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2006 Honda Civic with 100k miles-Worth it?



  • If you've never heard of it feel free to google "1998-2001 Honda engine oil leak" you will find plenty of info on it, here is one of many links:

    The 1st two mechanics(before I went to the dealership)that I had look at the car knew of this issue within 5 minutes.

    JB weld may work well but this was a $700+ fix and I was okay with paying but they would not guarantee the work. This issue had nothing to do with the lack of maintenance but everything to do with poor engineering, poor material or poor craftsmanship and how well or how bad a company would deal with this type of problem.
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,599
    I would think these oil leaks are pretty isolated but if you are one of the people affected then it hits home.

    Did they blame this on lack of maintenance? If so, I don't see how not maintaining your car could cause an oil leak?

    Of course, no shop is going to guarantee a JB Weld repair. I'm surprised it was only 700.00. That's a lot of labor!

    When I first heard about JB Weld, I didn't believe the claims but I have seen this stuff used in several applications and it's incredible!

    The only critical thing is the surfaces have to be peerfectly clean.
  • I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX that was affected, I drove to work one day and notice steam coming out from under the hood. noticed coolant leaking.
    I shut it down and had it towed to Firestone, they looked at it and called me later that day to tell me my engine block had 4 cracks in it. I was stunned.

    At the time this happened I had 98000 miles on it.
    I called a Honda dealer, they asked for my VIN , then told me to tow it into them and they will check it out.
    They ended up replacing the engine block with a factory NEW block, I was there and saw the new block in the wood crate. I had a rental car for about 5 days, The Honda dealer gave me a loaner for a few days as well.
    Now I have 157000 miles on the car and its been running fine ever since.

    Point being, I bought the car used from Dodge dealer with 11k miles, at 98k miles Honda honored an out of warranty repair because they had a known defect. Either way they stood behind their product and fixed it.
    Honda is good in that way.

    I plan on keeping this car a long time since this economy is so bad.
    The Civic is a great car in so many ways, take care of it and it will last easily up to 300000 miles. I drive 120 miles a day, round trip PA to Newark NJ
    trust me when I say the car holds up well.

    I need to install a new Oxygen sensor and then my mileage will improve.
    Otherwise the Civic (as its always been) remains a solid investment.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    edited January 2013
    My car has been perfect since the a/c problem was fixed...don't drive her much due to an early retirement but she's doing great! Got a free coupon in the computer for a battery check-up so went there last Monday morning at 7 and the machine said the battery is "good" so I was relieved. Bought my current Interstate battery back in 4/10and was worried since they don't last that long down here with our South Florida heat. Since it's pro-rated when it fails prematurely, just wanted to keep an eye on it. Most places charge a fee to just check the battery so this freebie was very welcomed. If it was going bad, I would've been at the place I bought it and just swapped it out since I plan on keeping this car because it makes no sense to trade it in. The miles I put on a car are low so I figure it'll last at least another 5 to 6 years easy. It's garage kept so it always looks pristine!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Have a job now so I'm using the car a lot more and the miles are racking up nicely. No problems to deal with so I'm thrilled. At this point, I doubt I'd purchase another Civic or Honda product because they have nothing that makes me want to purchase right now. If I had to purchase tomorrow, I'd go with either a Buick Verano or an Hyundai Elantra/Kia Forte as I like the compact size class. Luckily I'm not in the market so all is good. Most likely, my son will take this vehicle as his own within a couple of years as he lives in a city right now which has public transport which is extremely affordable. Maintenance, parking, insurance, petrol...all these things cost and it adds up as a vehicle gets older and I'm in a better financial position to absorb these costs being almost retired and he's just starting his career. But if he really wants/needs it, we'll work something out!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

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