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Buying a used European car for $5k or less after a car-less decade: y/n?

Used car filter: after a decade without owning a car, I'd like to get back into the game. I'd prefer to spend $5k or less. I understand this means older cars/higher miles. I find myself drawn to early 2000s VW Golfs/GTIs, late-90s BMW 300 series, '90s Saabs, early '00s Volvos. Are any of these types going to be substantially more reliable or cheaper to maintain than others? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 12, 2014 - 38 answers

What is this bolt that fell off the bottom of my '99 Honda Civic?

Driving home from work, my '99 Honda Civic suddenly got louder and, in addition, stared making a tinkling noise. I parked to look underneath and saw that there was a bolt dangling from the middle of the car. It's about 9 inches long, still has a nut on it, and was attached at the other end to a rubbery, possibly oval-shaped gasket sort of thing. Any ideas on a) what this is and b) how much I can reasonably expect to pay to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

Car went crunch. Help me find a new one quick!

Was in awful car accident yesterday. Good news - walked away without a scratch. Bad news - car is now a paperweight. Help me find a new vehicle? Details within. [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Mar 24, 2014 - 30 answers

How do I sell my car?

I'm selling my car, a 2002 Honda Civic with about 80,000 miles. It's my first time selling a car, and I don't really know what I'm doing - how do I go about this? Can I minimize hassle without getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Aug 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Safe to drive with front suspension noises?

I suspect that my driver-side upper ball joint is the culprit. There have been groaning noises when going over bumps, and a sort of clattering noise when hitting potholes. This has been going on for several years, and has gotten worse in the past month. I took it to four different mechanics, two for this specifically, and two for general inspection purposes (the most recent, non-specific inspection took place about 5 months ago.) None of the mechanics found anything they considered to be a real problem (i.e. hazardous to my/others' safety/the car's safe operation.) The noise has intensified in volume and frequency in the past week or so, along with (new) weird vibration when traveling at certain speeds (usually over 40 mph), but only sometimes, and it continues as I slow to a stop, slowing along with the car (but doesn't start showing up until I reach a higher speed.) Today I noticed that the boot on the upper ball joint is cracked and the grease is leaking out. The passenger side ball joint is similarly worn, but no grease is in evidence yet. [more inside]
posted by i. shishkin on Apr 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Civic making Beetle noises - is it safe?

Our car – a 2003 Honda Civic DX stick-shift – has started to make a rattling/ticking/whirring noise when it accelerates. Can we still safely drive it? [more inside]
posted by scruss on Jun 19, 2012 - 13 answers

The Most Boring Battle: Battle of the Mid-Price Sedans

Car buying time: Civic EX-L Sedan or Mazda3 i Grand Touring Sedan? [more inside]
posted by heliostatic on May 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Car squeals at higher speeds

Why does my car squeal only at higher speeds? [more inside]
posted by sputgop on Aug 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Ridin' Dirty

The lock on the rear, passenger-side door on my 99 Honda Civic is broken. Can I fix it myself? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

my honda civic has trouble going into reverse. why?

our 2006 honda civic EX sedan (automatic) is having occasional problems shifting into reverse. we're taking it in to be fixed, but i want to try and read up on this beforehand. fascinating details inside. [more inside]
posted by patricking on Apr 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Car makes noise when releasing gas pedal

Whenever I release my gas pedal, I can hear a low pitched groan from the vehicle. The sound immediately stops immediately when I press the gas pedal again. The groan is louder if I release the gas at higher RPMs, even when I am in neutral. Any idea what this could be? The car is a 2002 Civic.
posted by ajackson on Mar 16, 2011 - 8 answers

What is up with my car?

What's wrong with my car, and what's my best option for fixing it? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Jul 25, 2010 - 15 answers

Info about used hybrid cars and their hybrid-battery life

Used hybrid cars and their batteries. I want to buy a used hybrid in the US, looking at '04-'07 Toyota Priuses and Honda Civic Hybrids. Looking for your experiences with these cars, things to look out for, driving in winter conditions, and especially any solid info about the service life (yrs/mileage) of the hybrid battery. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jan 22, 2010 - 19 answers

Looking to add more kick (bass) to my Honda Civic 2008 EX but don't know where to look.

Looking to add more kick (bass) to my Honda Civic 2008 EX but don't know where to look. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 1, 2010 - 5 answers

Low Mileage on a New Honda Civic?

Unexpectedly low MPG for a brand new Honda Civic? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Dec 1, 2009 - 32 answers

in cars

I am disappointed in my relationship with my 97 Honda Civic. Maybe you can give me some advice. YANMM. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I get rid of the obnoxious tapping noise my car makes when I hit a bump?

My car clicks when I drive over bumps or potholes. The noise is driving me crazy. How do I silence it? [more inside]
posted by valadil on Nov 5, 2008 - 12 answers

Car advice, please.

How important is that I get these repairs done to my 2001 Honda Civic now, or can I wait a bit longer? [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Jun 13, 2008 - 6 answers

At $4.40/gallon, OUCH!

Why is my cars gas mileage so low? [more inside]
posted by LoopyG on Jun 4, 2008 - 35 answers

Help me not donate more money to dealer profit than I really need to...

2006 Honda Civic service schedule: Maintenance Minder or dealer service recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on May 18, 2008 - 2 answers

What's up with my Honda Civic door dinger?

Why is my Honda Civic dinging when I come down to go to work in the morning? And can I make it stop? Some backstory... [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Mar 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Why are new cars so heavy?

Why are new cars generally heavier than older (not classic!) cars? [more inside]
posted by fr0zen on Aug 31, 2006 - 17 answers

My car would like to shed it's bra. Help!

Can anything be done about faded paint on my new (used) car? [more inside]
posted by utsutsu on Jun 29, 2006 - 7 answers

Sites for Honda Civic information.

1995 Honda Civic, new to me, where can I find info online about maintenance and care for my new car? [more inside]
posted by efalk on Jun 26, 2006 - 4 answers

How to fix a car mirror?

Can I replace the passenger side mirror on my 1999 Honda Civic? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Mar 16, 2006 - 12 answers

Please help my wounded Civic.

I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 28, 2005 - 16 answers

Help my car look less ghetto

Help me decide what to do about the unsightly paint on my Honda Civic's bumper. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 23, 2005 - 8 answers

Scary Car Noise

ScaryCarNoiseFilter: I have a 99 Civic, 50K miles. I'm a new 2nd owner. Today it started making an odd noise as I was coming off the Interstate: a rattle from the front passenger wheel-area which increased in volume as I braked. And it increases in intensity when I brake while going around curves.

It is an intermittent sound; mostly when turning while braking, and or braking @ higher speeds (75+). Also, there is no steering vibration associated with the sound. Any suggestions? A friend suggested CV Boot or CV Joints.
Is that spendy to fix? (it seemed like a good buy at the time!)
posted by atlatl on Nov 19, 2004 - 15 answers

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