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ILChief
12-11-2006, 02:14 PM
OK,

I currently drive 100 miles (round trip) per day for work. I've been driving a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse. But as you can imagine, driving that much every day will pile up the mileage. It now has 112K miles on it. I was thinking about selling it for around $4K while I can still get something out of it. There is a 1997 Honda Civic with only 58K miles on that costs $7K. Would it be a good idea to sell my 01 Eclipse with alot of miles and put another $3K with it for a car that is 4 years older but only has about half the miles? I've always heard that Hondas supposedly run forever, and I've not heard that about Mitsubishis. Let's hear your thoughts.

Redrum_69
12-11-2006, 02:22 PM
YOur mom is like a honda...she runs forever, has 40 years of mileage on a 70 year old car, she's great for long distances, theres not much room in the trunk to pack her, but she more than makes up for it compared to other guzzlers...

Otis99
12-11-2006, 02:23 PM
Why sell it? Is there something wrong with the car?

ILChief
12-11-2006, 02:25 PM
Why sell it? Is there something wrong with the car?

No, there is nothing wrong with it. Just concerned that something is gonna go wrong and render it worthless.

foxman
12-11-2006, 02:27 PM
No, there is nothing wrong with it. Just concerned that something is gonna go wrong and render it worthless.

Hoestly, it isnt going to go down in value that much enless it needs a serious repair. If you could get 4K for a Mitsubishi product with those miles.....sell it and run.

shaneo69
12-11-2006, 02:29 PM
Buy American.

HonestChieffan
12-11-2006, 02:29 PM
I wouldnt own a car made outside the US

Count Zarth
12-11-2006, 02:31 PM
Talk to CASHMAN. Or Dale Mercer.

ILChief
12-11-2006, 02:31 PM
OK, before I get brow-beaten with all the Made in the USA stuff, Longevity and Fuel Efficiency are the main concerns here. Sadly, US cars don't rate very well in either category.

FWIW, my other automobile is american-made

NewChief
12-11-2006, 02:34 PM
I recommend an H2. All the cool commuters drive them.

Fairplay
12-11-2006, 02:40 PM
There is a 1997 Honda Civic with only 58K miles on that costs $7K.



7K for a 97' Civic is a rip off dude.

Maybe 5K at the most.

StcChief
12-11-2006, 02:46 PM
If you have changed oil religiously at 3K miles with new oil filter each time it should go 200K.

Highway miles are easiest on cars.

Stewie
12-11-2006, 02:49 PM
I wouldnt own a car made outside the US

Where do I find one of those U.S. made cars?

Toyota Camry - 70% U.S. made parts.
Ford Mustang - 35% U.S. made parts.

ILChief
12-11-2006, 02:52 PM
7K for a 97' Civic is a rip off dude.

Maybe 5K at the most.

Kelly Bluebook says 7300

Radar Chief
12-11-2006, 03:07 PM
Nothing wrong with the Eclipse? Iíd change the timing belt, if it hasnít been changed yet, and keep runín it.
Keep up with the maintenance on that thing and itíll run practically forever.

ILChief
12-11-2006, 03:14 PM
Nothing wrong with the Eclipse? Iíd change the timing belt, if it hasnít been changed yet, and keep runín it.
Keep up with the maintenance on that thing and itíll run practically forever.

timing belt was changed in June

HonestChieffan
12-11-2006, 03:18 PM
Id get rid of it and fast. It could go on the fritz at any time. I hate cars like yours that are fine, older, running well. Get a Lexus.

el borracho
12-11-2006, 03:20 PM
Move to where the work is or get a different job. 2000 miles a month is ridiculous.

Fairplay
12-11-2006, 03:22 PM
I think you could ask the car dealership to get them to hook you up with the previous owner. (by law they have to i think, not sure)

You can talk to them first hand about how the car is, what they have done etc.

JimNasium
12-11-2006, 03:51 PM
Send Bwana a PM. I've always found his input useful.

Otis99
12-11-2006, 08:00 PM
I wouldnt own a car made outside the US

My 2001 Pontiac Firebird was made in Canada. GM has plants in Mexico now too... All of the big three are doing that. And the cars that ARE made in the USA have foreign parts from all over the place.

Oh, and while we're on the subject, Dodge is owned by Mercedes (German); Ford owns Mazda (Japan), Volvo (Sweeden), and Jaguar (UK); and GM owns Saab (Sweeden) and part of Subaru (Japan) and uses Honda (Japan) and Toyota (Japan) engines in some of their cars.

Meanwhile, Toyota is building plants all over the USA.

You were saying?

Simply Red
12-11-2006, 08:16 PM
I owned a Diamante and the rings went. Mitsubishi is imfamous for that problem.

Rings going = new enging needed.

Sell it and go for the Honda. I totally encourage the move.

recxjake
12-11-2006, 08:23 PM
My 2001 Pontiac Firebird was made in Canada. GM has plants in Mexico now too... All of the big three are doing that. And the cars that ARE made in the USA have foreign parts from all over the place.

Oh, and while we're on the subject, Dodge is owned by Mercedes (German); Ford owns Mazda (Japan), Volvo (Sweeden), and Jaguar (UK); and GM owns Saab (Sweeden) and part of Subaru (Japan) and uses Honda (Japan) and Toyota (Japan) engines in some of their cars.

Meanwhile, Toyota is building plants all over the USA.

You were saying?


GM does ont own Subaru anymore... GM has the most plants in the United States

PastorMikH
12-11-2006, 08:26 PM
I wouldnt own a car made outside the US



You could get a Toyota - they are made in California

You could also get a Nissan - they are made in Tennessee.

recxjake
12-11-2006, 08:30 PM
You can find all the GM plants in America at this link....

http://www.gmdynamic.com/company/gmability/environment/plants/facility_db/

PastorMikH
12-11-2006, 08:30 PM
A honda with 112K on it wouldn't bother me anywhere near as much as a Mitsibushi with 58k on it. Even though the Honda is older, it will probably still last longer and be a better car in the long run if you like compacts. My aunt bought a Honda back in the early 80s and put several hunderd thousand miles on it and it gave her no troubles mechanically. The ended up having to put it down because of rust after 15 years of salt and slush from driving on North Dakota/Northern Indiana roads.

Otis99
12-11-2006, 08:42 PM
GM does ont own Subaru anymore... GM has the most plants in the United States

Last time I checked the 2006 Saab (GM) 9-2X is a rebadged Subaru Impreza WRX wagon with a few touches here and there.

recxjake
12-11-2006, 08:47 PM
Last time I checked the 2006 Saab (GM) 9-2X is a rebadged Subaru Impreza WRX wagon with a few touches here and there.

GM no longer makes the 9-2X....but your right they are the same... GM spun them off to Toyota in last Spring I believe

redbrian
12-11-2006, 09:20 PM
Keep driving it for at least another 5 years, you will only be around 212,000 by then and screw the trade in itís a chumpís game, meant to keep you in car payments for ever.

Set aside a little money each month for the next five years and then buy a new or program car and run that one for 10 years.