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Old 07-11-2008, 09:16 PM   #1
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I bought a $60 5-wire O2 sensor

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I bought the $60 NTK 5-wire O2 sensor on Ebay. I ordered it last Friday and it was in my mailbox today for about $62 shipped. This link may not still work, but here is the listing.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...053122822&rd=1

From the ad, it seems that the sensor comes without a connector and you have to splice it to your connector using butt connectors. However, when I received the sensor today, this is how it looked.



It had the connector, and it is the right connector! It plugged right into my VX. After installing it, I drove my car about 20 miles. The CEL hasn't come back on. With my old O2 sensor, if I cleared the computer and drove it, the light would come back in 5-10 minutes. So far it appears to be a good sensor.

I will update this thread to let you know how this thing holds up.


Here's my VX.
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:54 AM   #2
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Try to record the MPG you're getting with this sensor too to show us how it performs compared to the OEM version.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:38 AM   #3
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Try to record the MPG you're getting with this sensor too to show us how it performs compared to the OEM version.
I will. I filled it up today. It will take me about 10 days or so to burn through. I'll post my mileage.

With the old (bad) O2 sensor, I was getting low 40s.
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Wow, that car looks perfect. I notice extra-nice details, like the way the wiper blades haven't started shedding black paint.

How long have you had it? How many miles on it?
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i bought a similar one http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...249596384&rd=1
$169+$10 shipping including insurance.

it came in a bag and has NTK Japan stamped on it not a honda sticker like yours. no L1H1.

does yours have L2H2 or NTK stamped on it? so far i have about 50 miles on the sensor no CEL yet.
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:25 AM   #6
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Wow, that car looks perfect. I notice extra-nice details, like the way the wiper blades haven't started shedding black paint.

How long have you had it? How many miles on it?

Thanks. I bought it in Feb. of this year. I has 129k on it. I made a few cosmetic changes, like the front lip, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, and solid amber corner lenses. I also put in seats and door panels from a Civic Si.
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Looks like one of the nicest VXs I've ever seen (and I've looked at a bunch, both online and in the real world). If you take care of it, I bet it will give you excellent service for a long time, and it will be a good investment.

My general advice would be to keep it relatively original.

I think the two big threats to the life of your car are rust and theft. But it looks like you live in a sunny climate, so maybe rust isn't an issue.
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UPDATE: I have now driven 400 miles after installing the $60 O2. I have had no check engine light pop up and the car runs great. I filled up on gas today and calculated my mileage - 55.13 MPG! YAY!


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Looks like one of the nicest VXs I've ever seen (and I've looked at a bunch, both online and in the real world). If you take care of it, I bet it will give you excellent service for a long time, and it will be a good investment.

My general advice would be to keep it relatively original.

I think the two big threats to the life of your car are rust and theft. But it looks like you live in a sunny climate, so maybe rust isn't an issue.
Thanks. I intend on keeping it original in all the important ways. I did change the seats and door panels to parts from a Civic Si. I also added the front lip spoiler and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. I have no intention of ever doing an engine swap or swapping the wheels.

I live in southern Arizona, so rust is not an issue. I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, and the car is locked in my garage every night so I don't sweat thieves too much.
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Congrats on your find! I payed $169 for my L1H1 from quality_auto_parts just a couple months ago. I was looking to pick up another O2 sensor for my second VX - just checked out evalero1 auctions ...looks like $60 L2H2 are all sold out... May be he'll have more later, it sure was a good deal

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UPDATE: I have now driven 400 miles after installing the $60 O2. I have had no check engine light pop up and the car runs great. I filled up on gas today and calculated my mileage - 55.13 MPG! YAY!




Thanks. I intend on keeping it original in all the important ways. I did change the seats and door panels to parts from a Civic Si. I also added the front lip spoiler and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. I have no intention of ever doing an engine swap or swapping the wheels.

I live in southern Arizona, so rust is not an issue. I live in a pretty nice neighborhood, and the car is locked in my garage every night so I don't sweat thieves too much.
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Now I really feel bad. I paid over $300 for my O2 sensor (Majestic Honda) - I found out about the $169 one on Ebay too late. Now there's your post about one for $62 ! TANJ (There Ain't No Justice)... And I thought I did a thorough web search for the lowest price. Such is life. I congratulate you on your good fortune. Your VX looks to be in fine shape.

Avg. MPG before O2 replacement: 40

Avg. MPG after O2 replacement: 47

That's a 17.5% improvement.
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