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What to buy; used Civic or Saturn

Discussion in 'Car Forum' started by Hot Rod/SS, Aug 31, 2005.

  1. Hot Rod/SS

    Hot Rod/SS

    Mar 23, 2005
    I am now considering buying a more fuel efficient vehicle. My top choices are either a Civic or a Saturn. I am hoping someone could provide some info about the pros and cons and tell me if there is anything I should watch out for on these cars.
  2. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Skeet Surfer

    Jan 24, 2005
    Charlotte NC
    civic, easy choice. Hondas are known for their reliability. While the efficiency between the two may be comparable, I would never compare an saturn to a honda in so far as longevity. A good civic will run for years and need nothing but tires and oil changes.

  3. grecco


    Sep 12, 2004
    philadelphia pa
    honda...its a better car,
    holds its value better.
  4. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    I am selling my 2000 Civic with 104K miles on it. It was a pleasure to own, I hate to let it go but I had to get a bigger car for my family.

    I am positive it will go another 100K miles without a problem. It's in great shape.

    Highly recommend the Civic over a Saturn.
  5. pnarq5


    Feb 11, 2005
    Saturn? I would not take one if they were free. So, my pick is the Honda. Give it gas and oil and she will run for a very long time.
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    The Civic is far and away a better car than a Saturn. I don't think its even close.
  7. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    Add another mark next to the civic.

    Come on, I could have answered than in my sleep.

    Saturn = crap
    Civic = seriously dependable car (not just maketing hype either)

    BTW your avartar rules. I am a big time SFII junkie (notice I ddin't say WAS, becasue I still am). My brother plays Ryu, I play Ken, Guile, or Blanka mostly. Although i can hold my own with almost any of the original characters, even Zangief.

    Come back and tell us when you get your Civic. We will be very disappointed if you get a Saturn. ;f
  8. allglock

    allglock Guest

    I have owned both. No real problems with either one, BUT, the Honda will retain much more value, and dents.;f
  9. autoparts


    Aug 31, 2005
    Since you are buying a used car it might make more sense to buy the vehicle that has already lost the most value. It is unfortunate for the new Saturn buyer if their car depreciated relatively quickly, but it is good news for the buyer of that used Saturn.

    Vehicle depreciation is steepest for new cars, but quickly levels out for older cars. Brand becomes much less important over time. Either a ten year old Saturn or Civic might be worth $50 or $4000 depending on its mileage and condition.

    I have never owned a Saturn or Honda, but I was always impressed that Saturn engines use a timing chain rather than a timing belt. A timing chain should last the life of a typical car. The timing belt on the Civic and most other brand 4 cylinders must be replaced every 70K miles or so.

    Civics are also very popular with car thieves so they might have higher insurance costs.
  10. ChessMan

    ChessMan BRUT 4CE Millennium Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Phoenix, Arizona
    If price is no object, then obviously the Honda is preferable. But price IS an object, otherwise you wouldn't be looking at used cars. So perhaps the question should be framed like this:

    Given similar age (6-8 yrs), mileage (80,000), and condition (good), what would you rather buy: (1) a Honda for $6000, or (2) a Saturn for $3000?

    I was facing this exact same question a year ago. All I was looking for was cheap, dependable, fuel-efficient transportation to get me to work and back every day (50-mi round trip). I could not find any Hondas or Toyotas for under $6000 unless they were well over 120K mi and practically basket cases. On the other hand, Saturns in the $2500-3500 range, in good condition with reasonably low miles, are plentiful. So I took a chance on a $3000 Saturn. I'm about 9 months and 10K miles into the experiment and have to say I'm pleased so far. That darn Saturn gets 38 mpg! Better than my Nissan Sentra ever got.
  11. xring04

    xring04 On the Right.

    Dec 3, 2004
    East Tn.
    I bought a 05 civic for back and forth to work. I really like the little car.


    I have ordered some wheels to replace those hubbies.

    I average about 37 in town mpg. I get 42 on the hwy. Love the little gas saver! Mine is a manual.
  12. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    That is exactly what i would buy if I could afford a new car. Great car, killer gas milage, and not too expensive. Plus I just love manual trannies, goves your right hand something to do and help the gas milage even more.
  13. Rob1035

    Rob1035 Skeet Surfer

    Jan 24, 2005
    Charlotte NC
    I was completely unaware hondas were getting over 40mpg, that is great! But I guess it should be no suprise since their V6s are getting over 30mpg and still making good power
  14. GoGators

    GoGators Stomatologist

    Jan 25, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I love my civic. Super reliability, good handling, efficient.
  15. oscar62


    May 30, 2005
    south florida
    one thing to remember, these cars all have over head cams. so they use timing belt for quiet operations. normally belts should be changed at or around the 50k to 60k mark, check the mileage on the car your looking at if its close to 50k then you might be looking at about 250.00 give or take 75.00 to replace belt. good luck.
    by the way you don't want to have a belt brake on you at high speed, it will trash your engine.
  16. JohnH

    JohnH Millennium Member

    Jan 15, 1999
    Houston, Texas
    Go with the Civic! I love mine. The timing belt on the newer Hondas and Acuras should be changed around 110k, at least that's what the dealer told me.
  17. glockmeister71

    glockmeister71 Juggalo

    Jun 16, 2000
    I've had 2 Civics and still driving one of them,wrecked the other.They seem to never break,good gas mileage especially on highway,easy to work on(if anything ever goes wrong),holds resale value,etc.,etc.The only real problem around my area is finding parts in junk yards.They all say they hardly ever get one in.I guess that's a good thing.The one I have now has over 230,000 miles on it.Except for routine stuff,all it needs is a dash dimmer switch.It never smokes or uses any oil.I recommend them to anyone who asks about em.With all the mileage mine has,I can still drive from 50 miles north of Knoxville to Atlanta,Nashville,Winston Salem,or Louisville and back for around a tank of gas.
  18. saluki9


    Mar 3, 2003

    Go for the civic hands down. It's too small of a car for me (I'm 6'6") but I could still drive my wife's old civic. It was a little hard to get in, but comfortable.

    They are durable as hell, she was hit 3 times and the car never sustained any mechanical damage. Also, if I remember correctly she got about 35mpg in mixed driving.

    It's not quite a "hot rod" but the civic is a great little car.
  19. Screehopper


    Sep 11, 2005
    Given the choices between a Civic and Saturn? Civic for sure.

    I had a friend who had a Saturn. Unreliable, noisy, terrible handling. And the plastic doors panels? Yuck.
  20. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    I've owned three Honda Accords and will most likely buy another next year.