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panamacolin 06-01-2007 11:48 AM

Things To Look For When Buying A Civic Vx???
The one I am looking at is white, 178k, clean car fax, no rust or major body damage, rip on the drivers side seat bolster, besides that a clean interior, 2 new tires, new brakes and resurfaced rotors, records of oil changes for the last 4 years, a/c serviced in last year it blows cold, the paint could use a good buffing. I am going to get some more photos of the car today the ones I have were taken with a cell phone so they look like crap. Oh, this one has mudflaps, and a radio and passenger side mirror. The guy wants 2200 firm, im going to be taking a 11 hour greyhound trip to get it because flying from tallahassee florida is EXPENSIVE....470 for a one way ticket to Miami..greyhound is 68bucks...and im on a budget.

Let me know if you can think of anything to ask this guy before I go all the way down there to pick up the car. Im getting a diagnostic done on the car to see if any codes show up and to look for oil leaks and tranny leaks etc.


Hockey4mnhs 06-01-2007 11:51 AM

oxygen sensor check that out

GasSavers_TomO 06-01-2007 11:58 AM

O2 Sensor (was it ever replaced/last replaced) check CV Shafts (turn the wheel full lock and do a U-Turn both ways and listen for clicking), Make sure correct spark plugs are installed (The VX uses NGK V-Power Spark Plugs No. ZFR4F-11), Check the condition of the exhaust system, is the car burning oil/antifreeze or leaking any fluids), make sure the rear tailgate hinges aren't rusted to the point of not working (if you plan on using the the rear tailgate), Is the alignment good, umm, that is all I can think of at this moment. Congrats on getting a VX!

panamacolin 06-01-2007 12:59 PM

Cool well im getting a diagnostic done would it come up if the O2 sensor needed to be changed?

panamacolin 06-01-2007 01:01 PM

not really going to have a chance to drive the car till im down there to buy it. The car has no rust....the cv joints are good I asked about that. Ill find out if anything is leaking in a couple hours when the cars gets looked over by the shop.

Crossing my fingers. Who has a VX as there only car? Or do you guys have other cars as well? And is this car good as reliably daily transport. I am thinking yes, its a honda just seems like high mileage....

GasSavers_Ryland 06-01-2007 05:49 PM

my civic vx has 238,000 miles on it, and I plan to drive it from wisconsin to vermont again later this summer, and of course I'll check my oil, and tire presure, and air filter, and maybe even do an oil change first, but they are an extreamly good, solid car.
sure, things start to wear out after 200,000+ miles, like the drivers door hinge is a bit slopy, and I've replaced the suspension, and it's bushings, and the tranny, but I never felt like it might leave me stranded.

GasSavers_TomO 06-01-2007 08:25 PM

My VX is my only car...it now has over 330K miles on it. I drive it on long trips and my daily commutes without even batting an eyelash. Honda reliabilty with awesome gas mileage!

Edit: Adding for future reference

Be sure to check the condition of the 3 grounds for the engine Bay:
The negative cable of the battery to the passenger shock tower
The transmission case to the chassis on the passenger side
The driver's side of the valve cover to the chassis behind the driver's side headlight.

There is an additional ground point on the thermostat housing towards the firewall below the Distributor. This ground point is for the Distributor sensors and Fuel injectors IIRC.

Make sure there are no frayed wires or corrosion on them as well as making sure that they are tight.

If these things are present before a test drive it can affect the running of the car.

Sigifrith 06-02-2007 10:04 AM

I'm coming up to 217,000 Miles on mine.
I'm proactive when it comes to maintenance, &
have Honda do the things I can't / won't.

Get a Genuine paper Honda service manual.

HorizonWalker 08-05-2008 05:28 PM

The oxygen sensor: LaF
Yep, check on the LaF. I had a 1992 Honda Civic VX. It got 48 mpg when I first bought but I was a bad owner and didn't replace it. I still got 38 mpg. I drove it for 12 years as my sole car. I drove 140 miles a day to work and back. It only needed one clutch job and one distributor replacements in its 279,000 miles.

I now have a 2008 Honda but a CRV and I only get 27 mpg. I sold my VX "baby" to a good mechanic who could take it into its next life with style. It needed a new transmission which I couldn't do or afford. So it's a keeper car....

gork57 08-15-2008 02:45 PM

I have a 1992 VX. The driver's side seat bolster wear is a common problem. I also advise checking the muffler (mine rusted out after about 80K). Also check the "middle" exhaust pipe for rust. Check very closely for high frequency vibration coming through the steering wheel above 50 mph-it will feel like wheels out of balance, but can be worn rear brake drums-you will really feel it when braking (replacing pads and drums generally solves this). Make sure to double check that the inner door lock latches lock the doors from the inside; both of these on my car broke, and now I can only lock the doors with the key from the outside.

djenyc 08-15-2008 03:57 PM


Just do the standard car check, like you would on any other car. It's not a hybrid where you have $5K battery replacement cost to worry about.

Biggest issues are ALWAYS body work, rust and collision damage - walk around and look underneath. Note any damage and consider how much it will cost to fix it ... and then multiply that figure by 10 ...it's always more than appears on the surface and labor cost WILL kill you.

For mechanical stuff - most can be fixed fairly easily, so I usually don't worry too much if it's brakes, or CV joints, or suspension that needs some work, or O2 sensor, or IACV/idling problem; however if you notice that a lot of things need fixing - that car was neglected and now it's a systemic problem - PASS.

For major mechanical stuff - just make sure that tranny is shifting well and for the engine - let it run for a few minutes at idle and then ask the seller to step on the gas while you look at the exhaust - note if you see a puff of smoke - means valve seals are worn. Also check for overheating and leaking head gasket.

And don't worry too much about minor stuff, any 15 year old car will need SOME work. When I buy an old car, I usually set aside ~1K for repairs and that covers me for 3-4 years.

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