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I'm looking at a 1995 Acura Legend L coupe with 149k miles on it. It's a one-owner car and is in great shape. I've attached a picture.
The individual wants $7100 for it, which I didn't think was too bad. My only worry is buying a car with so many miles. Should I stay away from it because of the mileage or do you think that it will last if I take care of it? What's the most miles anyone has put on a similar model? Also, is insurance high on this car?
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that sounds like a good price for that car.
I say visually inspect it thoroughly and also, if it's only one owner, one would assume they have receipts of the work that was done and WHEN it was done.

You have 2 types of "one owners"

One owner that drives it a lot and takes care of it meticulously.
Or maybe the one that never drives it and doesnt think that they have to replace any fluids (even though a long time may have passed, etc)..

Ask when the 90 k service was done, and go from there bro.

-Jose
 

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i have the same question; except for a 93 with 150k on it (for a great price.) cosmetically it needs a new pait job and dent wizzard would need a call, but its also a 6 speed. supposedly the ac compressor, and the timing belt, and all relative hoses etc. have been replaced within 20k miles. the interior is in pristine condition other than thedriver's seat which i believe everyone goes through. anyone have any advice? the clutch is still the original clutch wich i think is a little sketchy, but the owner says it still works fine. also it needs new tires

what price do you think i should pay? also what should i take into consideration, if anything ?
 

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things to check...

i would def. check if the timing belt was replaced, as this is a costly service.

but even better, take it to a mechanic you know, or at the very least, the dealer, and have them give it a run down. it'll run as much as ~ $50 but it will give you peace of mind.
(incidentally, if you take it to a local dealership and the previous owner did as well, they can look up the VIN and tell you what they've done to it)

also, there are 3rd party waranty companies such as AUL from whom you could get a full 2yr/24k warranty for around $800 (not worth it in my experience (well, neither is insurance but...)- they really only cover internally lubricated parts and electrical stuff)
 

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Hurleysurf24 said:
i have the same question; except for a 93 with 150k on it (for a great price.) cosmetically it needs a new pait job and dent wizzard would need a call, but its also a 6 speed. supposedly the ac compressor, and the timing belt, and all relative hoses etc. have been replaced within 20k miles. the interior is in pristine condition other than thedriver's seat which i believe everyone goes through. anyone have any advice? the clutch is still the original clutch wich i think is a little sketchy, but the owner says it still works fine. also it needs new tires

what price do you think i should pay? also what should i take into consideration, if anything ?
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150k on original clutch?

errr.... ok.

Highly doubt that, unless they were Mario Andretti driving it. I say, if you buy that, expect to replace the clutch SOON. Like real real soon.

-Jose
 

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this is what needs to be done;

clutch, paint job, and i want to get a new engine (just for that extra security, even though it should last forever) how much do you think all this will cost, and how much do you think i should pay for the car?

i found a type 2 engine with 40k miles on it for 1095$ :D
 

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TYPE II w/ 40k for only 1100 hunid - she~ote you beda scoop that up. I'm impressed that it only has 40k cause my cage has a buck forty on it. Then again... I did all the major things at around 130K.

I have read through posts concerning the cost to swap motors and general range is from $500 - $1000 (from a independant Acura specialists)so do your homework.

Man... if I had a cherry picker - I could have that billy out and do a clutch job (I just have them kinda skills). Typically, I will not take on a project UNLESS I have performed the repair or swap on my own ride. So I will no doubt do an engine swap before I offered that up.

Either way... if everything reads right and you do purchase the vehicle. I'd buy the engine - keep it on the crate - for when your engine does s h i t the bed.

Its a close call (IMHO) if you say it needs a clutch (and paint and new engine) - cause you are looking at $500 - 600 in parts from Acura of Augusta (might be less if you have a 5 speed, but not sure) for the clutch job PLUS labor. Ask Jose3030 what his parts order came to from Acura of Augusta cause that amount should be fresh in his memory.

Lets not even talk about paint jobs. If you want paint lines from tape or tapered edges from powder (irregardless if you have them clear coat x 5) then go to Maaco or Earl's or even ever other body shop. Now, a true full on paint job - where all trim, bumpers, glass, doors, rubber, moldings, etc is removed... she~ote you are talking BIG CHEESE BRUTHA = > 4 to 5k easily.

Gotta Jet.. Be cool. Are you mechanically inclined... cause you may save some serious labor and do the swaps yourself.

KNLNGUS
 

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If you have a Type II engine, is there such a thing as a "type II" engine for manual trannies and type II engine for automatics?

Like, if my engine ever crapped on me, could I get a Type II that was on an automatic and go from there? No, right?

By the way, the parts came out to like $618, but that was cuz I went for the rear tranny mount and all the nuts / washers that were necessary. Kinda steep, but you get what you pay for, and if you take care of these cars, they'll take care of you.

-Jose
 
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