If the floor is deformed below the driver's seat, how badly could it affect the stability of the chassis? Could it dislocate and damage parts nearby? How much could the repair cost?
The floor is uneven below and behind a driver's seat. The unevenness can be best described as a " mound" of about 1-2 inch high at the peak. The mound is tallest behind the driver's seat, where the back passenger rests feet; the left back passenger will feel the tallest part (1-2 in.) On both feet when seated. Driver can feel a slight unevenness when left foot is rested on the floor with the knee bent. Stepping on it doesn't cause noise or movement. It's a solid, longitudinally wide mound.
Inspected from underneath, there appears to be a wide dent in the chassis that pushes the floor upward. There's no visible mechanical part located within the dent. The driver's door opens and closes just fine. There's no deformation visible on the door; the entire left side of the body looks normal. The CARFAX shows no record of collision.
I'm thinking about buying the car, except I want to know the implication of this floor deformation on performance and longevity of the car. Please share your thoughts on this issue. How serious is the problem? Should I avoid it and why? Thank you!
2000 Honda Civic Si
Sunday, February 11th, 2007 AT 1:11 AM