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Help? S2000 salvage title for $5500 GOOD DEAL?

#1 User is offline   loi617 

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 09:46 AM

I AM PLAN ON GETTING A S2000. THIY GUY IS WILLING TO LET IT GO FOR $5500.

I CAME ACROSS A
2003 HONDA S2000 with 80,xxx miles 907A (Salvage title)
The car was hit on the passenger side it was a light accident but the rocker panel was replace and the door was replace
The whole car has been replace with 2005 s2000 parts
2005 ap2 front and rear bumper
2005 ap2 head light and back light
exhaust 2.5 after market
2005 ap2 17" rims
2005 ap2 center console two cup-holder (AP1 had just one)
aem intake
C's short shifter
clutch was just replace
The car needs a little body work and a new top

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ANYONE ON HERE KNOW IF ITS WORTH BUYING?
PARTS THAT NEED TO BE REPLACE IS
FRONT BUMPER (A LITTLE BANGED UP)
SOFT TOP (PLAN ON GETTING THE MUGEN HARDTOP)
NEEDS NEW BRAKE PADS (EASY REPLACE)
THE CAR RUNS STRONG AND FINE.
JUST WHEN YOU TURN THE CAR ON IT MAKES A LOUD NOISE FROM THE ENGINE THEN AFTER 25 SECONDS IT GETS QUITE.

I WILL BE RECORDING A VIDEO TODAY AND POST IT ON HERE.

WHAT U GUYS THINK? LET ME KNOW THANKS

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:14 AM

Even if you just bought it to part out it would be worth that price.

Good seats: $1200

Headlights/ballasts/bulbs: $600

Tail lights: $200

Engine: $2,250

Transmission: $1000

Differential: $300

AP2 V1 wheels: $600+

That's already $6,100 worth of parts (figured on the low end) and that's just the big stuff.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:20 AM

So long as the motor/tranny and other important mechanical bits are sound, then yes, it's a good deal.
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:25 AM

thank you guys! i am off to work. when i get back i will have a video of the car. thanks!

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:42 AM

a rocker panel replace isn't a light hit, it's a HEAVY hit, likely that car was t-boned or possibley slid into a pole. Was the floor board pulled out & repaired as well or was it replaced? what about the quarter panel and a/hinge pillar? if it was repaired poorly, it's going to be a can of worms.

engine starting and making a loud noise for 25 seconds...i know that if you posted that motor for sale and put in that in the ad, i wouldn't buy it.

I'd stay away and keep looking until you find a decent car.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:46 AM

It's a good deal depending on the condition of the repairs. We can't really give you good advice on the condition of it without seeing it first hand.
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 11:53 AM

thats a great deal i seen people sell crashed cars for 4500 so take it or i will lol
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 01:27 PM

 wilo, on 27 September 2011 - 12:20 PM, said:

Salvage title means higher insurance quote...


actually, a salvage title car will have a lower value, hence less risk for the insurance company and typically warrant a lower insurance premium quote.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 02:58 PM

The engine thing is my biggest worry. Have a mechanic check it out. Might be nothing or a lot.

Bumper and top might cost you $2500.

Let us know how it goes.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 03:18 PM

I'd get a comp/leak down test perform before committing to that purchase...but awesome deal if the motor and tranny are good. :thumbup: Check the clutch res. too, see how dirty it is, good indication on how well the car has been maintained. I'd also get the frame checked out while it's on the lift and make sure the frame isn't bent.
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 03:39 PM

be patient I bought my car for 6500 with a clean title.
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:08 PM

 305AP1, on 27 September 2011 - 03:39 PM, said:

be patient I bought my car for 6500 with a clean title.


But this car has fairly low miles and a ton of the pricier AP2 parts. I think this is a great price as long as the frame isn't bent and the engine passes compression/leakdown tests and you figure out the noise. Could be the timing chain tensioner.
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 04:17 PM

You could probably drop it down to $5000. Honestly, it's a good deal no matter what, because as mentioned you could turn a profit just by selling what's on it for conservative prices. If it all looked straight, and engine didn't smoke, and I wasn't OCD about getting a one-owner, mint, new, low mile one -- I'd definitely rock it. Hell, if it was in my area I'd probably buy it, as I need a DD ;)

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