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2013 and earlier-Honda Civic Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • My '02 Civic coupe has 37000 miles on it. I'm thinking about trading it in for a Certified '01 Sentra. What are the pros and cons of "trading down"?
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    So maybe it is worth it to spend a little extra for the additional horsepower and handling...

    If you don't HAVE to have the new car right now, you can save $1500-$2000 later on, when the rebates are available again on the Mazda3.

    At one point in the past, Mazda was offering rebates AND subsidized financing on their cars.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    My '02 Civic coupe has 37000 miles on it. I'm thinking about trading it in for a Certified '01 Sentra. What are the pros and cons of "trading down"?

    Is there any reason you want to trade down? If finances is the main reason, you can save your self a bunch of cash by refinanacing the current car.
    You have a car with a known history, assuming you had it since day one. Unless you know something that makes you uncomfortable with such hisory that makes you want to trade down.

    If you do go through with the trade, I hope the dealer is giving you some good amount of cash for the deal. Nissan's, in general, don't hold their value as well as Honda.

    If you got the Civic new, the finance rate is probably better than what you can get on a used Nissan.
  • "Hopefully that story included what had happened to that Civic? "

    Sorry, not a chance he told the truth. -elissa
  • can you please suggest to me some great honda dealers in Los Angeles based from your own buying experiences or feedbacks from some people close to you?

    i'm still deciding whether to buy a 2005 civic lx a/t or a 2004 civic lx a/t. it all depends on whether the price difference is worth the added value to the 2005 release.

    and do you think the special financing by AHFC of 1.9-3.9% would still be there in dec 2004 for both the 2004s and 2005s? (that's when i actually plan to buy)

  • bd21bd21 Posts: 437
    If you are not buying until Dec, you have already made the choice to buy a 2005. With rare exception, no dealers will have any 2004 LX Civics left. Also, no one can guess what deals will be offered as incentives by Honda in December. Their may not be any! Try taking a little initiative and read all the posts back a year and you can see plenty of posts about dealers in your area.
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    It may not work in SoCal, but in NY, NJ, CT area it is not incommong to see a last year's model in the back of the dealer lot in January or even later.

    I bought my 2002 Si in January of 2003, brand new, with 8 miles. Last year a friend was looking to buy a Civic. There were a few dealers who had 2003's on their lots, and some even had them proudly displayed in the front.

    Just don't expect to be able to get the options or the color of your choice. Most definatley you will not find an LX with auto. Most of the "keft overs" in the metro areas are manuals, and either top of the line trims or the entry trims. LX is right smack in the middle of the trim. I would not be surprized if LX is the most sold trim across all of Honda models.

    Good luck
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,346
    But it doesn't have ABS. HX is an oddball model that never sold well.
  • I highly recommend it.

    On Saturday afternoon after a trip to the Honda service dept where they indicated my 89 Accord with 227K need some work, I decided it was time for a new car.

    I logged onto edmunds and requested quotes from 3 dealers on a 04 Civic LX. Within an hour I had two quotes, both around $14,400. Monday morning I emailed the two dealers to determine if they had the color I wanted in stock. One replied fairly quickly I called her and the deal was done. I told her I wanted no addons and when I arrived at the dealership there was no pressure to add anything.

    Edmunds, THANK YOU
  • I went to Cush Honda and had a very good experience, unlike Pacific Honda (avoid that dealership!!!). Cush was about the best Honda dealership in San Diego, which is a city that has like 8 or more dealerships (I checked out like 2 dealerships short of all of them, too!). If you are in SD, make sure you check out Cush Honda.

    This is what I got:

    New '04 Honda Civic EX Coupe with: splash guards, door edge guards, pin stripes, in red, and of course, the usual front and rear standard floor mats

    Cost: $18,300.00 OTD

    I thought I could go lower, but I think this was a fair deal for both me and the dealer. As much as I hate jackazz dealers, I didn't want to be a jackazz customer, and I respected this dealer.

    Best luck to everyone else looking for a car.
  • jaa37jaa37 Posts: 67
    After a brief fling with the Mazda3, I've decided to buy a Civic instead. I'm going to aim for $16K on an 2004 EX w/side airbags -- is that aambitious, oir do you guys think I can get that. I'm in the NYC area, by the way. Any suggestions (besides Fair Honda, which is where I bought my last car, because they don't have any left -- the best dealership out there)? Thanks!
  • blueiedgodblueiedgod Posts: 2,803
    Try Mount Kisco Honda, I have heard good things. Also, I have bought from D&C Honda in Tenafly, NJ, and they were good to me.

    Check a few posts back for the list of dealers to stay away from.
  • Which deal sounds the best?

    Deal 1) 2004 Honda Civic LX Manual with Side Air bags:
    $15,400 out the door (including a new tag).

    Deal 2) 2004 Saturn ION2 for $13,900 out the door. The ION2 has a few more options (sun roof and 5 CD changer).
  • I would take the Civic because I am not too fond of the Ion's interior set-up with the center gauges and I really don't like the Ion steering wheel. However, you are the one paying for the car so buy the one YOU like. Have you test driven them both?
  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,475
    You might want to check out the 2003? economy car shoot out somewhere on While the initial 1500 dollar price difference indeed can be an issue, you might want to consider the one through eight rank order and how you feel about each car and your response. This article rates them. I just recently read the article and my top five just happened to be on the list of 8 cars they had rated. I was indeed leaning toward the Civic beforehand. Indeed I did buy a 2004 Civic. Best of luck.
  • I was rear ended by a Ford F150 and sandwiched between it and a Ford Escape (after bouncing between the two for a total of 4 collisions) while stopped at a red light. My beloved 2000 Honda 4dr LX (standard trans) which I meticulously took care of is now smashed on both ends and the frame is bent, but it kept me relatively safe). I'm waiting for the final prognosis from my insurance company but the collision shop estimated 7K + of damages. I've been told by friends that I should for safety's sake, replace it. If the insurance company agrees, I'd like to get a Civic EX 2004, 4dr, standard trans. My two questions are:
    1. How can I make sure I get the maximum reimbursement for my 2000 Honda.(or where can I find the most accurate quote-the one my insurance company will be likely to use.)
    2. Can anyone recommend or dis-recommend a Honda dealership in the Ann Arbor, MI area. I need a place I can really bargain with, and a deal that I can manage along with my gigantic school loans!

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  • Yes you can, I pick my magnesium metallic 2004 Civic EX w/ side airbags for $16,000 (delivery charge included), Not including tax and title. I bought it @ Honda Plaza in Brooklyn. I bought it on 9/1/04
  • I would say try to have a dealership send you quotes. To expand the number of dealerships responding, use a zip code that is between a couple dealerships. Right now a 2004 should be below invoice as the dealer incentive is $750. I just purchased a 2004 Civic LX for $600 under invoice. I would also tell the dealership you have a rate from your work credit union. Or you could use the credit union rate at which is 4.5 percent. The dealership I was working willing to beat it but I paid cash instead.
  • Is the $750 dealer incentive something that is advertised or known only to the dealer? I have not heard about it. Would you mention it to get a lower price even though the 2004s are moving fast...

    Just this afternoon I got the following quotes
    2004 Civic LX: $13,994
    2005 Civic LX: $15399
    2004 Civic EX: $15,994.

    I thought the 2004 LX was a great price though the two colors are ones I do not want. (I am torn between the Corolla LE w/ABS and the Civic LX).
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