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Old 09 Nov 2011, 07:31 pm
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Default 1994 Honda Civic has small knocking noise?

ok, I am looking at a 1994 Honda Civic 12 valve 4cyl with 160K. The price is $1100 out the door. I have a friend who knows about cars and he said everything is good except there is a small knocking noise when the car is running.The car was very low on oil so I don't know if the car has been drive with low oil or not but we did fill it up. My friend said it could be a knocking rod or something more serious. What do you guys think? This might be my first car and I don't want to get screwed over. Also, how much do 12 Valve 4cyl engines cost if it does brake down?
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Old 09 Nov 2011, 07:46 pm
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A new engine installed will cost anywhere from 3,000 to 5,000 bucks so a lot more than the car is worth. I would avoid this one man it could be a money pit.

Now getting a good used engine from a salvage yard will be considerably less but you never know what you are getting. Yours might be able to be rebuilt and it will be less to near what a new engine costs, because in reality after it is rebuilt it is as if it were new.

If you want a project go ahead and get it, but I would offer less money for the car no more than 700-800 bucks tops.

Now if you want it for a first car and daily driver I would move on and look for a car in better mechanical condition.

Also it may not even be the engine making the noise it could be a transmission noise, power steering pump, alternator, water pump, or anything being driven by the engine, have a mechanic look at it and tell you what the real verdict is and not the mechanic at the dealership one of your choosing.
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