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Title: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: sp8 on May 17, 2019, 02:38:58 PM
So my sister's beloved 2002 Honda Civic Si (yes, the mini-minivan hatchback one) has given up on its clutch. Her trusted mechanic said it would be around $2,700 to replace it, which is easily half of what the car is worth. My Dad was ready to just scrap the poor thing, until my brother and I said that they would easily get more for selling it, since it is a rather unique Civic and the rest of the car is quite solid. The mechanic is very fond of the car and said that he would buy it off of her, just name a price. The question is, what would a fair price be for the car with a bad clutch?

As I mentioned above, the rest of the car is in decent shape (especially for an mostly Ohio raised, nearly 20 year old Honda). The little car has close to 220k miles on it, and the interior and exterior are in fair condition with no major damage or defects. From some quick research, Civic Si's from this generation with similar mileage go for around $4k.

Is asking $2,000 or $2,500 too much? Too little? What does the OVR group think?


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: Simi on May 17, 2019, 03:00:00 PM
isn't a clutch super cheap for hondas?
the sp8 brothers could take on the replacement no?

(unless you just want to get rid of the car.. which I can't help you with)


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: BirdBoy on May 17, 2019, 04:37:33 PM
I hear racecar.

Anyway book values are bottoming out at around $1800.  So, figure $1500 and it's reasonably fair. 

We all know that it doesn't cost $2700 to replace the clutch.  Even if the labor is a pain, that's a big number.  A little Google searching says that's more than double: https://repairpal.com/estimator/honda/civic/clutch-replacement-cost


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: sp8 on May 17, 2019, 04:57:08 PM
isn't a clutch super cheap for hondas?
the sp8 brothers could take on the replacement no?

(unless you just want to get rid of the car.. which I can't help you with)
One would think, but apparently special "Euro" built Civic requires a special order clutch and flywheel made with unobtanium.

And the Sp8 bros. would need the right tools, time, and knowledge to do this job. We are lacking in all of those departments at the moment.

I hear racecar.

Anyway book values are bottoming out at around $1800.  So, figure $1500 and it's reasonably fair. 

We all know that it doesn't cost $2700 to replace the clutch.  Even if the labor is a pain, that's a big number.  A little Google searching says that's more than double: https://repairpal.com/estimator/honda/civic/clutch-replacement-cost

Most definitely. And I'm still trying to wrap my head around that big number. I would press the mechanic on it personally, but both siblings vouch for the guy and I don't want to rock the boat too much. And my sister has been thinking about getting a newer ride anyways.


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: Rich Grunenwald on May 17, 2019, 05:53:48 PM
NAPA repair estimator is $1,000 to $1,500.  Even if you replace the flywheel and all the hyrdaulics, it is still a heck of a lot less than $2,700.


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: phanatic on May 17, 2019, 06:48:30 PM
Step 1: Pull motor + trans
Step 2: Replace clutch
Step 3: Insert motor + trans into Sushi
Step 4: Profit?


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: BirdBoy on May 17, 2019, 07:23:43 PM
Step 1: Pull motor + trans
Step 2: Replace clutch
Step 3: Insert motor + trans into Sushi
Step 4: Profit?

Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a winner.


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: sp8 on May 20, 2019, 06:19:35 PM
Well my sister and I decided to approach the guy with a $1800 price point, expecting him to haggle her down to around $1500. Well he said no to that after doing some research and then generously offered her $500 because it would cost him a fortune in parts and he'd be making a "huge gamble". Needless to say, she kindly told him to sod off and she and my brother will be looking for another local mechanic.

So we're back to square one, where she'll take it to a more reasonable shop, or my brother will do the work himself.

Or.....if anyone is looking for a quirky Civic to turn into a racecar, let me know...


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: BirdBoy on May 20, 2019, 06:23:34 PM
Sounds like Connor needs a new Chumpcar.


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: Rich Grunenwald on May 21, 2019, 08:23:33 AM
I need another project like I need a crashed race car, but this is intriguing. 


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: Brian on May 21, 2019, 09:31:53 AM
I need another project like I need a crashed race car, but this is intriguing. 
I'll enable... errr... I mean store it for you :D


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: Rich Grunenwald on May 21, 2019, 09:47:38 AM
I need another project like I need a crashed race car, but this is intriguing. 
I'll enable... errr... I mean store it for you :D
You'll have to provide a cot, fridge, and wi-fi also because I would end up living there.


Title: Re: What Price is Right? - 2002 Civic Si w/ bad clutch
Post by: Simi on May 21, 2019, 09:52:23 AM
I need another project like I need a crashed race car, but this is intriguing. 
I'll enable... errr... I mean store it for you :D
You'll have to provide a cot, fridge, and wi-fi also because I would end up living there.

His garage floor is heated, you'll be fine!