I need to know if I should cut my losses with my '94 civic or keep putting money into it. I enjoy the car, but it is beginning to make me nervous.
This last week I had it in the shop 3 times. First it was to replace the timing belt kit, radiator, and thermostat (Monday-Tuesday). Wednesday morning I receive a call saying that my brake master cylinder was also bad and needed to be replaced. I picked the car up but on the way home heard a sound similar to the sound that recked the timing belt and radiator, so I took it back. Thursday morning the mechanic called and told me he could not hear it and would I take a drive with him. Went to the shop, drove around town and did not hear the noise, dropped the mechanic at the shop and head home. About 3 miles from the shop I merged onto a major road with a posted speed of 55 (but everyone does 65/70) and my car only went 20. I got the car towed back to the shop and that evening they told me it was the catalytic converter, but Friday told me the car was ready to be picked up because it was dirty spark plugs.
This made me nervous so I took it to another shop where they told me the timing was off and I need a new air filter.
The car is 18 years old with 126,000 miles on it. Both mechanics have assured me the car is safe and I should keep it because it will run forever. I know Hondas can last 20 years, but mine has been in the shop 3 times in the last year to replace the above items, battery, alternator, spark plugs, and something else (can’t remember).
I would love to hear what others think of this issue.