'87 Honda Civic Advice

Hi.. I ran into a fellow who has a '87 Civic hatchback with 1.3L engine for sale.. pretty cheap, $250. The problem is, the engine overheats, and quickly. The guy says that the the guy HE bought it
from replaced the head gasket, but the problem was the head.
The question.. should I buy it? It has 153,000 miles on it. The rest of the car is in good shape. The guy says that the previous owner put a transaxle in it.
I want a Honda 'cos of the reliability. I am hesitant because there could be something wrong with the bottom of the motor.. and I would have to replace the whole motor. I am not a good enough mechanic to do this.. don't have the time, or the facility.
thanks, David
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Not unless you're getting it as a "backup" car.
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Larry in AZ wrote:

It's not gonna cool any better in reverse...
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Matt Ion wrote:

The air would blow out instead of blowing in the engine compartment.
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Alan wrote:

Yeah, but then it's pulling the air off the driver's feet... eeeeeewww!
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Serious cooling problem or crappy head gasket replacement.

Only if you *really* like automotive adventures!

Completely, utterly meaningless. The car's nineteen-year age is much more important, as is the care it's had during those years. By the sounds of it, this vehicle will be a disaster for you.

Why'd the last one fail? 153K is awfully young for tranny failure. Sorry but my BS alarm is clanging quite loudly just now.

Not with this car. Past eight, ten years, the vehicle becomes an individual. That it's a Honda means little now. It's a Honda with 19 years of abuse and neglect on it. With enough effort, you can beat even the best horse to death.

Do yourself a favor. Leave this mechanical experiment to someone else. This is NOT the car for you.
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"TeGGeR" wrote:

Agreed. Sometimes it's best to just walk away. However, one time I had a little fun. I was considering getting an old 'Lude that didn't run as a project car but the owner thought she had gold and wanted too much money for it. So, just for fun, I did as much of an inspection on the car as I could without taking the wheels off, getting under it, etc. and handed her a work needed list for her "golden" 'Lude that was about two 8.5x11 pages full and then walked away. About a week later the same car was advertised in the local paper for a lower price but it was still too high!
Find something that runs dependably. Personally, I would suggest avoiding the '84-7 Civics and find yourself a nicely maintained '91. You'll pay a little more but I think you'll be better off in the long run.
Eric
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