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1988 Honda Civic Hatchback, Bone Stock with Every Single Service Record Ever!

Sale price: $930.00 make an offer

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Date: 2020-11-24

Jorge Nery Mancilla (from Woodbridge) offered 800 usd

Seller's notes: "Typical 26 year old car, no major problems, but some squeaks, rattles, dings, dents, etc. There were a few spots of rust (rear wheelwells and passenger doorsill mostly) that I sanded down and sprayed with a rust eliminating primer.) One of the A/C vents is cracked, but full functional. When AC is on there is a small rattling noise that is likely a loose screw somewhere, also doesn't affect functionality at all. Clutch/trans will eventually need some work- see below."

Sale type: Fixed price listing

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1.5L 1493CC l4 GAS SOHC Naturally Aspirated
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1988 Honda Civic Hatchback, Bone Stock with Every Single Service Record Ever! for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car(2.25) based on 418 votes
For sale is my awesome 1988 Honda Civic.  I love this car. but need a truck for work.  Every good car has a story. so settle in. here goes:
I am the second owner. and bought the car from a female college professor.  This was her first car in 1988. got her through college and everything after.  For the last 10 years or so she had mainly kept the car garaged and only driven it every few weeks from New York (where her boyfriend lived) to the college she worked at (Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. VA) which explains why the mileage is so low.  118K!  Civics will easily go 200k miles or more. and a quick search of eBay will show you that most older Civics for sale has 150k miles or more.  Most Civics get inevitably cut up or modified by well-meaning. foolish teenagers- this car is bone stock. pristine. the exact same components as it rolled off the factory floor with.  I think this car is about half way through its life (in my very humble. non-mechanic opinion. )  It is now 26 years old and can qualify for classic car insurance in most states (cheap!)
Part of the reason it is in such good shape is that it was owned by one person (and then me. for the last 6 months. )  The other part is that the original owner was absolutely meticulous about servicing the car. making sure anything that went wrong was fixed. that service intervals were respected. etc.  I have done the same.  When I bought the car (and included in this sale) the owner gave me 2 folders stuffed with records for every single service/repair the car had ever received.  That's right. every repair. documented- you can see the whole life of the car laid out in front of you.  I bought a service manual. also included in the sale.
Since I've owner the car. I've only had to do a few little maintenance things to it: changed the oil. replaced the rear hatch shocks. and put in a new alternator.  That's it!  It passed inspection with flying colors.  Inspection is current. title is clear and in my name.  Has an aftermarket stereo and speakers sound pretty good.  
Now. this is a 26 year old car. so I wouldn't expect it to behave like a new car.  It's great at what it does best- sips gas (30+ MPG in the city!). can fit into any parking spot in the city. and can actually haul quite a lot (I can fit my bicycle in the back with the seats down without taking off any tires from the bike. I just stuff it in!)  So. here's the list of inevitable bumps. bruises. and other oddities:
A bit of rust (very little for a 26 year old East Coast car) . mostly in the rear wheel wells and passenger door sill.  I sanded these down and sprayed them with rust eliminating primer.  The primer is grey and doesn't stand out too much. but if you wants perfection you could get the factory paint matched. Clearcoat on the hood is peeling.  No rust. just a bit scabby and discolored.  I routinely see used hoods on eBay for around $100. but haven't found a blue one yet. Left turn signal is flashing quickly. will need bulb replaced eventuallyDriver's seat is a bit cracked up. that's why the seat cover lives on it.  One crack in the passenger seat too.  Both are totally comfy and the padding is fine. totally cosmetic. Some rattles and creaks- full steering wheel lockout to the right causes an intermittent noise (previous owner had it checked. mechanic couldn't pinpoint it and said it was irrelevant. )  AC rattles a bit (loose screw in there somewhere) but works just fine.  One AC vent cracked. The big one is that eventually the car will need some clutch work- you can feel some of the power leaking if you gas it too hard (clutch is wearing down and not fully engaging. )  If you aren't flooring it like a madman you don't notice it too much (and if you are trying to race a stock 4cyl Civic you are strange. )  Drives totally fine. and I wouldn't hesitate to drive cross country tomorrow. but somewhere on the horizon this will have to be attended to. I'm happy to show the car. answer questions about it. etc.  I really like this little blue guy. it's kinda fugly in an awesome way and does every thing its told.  Starts ever single time. even in the single degree temps this week (video is from 1/8/2014. outside temp around 15F. )  That's all I can think of. anything not listed here is an oversight. this car has nothing to hide.  I'm not a mechanic. although I can turn a wrench a bit. so all descriptions of the car are from my experience as the owner and daily driver of the car- I'm not omniscient.  Please remember this is an older car. nothing is guaranteed. and bid accordingly.  Good luck!

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