What is the 2006 Honda Civic's life expectancy?

I drive a big SUV but I just got a job that will require me to drive about an hour and a half to work a few days a week. I don’t want to replace my vehicle altogether, so I’m looking for a cheap commuter car for days I have to go into the office. I’m looking at a 2006 Honda Civic from the local used car lot—how long can I expect that to last?

Macy Fouse · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congrats on the new job! Civics are known to be one of the most reliable vehicles on the market, but the year model does play a role in how long it’ll last. Lucky for you, a 2006
Honda Civic
has a life expectancy of between 200,000 and 250,000 miles—depending on a few different factors.
Here’s what makes all the difference in a car’s longevity:
  • Maintenance history: When you’re buying an older used car, its maintenance history is everything. Make sure that the previous driver(s) kept up with the Civic’s
    routine maintenance
    because even one missed oil change could spell trouble in the future.
  • Accident history: It’s always wise to get a
    CARFAX report
    of a used car before purchasing to check for its accident history. A few fender benders in its past could mean your potential Civic won’t run quite as long as you expect it to.
  • Reliability: The 2006 Honda Civic gets great consumer reliability ratings and earns a 4 out of 5 from RepairPal. While it’s not the most reliable Civic model out there, it’s still a decent option.
If the 2006 Civic you’re eyeing meets all the criteria, you may be able to get up to 300,000 miles on it if you’re lucky. The 2006 Honda Civic is one of the most economic used options on the market, and
Kelley Blue Book
puts the average price of a 2006 Civic between $4,500 and $5,800, making it an affordable option. RepairPal estimates the average annual repair costs to be around $368—with lower severity and frequency of repairs, too.
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