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Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

Hi,
I have the opportunity to purchase a 5th gen. I want to make a list of things to look for or test for when I go and look at this car. I read the thread that is stickied here, but I want more specific things to look for.

The car has 142k miles on it, a bluetooth head unit, new speakers, and a roof bike rack & basket. It's a 5spd, and it's 3,800.
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

OK...so you read the detailed sticky, want more specifics, but fail to mention what those are. Can't come and inspect the car for you...what is it you're looking for?
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

If it's rust free, has a recent timing belt change and there's no leaks go for it.
If it has two outta three, offer 35 $100 bills and a couple of movie tickets.

How's that for specifics?
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If it's rust free, has a recent timing belt change and there's no leaks go for it.
If it has two outta three, offer 35 $100 bills and a couple of movie tickets.

How's that for specifics?
that and rust maybe. maintenance records perhaps
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

When you get it, make sure your heater hoses are good. They are out of casual sight. If one goes, overheating is a real possibility- never good for an aluminum engine.
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

Make sure you check the suspension. I recently purchased a 5th gen with a bent shock/strut
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If you get in and the check engine light is on ( which is typical with Honda's) test drive for at least 5-10 min. My ABS keeps setting off my light, but when I do something that requires me to disconnect the battery the light will stay off for awhile when I get back on the road it pops back on. Some people will do this do keep the light off while trying to sell a car and when your halfway home, boom check engine. If you come across this and can get the codes for any issue, you will get an idea of what your in for. I get everything out of a test drive when it comes to any axle or suspension problems, your gonna feel it and as long as you can get a good look at everything to include the underside, you'll be able to look for leaks, wear and tear on your boots, etc. Listen, feel and look. Listen to the engine, feel the car turn, stop, u-turn etc. Look for leaks and where they're coming from. Good luck and have fun if you get it.
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

* if the light isn't on.....
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

Rev limit it. If the engine doesn't blow, go for it!
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

Now now Szeth...don't be teaching the noobs how to be a....

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I remember my first thread, asking what a noise was when I got going 110mph.
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

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Rev limit it. If the engine doesn't blow, go for it!
If it will take it you pay full price?
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If you get in and the check engine light is on ( which is typical with Honda's) test drive for at least 5-10 min. My ABS keeps setting off my light, but when I do something that requires me to disconnect the battery the light will stay off for awhile when I get back on the road it pops back on. Some people will do this do keep the light off while trying to sell a car and when your halfway home, boom check engine.
THIS is why I take my code scanner with me when I go to check out a car. If the CEL/MAL light is on, I can tell right away what is bad and even if they recently cleared the light by removing the battery cable or used a code scanner. I will see that the ECU Diagnostics are "Incomplete" and will know that something is up.

You can buy a code scanner for under $100. I got mine at Harbor Freight... It may not be a "Snap-On" quality, but it's better than AutoZone's as it will actually call out a specific component instead of giving a list of what it could be...
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

What? You mean they make 'em under $100 that tell you what's what? Nice! My $99 advance device I was so proud of paying $49 for gives me codes and those 'possibilities', more possibilities and if I keep scrolling, even more possibilities.

Harbor Freight time (again).
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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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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

Here's the link to the scanner:

OBD II & CAN Professional Scan Tool

Be sure to look in the back of a Car Craft or Hot Rod magazine to get your 20% off coupon!

There may also be one in many other various car mags as well... Those are just the 2 I currently subscribe to.
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Re: Purchasing a used 5th gen. What to look for?

I get hf sale papers tone...but thanks for the tip.
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