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    Thread: New commuter car possibility (salvage CRX content inside)

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      08-13-2012 03:48 PM #26
      $1500-2000 plus insurance and maintenance buys a lot of paintless dent removal. Personally i don't think a 2010 Mazda 3 is so nice that it warrants a sacrificial beater. Just my opinion.

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      08-13-2012 05:45 PM #27
      Against my advice, a coworker recently bought a certified used 2009 A4 with less than 25,000 miles. She lives in Manhattan and commutes on some of the worst roads in NJ (I-280, RT 1&9, etc). She had a beat up RAV 4 which I told her to keep as the commuter car, but she insisted that she wanted something nice.

      It has been less than a month and her rear bumper is trashed with license plate marks and different color paint, scuff marks from her bumper bully, a large dent in the driver's door, 2 wheels that became bent due to a pothole along with 2 flat tires, and last night someone stole the trim pieces to her foglights.

      She now wishes she had kept the 10 year old RAV 4 instead of the new $400/mo payment for a car that won't last 2 years at this rate.
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      08-13-2012 08:56 PM #28
      You guys underestimate the missus. She's my autocross co-driver, and we use her car. She's commuted in the autocross car that has 650 lb front springs and scrapes over speed bumps, has no A/C or power steering, and is covered with stickers. A beater CRX might be considered an upgrade over that.

      The car probably won't get stolen out of the driveway. We live on a quiet dead-end street, no worries there.
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      08-13-2012 09:00 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by two.twoliter View Post
      If I wanted a cheap old Honda to commute in, I'd be looking for an Accord, not a CRX. I've had both ('90 and '91 Accords, and a '91 CRX Si) and the Accords were much quieter, rode 10x better, had power steering, and generally just a lot more comfortable. Plus, the Accords will be cheap, easy to find, and have a lower theft risk.
      This. I'd get a CB7 Accord over a CRX. My .02.

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      08-13-2012 09:05 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Claff View Post
      You guys underestimate the missus. She's my autocross co-driver, and we use her car. She's commuted in the autocross car that has 650 lb front springs and scrapes over speed bumps, has no A/C or power steering, and is covered with stickers. A beater CRX might be considered an upgrade over that.
      Going to quote this so people dont' miss it./ She LIKES autocross cars and apparently likes the thought of driving a race car on the street. A beater, soft Accord would NOT be an acceptable substitute, apparently, and would not be able to be used as a fun autocrosser if they wanted to go that route with the car.

      I see saving money on the payments of the newer car and then having a fun commuter/race car for cheap.
      I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.

    6. 08-13-2012 10:45 PM #31
      As Alan said, I'm not "most" women...





      and my boss got a kick out of the car when I crossed paths with her in our previous parking garage.

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      08-13-2012 11:30 PM #32
      The wife has joined!!!

      If we still lived in SoMD I would ask you to influence my wife to get into anything motorsport.

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      08-14-2012 12:36 AM #33
      Always good to cheap out on your wife's safety.

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      08-14-2012 04:19 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      Always good to cheap out on your wife's safety.
      Isn't it her choice as well? You do realize she's in the thread.
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    10. 08-14-2012 09:57 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      Always good to cheap out on your wife's safety.
      I'm more worried about riding the Metro, using the escalators, and crossing streets in DC without getting hit (been there, done that) than I am about the safety of driving the CRX.

      And if I was worried, I'd make Claff drive it; I have more life insurance on him than I have on me

      As for worries about getting stuck in the winter, that's what the 4 Runner is for (well besides towing the Miata)
      Last edited by Kate in MD; 08-14-2012 at 10:04 PM.

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      08-14-2012 10:03 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by Chris_V View Post
      A park and ride is not the same as a DC Metro lot. The DC Metro lots are pay to enter and patrolled, and only have one entrance/exit usually. The older CRX is nto really a theft magnet from lots like that. It'd be more likely stolen from his driveway. But even then, around here a CRX on steelies will probably not go anywhere. I know a number of people around here that commute daily in Integras, and if anything was a theft magnet, it's an Integra GSR.
      Having represent a few (alleged) car thieves, I can tell you they'd steal that car from there.
      No one will report it stolen until 5pm.
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      08-14-2012 10:57 PM #37
      Quote Originally Posted by Kate in MD View Post
      I'm more worried about riding the Metro, using the escalators, and crossing streets in DC without getting hit (been there, done that) than I am about the safety of driving the CRX.

      And if I was worried, I'd make Claff drive it; I have more life insurance on him than I have on me

      As for worries about getting stuck in the winter, that's what the 4 Runner is for (well besides towing the Miata)
      Awesome.

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      08-15-2012 12:00 AM #38
      Quote Originally Posted by Kate in MD View Post
      I'm more worried about riding the Metro, using the escalators, and crossing streets in DC without getting hit (been there, done that) than I am about the safety of driving the CRX.
      Oh, snap, that's right! I -totally- forgot about the tens of thousands of people who die every year in accidents while commuting to work on a train.

      .......

    14. 08-15-2012 10:04 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by warren_s View Post
      Oh, snap, that's right! I -totally- forgot about the tens of thousands of people who die every year in accidents while commuting to work on a train.

      .......
      Obviously you have never ridden the Metro in DC; in the past 12 years, I spent 10 years riding it (and unfortunately I'm back again because of an office move).

      I would rather take my chance in a CRX that I AM driving and have control of than with a train operator who may or may not have had enough sleep, may or may not remember to keep the doors closed while the train is moving, and may or may not remember to stop for the red signal. Oh, and don't forget about the system computers going down so that the HQ can't tell where the trains are. All common occurrences here in DC.

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      08-18-2012 02:44 AM #40
      Not sure if we took or ignored the majority opinion here but regardless we went ahead and got the car over the weekend. Initial impressions are pretty good. Despite the aggressive suspension the ride isn't punishing, and the Ebay header/exhaust combo actually sounds pretty good. We have some work to do to re-attach some random trim pieces, and I'd love to find a non-ratty drivers seat, and there's some other things here and there that should be attended to, but overall it should be a serviceable car for the purpose we'll be using it.









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      08-18-2012 02:56 AM #41
      looks like you got a pretty solid ride there

      kinda jealous actually.
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      08-18-2012 07:26 AM #42
      Hmmmm. That looks pretty good! If you dont mind my asking, what was the final price?

      I'd probably yank the sticker, clean up the engine bay, fix the trim you mentioned, go through the brakes, change fluids and just drive the hell out of it!
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      08-18-2012 07:09 PM #43
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      08-18-2012 09:00 PM #44
      Sticker's already gone. Working on removing the purple tint which is a PITA.

      I offered the seller $1600 expecting him to balk but he too that offer. Makes me think I could have got away with less but what a hundred bucks at that point?

      Tomorrow I pick up the big book of service records/receipts from the two previous owners, which date back to 1990. Once I go through that I'll have a better idea of what really needs to be done sooner rather than later.
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      08-18-2012 09:23 PM #45
      looks fresh, i'd steal
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      08-19-2012 12:51 PM #46
      Trade drives with a BRZ?

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      08-19-2012 01:59 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by Claff View Post
      Sticker's already gone. Working on removing the purple tint which is a PITA.

      I offered the seller $1600 expecting him to balk but he too that offer. Makes me think I could have got away with less but what a hundred bucks at that point?

      Tomorrow I pick up the big book of service records/receipts from the two previous owners, which date back to 1990. Once I go through that I'll have a better idea of what really needs to be done sooner rather than later.
      Sweet. Having records is quite a bonus on a $1600.00 car!
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      08-19-2012 11:42 PM #48
      Quote Originally Posted by Smigelski View Post
      Trade drives with a BRZ?
      I dunno, you might like it.

      My plate's kinda sorta full with gearing up for our trip to Nationals in a week or so, not sure if I'll be able to devote much time to the CRX till after we come back. Once I get it legal and everything I'm sure we can find a time and place to take each other's cars around the block.
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      08-20-2012 02:41 AM #49
      Favorite forum thread so far this year.. More couples should be like this!

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      08-20-2012 08:03 AM #50
      Looks pretty clean.

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