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Posted: 9/17/2005 11:31:46 AM EDT
So I'm in the market for a used car with decent gas milage.

I came accross this 95 Civic, everything is great except this rust on the door and quarter panel.



According to the owner it just randomly started rusting one day, no accident, no sideswipe, nothing.

How much would it cost to repair?

Is this a major red flag, avoid at all costs?

Thanks-
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 11:38:46 AM EDT
Ever look at an iceberg?
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 11:44:03 AM EDT
Honda’s are notorious for rusting around the rear wheel wells. That does not look too bad but it will get worse. Fix it yourself=50 bucks but it will most likely start to rust again. Take it somewhere=200-300 (well around here anyway) but it be a little better than doing it yourself. And I am talking about a novice fixing it with stuff from an auto parts store.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 11:45:13 AM EDT
Oh forgot to ask what is the asking price?
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 11:51:19 AM EDT
I would check other areas. If the sides are rusting I would bet it is rusting somewhere else underneath.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 11:55:37 AM EDT
once the body starts rusting it's amazing how fast it spreads.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 11:59:16 AM EDT
Asking price is $3500, I asked him how flexible he was on price and he said he'd like to get $3000 out of it. I figure I should be able to negotiate a few hundred below that.

150k freeway miles, 5spd, he's the 2nd owner, bought it @ 50k miles in '98. He changed the oil himself every 3k miles, sometimes 4k. Replaced the clutch @ 80k and the timing chain in the not too distant past.

Haven't physically looked at it yet as it's almost an hour away and I wanted to get the hiveminds opinion if it was worth my time.

So how exactly do you "fix" that rust. Grind it down to good metal and repaint?
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 12:06:24 PM EDT
Run. Do not walk. I wouldn't give him a thousand for it. Once rust appears, it is all over for that car. Don't even think about buying it unless you plan to do a body-off restoration. That isn't a vintage automobile so it is useless as anything but a throwaway beater.

Link Posted: 9/17/2005 12:08:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By StarAtari:
Asking price is $3500, I asked him how flexible he was on price and he said he'd like to get $3000 out of it. I figure I should be able to negotiate a few hundred below that.

150k freeway miles, 5spd, he's the 2nd owner, bought it @ 50k miles in '98. He changed the oil himself every 3k miles, sometimes 4k. Replaced the clutch @ 80k and the timing chain in the not too distant past.

Haven't physically looked at it yet as it's almost an hour away and I wanted to get the hiveminds opinion if it was worth my time.

So how exactly do you "fix" that rust. Grind it down to good metal and repaint?



That price is a little high. Find out exactly when the timing belt was replaced. They are only good for 90,000 miles and if it breaks while running you will bend or break a valve or even worse slap a piston and you will have to rebuild/replace it. As far as the rust, if it is just surface you can grind it down but you will most likley have to replace that section. Small spots can be treated with a rust converter that will stop the rusting process. It is okay and I have had good luck with it in the past but again the rust spot was treated very early. I was a honda tech so if you have any other questions feel free to pm/email me. Vince
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 1:08:26 PM EDT
Run!

I would not pay $3500 for that car even in NY!

It is a rust bucket! It will turn red from rust in a year. there is a reason he is selling and see's you as a sucker, desparate to save gas money!

RUN!!!
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 1:55:18 PM EDT
The rust will spread. Fix it here it will pop up there.

You didn't ask, but I'll go further. 10 year old car,
150k miles, rusting. $1000 might be too much, it
would be in this area.

DanM
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 2:09:50 PM EDT
Rust never sleeps.

No matter who does the work it will pop up somewhere else
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 2:13:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/17/2005 2:17:17 PM EDT by OLY-M4gery]
Over at Edmunds.com the used car apprasier says $795 trade in $1,466 private sale is the right price for that car. I guessed at some of the features, but $3,500 is insane, $3,000 is at best diabolical. (that was for a car in "clean" condition)

For a vehicle in "average" condition $301 trade in $695 private sale......................

He's trying to take you through the drive-thru..........................
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 4:01:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By StarAtari:
Asking price is $3500, I asked him how flexible he was on price and he said he'd like to get $3000 out of it. I figure I should be able to negotiate a few hundred below that.



Kelly Blue Book says $1975 in that condition, private-party value. $3,000 is ridiculous.


Haven't physically looked at it yet as it's almost an hour away and I wanted to get the hiveminds opinion if it was worth my time.


Not at that price or anything anywhere remotely near that price.


So how exactly do you "fix" that rust. Grind it down to good metal and repaint?


That rust looks bubbly/flakey. You can't just grind down rust unless it's surface rust--at least some of what I see in that picture looks like it rusted from behind, perforating the sheet metal. Especially the area in the body panel behind the door.

So you're looking at cutting out sections of body panel, possibly waaay more than what it looks like from the visible rust, installing new, salvaged, or fabricated sheet metal, smoothing it over with bodywork/grinding, and repainting. And then waiting for the other rust to bubble up where there wasn't rust before. Oh yeah, and trying to find where the water came in to rust it from behind in the first place--leaky window, B-pillar, tire spray through the wheelwell....

You could also just grind it down, do a fiberglass/bondo repair, rattle-can it, and call it good. But I wouldn't pay $3000 for the car if it needs that done. Oh yeah, beyond the body issues, I'd bring along a compression gauge or preferably a leakdown gauge kit.

Jim
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 4:15:10 PM EDT
That would fit right in where I live. Everything rusts in Northern Ohio.

Judging by what you were told, "it just started rusting" it means it rusted from inside the door out. That bottom of the door is probably starting to rust open up the fold/hem in the metal on the bottom

$3500 is way too high for that car anyways. Move on.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 4:39:58 PM EDT
Rust is a fact of life around here. This car is way too highly priced, but if it was priced right it wouldn't scare me off. I remember the old days around here where a Jeep CJ would rust through on the sides before it was paid off lol (that is what a fiberglass body is for)...
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 4:52:12 PM EDT
rust in UT? You can be sure there's more there than the eye can see
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 5:15:14 PM EDT
He WANTS 3K, but that car is worth 1500 to 2K on a good day. Dealer would not give over 1k as a trade in and would immediately send it off to an auction lot. 1k would get a buyer for a new car and would be worth it to the dealer. Say the dealer would get 6 to 800 at auction - cut so maybe 600 bucks, he clears a new car for 400 bucks.

Once Hondas start rusting they go FAST. Great cars but for that. Sounds as if ready for clutch time and timing chain also so add another K easy to asking price. And if no reciepts, the guy is FOS as thats always a BS ploy to say "almost" new timing chain and clutch disc at a sale. No reciept, no believe.
Link Posted: 9/17/2005 5:19:49 PM EDT
I would pass on it and it ain't baecause of the rust.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 3:11:46 AM EDT
Rust in Utah? I thought they didn't use salt out there?

So many cars......................this would be at the bottom of the barrel of cars to pick for me, and I like Hondas and Toyotas.

Go find a rust free car............they are out there.

vmax84
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:43:48 AM EDT
Not a good deal,

you could get into an accord for $3000.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I wouldn't call the guy back about it.

Besides that rust looks bad.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:45:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By StarAtari:
Asking price is $3500, I asked him how flexible he was on price and he said he'd like to get $3000 out of it. I figure I should be able to negotiate a few hundred below that.

150k freeway miles, 5spd, he's the 2nd owner, bought it @ 50k miles in '98. He changed the oil himself every 3k miles, sometimes 4k. Replaced the clutch @ 80k and the timing chain in the not too distant past.

Haven't physically looked at it yet as it's almost an hour away and I wanted to get the hiveminds opinion if it was worth my time.

So how exactly do you "fix" that rust. Grind it down to good metal and repaint?



$3000!?

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh NO
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 6:46:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 7:34:40 AM EDT
Price is TOO MUCH. I have an 01 with 89K on it and I could maybe get $6K out of it.
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