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Old 22 Dec 2010, 12:46 am
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Default 2001 civic 5sp noise when accelerating?

I am considering buying a 2001 civic ex with 160k miles on it. I'm just looking for a car that will last me for my last 2.5 years of college with relatively no problems. While test driving it I noticed that it kind of made a whining noise when accelerating but once I got past 30mph the noise disappeared. It didn't make any noise when I revved the engine while in neutral. The guy selling it told me that it has been like that since he bought it 6 months ago and the previous owner said it had been like that too. He has a new clutch, timing belt, tune up, brakes and everything done on it and the noise persists. Is this common? Should I consider buying it? I really like the car it's in wonderful shape inside and out.
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Old 22 Dec 2010, 01:01 am
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the serpentine belt is probably rotted out, but it's nothing expensive. the older Civics are amazingly reliable cars, i have a '97 Civic EX with about 250,000 miles on it right now and it runs like a champ. but there's really not enough info to make an accurate guess on what's wrong, my best advice would be to have it checked out by a mechanic or a friend who knows cars before you buy it.
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Old 22 Dec 2010, 01:16 am
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Definately have the transmission checked and/or have someone look over the car that is a mechanic. If the guy bought it six months ago and is now unloading it on you there's probably a serious reason why.
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Old 22 Dec 2010, 01:31 am
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I am betting money that it is the output shaft in the transmission.

Like others have said, it is really hard to tell without properly listening to the car as you described, but on my `93 Civic Si, that is exactly the sound it makes and how it makes that noise before I went into it and fixed it.

I will also say that a new clutch (and complete assembly) can be replaced and not even go into the transmission and a mechanic can and would TOTALLY miss this problem, so someone that bought the car 6 months ago may have not known to check or didn't care enough to call it an issue when he bought it. You due diligence on this car is everything to the selling point, the bottom line to what you will pay to drive this car away OR NOT!

Get a buyers inspections from a Honda technician and keep your peace of mind,, and money.

Additionally - the replacement of the output shaft and possible shift forks, seals and possibly gears will run you anywhere from $800 (Private Mechanic) to top $2200 (Honda Dealership). Adjust your purchase price accordingly, or consider walking away.
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