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Get rid of 2008 Civic for 2010 Lancer?

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Dec 6, 2015
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Etobicoke, ON

Get rid of 2008 Civic for 2010 Lancer?

As the title suggests, should I do it? I'm getting basically a free 2010 lancer w/ 112k but have a civic w/ 143k. I have no room for 2 cars. The civic is a base model...the lancer is an SE trim w/ heated seats & in mint condition. The civic was sideswiped last year but was perfectly repaired. It has no problems whatsoever. I prefer to drive my car into the ground and am positive I can get at least 350k out of the civic. My question is..can I get at least 350-400k out of a Mitsubishi Lancer if it take meticulous care of it? Both cars have manual trannys.
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Sep 4, 2014
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Toronto, ON
check with insurance. when debating lancer 2016 vs civic 2016 , checked with insurance and lancer is 600$ more a year (1800) then civic (1200). Old models must cost less but I suspect the ration stays.
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The Lancer is less reliable car and poorer in quality. But if everything you say about the Lancer is true and your civic was in an accident I'd do it.
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Dec 6, 2015
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tmp2000 wrote: check with insurance. when debating lancer 2016 vs civic 2016 , checked with insurance and lancer is 600$ more a year (1800) then civic (1200). Old models must cost less but I suspect the ration stays.
insurance would be the same for me. the only thing I'm really worried about is the reliability of the lancer & also the fact that the lancer has worse fuel economy than the civic.
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If you can, try to keep both cars, park it at your parents, your relatives anywhere..
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Civic is the more reliable car. Personally for you, are the additional features in the Lancer worth sacrificing reliability for? That's a question only you can answer.
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tebore wrote: The Lancer is less reliable car and poorer in quality. But if everything you say about the Lancer is true and your civic was in an accident I'd do it.
This, except for if the Civic was repaired properly, there's no issue in keeping it.

I would expect the Lancer to get you to 200-250 without any major repairs.


Those years civics did have problems with cracking engine blocks, but I think there was an extended warranty out for it, and the issue should have shown itself by now too.
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Nov 6, 2010
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It's not much of an upgrade if we're talking a base Lancer other than the heat seats...is that a big deal to you?

If the Lancer is indeed in mint condition, I'd just sell it and keep the pocket change for either a future purchase (i.e. an actual upgrade) or put it towards a fund to help maintain the Civic. Would be harder to sell the Civic with an accident.
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Viperoni wrote: Those years civics did have problems with cracking engine blocks, but I think there was an extended warranty out for it, and the issue should have shown itself by now too.
If I remember correctly, the cracks tended to appear around 50,000 miles, and they extended the warranty coverage for cracks to ten years on the affected models.
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May 10, 2015
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do it..lancer much faster and nicer than civic..
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Truth be told, I suspect both cars can last to that degree especially since both cars are manual transmission. No horrible CVT from the Mitsu and no troublesome automatic from the Honda. Weak points for the Honda are going to be the fuel pump relay giving you starter problems, low quality paint and if make sure your engine block isn't cracking and if it is that Honda fix it under TSB. The weak point in the Lancer is going to be the crappy shock absorbers, low quality interior, the stereo is rubbish, and its very tinny so lots of noise comes into it.

Nothing truly horrible thus far for either car so pick the one you like best. If you enjoy driving I'd favor the Lancer, if you're worried about parts availability/price as the car gets a bit older then the Honda has far stronger support.
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Dec 6, 2015
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Etobicoke, ON
JeganV wrote: Truth be told, I suspect both cars can last to that degree especially since both cars are manual transmission. No horrible CVT from the Mitsu and no troublesome automatic from the Honda. Weak points for the Honda are going to be the fuel pump relay giving you starter problems, low quality paint and if make sure your engine block isn't cracking and if it is that Honda fix it under TSB. The weak point in the Lancer is going to be the crappy shock absorbers, low quality interior, the stereo is rubbish, and its very tinny so lots of noise comes into it.

Nothing truly horrible thus far for either car so pick the one you like best. If you enjoy driving I'd favor the Lancer, if you're worried about parts availability/price as the car gets a bit older then the Honda has far stronger support.
Usually the engine block cracks occur at earlier mileage however, not in all cases. I do believe that the engine mounts on the civic are starting to fail as I've been getting griding in reverse recently. The paint quality is surprisingly excellent on the civic...only certain colour codes have the paint problems.
The lancer struts are almost gone as the car sits on 2" lowering springs w/ 18" Evo wheels. To the other poster who said that the lancer is faster than the civic, this is not the case at all. The Lancer does have greater torque but only 8+ horsepower for a car that weighs almost 400 lbs more. BTW thanks for the great replies.
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Aug 15, 2014
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East Gwillimbury
Seen a lot of paint issues with that gen civic
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Oct 16, 2015
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lemonsqueezy wrote: The lancer struts are almost gone as the car sits on 2" lowering springs w/ 18" Evo wheels.
I came here to say "do it" until I saw this. Don't take a modified car, just walk away and keep the Civic. Or at the very least, if you take the Lancer, take it back to stock as soon as possible and have it inspected to find out the damage caused by the modifications.
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Dec 6, 2015
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Etobicoke, ON
bertvl wrote: I came here to say "do it" until I saw this. Don't take a modified car, just walk away and keep the Civic. Or at the very least, if you take the Lancer, take it back to stock as soon as possible and have it inspected to find out the damage caused by the modifications.
Yeah I'm worried about the mods too as heavier & larger diameter wheels damages the engine & tranny & also suspension
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Dec 14, 2012
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For reliability, the Civic is a safer bet. Replacement parts are also readily available.

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