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You are in the Honda Civic
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#3 of 32 forever
Aug 02, 2007 (3:48 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 (4:44 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 (4:51 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 (4:55 am)
Why can't you switch back?
#7 of 32 Re: How Long Can My 1998 Honda Civic Last?? [kiawah]
Aug 10, 2007 (12:26 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 (4:58 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 (8:39 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 (8:43 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!
Sep 18, 2007 (9:25 am)
switching to synthetic after so many miles is usually not recommended. Besides, after 175k, what more could synthetic help? your air filter and synthetic probably have very little to do with improved mileage, I would place all the credit with the tuneup.
If your car is running fine, there's absolutely no rational reason to get a new one. A monthly car payment can buy a lot of maintenance!
#12 of 32 Re: why? [kenlw]
Sep 18, 2007 (11:55 am)
If your car is running fine, there's absolutely no rational reason to get a new one.
Shhh... at least eighty per cent of the Forums' members will be devastated to hear that.