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Old 08-09-2018, 05:30 PM
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Both cars are same year and color. One has 68k miles and the other 125k. Driving both, they both seem fine. Exterior and interior look similar in quality. The cars cost within ~$5000 of eachother

The 69k has..
  • 7 matching VINS, fender VINS do not match car, bumper was resprayed
  • Fenders look to have been rolled at one point
  • No mods but was likely lowered with wheels at one point judging by the rolled fenders.
  • Missing the full jack kit
  • Was last serviced end of 2016, only 3-4k miles put on since then
The 125k has..
  • new oem softtop
  • no mods
  • rebuilt head as preventative valve seat loss.
  • All vins in tact
  • all maintenance done and accounted from hoses to belts to brakes all current.
Which would you go for and why?
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:56 PM
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If I had to choose, I choose the 125K for the matching VINs and records.

But I would wait for other options. Good luck!
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Without knowing anything else and in pure theory I would buy the second car but I bet if you looked close enough you could find substantial differences in maintenance and component wear. It really depends on your goals though, do you just want to get into a reliable s2000 and drive, drive, drive? Or do you want a garage queen that holds value? Do you want something else entirely? Personally, I would go with whatever is the better combo of well-maintained/not abused and likely to not lose too much value.
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I'd buy the 2nd car based off of what you said.

Especially ~5k less. If maintenance is done and records are there. And you can work on the car yourself. You'll have 5k to play with for maintenance.. likely needing much less than that..

Just my opinion.
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Buy both...
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What Deckoz said.
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What year are these cars? Neither sounds good to me. What the heck is " rebuilt head as preventative valve seat loss"?

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neither choice is a great choice.
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Originally Posted by Chuck S View Post
What year are these cars? Neither sounds good to me. What the heck is " rebuilt head as preventative valve seat loss"?

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My guess is it an AP2, guy maintained the vehicle. Noticed tight valves over the life, and pulled the head to Lapp the valves preventatively suspecting burnt seats...

Not necessarily a bad choice if you were tracking your maintenance over time and spotted a pattern over the course of 125k miles

Just a guess

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The 125K miles car seems to be the better of the two for the most part minus the "rebuilt head as preventative valve seat loss". Is it a fancy way of saying "this an AP1 that has its retainers replaced"?
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