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Old 19-Nov-2010, 09:27 AM
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How long to keep Civic

Hello all!
First timer here!!

We own 2 Civics: 2000 Civic SE and 2003 Civic EX (both 4 doors).
The 2000 has 125,000km while the 2003 contains 193,000. Have never had any issues with either but with the KM's its getting to the point when some major mtnce is going to have to be done re: timing belt, water pump, etc.

My ques is this: how long does one keep a Civic before you decide its time to move on?
I know it may sound dumb but these are the first cars I have actually "owned" - have always leased in the past.
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Old 19-Nov-2010, 11:22 AM
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keep civic forever... all cars require maintenance at some point

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Old 19-Nov-2010, 11:43 AM
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^ like miss_jess said, if you're happy about the cars now, then i would say just change the timing belt and do a tune-up, if you haven't done so already.

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Old 19-Nov-2010, 12:42 PM
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Thing has a load of life left in it. Keep it till it dies.
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Old 21-Nov-2010, 06:45 PM
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Keep 'em.

If a timing belt and pump is all you have to do... then life's not all that bad now, is it?
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Old 22-Nov-2010, 09:14 AM
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125k is not even broken in for a civic. lol.

Mine just passed 255k and I plan on driving it at least another 255k more. My Wife's accord has 418k on it and still running strong.

Proper maintenance and vehicle care goes a LONG way for the life of car and will save you TONS of money in the long run.
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Old 22-Nov-2010, 11:58 AM
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My first civic hit 360k km when i got rid of it, and it was running strong. As long as its maintained and not in hands of ricers, it will last for quite a long while.
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Old 22-Feb-2011, 10:18 PM
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our last 2 Civics went well over 400k, and when both of them "died" it was not because of the engine, drivetrain or tranny. The 91 si hb, under the drivers seat rotted thru from rust after almost 20yrs of salt and no rustproofing. My mechanic pulled it from the road so that I wouldnt fall thru and die haha. The 91 sedan I gave away to a friend but they didnt want to pay to safety it so it was scrapped

needless to say, the new Civic we bought to replace the 92 (our first new one) we'll be keeping to see how long till it dies! I hope at least 500k!
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Old 22-Feb-2011, 10:30 PM
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t-belt and water pump would be recommended on both your vehicles.. i would also religiously oil spray them, and do a transmission fluid flush on both as well if neither have been done. some small things that can make a car last a long time.
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Old 23-Feb-2011, 01:24 AM
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Ive got a 00 Civic SE, getting a little rust here and there now (never rustproofed it). Engine is still great @ 324,000Kms (people are still amazed at how quite it is running).
Need to do timing belt and water pump once spring comes around, other than that... I'm pushing my baby into the ground.
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Old 23-Feb-2011, 01:11 PM
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My 01 4dr civic dx has 190k and still going strong.

If it was a Ford I would be worried about maintenance at 125k...
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Old 23-Feb-2011, 04:46 PM
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I say if you like them, put the maintenance in and be happy. I personnally don't really care for most Honda's or other cars newer then 2000. A few here and there like I kinda really want a CR-Z but otherwise...

I still have my first car a 93 Civic Si hatch. The original motor lasted 582,xxx Km's and I still have the car with a fresh D15 vtec in there about to be rebuilt and boosted, My other car is even older but less K's at ~350k it's an 87 CRX also about to get a rebuilt d16a1 motor donated from a 88 Integra. I'm even converting the car from carb to EFI, and I have to basically re-wire everything to make this swap work and change the fuel delivery system.

Clearly my vote is if you love your car, keep it.
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Old 18-Mar-2011, 06:53 PM
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I had my first civic for 7 years..... had over 370k on it, without any major issues. Sold it to some guy, probably still runs.
Keep it as long as it drives.
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Just got rid of my '98 Hatchback Civic that had well over 400 thousand on it. Just regular maintenance and it will last you a long time still.
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my 2k dx is at 240k and running fine other then i need to replace the release bearing so im going to just do the whole clutch kit
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^ stage 3 racing jdm clutch?
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I have had my 91 for about 12 years now and have no plans to ever sell it. Although I dont drive it either. Its in long term storage at my parents in Ontario and I live in Saskatoon!
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Before a lady decided to t-bone my 95 cx I had 333,000 kms plus on her. I drove it from Kitchener to Oakville four times a week. I think last year all that I had replaced was the radiator. I'd say keep them until they start acting like a Ford. That will probably be many years from now
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