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  • Tiny
  • carlkasindi
  • 2003 Acura RSX
  • 122,473 miles

Not sure if this is the kind of question you guys normally take but I'm not sure where else to go. I've been looking to buy an RSX from a private seller in my area for some time now and have recently found one I'm interested in but it has some issues. I'm not sure whether this is a good deal or a future giant headache. Is the amount I'm gonna save be worth it? KBB value is $6,700 in good condition and $5,760 in fair condition. I offered $4,800-$5,000 depending on how an inspection goes and they accepted. However, I'm not totally sure I would even want to pay for an inspection before getting advice because of all the issues. The major things wrong with it is: there is a slight valve tick when the engine is cold, timing chain and water pump have not been replaced yet, and shocks are at the end of their life. There are also a lot of other smaller things wrong with it that I don't necessarily need to fix immediately and that I can live with.

Are these easy things to take care of or would I be in over my head? Should I even have it professionally inspected or would that be a waste? Help! Thanks! :)

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012 AT 11:30 PM

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  • homer1967
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Absolutely pay to have a pro go over it. Better to spend a little now, than a lot later.

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012 AT 12:31 AM
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Perhaps I didn't make my question clear, I apologize. No matter what car I try to buy I'm going to have an inspection done no matter what, no two ways about it. My question was: is paying to inspect this car a waste of money? If I can see from the get go that it will be too expensive to fix this car then I don't want to waste $200 paying a mechanic to look at it only to have him tell me what I could have gathered on my own.

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012 AT 12:34 PM
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  • homer1967
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Yeah, you could be right. I think that's a question that only you can answer

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Saturday, November 24th, 2012 AT 1:03 PM

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