"What you should expect to replace"
by Sean F
Mileage: 300,000 miles
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Well, driving 150 miles a day adds up over the years. I've owed Honda's since the mid-80's, a CRX was my first one. My current Civic 4DR DX was bought for daily commute and has been awesome. 5 speed tranny was replaced at 150000+, distributor 200000+, otherwise just normal service to date. I only use Mobil1 synthetic in the engine 5W30. I switched to their new 'high mileage' version now with no noticeable diff. I haven't washed the car in 3+ yrs and the clear coat it peeling off in places. The interior has held up well, only my speedo has intermittent failure, but who want to spend money to replace that on a car this worn. The UV has shredded the steering wheel so I put a $10 cover on it. I hope this article hasn't jinxed me, but the car has really worked well. Starts up at 4:20 AM year-in and year-out. runs for 1:45 minutes. Sits at my office for 9-10 hours, and then runs for 1:20 minutes home. It rests all weekend as I drive my CRV around. I also own, or should I say my wife has, a 2002 Civic 2D EX with the FP (factory performance) kit. I picked it out for her, supposedly there were only 500 kits offered in this first year of availability. It's hot, Rally Red, but tuned for a girl, Auto trans. Well, that's my Honda(s) story, which is my life’s story. Most important thing, run good oil, even if it's $8.99 a quart right now, yuk!