The Official Cars Discount / Thrift & DIY Questions and Bragging Thread.

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Thrift Vader, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. horndog

    horndog Senior member

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    400whp is the absolute sweet spot for any performance car. More than enough to get in trouble, be fast, and pass 99% of the cars out there without having a horrible clutch and parts breaking all the time. I run the AD08Rs on my Supra and they are phenomenal.

    Also, friend just linked this to me, and my thirst is REAL: http://www.ebay.com/itm/151901161906?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
     


  2. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    yeah, i want to keep my reliability. and subtly increase performance.while reducing weight softly. - 400whp as you said, is more than enough on a track to cause mayhem. and on the street? in a light Gc8? it will upset a few rich dudes. from my suggested specs, you can see i am about application, not numbers. you know the chassis, and the power. my car is, and will be ..fast.

    just last week, my friend lapped within 2seconds of a BMW M4. and he thinks i am, faster. we will see......
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    Legacy GTB : No.10 , M4? pos.8.

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    That GT4 is a Grail..
     
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  3. noob15

    noob15 Senior member

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    Gents, I came across an 05 Accord Coupe with 94K on the odometer. It's got the 2.4 and what makes it interesting for me is that it's a manual. Paint is in good shape though it's peeling on the front quarter panels. The seller is asking $3.5K for it. I think it's a little high. It's got a tow harness and wiring installed, so at some point in time I'm assuming that it's towed a trailer. Overall, the car looks good, and I'm tempted to offer $2.7K because I'm pretty sure that a new clutch will be needed shortly.

    Opinions?
     


  4. horndog

    horndog Senior member

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    That actually sounds really cheap for a sub 100k mileage, 10 year old Accord. Take it for a Pre Purchase Inspection at a reputable shop/dealer and see what they say.
     


  5. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    +100%

    Try it out. Honda are the Seiko watch of Engines. you could bet your house on it if you treat it good.
     


  6. noob15

    noob15 Senior member

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    Oh, I agree, I love Accords. My old 2000 LX had 198K on the odometer when the original clutch went. Replaced that and the starter and it's good for at least another 100K. I was wondering what you guys thought about me offering him $700 under his asking price. It's the tow harness that has me somewhat worried. The Pre Purchase Inspection is going to be the key to this one.


    Thanks!
     


  7. Nobleprofessor

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    My opinion is that with peeling paint on both sides, you should consider whether that thing has been in a significant wreck.

    Considering the cost of a paint job, $3500 is definitely too high. I actually think your number is close. I would try to get it for $2500 max.

    Towing with a 2.4 Accord? The clutch could definitely be toast. But, you know you are going to be putting a clutch in soon just because of the mileage. One very good thing is that the car does not have a timing belt. That engine had a chain.

    Assuming that the car has had relatively consistent oil changes, 94K is nothing. Enginewise, it should be trouble free. EXCEPT, I would be concerned about the engine if it was overworked when it was towing something. Pull the oil cap and look inside. If you see anything milky, then you could be looking at a blown head gasket which would not be unheard of if someone was using an Accord (with a relatively small engine) to tow something large.

    If the peeling paint is not the result of a repaint after a wreck, why is it only peeling on the front quarter panels? What about rust? Check the Jack Stands and see if they are rusty.

    Does he have maintenance records? 94K miles is nothing on a car that has been taken care of. But, if it has been 94,000 miles without much in the way of maintenance, it could be approaching that point where everything falls apart. There is also some maintenance that would typically be due at 100,000 miles on that car. So, make sure you budget that. At 94,000 miles, check the Brakes (especially the rears), serpentine belt, coolant, water pump, CV joints, power steering rack, suspension components, etc.
     


  8. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    All good points. truth.
     


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    NP

    If you'd go for a 560 SEL my (future) father in law has a '91 model he wants to sell. Granted it would be in Louisville, KY but wanted to let you know. Not cherry but the price seems pretty good.
     


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    Thank you!. I'd forgotten to think about the brakes and the CV joints.
     


  11. Cj52racers

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    Just now catching up. ThriftV, really looking great man. Hopefully by spring we'll be seeing some onboard track day videos :slayer:

    As stated earlier, I can't imagine a Pre Purchase inspection being more than 100-150 on that car. More than worth it to ease a bit of your fears and also gives you a bargaining chip if anything needs replaced.
     


  12. Thrift Vader

    Thrift Vader Forum Mechanic

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    Oh, You will. [​IMG] Planning to whip some ass.


    +1 for the inspection. at least knowing what needs fixing straight up is better than surprises later.
     
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  13. Nobleprofessor

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    Well, the Car Auction was a lot of fun. I did not buy a car. I wasn't planning to. But, my brother did buy one. On Thursday, we got to go to the Bidders preview. That entitled us to select our reserved seats along with beer and wine and 3 hours to look all 284 cars over. The main room had 40-45 cars in it and it was connected to a huge exhibition hall where the other cars were all displayed. There were 284 cars initially and 10-12 were added.

    Nearly all the cars my brother was interested in were on the slate for Friday. We ended up deciding to go to the Brooks Brothers Clearance Center on Saturday. So, we saw all the cars on Friday and about 15 on Saturday.

    I took some pictures. I could have taken hundreds, but we got caught up in really looking a few cars over thoroughly and I forgot about taking pics.

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    My brother was interested in a 1975 Buick Lesabre Convertible, TWO 1989 Cadillac Fleetwood Broughams, 1985 Camaro IROC Convertible, A 1977 Ford Thunderbird, An Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Wagon, a Ford Country Squire Wagon, and a couple more that I don't remember.

    He ended up buying this:

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    It is a 1977 Ford Thunderbird Town Landau with only 19,000 miles. The pictures do not do it justice. It was in SPECTACULAR condition. It would not have been my choice. But, it is a very nice car. This particular example was optioned out and had some pretty cool features including the Optional 400 engine.

    I will do a better write up later. Just trying to catch up on everything.
     


  14. jcman311

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    Did the 70 ss chevelle end up selling?

    That 77 is a pimp mobile.
     


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    horndog Senior member

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    Pic of you and your "brother"
     


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