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1991 Civic Si for <$3,000?

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Lifer
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I'm going to look at a 1991 Civic Si tonight. Guy from my church is selling it. It's got somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 miles on it, after market rims, a CD player, CB radio, alarm, &amp; has been well cared for at least as long as he's had it. Only problems with it are a possible bad oxygen sensor that causes it to stall occasionally at certain RPM/gear combinations, &amp; it's had some minor body damage that was repaired (front headlight was broken, &amp; minor front bumper damage when he was hit). Kelly Blue Book Trade In/Retail values are ~$3250/~$6000. The 02 sensor would cost around $140 for the part, &amp; I don't know about labor cost. He's asking $3,000, but I can probably get it for less.

The way I see it:

Pros:
- It's a Honda, it's going to be reliable.
- It's cheap. I can give him $1,000 cash right now, another $500 in a week, &amp; make two $750 payments over the next 8 weeks &amp; have it paid off.
- 36 mpg. I have to commute 50+ miles a day for work.
- Front wheel drive = good for the snow that'll be here in a few months.
- Only a 1.6 liter, not likely to get me into too much trouble.
- Buying from someone I know &amp; trust.
- In 3 months I'll have a car I can re-sell for a down payment on a better car, without having to worry about acquiring financing now. I'm quite sure he's willing to let me make payments.

Cons:
- Fairly high mileage.
- Has been in an accident, albeit minor.
- Only a 1.6 liter, not likely to please my desire for speed. But then again my last car had a 1.4 liter, &amp; I got pulled over for passing a cop at 80... :D
- It's a fvckin' Civic. 'Nuff said.

Anybody have any thoughts? I've gotta get something soon, &amp; this is lookin' like a fairly good option.

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geno

Lifer
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O2 sensor going for $140? I got a new one for $50 and they're easy to install so you won't have to pay anyone to do it for you. Hondas a reliable, and that seems like a decent price for an Si. Or you could go for a 3.0L V6 Chrystler/Dodge from around the same year if you're worried about not getting any power ;) But I'd go for that Civic if you're looking for a new car - especially if its been well taken care of.
 

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Lifer
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$140 was what he was quoted at a dealership. Keep in mind that I have no friggin' clue how to work on cars, so unless my dad could help me I'd be SOL as far as a self-install goes.

Millenium...

I've got a girl coming to see me in 3 1/2 months. That's December. In Oregon. Sport bike is definitely out of the question.

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Mill

Lifer
Oct 10, 1999
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You basically unplug a harness and plug the new one in. Not to hard.
 

Soybomb

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Some of you guys clearly havent changed enough oxygen sensors ;) If it was installed with no antiseize compound and is in a hard place to get a wrench on it, it cant be like trying to turna screw thats been welded in! But I'd have serious doubts its your oxygen sensor, usually they dont cause a car to stall until they are REALLY bad. Does it have other bad o2 sensor symptoms like bad gas mileage?
 

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Lifer
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He said 36 mpg...

I haven't driven it yet, so I don't know how bad the stall problem is.

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Soybomb

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That sounds like pretty good mileage to me, if I were you I'd check it out with a mechanic first, as that just doesnt seem characteristic of a bad oxygen sensor to me. I'd say speed/distance sensor or a AIS motor, but those often just show up at idle.....
 

Mill

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Well chaning my oxygen sensor is not that hard. We are talking about two different types of cars though...
 

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Lifer
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I will have it checked by a mechanic before I buy it, since I don't know enough to make an appraisal of it myself.

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Sacotool

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You mentioned something about aftermarket rims, that sounds kind of ricey to me:p especially on a Civic:)


 

Warrenton

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My old car, changing the O2 sensor was as simple as jacking it up, unlatching a heatshield (didn't even screw on) and sitting there was the OC sensor. Big open gap. Unplug the wire (squeeze and pull easy). And take a open end wrench and unscrew it, it didn't have antisieze compound though and I had to use a cheater bar.
 

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