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View Poll Results: Which option should I go with
Keep the 1992 Civic w/ all the newer parts 2 18.18%
Take the newer 1999 Civic w/ original parts. 4 36.36%
Pursue marriage w/ an old rich lady and have her buy a new Honda. 5 45.45%
Voters: 11. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-01-2012, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I've had my 1992 Honda Civic for a long time. I've driven it across the continental US 7 times and driven it to Alaska and back 3 times. It now has around 245k on it and is still going. I have put all the parts listed below in it.

Rotors, alternator, fuel pump, water pump, timing belt, axle, lower control arm, distributor cap, spark plug wires, muffler, radiator, steering knuckle (control arm)

All that work was done via various mechanics. I myself have done the small odds and inns of brake pads, spark plugs, air filters, oil changes, headlights, batteries, etc.....

So now a relative has ended up w/ a 1999 Honda Civic that only has 130k on it and has offered it to me for a very low price. The car seems to be in really good condition.

My question is this. Since I have replaced so many of the major parts in the 1992 Civic is it worth it to keep it or should I go with the new car? I ask also b/c I know the newer car is at the point where a lot of the parts that I have already changed on the 1992 will be needing to get swapped out.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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For me it would depend on how low is "very low," and whether your car is giving yo uindication that you might have a drivetrain failure in the near future.

Assuming yours is still running like a sewing machine and the potential replacement isn't too-good-to-pass-up cheap (like barely over scrap price), I'd stick with what you've got if you're happy with it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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Can you keep both cars? If the price is right on the 1999, it might be worth considering, but if you have to pay extra for parking, etc., then it's more of a hassle, since you would spend the cost of the car in parking fees, etc. The 1999 will have more safety features, too, so that might be a consideration, though you will likely have to do the same repairs that you have done with the 1992, though perhaps not all at once, i.e., the timing belt should have been previously changed, etc.
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Old 02-01-2012, 04:45 PM
 
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It all depends on the condition and maintenance of the newer one. If really cheap, it could give you another 7 years and 110K miles of service at a low price. Granted both cars would need some upkeep each year. Can you have both?
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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No can't have both. I'm moving back out west and have to take one or the other. The 1999 will basically only run me about $300 b/c it's from a relative.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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No can't have both. I'm moving back out west and have to take one or the other. The 1999 will basically only run me about $300 b/c it's from a relative.
Seriously? If this isn't a typo, and the car doesn't show any sign of needing any immediate attention, I'd go for it. Heck, you can probably sell your current car for three times that.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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$300? I would take the 1999 at that price. I agree that you can get more money out of your current car, and can then update the parts in the 1999 as needed.
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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Is it the original engine on your 93? Is it a manual or auto tranny? If it's a manual I'd keep it. that car will run forever so i hear.
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Old 02-02-2012, 12:53 AM
 
Location: SWUS
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Which one has more parts availability? Would you be able to buy the newer one and resell it for a small gain?
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Is it the original engine on your 93? Is it a manual or auto tranny? If it's a manual I'd keep it. that car will run forever so i hear.
I had a friend back in college with a '92 Civic DX, auto trans. It was still running Ok with 275K on the clock. Accords were the ones that always developed auto trans issues after a while.
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