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I've made my largest purchase of my entire life, overcome 11 years of being absolutely terrified, and acquired

It's a 1998 Honda Civic EX. One-owner used car - I got it from a Subaru dealership, where a nice suburban lady traded it in for an Outback because she has a second kid on the way. Slightly more than I planned to spend, but a better car than I expected to get. And I've already been seduced by its power moonroof, a feature I didn't even realize it had when I bought it.

In the happy Honda household, though, Nathan's car is always going to make my car feel like it has a big butt.

Date: 2005-05-20 12:21 am (UTC)
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Mine's a '95 Civic EX. The power moonroof is indeed a nice thing to have. Unfortunately, the EX variant has the VTEC engine which is slightly thirstier (though more powerful) than the stock engine.

It also has absolutely all the trimmings you can shove in a Civic. For instance, did you know that you also have four wheel anti-lock disc brakes? And that you share more suspension components with a 1998 Acura Integra than you do with the Civic LX?

I know you didn't really want a car at all, but at least you picked a really good one to own.

Date: 2005-05-20 02:05 am (UTC)
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yeah, the ABS is why we ended up with an EX.

The thing about being a theft-attractant is, they're attractive because they're popular -- but by the same token, there are SO MANY Civics on the road, the risk is pretty dilute. I have MORE THAN ONCE gotten frustrated because I couldn't get my car open, and then realized it was in fact an identical car one space over/down from mine.

Date: 2005-05-20 06:39 pm (UTC)
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At one point [ profile] bedfull_of_books and I had borrowed [ profile] redhound and [ profile] jendavis77's Civic to go to dinner. We parked just off Castro St. in Mountain View.

When we came back we were in a row of Civics. Not just Hondas. Civics.

I observed that it would make a great Honda commercial, but neither of us had a camera. Ah, California.

Date: 2005-05-20 02:06 am (UTC)
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oh, and they're awesome cars, but I assume you know all that reliability goodness already.

Date: 2005-05-20 01:31 pm (UTC)
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The VTEC concept is explained pretty well here (as well as in the included links):

And I hear you with the power window problem. I'm thinking about rewiring my car so that you can actuate the power windows with the car off. Not to mention wiring the headlights through some sort of relay/transistor/whatever such that they turn off when you turn the car off. I'm VERY prone to leaving my headlights on, dagnabbit...

Date: 2005-05-20 06:36 pm (UTC)
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I was hoping to end up with a Prizm, which few people realize is actually a Corolla, and so doesn't get stolen as much.

And cheaper.

I have one of the Corollas, however. It has three dented corners and 259,000 miles, which makes me feel slightly better about driving and parking it in Boston. It also has a 5-speed manual transmission, which has worked just fine.

My other car is a Honda Civic, though, and I'm actually more fond of it than the Corolla.

I agree with you on the power windows, btw.

Congratulations on your new dependent!

Date: 2005-08-10 09:40 pm (UTC)
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The '98 Civics don't have rear discs, even with ABS. The 92-95 generation did, but it was dropped for the 96 and later versions, presumably for cost reasons. The only current Civic that has four-wheel discs in the U.S. is the Si hatch.

Date: 2005-05-20 01:03 am (UTC)
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Woohoo! Congratulations...
I still really like Hondas and I miss my old '86 Accord sometimes.

Date: 2005-05-20 01:23 am (UTC)
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I am going to take the written test for my driver's permit tomorrow. I'm 34.

Date: 2005-05-20 03:36 am (UTC)
spatch: (Jesus Onna Segway)
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Hooray for another happy Honda and a happy Honda owner!

Date: 2005-05-20 05:41 am (UTC)
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look at you, posting photos. i haven't even taken pictures of my car yet. you'll be drag racing in a month.

Date: 2005-05-20 09:03 am (UTC)
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Ooh. I had a silver '98 Honda Civic CX Hatchback, it was a great car. It never had any mechanical problems at all (well, I ripped off a muffler backing over a stump in tall grass, but that wasn't it's fault.) Of course, the manual transmission CX had no power anything to break, not even power steering. I'd definitely still be driving it if it hadn't been stolen and stripped for parts.

Date: 2005-05-20 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Yay car! We have a red 1998 Civic EX, and we love ours. We're very likely to buy another Civic, when the time comes. In fact, when Cory needed a car, and quickly, he ended up with a 1994 Civic as well.

Our car has 168,000 well-earned miles, and hasn't had any major problems. Of course, I'm writing this on a morning that I am waiting to hear back from the service place to see if they have any room to take a look at the '98, since it wouldn't start when I went out to leave for work this morning. Still, it's been very reliable, and I have a feeling it's nothing major.

Congratulations. :)

Date: 2005-05-20 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I think this is so awesome. I didn't learn to drive till I was 29, so I kinda understand where you are with all this. I still haven't had to go out and buy a car on my own (my dad gave me the one I'm driving now -- so one reason I am still driving the poor old thing is that it has a lot of memories of him) but I suspect that will happen in the next couple of years. Anyhow, big congratulations!

Date: 2005-05-20 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Woot! Car! A good reliable car to boot. You have chosen ... wisely.

Date: 2005-06-01 10:14 pm (UTC)
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In a completely unrelated comment...

Happy Birthday!
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