Talk me out of another car, please
OK. I have a 2005 Honda Civic. It has about 56,000 miles on it. I've had it since 2008 when I bought her with 9400 miles. It pretty much runs like a top, but it needed an O2 sensor $500 (check engine light came on, I didn't notice a difference in the driving)
The local dealership told me that in about a year, I will probably need new break lines because the ones in the car are starting to show signs of rust. This repair will cost about $1300 and they just wanted me to be prepared. The break pedal is starting to do this thing when I depress it, it stops, and then goes a bit farther. The car still breaks well, but they told me this is a warning sign.
Otherwise this car has had a 30,000 mile service, oil changes (2 per year) and new tires. A Honda afficionado has told me the engine isn't even broken in yet. That I could get 200,000 miles on this car. Doing the math, I'll be approximately 372 years old by then.
I am weak. Two years ago on vacation the rental car place gave us a Buick Encore and I've been obsessed ever since. I don't know why.
OK, I do. It rides higher offering better visibility which is lacking in the civic, now that there are so many SUVs on the road it's hard to see around them from the sedan. I bought the Civic I have because it had side air bags, which were difficult to find at the time. The Encore has 10. Add some safety tech, particularly blind spot and a back up camera... My Civic has 110 horsepower. I bought it for around town milage, which is great, but I do occasional highway driving and it is seriously lacking in the passing department.
I guess I'm just starting to feel that my car isn't as safe as it could be.
The Civic also isn't particularly good in snow, which is a real concern where I live.
We do have a Subaru Forester for road trips and if the snow is bad we can usually work something out without me having to drive the Civic.
I've got the money in the bank to buy another car without a loan, but cars are such a terrible thing to spend money on, that I'm having difficulty moving to actually get another car. I haven't even gone to a dealership and taken an Encore test drive because I don't want them hassling me.
I know nothing about Buick, as I've always had reliable Japanese brands and not American ones that need so many repairs. So I'm not used to a car that periodically won't work. I'm used to turning the key and driving.
I'd defiantly buy used, as I'm not into taking a hit on the depreciation.
Am I crazy? Thoughts?
PS-- The Civic has no 'lx' or 'ex' on the back and is so basic it has empty spots in the dashboard where interesting stuff would go. I can't even find the trim I have listed anywhere. The Encore is pretty darn nice in comparison, inside and out!