My daughter tore the front bumber and fender off our Highlander last week, with her license in hand for just a month.
My logic is to get a very inexpensive honda civic or accord, (high mileage) or like product, and I want to get 30-40k miles out of this car in the next 4 years without having to replace major components. And I don’t care what happens to the body. It will be donated to CarTalk after that period.
- When do the transmissions generally go in this class of car, or do I not need to worry about this anymore.
- I sense that all timing belts are getting replaced around the 100K mark, based on what I see on Craigslist. Should I only look at a vehicle that has had the timing belt already replaced?
- I see several Civic sedans available for $4-5K from the 1997-2000 vintages. Should I consider a cutoff on age?
- What else besides the Trans and timing belt are big cost items even for these small cars.
- Should I consider a specific mileage cutoff? I see lots of Civics with 100-150K miles on them, which appear to be in fine shape. What am I missing?
Any insight you can provide would be helpful, as well as other cars that have equal or superior reliability than Honda.