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#13 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [richcup1989]
Sep 18, 2007 (4:26 pm)
And I suppose you're talking MILES? I'm in Canada and I just turned 204,000 Kilometres, about 127,000 miles. So mine is nearly new!
I'm getting this bad habit of peering into older Civics and Accords in parking lots, curious as to the mileage. Someday, I'm going to get punched out.
I regularly see 350,000 KMs plus - about 218,000 miles. Some pretty rough bodies, mind you on some of them. Imagine how long it will go if you take care them. I rust proof mine annually and baby it.
#14 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [redpathman]
Sep 20, 2007 (11:41 am)
I also own a 1998 Honda Civic EX. It's got 209,000 miles. I looooove this car. Changed the battery at about 110000 miles. The Ignition coil went south at 125000 miles. I changed the spark plugs, wires , cap and rotor at 175000 miles. I change the oil, with Mobile 1 fully synthetic oil every 7000 miles(ok a few times 10000 miles). It's making a few funny noises now and then, but I love her anyway.
#16 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [vinny13]
Oct 04, 2007 (5:22 pm)
I had a 95 Civic EX coupe. It made it past 140k with the original AC and clutch. The only things that broke on their own:
The cupholder (replaced with one from a junkyard ($30)
The screw holding the inside passenger doorpull broke loose (fixed with a 50 cent screw and washer)
The only real repairs came from an attempeted car theft. Someone decided they deserved it more than me, and jimmied out the drivers side outside doorhandle. Did some damage to the body panel.
My mothers 96 accord had very few problems as well. An A/C problem. Also, someone tried to steal it as well. They popped the door handle off, got in the car, and butchered the ignition. They were probably about 5 seconds from having it before they apperently got scared off.
#17 of 32 HOW MUCH LONGER CAN MY 1990 CIVIC LAST?????
Oct 25, 2007 (8:55 pm)
MY 1990 CIVIC HAS 165,000MILES RUNS PRETTY GOOD AROUND THE CITY....I WAS WONDERING IF I SHOULD SWITCH TO SYNTHETIC OIL&WILL IT PROLONG THE LIFE OF THE ENGINE...RIGHT KNOW I USE STORE BRAND OIL&I ADD A QUART OF LUCAS OIL STABILIZER WITH A CHEAP OIL FILTER AND AIR FILTER FOR THE PAST 2 YRS.RIGHT KNOW I GET ABOUT 350 MILES ON A FULL TANK....I REALLY WANT TO KEEP IT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE...I USE IT AS A SECOND CAR TO MY 1997 EXPEDITION...ANY POSITIVE FEEDBACK WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.... ALSO I USE LUCAS FUEL TREATMENT WHEN I FILL UP AND I ALWAYS,USE REGULAR GAS.... ONE LAST THING DO YOU THINK I COULD RUN IT ON THE TURNPIKE OR PARKWAY FOR REALLY LONG DRIVES????THANK YOU....RAHWAY,NEW JERSEY
#18 of 32 Re: HOW MUCH LONGER CAN MY 1990 CIVIC LAST????? [tyrip]
Oct 26, 2007 (2:50 am)
Please don't write in all CAPS, it is considered yelling and is very annoying.
Unless you plan to extend your oil change interval (OCI) to 10,000 miles or more, switching to synthetic oil will be a waste of money.
If you opt to not extend your OCI, buy a good quality conventional oil such as Havoline.
Lucas oil stabilizer is a waste of money.
Lucas fuel treatement is a waste of money.
Really long drives won't bother the car at all.
#19 of 32 Re: HOW MUCH LONGER CAN MY 1990 CIVIC LAST????? [shipo]
Oct 26, 2007 (11:43 am)
are their any other brands of oil that are equal to havoline,and what brand oil and air filter,and why do you dislike LUCAS PRODUCTS.....thank you....one more thing how often would you change the oil.....
#20 of 32 Re: HOW MUCH LONGER CAN MY 1990 CIVIC LAST????? [tyrip]
Oct 26, 2007 (12:43 pm)
Based upon Used Oil Analysis (UOA) reports that are published on the http://www.bobistheoilguy.com web site, Havoline pretty much stands alone as the best non-Synthetic oil currently on the market. If you want to go the Synthetic route, Mobil 1 0W-30 or German made Castrol Syntec 0W-30 is a good place to start.
As for air and oil filters, just go with quality products from say Pure (Purolator), Napa, Wix, Bosch and even (dare I say it?) OEM Honda filters.
Regarding the Lucas products, they're basically snake-oil, on the market to suck in folks who don't know any better. Don't believe me? That's fine, would you believe Honda? Great, open your Owner's Manual and read it. The bet is that Honda explicitly recommends that you use NO oil or fuel additives. The fact is that modern oil and gasoline are formulated in such a way as to not require any additives. Hey, for all you know the Lucas stuff is reacting with some of the oil and/or fuel ingredients and taking a bad situation and making it worse.
Regarding changing the oil... Here again, what does your Owner's Manual say? Honda knows a whole lot better than I do about the care and feeding of your engine. If your Owner's Manual says "Change your oil every 6,000 miles", and you decide to use Havoline (or any other non-synthetic for that matter), go with what Honda recommends. If you decide to use a good quality Group IV synthetic oil, bump the factory recommendation by at least 50%.
#21 of 32 193,000 Miles Civic 1.6 Fuel consumption woes
Feb 21, 2009 (1:17 pm)
I bought a Civic 1.6 VTEC in January 2001 and I think it was assembled in the UK at Swindon. Most of its life it has been a Motorway journey car, never caned. Regular Services at the correct intervals. It used to manage 400 miles on one tank of petrol (11gals) which translated to over 42 mpg.
However the engine now though feeling still like new is only managing 25 mpg at best.
It does have AC on some of the time and nowadays it gets a lot of shorter journeys. So 25mpg is the currenet Urban level.
There's very little oil consumption and I'm wondering why it doesn't still do in the 30mpg zone?
The wear in the engine in the Civic 1.6 is astonishingly good considering that it's nearly done 200,000 miles. Back in the old days a British engine couldn't get much past 60,000 without needing a decoke or the valves grinding in. Most company cars were totally driven into the ground by 100,000 miles but this Civic has a literally stunning life-span.
Do you think it needs tuning or does the fuel injection system start to get thirsty when they get fairly old?
I'd be glad of advice so that I don't waste money trying to get dealers to improve it when it isn't possible.
#22 of 32 228,000 miles on a 1994 Honda Civic 4dr Sedan
Apr 04, 2009 (3:44 pm)
I have a 1994 Honda Civic LX 4dr sedan. It has over 228,000 miles on it.
But I have to tell you. Over the life of the car I was religious about following the maintenance schedule recommended by Honda. And I had oil changes done 3-4 times a year.
The engine is still good. The body is good. There is very little rust. And I was not good about washing the car.
About 4 years ago she started burning oil. So, I have to put a quart of oil every 400-500 miles.
I am hoping to get another year out of her.
Enjoy your Civic!