I'm from Winnipeg, and own a 1998 Honda Civic DX hatchbox 5 spd since new, with 100K on it. It's completely stock.
I'm not sure that I belong on this forum. Probably the only thing I have in common with most of you, is that I really like my car. Maybe that's my problem.
But I don't treat it very well. And after 18 years of age, it's probably a fairly typical 6th gen Civic in Wpg. Mechanically, I think this is a very strong car. But it's definitely starting to rust, in the rear quarter panels, and likely everywhere else.
I'm not a "car guy", but my income is now decent. I can sell it for next to nothing, or I can throw money at it. Even if I was capable of doing it, there's no way I can restore it myself.
If you guys were in my situation, and wanted to keep it as completely stock, for another 10 or 15 years, or maybe even longer, would you? Should I put, say, $5K into the body, and another $5K into suspension and other things? I don't want a mint machine. I want an above-average runner that can age gracefully along with me.
It's either that, or I buy a new sub-compact for $15K that lasts another 15 years. But, honestly, I just am not attracted at all to new cars, like I am to my old Civic...
If you tell me it's worth it to put money into it, I will. Is the list of autobody shops in this section the recommended ones?
Thanks for any advice.