Oil change overdue over 2,000 miles

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Hey guys, was looking at a low miles used Civic that was overdue on its oil change, is this even worth considering? I plan to take a look at it and see how it runs, if any weird engine noises or dark exhaust.
 
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How many miles on the gem? Is it a new or an old car? Usually Honda's go a long time before the OLM shows it's time to change. In your case it's probably at the 12,000 mile mark right now.
 
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If it was overdue once, no problem. Just go with good oil and couple short OCIs for peace of mind. HPL Engine Cleaner is a great option too.
But if it has a history of unintentionally extended oil changes, with quick lube oil from from the drum - I'd walk away. Or use it as leverage for negotiation, and then go heavy on HPL Engine Cleaner treatments for at least 5-6 OCIs.
What year is the Civic?
 

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The photo shows on the OLM it is overdue. It has 44k and it is a 2019 with the 2.0 engine.
 
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The photo shows on the OLM it is overdue. It has 44k and it is a 2019 with the 2.0 engine.
Possible that it wasn't reset at last oil change. That 2.0L (K20C2) so far has a great reputation. Very overbuilt and under stressed engine. I'd pull the trigger on the deal, if price is right. Again, try to use the "overdue for oil change" as a leverage in negotiation. If they say oil was changed, but light wasn't reset - ask for proof: receipt/invoice/etc. Otherwise push for "potential issues with i-VTEC components or timing chain due to extended OCIs, and potential sludge for same reasons" as your leverage in negotiations. In reality - it most likely won't be the case. But in current market every penny saved is nice, so load the seller up with reasons to drop the price. Worth a shot. "We miss 100% of the shots we don't take." Good luck @Dohc98vteC
 
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The photo shows on the OLM it is overdue. It has 44k and it is a 2019 with the 2.0 engine.
I would buy with confidence and use the advice other posters commented on. 44K is about average miles for the year. I would think the original warranty would pay for free changes up to 36,000 miles but who knows if the were completed. The 2.0 is a great engine.
 
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If you have to ask an online forum for approval or disapproval over this, you should be buying your cars new.

If you can define a history or pattern of neglect, avoid the car. If you think it's a one-off event, well, it wouldn't bother me, but it seems to bother you.

Did you pull the dipstick and rub the oil between your fingers?

Using it as a tool in negotiating? Seriously? They'll change the oil, or reset the monitor and say they did, and sell the car to someone else. It's a seller's market.
 
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I always do 2500 miles overdue every time because in Toyota the OLM turn on every 5000 miles from the last time it is reset.

I got the feeling by the time you come back to the person, the car is sold.
 
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I hate to say but my 02 accord is always overdue on oil changes. But at 245k I stopped caring and it keeps going. As long as it has oil in it 2k over is fine
 
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If you have to ask an online forum for approval or disapproval over this, you should be buying your cars new.

If you can define a history or pattern of neglect, avoid the car. If you think it's a one-off event, well, it wouldn't bother me, but it seems to bother you.

Did you pull the dipstick and rub the oil between your fingers?

Using it as a tool in negotiating? Seriously? They'll change the oil, or reset the monitor and say they did, and sell the car to someone else. It's a seller's market.
Valid points, yet someone I know just saved $1k by throwing big words at the seller while pointing out potential (yet, highly unlikely in reality) issues.
 
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I would buy with confidence and use the advice other posters commented on. 44K is about average miles for the year. I would think the original warranty would pay for free changes up to 36,000 miles but who knows if the were completed. The 2.0 is a great engine.
I don't believe Honda or perhaps any manufacturer provides 36000 miles of free changes. Some type of dealer promotion, yes, but not from the manufacturer. Toyota gave two years of changes when I purchased a Highlander or 25000 miles. If I recall it was also limited to two services.
 
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If it was overdue once, no problem. Just go with good oil and couple short OCIs for peace of mind. HPL Engine Cleaner is a great option too.
But if it has a history of unintentionally extended oil changes, with quick lube oil from from the drum - I'd walk away. Or use it as leverage for negotiation, and then go heavy on HPL Engine Cleaner treatments for at least 5-6 OCIs.
What year is the Civic?
I love this website , years ago Auto RX was what everyone recommended.
 
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I love this website , years ago Auto RX was what everyone recommended.
Between the two Auto RX seems to be more of a slow cleaner, while HPL EC gets straight to work and fills oil filters with deposits that even good oils miss.
 
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