I took the plunge. I bought a Civic.

Last Updated on April 14, 2017 by Dave Farquhar

It’s silver. It’s a year old. It’s fully loaded. It rolled 10,000 miles while I was test-driving it. It’s an EX, not the miserly HX. I like miserly. But it’ll hold value better than an HX, and it cost me about $500 less. The difference between 40 MPG on the highway and 38 MPG on the highway just wasn’t worth it to me.
It’s a bit showy for me–it’s got a sunroof, I mean moonroof, whatever the difference is, for Pete’s sake–but hey, I’m still fairly young and it’ll be fun. And it’s costing me less than my Neon, so I can afford it.

And when I no longer have use for it–it’ll be a number of years–I can sell it to a wannabe homey and still get four figures for it. Apparently the Civic is a favorite model to put ground effects and move-to-the-music groovin’ shocks and other, umm, things. I won’t be finding out firsthand. But I did notice the trunk is certainly big enough for a bass tube. So I could turn my latest–and it’d better be my last for a long time–major purchase into a groovemobile and introduce south St. Louis County to David Crowder.

Hey, it’s mission work.

I’m kidding. I hope you know that.

Anyway, like I said, I’m hoping this is my last major purchase for a long time.

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7 thoughts on “I took the plunge. I bought a Civic.

  • May 7, 2003 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats 🙂

    Always good to break in a new car. Hondas are good vehicles, and it sounds like you got what you wanted. Back in the U.S., even when I bought a beater, a new car is just… cool.

    The moon roof and sun roof… I think the sun roof comes out completely, and the moon roof tilts open… not really sure, but I think that’s what it is.

    Enjoy the new car. Try to stay away from speeding tickets. 🙂

  • May 8, 2003 at 4:30 am

    Nice cars Honda’s. Practically every Honda over here has the Civic Si body shape, rather than the sedan/coupe shape.

  • May 8, 2003 at 8:35 am

    I think you’ll enjoy your Civic. We’ve had our Honda Odyssey minivan for over a year now and I’m still very pleased with it. When it comes time to replace my not so great Saturn SW1, I’m going to look at Honda and Toyota first.

    My last vehicle before the Saturn was a Toyota pickup that ran w/o any major difficulty for 12 solid years. Sold it to my brother-in-law and it’s *still* running with over 100K miles on it…

  • May 8, 2003 at 5:18 pm

    Crowder for sure; but throw some Kutless in there and you’re set for innner city mission work <g>!

  • May 9, 2003 at 12:27 am

    what the hell is moon roof.

    I have a Toyota and it took me half an hour to find the instructions as i always thought they were sun – roofs.


  • May 9, 2003 at 8:50 am

    Those “moon roofs” were popular in the 70’s. They started out as an addon allowing you to customize “your car”. Original moon roofs didn’t open up at all–just allow light in, so this may be different. Actually it is probably somewhat of an expense to a frugal budget for a new car, but you’ve done well in selecting a year old and saving depreciation costs. All of my “new” cars in my single and family life over the last 18 years were not sparkling new, but purchased as fleet or demo vehicles. After 7 different vehicles, I’m sure this is my trend for life.

    Congrats Dave. Hope you stay away from all these hail storms we’ve been having around St. Louis.

  • May 13, 2003 at 7:25 pm

    I have two older Civics, 90 and 91 4 doors. Last year I put in new CV joints on one, and now have to do the clutch on the other. This is the FIRST major repair for either car in the twelve years I have owned them. I have only spent money only on gas, oil, tires, brakes and mufflers, which I consider consumables in the first place.

    I envy the Odyssey owner, one is on my wish list. Treat the car like you love it, Dave, and it will reward you with faithful service. Matter of fact, darn good advice for almost anything, eh?

    Oh, yeah. And sell them before they turn ten!

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