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Old 03 Dec 2009, 08:43 am
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hey all,

a friend of mine's father has a 92 or 93 honda civic that he wants to give me. it has 350,000 km on it. I drove it for an afternoon and it sure as hell don't like first gear. It grinds and makes some noises that sound as though something metal under the car is grinding against the pavement. The noises are less in 4th and 5th gear. I am fairly certain it needs a new clutch and a new transmission. I am a college student with no money and I already have a working car. But this car is free and I like driving stick (my current car is an auto). So I am tempted to take it. I am hoping you all can give me advice as to whether or not you think I should take it and how much you think its gonna cost to get this thing fixed up?
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 02:00 pm
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If you are going to be getting the car for free, it's worth it to fix it up. You won't need much to get it running good again if it is just the transmission.

You can pick up a transmission for REALLY cheap as long as it's not the Si tranny. Even at that, it still won't cost much. Any tranny from 92-95 will work. No need to get a performance clutch, either. A stock replacement clutch will do the job just fine and won't cost you unnecessary money.

If you are going to do the work yourself (which is going to be a LOT cheaper), I recommend buying a Haynes manual for the EG Civic (92-95). It really isn't a hard job, just a little time consuming. It's also good experience.

All in all, doing it yourself is going to only cost a couple hundred bucks for the tranny and clutch and manual. $200 is a good estimate for parts, and the labor can be done whenever you have time.
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 02:20 pm
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If you are going to be getting the car for free, it's worth it to fix it up. You won't need much to get it running good again if it is just the transmission.

You can pick up a transmission for REALLY cheap as long as it's not the Si tranny. Even at that, it still won't cost much. Any tranny from 92-95 will work. No need to get a performance clutch, either. A stock replacement clutch will do the job just fine and won't cost you unnecessary money.

If you are going to do the work yourself (which is going to be a LOT cheaper), I recommend buying a Haynes manual for the EG Civic (92-95). It really isn't a hard job, just a little time consuming. It's also good experience.

All in all, doing it yourself is going to only cost a couple hundred bucks for the tranny and clutch and manual. $200 is a good estimate for parts, and the labor can be done whenever you have time.
Thanks for the response!
hmm. great. but now I have to figure out where the hell Ican park it (no room on driveway and not allowed to park on street)
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Old 03 Dec 2009, 05:31 pm
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If you have a buddy or relative that has the space, ask them. If you have a weekend, you can get it done without having any previous experience. Having the time to do it is harder than actually swapping the tranny.

Tools becomes an issue too, but it's a good investment for the future.

My first tranny swap was done at my sisters next door neighbors driveway. I bought pizza and beer for his time and letting me use his driveway. He helped me manhandle it a bit and read what needed to be done out of the repair manual. Worked well and I was surprised when all was said and done how easy it was.

Good luck.
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Old 05 Dec 2009, 03:53 pm
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thanks guys!
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