1995 Honda Civic EX 1.6 liter from North America
You can't kill it and it won't die. Runs forever
So, I have had this car 20 years now. 195k miles. In 20 years, these are all the items I have had to fix that are not standard maintenance items like tires and brakes and so on.
Several CV joints up front. One every few years for a while there, but the roads in Chicago are HORRIBLE and full of massive pot holes. Strangely enough, once I moved out of Chicago and ride on better roads, no CV joints have needed my attention.
Steering rack. This failed at about 180k. Was $600 to fix. But hey... 18 years on one steering rack is not too bad. It was leaking power steering fluid. It worked fine, but was leaving fluid on my garage floor.
ECM - $400. Just failed at 190k. For the first time in 19 years, my Honda Civic did not start. It has NEVER EVER NOT started in 19 years.
And that's it! Really a reliable car. I have done the usual tires and brakes when needed. I did a major service at 140k miles and had the timing belt done, along with all new belts, plugs, hoses, radiator flush and transmission fluid flush, and water pump. Was only $850 for everything at a local guy who specializes in Hondas and Toyotas.
It's 20 years old this month, has almost 195,000 miles and still gets 32 MPG city and 39 highway. It's not even rusting too bad either.
You can't kill these Hondas. Here in Chicago it's -20 in the winter and this thing starts right up. 99 in the summer and no problem. For a small car it can carry an amazing amount of stuff, especially with the back seats down.
Performance is okay. It's nothing to write home about, but enough to get around town and good enough on the expressway.
I paid $18,000 for this loaded EX back in OCT of 1994. It is now OCT 2014. I have had others come up and offer to buy the car. Usually younger guys who I figure want to fix it up and race it. One guy at a parking garage offered me $3000, and the guy at the Honda place the last time I got the oil changed offered me $2500.
So, if I paid $18000 for it and sell it for $2000, I spent $16,000 for 20 years of a good car. That's $66 per month not counting gas or repairs.
Would and have bought another Honda. Bought an Element. 92k on my Element and going strong.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th October, 2014
16th Jan 2018, 14:36
You say brakes and tires, but you forgot to mention tie rods, ball joints, control arms, electronic modules and so on, plus all the rubber boots on the steering rack, plus exhaust and surely leaking shock absorbers or already replaced. And by now the bushings in the rear suspension are also about to go. As for the axles, the rubber boots don't last long on Honda, in fact most rubber parts don't last past 8 years on any economic car.