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buying used civic, advice plz

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by discord, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. discord

    discord New Member

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    Hello,

    I was thinking about buying a used civic. I saw this one today but the guy says that it smokes. Is this most likely the head gasket? $1000 seems like a good deal, however is this more trouble than it's worth? I was thinking about trying to replace the head gasket myself. Should I hold out for a car that doesn't smoke? It looks like I can get a similar civic with more miles that doesn't smoke for $2000.

    1993 civic lx 4dr auto 107,000 miles clean,
     
  2. 99sidude

    99sidude Moderator Moderator VIP

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    It isn't nececarily the head gasket. It could be worn piston rings. The easiest way to solve that is to get a new long block. If you have the time, the know-how, and the tools, talk the guy down to $750 and it's a good deal.
     
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    $1000 is not a good deal for that. you can get a mint running one of the same deal like that for $1000. no one wants 4-doors/autos in the tuner world, so the market isn't there like it is on the hatches/coupes/manual trans cars.
     
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    Depends on where the OP lives.
     
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    I actually want something like that, but I can't find it for $1000 in good shape. I live in seattle. Thanks for the advice!
     
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