 1998 Honda Civic, the LX model, other than the routine tires, exhaust,oil change every 3k and the routine water pump/timing belt change every 80K, I've done nothing to this vehicle and it runs like new, looks like new (no rust) just as you described. I have 200,000 on it right now and am torn about about getting a new one or waiting. Truth is, since the tune up at 175k, and the K&N air filter, I've been getting 40mpg average, way more than the new ones I've seen are getting.
#10 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [raykramar]
Sep 18, 2007 (9:43 am)
I just switched over to synthetic at 175k also. currently at 200k, runs great, also help improve mileage along with the K&N air filter and the tune-up!