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September 01, 2015, 06:42 PM #0

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Hey guys,

I'm from Winnipeg, and own a 1998 Honda Civic DX hatchbox 5 spd since new, with 100K on it. It's completely stock.

I'm not sure that I belong on this forum. Probably the only thing I have in common with most of you, is that I really like my car.  Maybe that's my problem.

But I don't treat it very well. And after 18 years of age, it's probably a fairly typical 6th gen Civic in Wpg. Mechanically, I think this is a very strong car. But it's definitely starting to rust, in the rear quarter panels, and likely everywhere else.

I'm not a "car guy", but my income is now decent. I can sell it for next to nothing, or I can throw money at it. Even if I was capable of doing it, there's no way I can restore it myself.

If you guys were in my situation, and wanted to keep it as completely stock, for another 10 or 15 years, or maybe even longer, would you?  Should I put, say, $5K into the body, and another $5K into suspension and other things? I don't want a mint machine. I want an above-average runner that can age gracefully along with me. :)

It's either that, or I buy a new sub-compact for $15K that lasts another 15 years. But, honestly, I just am not attracted at all to new cars, like I am to my old Civic...

If you tell me it's worth it to put money into it, I will.  Is the list of autobody shops in this section the recommended ones?

Thanks for any advice.

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    September 01, 2015, 07:08 PM #1

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    Don't start sinking money into an old rusted out car.

    If you want a nice clean dd just find one in nicer shape.

    5 grand won't go far in a properly done restoration with paint.

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    Last Edit: September 01, 2015, 09:11 PM by cluelessk
    [Mar 23 12:14:28] Anne Gus:nah clueless is right

      September 01, 2015, 08:02 PM #2

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      You can choose to do what you want with your car. The shop that I work at has an old tow truck that has been converted to just a simple flat deck. The owner of it is re-painting the outside and I have already welded in a passenger cab corner, two small patches on the inside of each door and a whole new door bottom on each. Also going to be redoing the drivers floor.

      Its definitely all about are you really wanting to spend the money, or can you make the choice to sell it for what you can get and move onto something else?
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        September 01, 2015, 10:26 PM #3

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        Originally posted by cluelessk
        Don't start sinking money into an old rusted out car.

        If you want a nice clean dd just find one in nicer shape.

        5 grand won't go far in a properly done restoration with paint.

        what he said
        http://www.autotrader.ca/a/Honda/Civic/Vancouver/British+Columbia/5_25032407_BS200510695116/?showcpo=ShowCPO&orup=6_15_115

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          September 01, 2015, 11:22 PM #4

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          Objectively, a 1998 Civic just isn't a good car anymore. It's up to you if you are sentimental enough to spend money keeping one alive just for nostalgia. Many do, but it's an emotional decision, not a financial one.

          You could put $10k into and have a nice 1998 Civic, or just get a new car that outperforms it in every way but isn't your 1998 Civic.

            September 02, 2015, 08:41 AM #5

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            Pics of the car/rust would be helpful.

            But as pretty much everyone on here will say...Our cars aren't a financial investment, they are an investment in ourselves. We love our cars and the process of building them.

            If you love you civic and have the cash, bring it back to life. Just don't expect to see the money returned when it comes time to sell it.

            Do it for the car, do it for yourself, that's the only way to be happy.

              September 02, 2015, 09:14 AM #6

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              Originally posted by JonnyAE86
              Pics of the car/rust would be helpful.

              But as pretty much everyone on here will say...Our cars aren't a financial investment, they are an investment in ourselves. We love our cars and the process of building them.

              If you love you civic and have the cash, bring it back to life. Just don't expect to see the money returned when it comes time to sell it.

              Do it for the car, do it for yourself, that's the only way to be happy.
              Couldn't say it better than this
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                September 02, 2015, 05:28 PM #7

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                Thanks for the answers guys. If anyone else has opinions, please reply..

                I guess if I decide to go this route, it'll be an emotional decision.

                Can anyone recommend a body shop for me?  Obviously one that does good work, but also won't think that I'm *too* insane.. :)

                I'll post pics later.  But imagine a generic 6th-gen Civic out there, most of its life parked in the sun (until I bought a house/garage a year ago), used mostly only once-a-week (to visit family out of town), and you'll get the idea.

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