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Old 10-15-2007, 01:29 AM   #1
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College student needs advice

OK so im 19 years old and in college, transferring to a school that is downtown next year so im gona be driving quite a few miles every week and I want to get a new car, and I have boiled my options down to 2, and they are quite different

My school will be 20 miles away, one way, plus work travel, and 5 days a week, I anticipate ~300 miles a week, and having a car that is reliable, comfortable, and affordable is a must.

Option 1. Honda Civic Si Sedan Fiji Blue-$21,290
Option 2. Honda Fit Sport 5-speed manual Vivid Blue Pearl-$15,190

I will have a downpayment of about 7000 dollars hopefully, so that should help with payments. The car will be financed so it will need full insurance coverage as well. I make decent money at work, and will be able to afford both, but the Si I will have little money left over, and thats my drawback with the Si, as well as the added fuel bills



Civic Si Sedan -
Pros: Look, performance, value, great aftermarket support for future.
Cons: Price, MPG, insurance costs



Honda Fit Sport-
Pros: Practical, MPG, price, roomy, I think it looks great, sport package comes with all features I need
Cons: 109 horsepower so I might get bored but I hear the car is fun

What would YOU do.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:42 AM   #2
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Two very different cars I guess. What you call the 'Fit' is what we call the 'Jazz' and in my opinion it's more of either a first time driver's car, or a retired driver's car. The Civic will obviously cost more all round, but I think it'll suit you better in the long run given it's younger looks. It's also less bland than the Fit.
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Old 10-15-2007, 01:44 AM   #3
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Two very different cars I guess. What you call the 'Fit' is what we call the 'Jazz' and in my opinion it's more of either a first time driver's car, or a retired driver's car. The Civic will obviously cost more all round, but I think it'll suit you better in the long run given it's younger looks. It's also less bland than the Fit. I'm also under the assumption that both cars are either new or nearly new.
Both will be brand new. The jazz here is kinda aimed at new families and college students, etc.etc. Most of the people I see driving them are actually in their mind 20s to early 40s. Im still stuck in this debate, but the Civic Si will cost a LOT more
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Both will be brand new. The jazz here is kinda aimed at new families and college students, etc.etc. Most of the people I see driving them are actually in their mind 20s to early 40s. Im still stuck in this debate, but the Civic Si will cost a LOT more
I saw the pics at the last minute and edited my assumption about how old the cars would be, lol...If you can afford the Civic I still say go for that one.
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:10 AM   #5
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I saw the pics at the last minute and edited my assumption about how old the cars would be, lol...If you can afford the Civic I still say go for that one.
Yea. we have 2 trims of the fit, the Fit and the Fit "sport" which includes 15" alloys, fog lights, underbody kit colormatched, rear spoiler, 350 watt upgraded stereo witht AUX input, security system, and cruise control.

Here are the 2 side by side, the Fit in the back, and Fit "sport" in the front...I use quotes because there inst much about it thats really sporty lol still the same 1.5 liter 109 horsepower motor but I hear its got decent torque and is geared well for zippy acceleration


For you guys, the Jazz is like the non-"sport" fit, so I understand why you would think its bland, but the "sport" doesnt look bad actually, I quite like it.

I also think the interior is VERY nice for a car of it's price, ive been to the dealership and fiddled with the seats and storage compartments it was very impressive.

Its one of the things that makes the car very practical. It also has those touches that make it really nice like the acura style guage cluster, colormatched headlights, and it all around doesnt look like your typical econo-box. Quality seems very good for what it costs
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:28 AM   #6
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What's wrong with your current Civic? You're a student, why are you looking to buy a new car when your current one is fine? You're saying the Si is going to cost you a lot. Your current Civic must be somewhat fun, and probably quite reliable. Keep it, and use your money to have fun in your college years. You don't want to spend every free second you have working off a car that you REALLY DON'T NEED. When you're done with school you'll get a better paying job...then really go car shopping.

And between the two, I'd get the Si. I don't see why you'd get the Fit over your current car anyways. The Fit will cost you more money as apposed to just keeping your Civic, and it's going to be slow as balls. Even with 2X the power it would still be lacking, and doubling the power in that car is no easy task.
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Old 10-16-2007, 05:34 AM   #7
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I would get the Fit given those two choices. Realistically between the two neither are cars your most likely going to want to keep into your thirtees or even mid-low 20's. The fit is cheaper so it is a better choice imho. That way you can save the money for something nicer than you could normally afford later down the line.

Personally I think those are both bad choices. Not because of make or anything like that. Simply because Mainly because I believe spending money on a new car is silly for a teenager/college student. Your paying dearly just to suck up a couple of years of depreciation. Seems like such a waste. Ontop of that, your talking about buying an econobox. To me (in my opinion) there is no difference between a new or a used economy car, they are both mediocre performers at best. Its the same thing. I wouldn't buy an economy car personally, but if I did, it would be used. Imho your much better off getting a used 300zx, MN12, Fox Stang, Porsche 944, etc. They are all ALOT cheaper, ALOT more upmarket, and have a ton more potential.

If your really die hard into japanese cars, get the 300zx, you won't be dissapointed. The NA version gets around quickly enough for most people and they are very elegant. They are a pain in the ass though and they aren't necessarily the most reliable of the bunch. Another choice is the 3rd gen supra, but they are very much outclassed by the Z32, same goes for the 3000GT.

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I dont know how your buddy gets that much mpg either hes full of it or somethin with the car must be wrong. My friend has a 5.0 95 mustang gt an gets like 8 in the city 14 highway I realize its probbably not the same motor but whatever

Stop being a fan boy. Just say you don't like American cars and move on. Don't try to justify it with BS evidence. The Camaros were rated at 28mpg EPA highway or something similar. EPA lowers their ratings 22% also to better reflect reality. It is true that the Camaros get that kind of mileage. They have double over drive and cruise freeway speed at something like 1500rpm. That fact, not fiction so it really don't matter what you think it wrong, because it isn't. Just say you don't like them because your biased or whatever reason, just don't try and justify it with BS.

PS. Your friend needs to slow down or get his vehicle fixed. Its pretty damn difficult to pull anything below 15mpg average in a 5.0L Mustang unless your taking 1 mile trips all the time and flooring it everywhere. The 5.0L Mustangs were rated at 25mpg highway... seeing as my brother and I both have 5.0L Fords I can atest that it is indeed quite common to get in excess of 25mpg on the freeway in a maintained (not even well maintained) 5.0L.

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Old 10-16-2007, 08:49 PM   #8
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Just stick with your civic stop dropping the clutch. Replace the tranny. Hondas last a really really long time. I drove over 30 miles on a blow radiator so your honda should last a really long time. If your gonna replace the motor might as well throw in one of those other silly honda motors in.
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