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The Car Sara Bought

LongRoofian February 2, 2016 All Things Hoon 19 Comments

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So it was a whiles back that this olelongrooffan posed the question “What Car Should Sara Buy?” to my fellow Hoons. And while I posted a bunch of white cars in that post, none of them really met with the approval of my fellow Hoons. With the exception of one. And it was suggested not to get a white one. Feel free to click on through to see which suggestion by my fellow Hoon that Sara chose to follow.

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So after looking at everything ranging from a 2009 Civic with 63,000 on the clock for $9,800.00 to a 2008 350Z with 98,000 for $13,500.00 to a 2003 330i with 131K on the clock for $5,950.00 with a salvage title as a bonus.

But thanks to commenter Ptschett, Sara found a totally stock 2004 Acura RSX-S with 122,000 on the clock for a mere $5,400.00.It has a six speed, 6 disc CD player, sunroof, and cruise. As well as a/c, power windows, locks and ABS. It is a cool gray in color with a color matched leather interior.

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I asked Sara to tell me a bit about her car and she related the above facts as well as: “V Tech Dual Overhead Cam, 4 VPC variable valve timing and new shoes all the way around.”

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And in Sara’s FB post about her new ride, this is what she had to say, “I got a car! I love my car!!! It’s so quick!”

Both Bus_Plunge and this olelongrooffan are super happy Sara was able to find what appears to be a nice new ride and hope it lasts her a long time. Thanks again ptschett.

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  • tdicola

    Great car! I knew someone with a RSX-S and they had zero problems with it. It was just fast enough to be fun and had a great interior for the time (that’s still nice looking today). It’s sad that Acura has nothing at all like it these days. Would be cool to see them have a small sporty coupe to compete with the BR-Z/FR-S.

  • Sjalabais

    Now that’s something I have never seen. Appears to be a good choice though!

    • This was also badged as a Honda Integra in some markets; have you seen that?

      • Sjalabais

        There’s one (1!) for sale in my country, a 2002 model for 10500$:
        http://m.finn.no/car/used/search.html?make=0.771&model=1.771.2000014
        I’ve heard of the Integra, but I didn’t recognize the design. Neat! As others have said here, it’s extremely prone to be spoiled by boyracers – that makes it hard to identify a clean one, I guess.

        • Sounds like it’s also just not a common car in your neck of the woods. I shouldn’t be too surprised, but there are a lot of them here. Hondas in general are very popular along the whole west coast of the US and Canada, and the RSX was no exception. The Type-S trim level was hot stuff, with 200hp (I think) and a 6-speed.

  • Should have bought an Integra. 😛

  • Greg Kachadurian

    Congrats! I almost never see a stock RSX around my neck of the woods but I’ve always admired them. It looks like she got a solid one, too.

  • azinck3

    Wow, that seems like a stellar price and it looks to be in great shape! I took one of these around an autocross course a few times and when it gets on cam it’ll move. I’m jealous.

  • ptschett

    Glad I could help. Looks like she found a nice one for a very nice price. I can’t take credit for doing much more than going to a local cars-for-sale website, plunking in “transmission: manual”, “price: <$8000", "location: <500 miles" and watching for obscure but interesting cars that might have slipped through the cracks.

  • bus plunge

    I didn’t realize how many cars in the <$8,000 range that have salvage or rebuilt titles. Many a nice car I see then bam, that title thing.

    • Sjalabais

      Is that a no go no matter the reason for the rebuilt/salvaged title?

      • dukeisduke

        Some insurance companies don’t like salvage/rebuilt title cars, and there’s usually some extra inspection documentation requirements, to prove it was properly repaired and safe.

  • bekar

    Excellent choice! I had a base-model RSX with a manual in that same color and it was a fun little car for sure, both on the street and the autocross course. I still miss it.

  • Rover 1

    Four new tyres is good unless they’re cheap ditchfinders. Are they good tyres?

    • dukeisduke

      Hopefully not “PRIMEWELL” (also sometimes molded as “PRIME WELL” on the sidewall) from China.

      • Rover 1

        They are not good tyres. They are round rubber black things that were cheap to buy and fit.

        As soon as you can, change them for a brand of tyre that was fitted as original equipment on the car. Michelin, Goodyear, Toyo, Bridgestone, Continental, Pirelli, Cooper, Avon, Kumho, Falken, Firestone, Dunlop, Yokohama are the brands to be considered.

        Currently NONE of the Chinese brands meet the standards of tyres fitted to new non-Chinese vehicles.In a few years they possibly will be, in the same way as Korean tyres have improved as their car industry matured and as Japanese tyres did in the 1970s.

        Unfortunately you can’t ask a tyre retailer for advice as they have a conflict of interest. Like most volume retailers they know that people but mainly on price, often as a distress purchase and not on quality of design. It is not just a branding issue or indeed a price issue. Considering how important those four A3 paper sized contact patches are in keeping you on the road (and giving you the feedback to help you feel when a limit is reached) it is worth spending as long researching tyres as researching the actual car purchase.

        I cannot stress enough how IMPORTANT this is.

        A better tyre will give you braking distances so much shorter, and cornering grip so much higher, (specially on wet roads), that they can help you avoid an accident altogether at a vast saving over what ever the initial cost savings that ‘cheap’ tyre gave at the time of purchase.

        Cheap tyres are for cheap lives. What are you, (or Sara), worth?

  • JBsC6

    Way to go Sara! Photos ride…enjoy!

  • dukeisduke

    Wow, great choice. I don’t see a lot of these around, but fortunately, the tuners haven’t gotten to a lot of them.