Originally Posted by prsnck
Well said Abhi.
Really not only for Vtec, the whole honda breed machines of the year model range - 2000 to 2003, are the most sought cars in bangalore.
Obsessed with type II OHC's I say. Seeing the second hand prices, it just feels to buy a new car only, but unfortunately the type II OHC's are one class apart. I dont think anything has come up to replace them atleast in second hand car market. Maybe there is one baleno and to an extent lancer, for perfomance driven cars. And Honda raised the bar again with ANHC, the prices are way too high and does not make sense for a guy like me.
Anyway I have not gone far too behind the same after this post. As soon my interest on that lost, another OHC vtec is being listed for my perusal.
This is 2001 OHC vtec, done 68k km, now owned by doctor, the second owner. It has new michelin tyres, recently serviced. Tomorrow may go and see the car. Will post the rest of details after that.
Atleast since it was a doctor owned car, and hopefully well maintained so is my interest grown to check it out, and also was on belief that price quote will be reasonable. Seems he too is bitten by vtec bug and hence quoting 4 lakh, not negotiable at all. I am in two minds just to go and check only if this is the case, since once he told non-nego I dont think it makes sense to re-qoute any offer only.
Let me get some idea from you folks. What should be the right quote in case I am able to make.
I am back from the Vtec test drive and visit, the one I mentioned earlier.
2001 OHC Vtec, 68k km done, II owner, bangalore reg. Its a doctor owned vehicle has hardly with him about 6 months, when he took the mileage was 64k km. Previous owner was his friend, but in between dealer got hold of car, but somehow this guy was lucky to purchase the car for 3.90. Reason for sale is to go for Laura. This is the history.
Now the latest updates.
Recently changed 4 tyres to michelin, should be hardly done 1000 km or so. It had Honda original alloys (alloys had that fade and white scratches on it, most of old Honda original alloys I seen this a fungus kind of stuff)Two New Headlamps, clutch recently overhauled and music system added, plus an autocop. For all this he is charging and conveying that it cost him almost 40k. So now with the price quote, he is asking a non-negotiable 4 lakh for the vehicle. While I test drove, I manged to find at the very first instant the low rpm jerks with pre-2002 vtec models. This had made me think a lots if to go for the pre-02 vtec ones at any price. Felt it too hard to manage slow speed at higher gears, if you want to drive in 1000 RPM range you should always be in 1st gear. In second gear it always jerks, its just gives the feeling that you may have added adulterated fuel kind of. Never have driven OHC vtecs, so was so much troubled getting it right, eventhough have never felt this any of the other OHC's (1.3 or 1.5), so I was thinking what has gone wrong. Then he told me the jerks associated with those vtecs (pre 2002 oct models) and maybe a change in ECU (costs a bomb) or change to iridium spark plugs should rectify this problem. I am really concerned about this, since now with my zen I just manage to drive in 2nd and 3rd gears as low as 10- 20 kmph speedo. I do lots city driving, then in that case, I cant consider it and will have to keep the zen for sure. Zen is an absolute delight for city driving and is never far behind in highway to catch up with any others in that range.
Rest looked decent, since I managed to drive through potholes, felt suspension was ok, sufficient teeth for break pedal. But suspension should also be due fo change since its not overhalued or changed till now. Will for sure consult a mechanic anyway before I proceed, sure.
It has Stanley leather seats, and RC entry has two ( one the first owner and second, the nephew) .So since the doctor knows the second owner and basically the family, its still in prev owner name and is the insurance which is third party valid till dec 2010. It had hardly any scratches, except the minor brush painted on left front bumper and some lines on rear left bumper. Rest body line was neat, and a small dent on left front door bottom. battery is being changed only once in this 9 year old vehicle, so maybe due soon (usual range is 3 year).
I saw all the entries of mileage in log book and as well saw RC, hypo cancelled and two entries as I told. Car feels genuine, but as is not the price.
I really dont know what price to quote as he really dont like anyone bargaining, and also the low RPM jerks which makes my heart jerks. Guys shall I go ahead with any re-quote or not. Or is this price or anywhere near price is real absurd?
Folks, OHC maniacs and seasoned campaigners, let know your expert opinion.