I once owned an 89 dx hatch back that had 190k before my little brother burned up th engine, (hole in the oil filter). He used to speed daily, 120 mph on the highway. I never had a problem with it. Only had to change cv axles and the ignition at 180k. Raced a mustang v6 and beat it, along with Chevy suburban. I now own a 91 civic hatch back the prior owner didn't take care of it at all. When I changed the spark plugs, they where almost part of the engine and the oil was black. I haven't had a problem with it since. Honda makes great cars and I haven't seen one yet that wouldn't go over 200k with minimal maintenance.
I agree civics are way over rated! I've had an 89 civic for 8 years and it has had 2 radiators, 2 water pumps, 2 alternators, exhaust system, timing belt, main relay switch, brake light switch, a/c condenser, fan motor, a/c clutch, thermostat, tires, brakes, 3 batteries and it leaks and burns oil. I previously owned a new 85 Toyota Tercel, and in ten years, it needed one muffler, one battery, and a brake job and tires - normal stuff.
I have always had good luck with Honda in general. I have owned 2 accords, a prelude, and now a 91 civic with 185,000 miles. My father has an accord with 225,000 miles and running. The are doing something right because most of the Honda's you see out there for sale have 150,000 plus on them and still pull a hefty price for their age. I put full trust in them. They always say, just change the oil every 3000 and you'll see 200,000. I hope to see 250,000 on my civic at least. Almost 14 years old and still pulling 33-37 mpg!! The car has basically paid for itself in fuel savings!
The engine is the best part.
I had a 91 Civic with a hole in the rad. I drove it for 2 months by letting it heat up till it seized and pour water over the whole motor to quickly cool it (cracks and snaps), then it would fire up and do it again. It would last for about 50km before it seized again. The motor never gave up, I did. Try that with a Chevy.
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