How can I keep my car running another 100,000 mi?

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Asked by Sep 14, 2007 at 12:10 PM about the 1988 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

  I am the owner of a 1988 Honda Civic, It has 185,000 miles. What recommendations can you give me so that I can maybe pull another 100,000 miles out of it?

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1. Keep changing oil every 3,000 miles. 2. Make sure you change your timing belt every 100,000 miles, DO IT NOW if you haven't already. 3. Flush cooling system every 30,000 miles. 4. Change transmission fluid and filter every 30,000 miles. 5. Keep any rust under control -- make sure if it starts, you fix it so it doesn't spread. 6. Do all other maintenance as needed and good luck!

No reason it can't go another 100,000 or more if you follow littlehorn's suggestions ... the PBS radio program Car Talk encouraged use of well-made vehicles like the Honda Civic to their full life. Paying more now for less of an equivalent car just to have a "new" car is not, IMHO, a prudent financial move. I'd save the money paid into a new car and increased insurance payments for the future ... it will be worth more.

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