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Old 01-07-2013, 06:44 AM   #1
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Would you buy a 1998 with over 230,000 miles on it? There are maintanence records showing excellent maintanence on this vehicle, always done at the dealership. DH says "If the price is right" and I say "No way!"
Is a vehicle really worth it with that many miles, even if the maintanence is excellent? I have never owned a Honda, so not sure if they can run forever.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:58 AM   #2
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Hondas can last a long time if properly maintained (and sometimes if not). Really, it would depend on the kind of driving you are doing.

If I even OWNED a car of that age with that many miles, I wouldn't commute in it (I commute 60 miles per day). Just too much can go wrong at that point. However, I might consider having my son drive it to and from school (he drives 5 miles a day).

My DD currently drives a 2002 Toyota Camry with 190,000 miles on it. She might drive 1 mile per day while she's in college, however, she does drive it back and forth. We make sure to keep it maintained but it still makes me really nervous. Even well maintained--we've always got some belt that needs replacing or something going on with it.

I would not buy it if it was my main source of transportation and I was on the road a lot.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:59 AM   #3
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Gee, I am not sure how to answer. The price would have to be wonderful probably, but I do think it is possible that it has more life in it. I have a 2007 CRV with about 70,000 miles and it has never needed anything except regular maintenance (knock wood). My sister has a 1998 Accord that's just about ready to roll to 300,000 and they've never had a "major" problem. I do think Honda makes a quality product... But I think buying any car with that many miles is kind of a gamble.
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We have a 2002 CRV with 112000 miles. We love it and it has been problem free! Still rides great and we plan on keeping it many more years!
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I wouldn't. Just too many miles for my taste.
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It's hard to say without knowing the price. Cars are lasting longer these days, I have a Chevy with 230,000 and drive it out of state regularly without worry.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:52 AM   #7
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I wouldn't buy with that many miles. I've had 2 Civics that ran over 10 years each, including a 1998 that my nephew drives. It had about 100,000 when we sold it to him a couple of years ago. Keep looking for a newer model with less miles and good history of maintenance.
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If the price was right and it wasn't a car I was depending on for long-distance driving.

I'd buy it as a second "around town" car. But I wouldn't be paying a premium for it. 14 year old car with that mileage...$1000 at the most.
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No. Hondas are great cars, but that's more miles than I'd be happy with. I don't give a hoot about what a car looks like, but I don't want to deal with a ton of maintenance issues. We usually keep cars a very long time, but when you get to 200K, stuff happens with some regularity. With that many miles, I'd be too worried that it would be in the shop half the time.
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This car would be used for ds to go to school and around town, but I am still in the NO WAY camp. And I don't think the price would be $1000.
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This car would be used for ds to go to school and around town, but I am still in the NO WAY camp. And I don't think the price would be $1000.
Thank you for all your replies!
We are looking at the possibility of buying DS a car (9 or 10 years old) and I wouldn't even consider something with that many miles.
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #13
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Would you buy a 1998 with over 230,000 miles on it? There are maintanence records showing excellent maintanence on this vehicle, always done at the dealership. DH says "If the price is right" and I say "No way!"
Is a vehicle really worth it with that many miles, even if the maintanence is excellent? I have never owned a Honda, so not sure if they can run forever.
I bought a Saab 9-5 SE when I was 19, it was 4 years old and it had about 90k miles on it. It's German, it's supposed to be well made. I put thousands into that car and the transmission finally blew. I vowed to never get a car with that many miles on it again!
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:40 AM   #14
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Definitely YES!!!!! I have only driven Honda CRV. Most Honda's are usually one owners and most owners keep their car top notch. I would but it for my HS or college student. My mom drives 2001 that has over 150,000 miles on it. My daughter who is only 9 will be driving this car in HS.
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I bought a Saab 9-5 SE when I was 19, it was 4 years old and it had about 90k miles on it. It's German, it's supposed to be well made. I put thousands into that car and the transmission finally blew. I vowed to never get a car with that many miles on it again!
90,000 miles? That's not even broken in yet. A German or Japanese car of 100,000 miles I consider the mechanical equivalent to a brand new American car (even better still at only 100k miles.)

For me, anything over 200,000 miles is a rustbucket for where I live. I put 100k on in 5 years. My wife puts 100k on in 4 years. About 8 to 10 years old and I am spending too much of my time fixing rust every year to pass state inspection.

Mechanically, I wouldn't have a problem with it. I've never had mechanical troubles with cars until I bought my current Ford, which I bought brand new. that CRV would probably be better than purchasing what I bought brand new. I've learned my lesson.
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