So here is the deal....I've been looking around for a 97-00 Civic HX mainly due to the vtec-e engine. I finally found one with descent mileage and within my price range. The problem is.....I want to make sure it actually has the lean burn engine.
If what I've read is correct, California HX's didn't come with the lean burn engine due to emissions. I live in Massachusetts, so there is a good chance the car for sale isn't a CA HX but you never know.
So here are the quesions:
1. How can I tell if a 97-00 Civic HX has the lean burn engine and associated accessories? Is it obvious, can I tell just by looking? The car is at a dealer, so I'm sure they won't let me dissassemble too much stuff to find out.
2. If the CA HX did not have the lean burn engine, how do I tell if the HX was built for use in CA?
Please keep in mind that I've never owned a civic so I am somewhat unfamiliar with thier component locations at what not. I am well versed in auto mechanics so feel free to get technical.
While we are on the subject, is it possible to run the 4-wire O2 sensor in the HX? Just wondering in case the car is actually an HX but the previous owner installed a 4-wire. I imagine the ECU would not appreciate that.
I got somewhat lucky. Bought my 99 HX MT for $3500 but it is a solid running no problem salvage title car. Claimed former hail damage. Seller was desperate to sell, and it had 99,300 miles + new plugs, wires, tranny & engine oil. It was also modded, and that what I like!
You can download the pdf service manual for this car for $7. Forgot the link, try Google.