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Sold: 1994 Honda Civic VX - Can't smog in CA! (Lotsa Pics)

Hi folks,

This vehicle has been sold!

About a month ago, I went to get the VX smogged and discovered that the exhaust manifold is cracked. Apparently that is relatively common on the Civic VXs (where the cat is connected directly to the manifold), and since then I've discovered that the unique CA-emissions exhaust manifold for the VX (and the CX, which uses the same part) is more rare even than hen's teeth. The manufacturer has discontinued the exhaust manifold, no aftermarket company is making a replacement, and there is no auto dismantler in the entire country that has it. On the other hand, there are tons of 49-state manifolds, from manufacturer, aftermarket, or used. On this forum, user slownugly has ~4 of the non-Cali manifolds for a great price!

My options are to swap in a different engine (no thanks), move out of state (not gonna happen), or sell the car. With regrets, I believe selling it is the way I will have to go. The buyer would either have to take the vehicle out of the state of California and get it fixed and registered there, or do an engine swap which would allow it to be smogged and registered here.

The car is being sold as-is; this is your chance to get a legendary fuel miser for little money and a little work.

Thank you for looking.

- AC works (blows cold) + heater works
- Runs great, even with the cracked manifold
- Able to get some awesome FE (see my Fuel Log)
- Not riced/hacked
- Minimal surface rust
- Includes MPGuino
- Includes factory service manual
- Includes both California and Federal ECUs (Federal is installed right now)
- Includes 4 wire and 5 wire O2 sensors
- Includes passenger side mirror (detached) and passenger mirror block off (installed)

- As mentioned, cracked exhaust manifold so it cannot be smogged in California
- Intermittent speedometer/odometer
- the odo shows 324,473 miles; there are probably another 40,000 miles on the car since the odo went out
- Some dents because tree branch (see pictures)
- Probably needs timing belt
- Only one speaker works
- CV joint boots torn; probably needs a CV joint rebuild as it's making noise while turning
- Drivers seat bolster torn

A few things that I've done to it:

Front Driver Quarter:

Driver Side:

Rear Driver Quarter


Rear Passenger Quarter:

Passenger Side:

Front Passenger Quarter:


Cracked Exhaust Manifold:

Inside of Driver Door:

Driver Interior:


Passenger Interior (Son's shadow is included with car):

Rear Seats Interior:

Hatch Interior:

Factory Service Manual:

** Body Damage **
The hood is well pock marked (plus one dent) from many miles of driving on the freeway:

There are three instances I am aware of where the body sheet metal was bent; to the best of my knowledge the car was never in a collision with another vehicle:

1. The previous owner swiped a guard rail with the passenger side rear quarter panel:

2. I slid into a sign post on a wet day, taking out the passenger side front blinker:

3. The tree branch happened. Back in 2009, a windy storm took a large branch off a tree and dropped it directly on top of the VX:

Last edited by NachtRitter; 04-29-2014 at 04:05 PM.. Reason: Added more information
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