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Old 01-13-2021, 07:08 PM   #1231 (permalink)
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The "only" manual 1996-2000 Civic HX for sale in the country!*

Not counting this slightly-modified one from a month ago. The owner is asking $3,250.

The seller of one of the autotragics that I found knew what an HX was and made a big deal out of it, but again, it was an autotragic.

No, this winner has a 5-speed manual transmission, but a bad clear coat, bad clutch, bad AC compressor, the power windows don't work, bad battery, a split seam on the driver's seat, and the tires need to be replaced.

Someone put in a security system. That should probably be removed.

Someone also took apart the steering column.

Correlation is not causation?

"I didn't rob a bank!"
"You spent 10 years in prison!"
"Correlation is not causation!"
"They convicted you!"

I am guessing that the clutch went out and the owner let the car sit, then traded it in or sold it as-is. Someone else bought it and hopefully bypassed the security system, which would explain why they accessed the steering column, but the seller states that it doesn't run.

Then it was donated and put on eBay.

Is that because of the clutch, which they then mention, or could the security system be responsible?

I cannot find anything about that, though.

They state that the AC compressor doesn't function, but how could they test that if the engine didn't run long enough?

It is registered in California, but originally bought in Oregon.

Did Oregon allow lean burn? I know that California doesn't, but I cannot find anything about Oregon.

Can you register a lean-burn car in California at all?

"It appears to have all the standard equipment for this trim level."

Sure! Not counting the driver's fender, the aluminum rims, the headlights, the stereo, whatever goes next to it on that year, and the muffler.

Could the security system disable the windows, or just general electrical problems?

What did they do to the dash?!


It seems to have the stock exhaust manifold and catalytic converter. Those are hard to come by! Eric the Car guy says that Hondas don't like aftermarket CCs, but where do you even buy used ones?!

The battery isn't strapped in. It is sitting at an angle!

I figure the black cable that is tied up on the left is part of the security system. What about the red and blue one hanging down?


Maybe it would be fun to figure out the electrical problems. Maybe whoever tries will end up donating it again.

It was last registered in 2016 and passed smog 07/12/2017 in San Josť.

I lived there when I was a kid. My grandparents lived there the rest of their lives.

It had 200,435 miles, but it now has 230,845, so maybe it didn't sit too long.

It is currently going for $260, but there is about an 8% buyer's fee, at least $80.

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Old 01-13-2021, 08:06 PM   #1232 (permalink)
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:40 PM   #1233 (permalink)
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If this were in Phoenix and I could buy it for a couple hundred and pay a couple hundred to tow it home with a Penske then it might be worthwhile, or if it had a bad engine I could haul it to a junkyard, grab the good parts, and have them take the rest.

Maybe someone in the area will take advantage of this, but I am not paying $770.90 to ship it!

Nor am I driving a rental out with all of my tools and trying to fix it and driving it home.

Now we are at $1,115.90 for what? A parts car?

Hopefully the cat works, so I could claim that. The wheels are garbage. Maybe I could get a backup engine with 230,000 miles for mine with 220,000
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Low-mileage manual Focus hatchback!

Unfortunately, it is nonrunning, and an hour away. I think the mobile mechanic that I keep harassing lives halfway there. They claim a 2004 Focus, but the VIN says 2003. What do you think of this enigma? [Fixed everything with a broken red line]:

Replaced the belt, it started and ran for a second, then sounded like the belt got jerked off the car again, there was a really loud clanking sound, and it shut off. I killed the battery trying starting it again.

It has low mileage.

Tires and wheels are worth that much alone I'm sure.

20042003 Ford Focus $500
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Tires and wheels are worth that much alone I'm sure.
But good luck selling them for that. On older cars it's hard to even beat $250 for a set of wheels and tires.
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Old 01-21-2021, 10:46 AM   #1236 (permalink)
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Sweet! Where can I find alloy OEM rims and tires for my Accord for $250? I have been looking for over four years!

Surely the Focus could be sold for parts and scrap, if all else fails.

I scheduled an appointment to look at it yesterday, but Mom scampered off, and returned an hour after I was supposed to be an hour away. I asked if I could see the car today and the owner replied "Sure! 8am or 2pm!"

Notaries and mechanics wouldn't open until 9 and I have clients starting at 2:30pm, so that didn't work. I suggested something and she asked "Why don't we meet up on Saturday?"

How many mechanics and notaries are open on Saturday?

So my first car was a red 1987 Honda Prelude Si. It was a fun car, but I needed to get a real inspection before I bought her. Two mechanics said "I only have the time to look at her quickly." Each of them found problems and said "Well, I wouldn't be afraid of her!"

That statement made me afraid. Why would a mechanic be afraid of a car? However, I wasn't a mechanic. I didn't know anything about cars!

At least one of them said that the clutch was going out. They showed me the receipt for the clutch they replaced two years earlier.

I replaced the clutch 3 times. None of them lasted 2 years.

Anyway, I bought the car with 150,000 miles, immediately replaced the clutch, brakes, and tires, and then when I nearly had 220,000 miles I hit the fuel tank covers in the bus yard parking lot. That ripped out some crossmembers under the engine and did other damage. A friend brought a friend of his. They looked at it and he just shook my hand and said "I'm sorry," but in a long list of times that Mom [and Dad] persuaded me to do something that I later regretted, Mom convinced me to drive my car, which didn't drive right, to our mechanic, who just said "My wife has done worse!"

So what? Did she wreck a car so badly that you couldn't identify it?

That was one of the helpful mechanics that declared he wasn't afraid of it.

I repaired one thing after another on that car before the transmission went out--not just through him. I think that I went to 3 different shops. Each time they only told me there was one problem, but as soon as they fixed that they found another.

One of those problems may have been unrelated to hitting the fuel tank cover and my parents' poor advice, although the car was clearly too old and prohibitively expensive to keep.

I had a power steering leak. I was struggling to keep the rest of the car working, so I just periodically added power steering fluid. Well, it soaked the rack and pinion. I went to get an alignment after hitting the fuel tank covers and they told me that I needed to replace the rack and pinion.

I don't know what damage power steering fluid can do, but when I had a leak in my Civic I didn't just keep adding fluid like my roommate insisted, I took care of it.

I think that an oil leak ruined the starter in my Accord, so not only do leaks always get worse, but they can damage other components.

Anyway, I drove that Prelude up here to visit Mom and Dad in 2004 and after about an hour, as I started to descend the big hill, I heard some kind of sound, which I wouldn't describe as a "Clunk," I turned off my stereo and my fan, but didn't hear anything else. I carefully drove to the first repair shop in Payson, maybe half an hour away, and the mechanic told me that my alternator seized and broke my belt.

They wanted $500 to fix it, but I was sick and tired of fixing up this car. I called Dad saying that I just wanted to have my car hauled off, get a rental, and ride my bike until I could afford another car.

He insisted on loaning me the money to fix my car and then when the transmission went out the old car with 222,000 miles had a bunch of new parts, including the alternator.

So, maybe the lady's alternator went out, killing the battery, and breaking the belt, but from what I can tell, it could be any of dozens of other things. I just don't know why they would prevent the car from starting.

I found many repair shops with pages saying that if your serpentine belt fails your car can totally stall and not restart, but all they said was that you need to have them fix it.

The belt powers the water pump, alternator, and power steering pump. The car might overheat and it might die once the battery died. No, the power steering pump really doesn't matter!

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