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All you have to do is read some forums or Chilitons/Haynes book. I'm no mechanic but I do have a degree and can read. My throw-out bearing went out on mine and I bought my parts dirt cheap off of ebay and replaced them in a weekend. The maintenance of the vehicle is virtually zero. I'd be glad to take that care off of your hands! To me, it sounds like your voltage regulator on your alternator needs to be replaced or even your altenator. Speed sensor could just be a simple plug. Don't give up on the car...research on how to fix it and even join a forum. These cars ARE bullet proof and are the most cost effective vehicle on the market. I did a cost analysis on civics vs. prius....comparing apples to apples, it would take 277,000 miles to break even by buying a prius. That said, if you invest the money that you saved by buying a civic vs. a prius you'll never get ahead. Anyway, don't let your unsuccessful purchase plague your opinion of these vehicles. Invest a little time and effort and you'll be grateful you did.Report it
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