My wife had a 2002 Civic EX (5 speed) and at 175K miles (car looked like if it only had 40K miles) she decided to buy a new 2009 Civic EX. We decided to give the 2002 Civic to my nephew as a high school graduation present since the dealer offered peanuts for the trade in value. Today the 2002 Civic still gets 40+ MPG on the highway and is an extremely reliable car. Only maintenance problems was a cracked exhaust manifold ($85) and I installed a new Denso O2 sensor when the CEL came on. Other than that the car has only had basic maintenance. At 220K miles the car still going very strong, it doesn't even consume more than 1/2 quart of oil every 6K miles on the least expensive dino oil. This car will have no problem going another 200K miles.
Civics are cheap on gas, cheap on tires, low maintenance, parts are dirt cheap and run forever as long as you have proper coolant and oil level. No need for expensive Iridium or Platinum plugs, just use the $1.99 copper NGK V-Power plugs and change every 40K miles.
If you are looking for an economy car, buy a Civic......but don't buy a Civic with high miles cause if you look on Craigslist and take your time you can find a low mile Civic in excellent condition from a private seller that either got tired of their car or just simply needs a bigger car due to a growing family.
If you want to save even more $$$$ then consider a Civic VP (made in 2004 and 2005) which is basically a Civic DX with factory A/C and CD player.... but does not have power windows/mirrors/locks, cruise control or Tachometer such as the Civic LX you were looking at.
As guaranteed as the sun will rise tomorrow morning......
YOU WILL NOT GO WRONG WITH THE PURCHASE OF A HONDA CIVIC.
I hope you guys don't think I am biased towards the Honda Civic
kbb.com says that retail price for a 2004 Civic LX Sedan with 152k and average equipment is $7500. I just looked for a 2004 Civic LX in local dealers; they are listed at 9,000 to 10,100 with 61k to 73k miles.
Well, me I just bought a wonderfull Honda Civic 2007 for only one reason: the reliability of a Honda. For the price I payed it second hand I could also buy a NEW French, Italian, American car. But I've seen them (Italian and French), owned them driven them and I don't wont them anymore.
I own it since September and the Civic drives perfect, has high MPG and I really love it! It's a joy.
Discount car buying is available from many places. I have saved a bunch with both Amway and the Costco programs. Many of the credit cards and insurance companies have savings plans and Clark Howard yells the savings message from the mountain tops.
If you are in a major metropolitan area, consider the Honda Civic GX.
It doesn't use any gasoline at all.
Factor in the cost of it's fuel, in your area, against where gas is expected to go.
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