by Jordan H
Mileage: 230,000 miles
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This is my first car. Even though I only had my learner's permit at the time, I bought this car 5 years ago with 185,000 miles on it. I absolutely love this car! It has needed less than $1000 worth of maintenance in the 45,000 miles that I've owned it. Amazing! It still runs perfectly to this day. Even with it's very high mileage, it doesn't burn a drop of oil and always starts on the first try and then purrs like a kitten, even on frigged winter mornings. It's light weight enables it to have a combination of excellent gas millage, brisk acceleration, and sporty handling that just isn't available in most new cars made today. In fact, it even handles great in the snow and averages nearly 40mpg! I've driven this car on many long distance trips across the northeast and have always been surprised at how useful the interior space is when I cram it full of gear. This little civic has taken my friends and I on road trips everywhere; from the lakes for windsurfing (see picture) to the slopes for snowboarding to the beach for surfing. The only down side that this car has in my mind is that its light weight and lack of airbags don't make it the safest car on todays overweight SUV infested highways. For that reason, I decided to buy something a little safer two months ago; a 1997 Honda Prelude which itself has well over 130,000 miles on it. Even though I don't use it everyday anymore, my civic has been so good to me over the years that I just can't bare to sell it. I still drive it every few days and keep it as an unrelentingly reliable backup vehicle.