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Old 05-30-2021, 10:51 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
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Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

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90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)

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The bad, the good, and the ugly

I've had a chance to go over the car, and it's in surprisingly decent condition.

It's got a few issues... but how many $800 cars don't?

The bad:
  • Very minor exhaust leak [muffler itself]
  • An occasional rattle in the front end over bumps [sounds like a sway bar link]
  • Occasional low RPM hiccup when getting on the gas after coasting [this may be EOC-related]
  • The winter tires have good tread, but are old and dry rotted -- wouldn't pass inspection.
  • Alignment is slightly off
  • Front brake rotors are pretty crusty rusty around the outsides. Questionable whether they'd pass inspection. Pads are at about 40%.
  • AC doesn't work [I knew this ahead of time]: the compressor clutch doesn't even click when I press the AC button. Personally, I don't care about AWOL AC, but it will make it a bit harder to sell next year.
The good:

  • Engine fired right up after sitting for over almost 2 weeks with no valvetrain rattle [the Mirage does this] or other weird noises
  • Race car suspension! [compared to you-know-what]
  • Race car steering! [compared to you-know-what]
  • Steering is tight [tie rods, ball joints]
  • Cruise control works
  • Summer tires have decent tread and are newer [no dry rot]
  • Cosmetically decent inside - full set of OEM "Weathertech" style Honda rubber mats
  • Original paint all around - the questionable appearance of the corner of the front bumper in the top pic was just a reflection/shadow.

The ugly:

  • RUST! The rear wheel arch HondaRust. I haven't decided how much effort I'll put into repairing it... because it's always worse than it looks. A proper repair on the driver's side will need metal cut out, patches made & welded in.


I think I got a great deal on this fixer-upper!

I'm honestly not sure why my friends priced it so cheaply. I think the car could sell for ~$1500 without doing anything aside from tidying it up. With a valid inspection, it'll fetch over $2k easily.

Funny: my friends told me they junked another '08 Fit last week because the clutch was shot and it had 100k higher kms [so, ~350k kms = 217k miles]. They only paid the Honda dealer $100 for it, and the junkyard gave them several hundred more than that!

I didn't ask them what they paid for mine.
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