Go Back   EcoModder Forum > EcoModding > EcoModding Central
Register Now
 Register Now
 

Reply  Post New Thread
 
Submit Tools LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-01-2008, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
EV test pilot
 
bennelson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oconomowoc, WI, USA
Posts: 4,435

Electric Cycle - '81 Kawasaki KZ440
90 day: 334.6 mpg (US)

S10 - '95 Chevy S10
90 day: 30.48 mpg (US)

Electro-Metro - '96 Ben Nelson's "Electro-Metro"
90 day: 129.81 mpg (US)

The Wife's Car - Plug-in Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
90 day: 78.16 mpg (US)
Thanks: 17
Thanked 658 Times in 384 Posts
CRX for sale, what do you think?



I ended up taking the long backroads home from working out of town.

On the side of the road I found a CRX for sale. The guy is asking $900 OBO

What do you think it is worth?
What kind of mileage do you think I could get out of it with just basic modifications?

It is not pretty - definately needs a little body work. I am assuming it is a bit rusty underneith. Things always are in this area. It was really muddy, and I was wearing my good clothes, so I didn't get down in the mud there.

It's missing the drivers side turn signal light cover.




A couple more photos of the car are HERE

__________________


300mpg.org Learn how to BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR CHEAP
My YouTube Videos
  Reply With Quote
Alt Today
Popular topics

Other popular topics in this forum...

   
Old 04-01-2008, 07:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
Dartmouth 2010
 
SVOboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Hanover, NH
Posts: 6,447

Vegan Powa! - '91 Honda CRX DX
Team Honda
90 day: 66.52 mpg (US)
Thanks: 92
Thanked 119 Times in 87 Posts
Send a message via AIM to SVOboy Send a message via MSN to SVOboy Send a message via Yahoo to SVOboy
Buy it hard! But try and get it for a little less.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2008, 07:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
Batman Junior
 
MetroMPG's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 1000 Islands, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 22,234

Blackfly - '98 Geo Metro
Team Metro
Last 3: 70.09 mpg (US)

MPGiata - '90 Mazda Miata
90 day: 52.07 mpg (US)

Winter beater Metro - '00 Chevrolet Metro
90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

Even Fancier Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 70.75 mpg (US)
Thanks: 3,796
Thanked 6,651 Times in 3,446 Posts
Go back with your work clothes and make sure it's not swiss cheese underneath. Based on the look of the door & rear quarter, it doesn't look good!
__________________
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown



EcoModder
has launched a forum for the efficient new Mitsubishi Mirage
www.MetroMPG.com - fuel efficiency info for Geo Metro owners
www.ForkenSwift.com - electric car conversion on a beer budget
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2008, 08:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
Depends on the Day
 
RH77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Kansas City Area
Posts: 1,761

Teggy - '98 Acura Integra LS
Sports Cars
90 day: 32.74 mpg (US)

IMA - '10 Honda Insight EX
Team Honda
90 day: 34.76 mpg (US)

Tessie - '06 Acura TSX Base
90 day: 28.2 mpg (US)
Thanks: 31
Thanked 41 Times in 35 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by SVOboy View Post
Buy it hard! But try and get it for a little less.
Allow me...

Do eeeet!!!!

RH77
__________________
“If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be called research” ― Albert Einstein

_
_
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2008, 08:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
Administrator
 
Daox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 11,173

CM400E - '81 Honda CM400E
90 day: 51.49 mpg (US)

Daox's Grey Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
Team Toyota
90 day: 49.53 mpg (US)

Daox's Insight - '00 Honda Insight
90 day: 64.33 mpg (US)

Swarthy - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage DE
Mitsubishi
90 day: 56.69 mpg (US)
Thanks: 2,471
Thanked 2,537 Times in 1,529 Posts
That could be a really nice car with a little body work done. But, like Metro said, get under it a bit and check out the rust situation under the car.
__________________
Current project: A better alternator delete
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2008, 12:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Ryland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 3,903

honda cb125 - '74 Honda CB 125 S1
90 day: 79.71 mpg (US)

green wedge - '81 Commuter Vehicles Inc. Commuti-Car

Blue VX - '93 Honda Civic VX
Thanks: 867
Thanked 433 Times in 353 Posts
meet the person who is selling it, if they have owned it for very long, and look like the kind of person who you would let drive your own car, then buy it, if you would be scared to let them drive your car for fear of them trashing it, then don't buy it! with after market tail lights, boxes of body kit, and after market springs it sounds like it was going to be turned in to a ricer, the tank of gas might be the most valuable part, if you want to make sure then ask them for how many tanks they got 35mpg, and under what conditions.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2008, 03:13 AM   #7 (permalink)
Driving God
 
WTFM8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 31

Yoko - '97 Honda Civic HX
90 day: 40.04 mpg (US)

Big Red - '91 Honda CB750 Nighthawk
90 day: 46.29 mpg (US)

Fiddy - '01 Honda SR 50 Elite
Last 3: 97.85 mpg (US)

Trolly - '01 Trek 7200 Multitrack Hybrid Road
90 day: 22.14 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
For $900, just about any running CRX is a good value! I live in the Land of Perpetual Teenagers' Dream Cars, so every CRX around has been molested with cheap body kits, poorly-done engine swaps, and enormous wheels.

Anyway, like everyone else has said, if no rust, it's a must. The CRX has aero qualities similar to the Insight, so it has loads of potential.
__________________

  Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 05:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
EV test pilot
 
bennelson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oconomowoc, WI, USA
Posts: 4,435

Electric Cycle - '81 Kawasaki KZ440
90 day: 334.6 mpg (US)

S10 - '95 Chevy S10
90 day: 30.48 mpg (US)

Electro-Metro - '96 Ben Nelson's "Electro-Metro"
90 day: 129.81 mpg (US)

The Wife's Car - Plug-in Prius - '04 Toyota Prius
90 day: 78.16 mpg (US)
Thanks: 17
Thanked 658 Times in 384 Posts
I talked to the seller on the phone today.

I am going to take a look at it on Saturday.

The seller also has a "body kit" which I guess is front and rear bumpers, and something for the sides.

He also has "S1" fenders and lowering springs, which he wasn't sure what the lowering is off hand, but thought they were about a 2 inch drop.

He said the only thing on the car that wasn't standard was the aftermarket tail lights. Everything else is stock.

If those fenders and other parts are LIGHTER than the original parts, I guess I would be interested. I would like to do whatever I can to make this car a FE winner. Low ride springs sound like fun too!

What do I look for in these aftermarket parts? Buy the fenders if they are lighter, but not if they are some crazy non-aerodynamic thing?

I still need to see in person how the underbelly looks.

I am pretty sure I can convince my wife that I can buy another car if I then immediately sell the Dodge.
__________________


300mpg.org Learn how to BUILD YOUR OWN ELECTRIC CAR CHEAP
My YouTube Videos
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 06:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
Weight Reduction
 
ankit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: VA
Posts: 313

4x4 - '06 Nissan Altima 2.5 Special Edition
90 day: 29.04 mpg (US)

Mom's Van - '99 Plymouth Voyager SE
90 day: 25.62 mpg (US)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to ankit
I think you might need the fenders if the rust is bad enough, by the looks of it in the picture there is rust at the lower part behind the front wheels (where I'm assuming the fenders go). The body kit itself will most likely be some obnoxious looking thing that would cost a bunch to get painted and fitted so probably not the best money spent on his part.

But by the looks of the cheap taillights (not calling them cheap because they are Altezzas but because they looks like they are fogging up from not being sealed properly), the springs and fenders are probably no-name ebay items. Nothing against ebay but, some of those cheap springs sold on there ($40 shipped link below) have horrible ride quality and end up blowing the suspension ending up costing more in the long run. I would buy them if they are branded (H&R, Dropzone, Tein, Skunk2) because they would make a nice aero mod for the vehicle.

Either way, if there is minimal fixable rust and the car is in working condition, buy it but I would try to negotiate on lowering the price just to see if it pays off. It would make a nice eco-vehicle I would buy springs if branded and fenders if needed due to rust.

Another thing, I would ask if he still has the stock taillights.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/88-89...spagenameZWDVW
__________________





Quote:
Live Simply So Others Can Simply Live
-Ed Begley Jr.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-03-2008, 07:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
Master EcoModder
 
Ryland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 3,903

honda cb125 - '74 Honda CB 125 S1
90 day: 79.71 mpg (US)

green wedge - '81 Commuter Vehicles Inc. Commuti-Car

Blue VX - '93 Honda Civic VX
Thanks: 867
Thanked 433 Times in 353 Posts
I wish I hadn't lowered my vx, lowered springs tend to be stiffer due to their reduced travel, so the ride is pretty harsh and I have name brand ones that were supposed to be softer, I also hit the nose of the car alot coming out of parking lots and this is with 1.5 lower then stock, that harsher ride is also going to be harder on an already weakened body, and I didn't notice any improvement in mileage by lowering my car.

  Reply With Quote
Reply  Post New Thread


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
eBay barn find: '89 CRX all original with 34k miles, $6k current bid MetroMPG For Sale 9 09-11-2009 01:37 AM
1987 crx hf alternator control module watson Off-Topic Tech 2 03-26-2008 12:35 AM
1st gen crx hf watson EcoModding Central 13 03-17-2008 12:16 PM
CRX HF transmission swap paulwelkins EcoModding Central 2 02-02-2008 05:52 AM
EV1 trivia: Honda CRX Si was inspiration MetroMPG Fossil Fuel Free 0 12-02-2007 08:50 AM



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
All content copyright EcoModder.com