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I'm looking at used Honda Civics and want to know which model year was the most reliable. As well as any common problems, issues or complaints I should know before purchasing. Tips on servicing, maintenance and others that need to be considered will also be appreciated. It will be for a relative that's looking for one but doesn't know much about cars, so I'm hoping the knowledge gained here will help me help them!. Thanks :)
 

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There're no real dogs there. Just watch out for cars coming off a lease with no service records - there are people who drive for 3 years without rotating tires or changing oil, and avoid high-mileage ones - if they are due for timing belt/water pump service it will cost a pretty penny.
 

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There're no real dogs there. Just watch out for cars coming off a lease with no service records - there are people who drive for 3 years without rotating tires or changing oil, and avoid high-mileage ones - if they are due for timing belt/water pump service it will cost a pretty penny.
Do you think its worth paying a bit more and getting a CPO Honda Civic or doing some homework to get one used elsewhere?
 

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Do you think its worth paying a bit more and getting a CPO Honda Civic or doing some homework to get one used elsewhere?
I don't know how much you are willing to spend, but I am not sure now is a good time to buy. Look at it this way, two years ago I bought my wife a touring sedan. It had less than 10k on it, and I paid just under $21k out of the door, titled and registered. Right now, I see similar cars at $22-23k, that is $24-25k with taxes and fees. This is ridiculous, considering the fact that the new one can be had for $29k with taxes, and 0% or 0.9% financing. So, personally, I would wait for the new model, see what it offers, what the prices are like, if there are deals on '21's, and if the stock and pricing of used models improves. Oh, and don't buy the LX.
 

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I agree I would wait for buying one. However if you do I would get something with relatively low
Mileage (<60k) or something with the service records. My thought process being that you don’t know how much maintenance has been done on buying something used. One thing people often overlook is changing the transmission fluid and that can be just as important and expensive to change as the engine.
 

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One thing people often overlook is changing the transmission fluid and that can be just as important and expensive to change as the engine.
Honda's CVT fluid change schedule is one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. Maintenance minder typically keeps quiet about it, there's nothing in the manuals, no clear guidance at all, yet Honda service wants to replace it seemingly every other time I am there. Can I truly believe them when they want to do brake fluid at 35k? And coolant too?
 

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Honda's CVT fluid change schedule is one of the biggest mysteries of the universe. Maintenance minder typically keeps quiet about it, there's nothing in the manuals, no clear guidance at all, yet Honda service wants to replace it seemingly every other time I am there. Can I truly believe them when they want to do brake fluid at 35k? And coolant too?
Good question. I’ve never owned a CVT yet. I think my standard automatic called for change at 60k then every 30k after that. I always changed it more often since I do the maintenance myself. Coolant and brake fluid I replace every 3 years.
 
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