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800,000+ miles and still going strong

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Mileage update: Feb 11, 2011
600,447 miles


I have a 2006 Honda Civic LX sedan 5spd manual, I purchased it used from a local Honda dealer with 22,000 miles on the odometer on 05/26/2007.

It's currently at 203,284 miles, mostly interstate/parkway at 75 mph (occasional 110 + mph) but it still has a lot of city miles as well. Over 90% of the miles were with cargo in the trunk and back seat (rear seat cushion removed for extra height) comparable to 2 passengers in the back.

When I first purchased the car I was getting around 42 mpg but then sometime down the road it dropped to it's current average of 34 mpg (I have no idea why it dropped).

Sometime in June of 2007 I hit a separated tire tread form a semi that was coiled in the middle of the road (newly paved - black) in the middle of the night at approximately 75 mph, it felt like I hit a dog -- it did over $3,000 in damage: front bumper tore in two (replaced), A/C condenser destroyed (replaced), kinked A/C line (replaced), washer reservoir cracked (replaced), passenger side sway bar bracket on lower control arm bent (Dealership actually said the sway bar itself was bent, body shop said otherwise -- bracket was just bent back into place), and internal gearing of the steering rack was damaged (replaced rack assembly).

A deer ran into the passenger side of the car while I was doing about 60 mph. It shattered the rear view mirror glass (absolutely no damage to the housing or the housing paint) and put a good size dent in the rear quarter panel (no damage to the paint).

An oncoming car was across the center line on a curvy back road, our rear view mirrors hit (thank god that's all the contact our cars made) shattering the mirror glass but again, absolutely no damage to the housing or housing paint (these f#ckers are built :p)

Paint is in superb condition, no cracks, chips, or fading. Windshield is another story, countless chips and a half circle crack in the upper passenger side (g*d [email protected] dump trucks!!!!!). Factory tint (at least I believe it's factory tint) is in mint condition, no peeling or bubbling. Interior is mint expect for shoe scuff marks on the passenger dash board thanks to my fiance and the silver paint is wearing off of my shift knob. There's no fading of the plastic and the upholstery is still in mint condition.

I have always used Mobile 1 full synthetic 5w20 motor oil with a K&N hp-1010 oil filter, I change the oil approximately 1,000 miles past the maintenance minder. I've just recently started using Lucas oil stabilizer. The only parts I've replaced have been the spark plugs (NGK laser iridiums at 80,000 miles), Duralast Gold - lifetime warranty :p - front brake pads at 120,000 and 180,000 miles (it's impossible to find rear shoes that actually fit from any of the local auto parts stores, they were all too wide -- you can get them from Honda, but they're $15 a piece), Tokico shocks/struts at 180,000 miles (absolutely love them -- still have factory springs though, but plan to drop it with Eibach Sportlines and Skunk2 control arms), and got the rear upper control arms replaced under warranty (new alignment specs) at 190,000 miles (they paid for labor and parts, I had to pay for the alignment) I think the car looks much better with practically zero rear camber, and I love the way it handles now. I have not replaced any belts or hoses yet but will replace them soon along with a coolant and brake flush, new full synthetic gear oil and full synthetic Lucas oil stabilizer for the manual tranny, and a valve clearance adjustment (slight ticking at idle). The engine burns about half a quart of oil per oil change (has always done this since I bought it). Other than the ticking at idle, the engine is silent but idle is a bit rough (I think I need to get the idle speed adjusted -- anyone know how to do this, or should I just have the shop do it?). The factory clutch is still holding strong with no noises from the bearings or tranny.

I absolutely love this car and have had no other problems that I can think of at this time. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
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Awesome job on the fix. And congratz Honda for building a hell of a car!!

Question about the 18's though; You're concerned about fuel mileage... Every time I've ever went to a bigger wheel combo, it's always put mine down 1-2 mpg because of the weight? It sounds as if 1-2 mpg is quite a bit of money for you in a short period, you may want to rethink the new wheels unless they are as light as your stockers?!
I'd say get 17x7s and try to run a 205 width tire to keep the rolling resistance down and keep your MPG up. You'll also have a bit more room to run 50 profile to keep the comfort up as well.
I would agree with this as well (when you do decide to get some)!
I calculated it.

Stock size 205/55/16 -> New Size 205/50/17

Speed with stock size 70mph

Speed with new size 70.5mph
Yeah, I did the quick math in my head and didn't want to hurt any feelings... sounds about right though!
I was actually planning on this, but the test pipe I'm looking at is $200 :SHOCKED: where can I get one for $50 ???

Any exhaust shop as long as you tell them that it's for off-road use only and pay with cash then not get a receipt!
test pipe is a no-go. He can't get the flanges unless he buys a new cat ($550). So I'll probably go with the tig welded stainless test pipe off ebay.

As popular as the new civic is, I would think that you would be able to find one in a pull-a-part for much cheaper then that.
I would prefer that, but it's federal law that used emission control components cannot be sold except for scrap.
When I did a test pipe for one of my other cars, the guy knocked a hole in it and sold it to me. I guess I know now that's why he did that. I went to a junkyard though and it was $25.

You wont find a newer Civic at Pull A Part.
I should of stated junkyard I guess, there are some around here. I've seen newer civics in them and would assume the exhaust is still intact for my above reply.
I'd love to know what happens to the odometer when you hit 1,000,000 miles. Anyone know?
Fireworks shoot out of the dash and music starts playing, not necessarily in that order though! :wheee:
I just got the new a/c compressor and condenser in the mail today, so they should be on tomorrow. I'm not going to mess with the PS pump just yet.

It's currently at 512,000 miles. Sorry, forgot to update sooner but I've been focusing more on my Jeep project and just got married so things are kind of hectic ATM. The "new" engine and tranny are at 170,000 miles and the tranny is starting to make the same noise the original one made before it went out, I don't think these transmissions like Amsoil.
Congratz on your marriage!! I think it's weird that any manual tranny would go out with the frequency that you're putting these miles on. I would tend to think that they should go a million+. I thought I remember that your clutch went out before but don't remember the tranny giving out??!!
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