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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    Good luck tonight, Kym!
    Thanks!!! As long as I like the way it drives I'm pretty sure I'll go ahead and buy it since I found out my insurance would be cheaper!


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    I've been without a car for two years now, it's great.

    Biking in the winter is a little rough, but not impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    Anyone else hate their cars?
    Well, to be honest, I love my car. I'll be driving it into the ground many years from now.

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    I set up an appointment for Tuesday morning for my mechanic to look at it. When I told him the symptoms, the first thing he asked was, "Have you checked the oil and transmission fluid levels?" I haven't - I know I'm a bit overdue for an oil change, but I just do not trust stupid Jiffy Lube or Valvoline. Sigh.... I need to learn how to change my own oil.

    Anyway, if it just needs fluids, maybe it won't be so bad! Here's hoping...

    Kym, did you get the car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    I bought my 02 Honda Civic in 2006. It had 40,000 miles on it. Clean Carfax, "Certified Pre-Owned Honda"; seemed great.

    A few months later, one side of the body cracked out of the blue. I took it to the dealership to have it fixed. The technician says, "This car has been in an accident." Well, so much for the "Certified Pre-Owned" crap. Cost me $1600 to fix it.

    About a year later, same thing happened on the other side. Still haven't gotten that fixed.

    A couple of months ago, I had to have the control arms replaced, an $800+ repair. The car had 60,000 miles on it. Another product of the accident, I suppose - a car shouldn't have to have an $800 repair with 60,000 miles on it!

    Now, the engine is being super loud and I hear a scraping sound when it shifts into 2nd and 3rd gear (I think - hard to tell in an automatic). I have no idea what to do. If it's another costly repair, I think I just need to offload my car and start over.

    Car will be paid off in February. I really was looking forward to having no car payment, but I just don't think it's work it if I'm going to have to put $800 into it every 6 months.

    I like Hondas, and I trust the company, but the dealership is just as shady as any used-car dealer. Next time I get a new(er?) car, I'm making an appointment to take it to my trusted mechanic the very next day, so I can tell the salesman that if my mechanic tells me there's anything, and I mean ANYTHING, wrong with the car that the salesman didn't mention, I'm bringing it right back to the dealership.

    Sigh.....

    Anyone else hate their cars?

    Ok there are few things that stand out here.

    First off, if it's Certified Pre-Owned by Honda, what did they certify about the car.

    You may have specific legal recourse if they certified something falsely or incorrectly.


    What was wrong with the control arms? I'm no master mechanic but why would the entire control arm need to be replaced? Were you having alignment problems (unusual tire wear)? Did they just replace the bushings (you got ripped off at $800 if so). Research suggests that it may be easier the replace the unit as a whole, but that replacing just the bushing isn't that hard of a job.


    The engine being loud...as in, a loud exhaust? Or it is struggling more than usual?


    And to answer your question: no. She's ugly alright, but runs great. I really need to get a van or truck, and I'm going to miss her dearly. I might keep her as a project to practice my body work skills.

    But secretly I like the oxidized paint and dents because I can sit on the trunk like a bench and scrape it up and not feel bad about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    I have a 98 Civic with 103,000 miles on it. Other than normal maintenance (including brake jobs and batteries), the alternator has needed replaced, but I suspect that was due to an electrical surge caused by a nearby lightening strike. I also replaced the front driveshafts because the boots were worn and needed replaced.

    On Civics, the heat shields around the exhaust components aren't very durable. The supports rust through, and the shield rattles at certain times. This might be what is causing the scraping noise when shifting. The fix on mine was a $2 stainless steel radiator hose clamp around it.

    I also had a 92 Accord I traded in at something like 250K miles. It ran great, but needed an entirely new exhaust system. These are stainless steel on Hondas. They last a long time, but are more expensive.

    I do nearly all of my own maintenance and repairs.

    I don't think having an alternator replaced at around 100k is unusual. I'm doubtful about the lightning theory - the rubber tires insulate your car in a rain storm. But who knows.

    CV boot replacement (or, just replacing the whole drive axle) is pretty common in all front wheel drive cars around that mileage. So yeah, that's not all basic, but I suppose "expected" maintenance. Cheers for continued luck in that realm.

    I have a 91 Accord (same thing as 92, CB7s were from 90-93). You don't need to drop in a stainless exhaust in those unless you want to. They make plenty of after market (but stock spec, not ricer BS) exhausts for that car for cheap. Replaced the muffler and down pipe/flex pipe on mine. Definitely did not come with stainless from the factory. Maybe a stainless muffler on the EX series, I'm not sure.

    My car is damn ugly but runs great. Mechanically sound.


    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I've never owned my own car.

    It would be awfully convenient. And at least in North America, there seems to be a lot of social significance to owning a car.

    But on the other hand, they are ridiculously expensive. House and car are often the two biggest expenses in a person's life.

    What do you think of the idea of not having a car?
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/bu...pagewanted=all

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    And to answer your question, it's not just social significance. With suburbs built as they are, public transport is entirely impractical. If I lived in a major city, such as NYC, or even downtown DC (hometown) I could see not having a car. Otherwise, nah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    I set up an appointment for Tuesday morning for my mechanic to look at it. When I told him the symptoms, the first thing he asked was, "Have you checked the oil and transmission fluid levels?" I haven't - I know I'm a bit overdue for an oil change, but I just do not trust stupid Jiffy Lube or Valvoline. Sigh.... I need to learn how to change my own oil.

    Anyway, if it just needs fluids, maybe it won't be so bad! Here's hoping...

    Kym, did you get the car?
    That makes some sense.

    The mileage is a little low for it but maybe you lost fluid? Or have the incorrect fluid.

    I know there is/was a common issue with GM trans in minivans that was commonly traced back to a transmission fluid incompatibility.

    Who knows.
    Don't know how much it'll bend til it breaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamboo View Post
    Interesting article. Driving is an experience though. :confused:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquarelle99 View Post
    I set up an appointment for Tuesday morning for my mechanic to look at it. When I told him the symptoms, the first thing he asked was, "Have you checked the oil and transmission fluid levels?" I haven't - I know I'm a bit overdue for an oil change, but I just do not trust stupid Jiffy Lube or Valvoline. Sigh.... I need to learn how to change my own oil.

    Anyway, if it just needs fluids, maybe it won't be so bad! Here's hoping...

    Kym, did you get the car?
    Any time you have any sort of transmission issue, you should get it checked out immediately. Have you seen your transmission oil? If so, what color is it? It may need to be changed and that's only ~$125. That's a lot cheaper than a transmission.

    You've done something lots of people do. Instead of being proactive, making sure all of their fluids are in good shape and at the proper levels, you haven't had your transmission checked until you started noticing symptoms. By that time, there's probably already some damage. It's part of the reason transmission shops (and places that change transmission fluid) get such a bad rap. People don't bring their car in until it's too late.

    If you don't trust Jiffy Lube to change your oil, find another place. Don't put it off. That's the worst thing you can do.
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    If anyone is looking for a solid used-car try looking for a w124. I am doing that at the moment. The car has some weaknesses so you should get some information on a forum first ( or send me a pm I'll write down a list ) but then you are fine. The w124 easly does 300,000 miles if cared for properly before you have to do major repairs. And that measurement is calculated for short trips thru the city, which are bad for all engines; if you go long trips on the road the engine will even hold longer.

    It's a good solid car, but only this series, the model after it sucks.

    Only downside is it looks like a fancy man's car but hey, I love that

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    Ah, I know what you are feeling when it comes to not trusting places to do a simple task such as changing oil.... We have a Jiffy Lube across the street from my work and I refuse to take my car there... The last time I did they lost the oil cap... And then they totally destroyed my fiance's brothers engine because of something they did wrong... And because they didn't bring it back in four hours they refuse to do anything about it. Suppose it's just not normal for someone to go home and not do anything the rest of the day, in their eyes...

    I actually did get the SUV I was hoping for, but not the exact one I was planning on! Instead of getting one with all the fancy stuff, I went with one that suited my needs. I really only wanted 4x4, good fuel efficiency, and a CD player. Pretty satisfied with it.


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