How Many Miles Will A Honda Civic Last?

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    A Honda Civic can easily last for over 300,000 miles if maintained and taken care of. An extremely well maintained Honda Civic can last over 500,000 miles. Even a Honda Civic that's been neglected and abused can last well over 200,000 miles!

    Over the years the Honda Civic has built a reputation for being a reliable car that gets good gas mileage and that can be bought for an economical price.

    Honda, a japanese car maker, first released the Civic to the United States in 1973 selling 32,575 cars. By 2021 the Civic has sold over 7.3 million cars in the USA.

    Longevity

    The longevity of the Honda Civic stacks up relatively well versus other small cars.

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    Example Of 2007 Honda Civic For Sale With 358,283 Miles|

    Using sales data from autotrader.com and production data from carsalesbase.com we can get an idea of how long Honda Civics stay on the road versus other models.

    Scroll down to find the bolded Honda Civic % of vehicles for sale. The %=vehicles for sale / total produced.

    A higher percentage for sale may indicate that more vehicles are still road worthy and deemed saleable than another with a lower percentage.

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    Make ModelYears Of Sales DataTotal Vehicles ProducedVehicles For Sale (>200k miles)% For SaleAnnual Maintenance CostsAnnual Insurance Costs
    Toyota Tacoma2000 to 20121,903,4793170.01665%6261338
    Cadillac Escalade2000 to 2012353,524520.01471%3731684
    Toyota Highlander2009 to 2012285,943400.01399%5401410
    Ford Edge2006 to 2010450,309500.01110%4091296
    Subaru Outback2000 to 2012903,166940.01041%5151378
    Honda Accord2000 to 20124,660,4213320.00712%3601310
    Jeep Wrangler2000 to 20121,166,707810.00694%4621256
    Toyota Camry2000 to 20125,270,7293400.00645%4891432
    Nissan Frontier2000 to 2012844,962530.00627%4201394
    Jeep Grand Cherokee2000 to 20122,074,1481270.00612%4921414
    Honda Civic2000 to 20123,932,8562290.00582%3061536
    Dodge Durango2000 to 20121,007,796570.00566%4771440
    Subaru Forester2000 to 2012809,230360.00445%5631346
    Hyundai Santa Fe2000 to 2012955,135420.00440%6151386
    Chrysler 3002003 to 2012791,297290.00366%5571548
    Toyota Corolla2000 to 20123,933,4141440.00366%4791400
    Nissan Altima2000 to 20122,971,271860.00289%3621446
    Volkswagen Jetta2000 to 20121,628,565440.00270%4141414
    Nissan Rogue2007 to 2010267,59870.00262%3981412
    Hyundai Sonata2000 to 20121,681,992430.00256%5791426
    Ford Focus2000 to 20122,716,831670.00247%5471358

    From the table above we can see that there are roughly twice as many Honda Civics still on the road than Ford Focuses, Volkswagen Jettas and Hyundai Sonatas per vehicle produced (2000-2012 model years with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer).

    However, notice that there are less than half as many Honda Civics for sale versus vehicles produced than bigger sturdier built vehicles such as the Toyota Tacoma, Cadillac Escalade and the Toyota Highlander.

    Also, compared to larger cars such as the Honda Accord, Subaru Outback and Toyota Camry, the Honda Civic scores significantly less as well.

    Factors To Longevity

    Multiple factors determine how long a vehicle will last on the road. They include maintenance costs, insurance costs, reliability, insurance costs and trade-in value.

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    Example Of 2004 Honda Civic For Sale With 337,562 Miles|

    Maintenance Costs

    Maintenance costs have a large influence on how long a vehicle will last on the road. If a vehicle is cheap to maintain it will make more economic sense to keep the vehicle on the road as it gets up in age.

    According to yourmechanic.com the Honda Civic has an average annual maintenance cost of $306 USD.

    This compares well with the Volkswagen Jetta ($414) and Ford Focus ($547).

    Keep in mind that for model years 2001 and prior all Honda Civics had timing belts which require replacement approximately every 60,000 - 100,000 miles. Timing belt replacements are somewhat pricey normally ranging from $600 to $1000.

    Insurance Costs

    Insurance costs can also influence how long a vehicle will be on the road. Low insurance costs incentivize an owner to maintain and keep their vehicle on the road as opposed to paying higher costs on a newer vehicle.

    According to www.quoteinspector.comthe Honda Civic has an average annual insurance cost of $1536 USD. This is a bit higher than the Volkswagen Jetta ($1414) and Ford Focus ($1358).

    Reliability / Complaints

    According to carcomplaints.com the 3 main complaints are:

    1. Transmission failure, 2001 Honda Civic, Avg. cost to fix: $2300, Avg. miles: 104,000 miles
    2. Transmission failure, 2002 Honda Civic, Avg. cost to fix: $2300, Avg. miles: 110,000 miles
    3. Cracked engine block, 2006 Honda Civic, Avg. cost to fix: $2900, Avg. miles: 97,000 miles

    Carcomplaints.com ranks the 2001 Honda Civic as the worst Civic overall having the most complaints and having the highest maintenance costs.

    Depreciation / Trade-In-Value

    Cars that retain their value will oftentimes be kept on the road longer than cars that lose their value quickly and end up quickly being worth little.

    The Honda Civic is expected to depreciate 43% on average in its first 5 years.

    This compares favorably to the Honda Accord (45%) and Sentra (57%) but unfavourably to the Honda Fit (37%) and the Subaru Outback (43%) .

    Conclusion

    If you're looking for a vehicle that will last you many miles the Honda Civic makes an excellent choice. If taken care of the Civic can give you over 500,000 trouble free miles!

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