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Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Black
Date: December 23, 2012 01:37AM
I was digging for something in old files a while back and came across the bill of sale from my 14th and final car, a red 1990 Honda Civic Hatchback (paid $1800 or so around 1997, sold it for $600 in 2002.)
It had failed emissions and I thought that was a good time to cut the cord.
I thought I'd see how it worked out for the buyer so I cyberstalked him and sent a message through Facebook.... response:

I just found this message in the "Other" mailbox!

I loved that car! It was a great purchase!

It gave me the mobility I needed for my job and let me get out of the city (Michigan, Madison, Iowa) whenever I wanted! It was a fun little go-kart. I named it Fatley. I think they only money I ever spent on it (beyond gas) was $20 for a used tire.


I got in a little snowy fender bender but the other guy's insurance cut me a check for a couple hundred more than I paid you for it. So I guess it was even profitable!

When it came time to renew the plates it wouldn't pass emission testing (we both know it burned a ton of oil) so I rather than spend any money fixing it I just drove it until the plates were revoked then sold it to a friend who registered it out of the city.

He drove it for another year or so. It was stolen from him but recovered. After he got it back, you just started it with a screwdriver that was rattling around the passenger footwell.

Then he sold it to another friend of ours who drove it for at least a year after that before finally junking it.

More than you asked, but it was just too fun to reminisce about that little hatchback.





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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: steve...
Date: December 23, 2012 01:53AM
I had to look it up to see what they looked like...












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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Black
Date: December 23, 2012 02:11AM
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I had to look it up to see what they looked like...








Give the sheet metal a little kick just in front of the driver door, and again on the front edge of the hood, and you've got it exactly.




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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: msglee
Date: December 23, 2012 07:47AM
I bought a 1970 VW Beetle on Nov. 21, 1969 for $2385.00 total including finance charges. 36 payment of $49.92. Kept it for 10 years, when the body rusted out, I bought a 1976 used Beetle without an engine. I rebuilt the 70 engine and put it in the 76 and drove it for another 10 years. Finally sold it for $500.00.



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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: December 23, 2012 08:32AM
Very nice. The LIfe of Cars.

Mrs. cbelt3 is pining for her 1968 Chevelle SS. After Daisy Dukeing it into a corn field one drunken snowy high school weekend evening, her father insisted she sell it and get a compact car (a Fiat 128).

She swears she saw it about ten years ago being driven by a smug looking young man.

(Cultural reference.... "Daiisy Dukeing" refers to a high speed leap into the air which lands the vehicle, with laughing high school girls firmly strapped inside, in the middle of a field with no apparent tire tracks for a good 20-50 feet. )
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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Black
Date: December 23, 2012 08:52AM
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cbelt3
Very nice. The LIfe of Cars.

Mrs. cbelt3 is pining for her 1968 Chevelle SS. After Daisy Dukeing it into a corn field one drunken snowy high school weekend evening, her father insisted she sell it and get a compact car (a Fiat 128).

She swears she saw it about ten years ago being driven by a smug looking young man.

(Cultural reference.... "Daiisy Dukeing" refers to a high speed leap into the air which lands the vehicle, with laughing high school girls firmly strapped inside, in the middle of a field with no apparent tire tracks for a good 20-50 feet. )

My mom babied her 65 Impala. I remember looking up at it from underneath many times. She ultimately sold it to a "poor student" for $150 in '76.




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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Black
Date: December 23, 2012 08:55AM
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I bought a 1970 VW Beetle on Nov. 21, 1969 for $2385.00 total including finance charges. 36 payment of $49.92. Kept it for 10 years, when the body rusted out, I bought a 1976 used Beetle without an engine. I rebuilt the 70 engine and put it in the 76 and drove it for another 10 years. Finally sold it for $500.00.

My most profitable car was an '83 Civic FE. I followed someone pulling it into a dealer with a tow rope and left my info, and they sold it to me for $800. At one point it was broken into (left it at the far end of the river for an overnight canoe trip) and the stereo was stolen, knob/mirror broken out, etc. Got $1200 from the insurance. Sold it for $1300. It got over 50 MPG on the highway, but had a habit of conking out at toll booths.... guessing I drove it for about 8 months (this might have been early 1987).




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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: what4
Date: December 23, 2012 09:21AM
I miss my '68 Dart...
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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: chopper
Date: December 23, 2012 09:59AM
1969 Kawasaki MkIII 500. Bought: $300 in a dealership in WI. Sold: to a Japanese collector, $5000. I never even started it.
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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: December 23, 2012 10:25AM
I bought a '86 Civic Si for... $1400(?). Drove it for almost five years and sold it back to the guy I bought it from for $1000. Most of the price difference was because I did not have the spare set of wheels that I bought it with because it was stolen twice for the wheels.



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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: December 23, 2012 10:35AM
"that'll buff right out"

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Black
Give the sheet metal a little kick just in front of the driver door, and again on the front edge of the hood, and you've got it exactly.
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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: ArtP
Date: December 23, 2012 05:12PM
A good friend has a 94 Civic hatchback like that - same color and everything, I called it "the little red turtle" . It looked like this:



We used to work in the neighborhood with some guys who worked at a Nail Shop and they had newer Hondas (2007 or later) that they used to do Mods on. My buddy would always try and brag with them about what he was going to do to his Honda (get the engine painted or chromed out, new colored Brake calipers, new chrome, etc). He claimed that the car was collectible and would be worth a lot of money one day.

About 8 years ago - he got into a fender bender accident that caused some front end damage - the car was slowly being repaired but he hit a snag because he wanted the "original" front clip and fender - not a aftermarket part - so the car would "keep its value" so he could say with pride - all original parts. I think it is still sitting in his garage in pieces....

I always thought he was delusional about the car being a classic or collectible - I drove a Ford Escort and thought my car was more collectible - lol

he still has his dream.
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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: TheToddler
Date: December 23, 2012 05:30PM
Had a 1990 Civic hatchback, put 390,000 miles on it over 11 years ... Gave to a friend whoput an engine in it, so it probably cracked 400,000 and beyond.
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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Black
Date: December 23, 2012 05:44PM
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ArtP
A good friend has a 94 Civic hatchback like that - same color and everything, I called it "the little red turtle" . It looked like this:



We used to work in the neighborhood with some guys who worked at a Nail Shop and they had newer Hondas (2007 or later) that they used to do Mods on. My buddy would always try and brag with them about what he was going to do to his Honda (get the engine painted or chromed out, new colored Brake calipers, new chrome, etc). He claimed that the car was collectible and would be worth a lot of money one day.

About 8 years ago - he got into a fender bender accident that caused some front end damage - the car was slowly being repaired but he hit a snag because he wanted the "original" front clip and fender - not a aftermarket part - so the car would "keep its value" so he could say with pride - all original parts. I think it is still sitting in his garage in pieces....

I always thought he was delusional about the car being a classic or collectible - I drove a Ford Escort and thought my car was more collectible - lol

he still has his dream.

Second delusional. Very much not special generation of Civic.




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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 23, 2012 11:18PM
In thirty years it'll be a classic. All my many 1950's cars I owned would now be classics.



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Re: Old Honda Civic
Posted by: Mr. Femi
Date: May 28, 2013 01:39AM
How do i get this old honda civic?



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