I bought the E34 from public with an intention to drive that for the summer until our Mongolia trip. I soon noticed that the car wasn’t suitable for my driving habits after all: mostly blasting through the highway network on the left lane. Add the salt shit that’s been flying around this “winter” and the equation sums up that the E34 was just unbearable. If I would live in town much closer to work things would be different, but now the E34 just didn’t meet up with my monthly mileage.
I threw my motorcycle dreams aside and started looking at cars, again. A new car loan would be necessary, but otherwise I wanted the monthly bill to be as low as possible. So, a car under 10 years of age, enough entertaining to drive, cheap to insure and tax and to keep the monthly costs reasonable, under 10k€ purchasing price.
I first looked around for 1.6 FSI MK5 Golfs. My fiancé has a Bora from the MK4-range and it’s a really nice car. It’s a humble worker, keeps on going even with a bit lazier maintenance. The 1.6 FSI would have had 116hp which is an OK amount for a car of that size. This plan went down the drain as the first Golf I went to look at was absolutely horrible: with a price tag of 9900€ it would have required another 2000€ of parts and maintenance. We ran away, fast.
My friend then noticed an add for a particular 2008 Honda Civic. To please him, I arranged a meeting with the seller. I mean what the heck, let’s go check this out. It was the 1.8 petrol version with 140hp i-VTEC and all possible goodies except for navigation (which would be out of date now anyways) and a sunroof (that would have been nice.) The mileage was a bit higher than what I first wanted, but it didn’t show in any way. The ride was very firm, no bumps or rattles, the service history was flawless.. After the test drive I thought that I might have just driven my next car.
I thought about the matter for almost a week and as I couldn’t talk myself out of it, I went and paid for my first Honda today. Here are some crappy and quick cell phone photos, I’ll get better ones tomorrow after I’ve washed and waxed it. It definitely needs love as the PO only took it through machine washes.
Like already mentioned, it’s the 1.8 petrol version, runs 140hp/175nm and has everything from automatic climate control and wipers to cruise control. It currently has 136500km on the clock. It looks like the mixture of a space ship and a Dyson vacuum cleaner, but I luckily mostly sit inside it.
It’ll be interesting to see the comments about this.