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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

should I risk my Honda's engine block failing?

Should I risk my Honda's engine block failing? My 2006 Honda Civic is unfortunately one of a batch of Honda's Civics made from 2006 to around 2008 with engines that have potential engine block failure. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Nov 21, 2013 - 7 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

Should I fix the A/C in my 2004 Honda?

I have a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid. The clutch in the A/C compressor is bad, as diagnosed by a well-respected mechanic. He doesn't want to do the repair, recommended the dealer. Dealer price for compressor replacement is US1165(ouch). Without A/C, trips of any length are pretty miserable. The noise from an open window at 70 mph is not pleasant, and I assume it affects the mileage. I can manage short trips up to an hour or so. It's been an especially humid summer in Maine so far. The Honda has 110,000 miles, and is in good condition. I question putting so much money into a car this old(Bluebook @ 6,200), though I expect to keep driving the car for the next several years. [more inside]
posted by Mom on Jul 25, 2013 - 15 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

How to fix this bumper paint problem?

Can I repair this spot on my Honda Civic's bumper where the paint has started to peel away? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Could a steering repair to a Civic damage an XM antenna?

I gave my '07 Honda Civic to a mechanic who said it needed a replacement of the steering rack and/or pump, which he did. Problem: aftermarket XM radio was working perfectly before it went in, antenna had intermittent short which prevented radio from getting signal at least 50% of the time when I got it back. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

No touchscreens in the ashtray, please.

Help me pimp my hybrid. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Sep 26, 2011 - 13 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

Society for a better beach

I would like to form a little group to improve my town's little beach. I know nothing about community organizing, and nothing about beach maintenance. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jun 30, 2011 - 10 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

Finding a job civic

I am graduating university next semester. I would like to get involved in civic engagement at some capacity. Can I get recommendation of companies / foundations to apply to for jobs and internships. i.e. See Click Fix, Code for America. I have no programming experience (as of yet) but I am extremely sociable, have been selling all my life so I do have something to offer. I am intrigued by the idea of individual initiative to solve problems in the community
posted by happydude123 on Feb 25, 2011 - 2 answers

Which car should we drive to Mammoth?

Which car should we drive to Mammoth? 2001 Honda Civic @ 109,000mi vs 2007 Honda Fit Sport @ 32,000mi? Everything is stock. What should we watch out for? [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi on Dec 27, 2010 - 10 answers

Charity of the Month Club

What groups exist that support a "charity of the month"? [more inside]
posted by meindee on Nov 6, 2010 - 9 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

Trying to find a recent blog post about attending public meetings with members of parliament

Trying to find a recent article about attending public meetings with members of parliament, possibly in Australia. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Jun 23, 2010 - 2 answers

What regular service is necessary for a 2008 Honda Civic?

What regular service is necessary for a 2008 Honda Civic? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 on Apr 5, 2010 - 12 answers

Un-Pimp My Ride!

Is it possibly to raise a Honda Civic that was lowered by the previous owner? [more inside]
posted by sciencemandan on Feb 8, 2010 - 10 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

I found this Civic in a Parking Lot in 90 degrees today. Can I eat it?

05 Civic Hybrid, has you experiences? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Jun 25, 2009 - 7 answers

Which repairs are most urgent?

How soon do I need to get these auto repairs done? [more inside]
posted by bove on Feb 10, 2009 - 19 answers

The cigarette adapter in my '06 Civic SI doesn't work. what gives?

The cigarette adapter in my '06 Civic SI doesn't work. what gives? [more inside]
posted by l2yangop on Dec 2, 2008 - 4 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

Replacing a headlight in an ’04 Civic.

How do I replace the driver’s side low-beam headlight on my 2004 Honda Civic LX? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Sep 29, 2008 - 6 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

Keep the 93 Civic or the 2002 Aerio?

1993 Honda Civic or 2002 Suzuki Aerio? I love my Honda, with 125K miles, and have taken very good care of it. The engine is great, but I'm at the point where it needs things that cost $500 to $1,000 a pop, plus the interior is really worn. My mom's Aerio, at 65,000 miles, is still under warranty. So I could drive it for a few years and not have to spend any money. I know the Honda is the better car, but does it make sense to keep it and sell the Aerio? [more inside]
posted by skuchinskas on May 19, 2008 - 14 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

Rear Speakers in 1995 Civic

Attempting to install rear speakers on a 1995 Honda Civic Coupe [more inside]
posted by efalk on Apr 10, 2007 - 5 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

Thumping noise during braking

I was out of town for three weeks and left my car in the open (almost) and due to the cold weather I had tough time getting it started yesterday. The AAA guy said it was very likely moisture in the gas, etc. But eventually after much cranking and screeching and some initial smoke it seems to working ok again. However, I also noticed I get a thumping noise coming from wheels or somewhere close by when I brake. I was wondering if somebody can tell me if it is related to cold weather also. I put the car in the garage yesterday. But the noise seems to be still there. I am not sure if it has lessened somewhat or not. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 on Jan 17, 2006 - 8 answers

CarTalk

I am considering purchasing an older 5-spd Honda Civic on order to save gas on my bi-weekly long commute. [more inside]
posted by fshgrl on Oct 19, 2005 - 19 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

Cost to replace a Honda Civic Engine?

My 1996 Honda Civic LX (1.6L 4 Cylinders) has a problem in the bottom end of the engine. The mechanic says it's most likely going to need an engine replacement. I have 1000 miles left on my warranty that pays 50% labor and 50% parts. They said once all of the parts are compiled the labor can be done in about two days. What should I expect to be paying in this situation? [more inside]
posted by trey on Aug 18, 2005 - 8 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

Running for Office

I had a wild idea today. I'm pondering several career moves, mulling over various choices. Suddenly I thought: hey, what about politics/civic office?

Suggestions?
posted by scarabic on Oct 9, 2004 - 12 answers

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