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About to buy a honda with P0325 Code? Should I buy it?

So long story short, I'm about to trade my car for a Honda Prelude 1997 that the guy says, has the check engine light on because the P0325 ... He says its something to do with the wires, (it has a short or something like that)...

Is this trust-worthy? Also is it a easy thing to get a mechanic to fix? Can I get an estimate on how much it cost to fix?

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Re: About to buy a honda with P0325 Code? Should I buy it?

Faulty knock sensor or short somewhere in the wiring for the knock sensor. The car will run very poorly until you get it fixed. If everything else on the car looks good, I would say go for it, that's a pretty easy fix. You could probably even do it yourself if you're somewhat mechanically inclined. I think a new OEM knock sensor from Honda will run you about $100, it shouldn't take a decent mechanic more than an hour to replace it, so if you do end up taking it to a shop, it shouldn't be more than $180.
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Re: About to buy a honda with P0325 Code? Should I buy it?

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Faulty knock sensor or short somewhere in the wiring for the knock sensor. The car will run very poorly until you get it fixed. If everything else on the car looks good, I would say go for it, that's a pretty easy fix. You could probably even do it yourself if you're somewhat mechanically inclined. I think a new OEM knock sensor from Honda will run you about $100, it shouldn't take a decent mechanic more than an hour to replace it, so if you do end up taking it to a shop, it shouldn't be more than $180.
Okay, I asked the guy he said he had the knocksensor and harness replaced from a local shop in our area, he has the reciepts and stuff to prove, so do you think it will still run poorly? I probally should have asked the guy this on the phone lol but I figure ill just ask you now
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Re: About to buy a honda with P0325 Code? Should I buy it?

Buy it! If it's a base model, easy diy fix. SH, not so easy. But my mechanic charged $30
It's very very common for this fragile part to malfunction. Don't buy the $9 ebay junk.
A Honda one is pricey but worth it.

With the knock sensor not functioning the car runs in 'limp mode'. That means some of the get-up-n-go won't take place while the computer tells the motor to stay chill so no self destruct can take place.
It cuts back on the timing some and prevents vtec from engaging.

I drove my 97 SH for a year without a working knock sensor. Drove just fine for casual use like some fun country road jaunts or driving on the highway.

Now when I wanted some thump, like to pass or on a steep hill, it wasn't there because the timing won't advance but so much.
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Buy it! If it's a base model, easy diy fix. SH, not so easy. But my mechanic charged $30
It's very very common for this fragile part to malfunction. Don't buy the $9 ebay junk.
A Honda one is pricey but worth it.

With the knock sensor not functioning the car runs in 'limp mode'. That means some of the get-up-n-go won't take place while the computer tells the motor to stay chill so no self destruct can take place.
It cuts back on the timing some and prevents vtec from engaging.

I drove my 97 SH for a year without a working knock sensor. Drove just fine for casual use like some fun country road jaunts or driving on the highway.

Now when I wanted some thump, like to pass or on a steep hill, it wasn't there because the timing won't advance but so much.
Hi thank you for the response BUT this guy said he had it actually replaced at a Car repair shop it just shows the CHECK Engine light or (maintence required light), so do you think the car is still in limpmode?
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Re: About to buy a honda with P0325 Code? Should I buy it?

Stay away from that car. Don't make somebody else's nightmare into your reality! Keep looking and im sure you'll find a Prelude with no cels. Unless you have your heart set on that particular one.
If I was you I would look for a clean 99-01 model because of the 5 extra horses and front grill, But at the end of the day its your call.
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Re: About to buy a honda with P0325 Code? Should I buy it?

If it was really fixed by a professional, they'd have cleared the code and the light -- that means it's either not fixed, or whoever did the job didn't know their task.

If you're set on it, ask the seller to let you take it to a mechanic of your choice for a check-out...that'll settle it once and for all. If he won't agree to that, walk.
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Stay away from that car. Don't make somebody else's nightmare into your reality! Keep looking and im sure you'll find a Prelude with no cels. Unless you have your heart set on that particular one.
If I was you I would look for a clean 99-01 model because of the 5 extra horses and front grill, But at the end of the day its your call.
whathehell are you talking about?
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I remember my first thread, asking what a noise was when I got going 110mph.
Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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^^ Are you? Because of a grill?
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Hi thank you for the response BUT this guy said he had it actually replaced at a Car repair shop it just shows the CHECK Engine light or (maintence required light), so do you think the car is still in limpmode?
Until recently I would have said yes. But recently I was enlightened that certain malfunctions will cause it to go into limp mode. Other malfunctions won't. At advance auto they have basic readers for about $50. Cheaper than paying a shop, and you use it at your convenience.
It may be the shop used one of those $24.99 knock sensors that last a few weeks at best.

Sometimes they vibrate loose if the mechanic didn't install it correctly. Then the extra vibrations cause the sensor to think there is actual knocking when it's the sensor's (which is a microphone of sorts) sensing the vibrations of it's own self kinda wobbling around in the threads.
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Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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