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Hi everyone this is my first real post. I have searched for rebuilt titles on the forums and have read through a few and get mixed results with this question. I am looking at a 99 crv with 150k miles for sale near me that I can get for around 2800 maybe lower if I smooth talk him. It has a rebuilt title back in 08-09 so it has been road worthy since its accident to the front end. The seller states that the hood and the bumper were replaced. He also said that the timing belt were replaced a few years ago, but I would probably replace that myself as well as the water pump and the 2 other belts and maybe tensioner pulleys. I am fairly mechanically inclined so some grease and blood do not scare me. Still doing research on the valve adjust. which these need? Anyway thats another post

Anyway, should I steer clear or pull the trigger? He also said that the AC does not blow cold. Now also you should know that this will be my backup vehicle so not my daily driver, but who says that my backup should be crappy, I want it to be dependable. My price range is at around 3500 so please no one tell me to just get a 2007 and call it a day :D I am not so much interested in resale since i plan on keeping it until it or I die whichever happens first.

I can also get a 2000 with 215k miles with a "clean" title for 4000 maybe lower. Are these prices on par? It seems I can only find them in the 2500-4000 range. Thanks for the help. I just LOVE these older 97-2001 CRVs.
 

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Hmm, very interesting questions.. Do you know a good mechanic? With any use car I would advise you have a professional check it out first before you make the final purchase. Don't forget to do a test drive and be very skeptical about everything.

Most people would say avoid a rebuild title, but in my opinion it depends on the damage, a 99 CRV with an accident in 2008-2009 could mean it was totaled out because the value of the CRV was just to low to repair and the person just brought the car back from the insurance company and fixed it with whatever money was left over.. again good idea to have mechanic inspect it.

According to KBB CRV EX auto 4wd around this area private seller is worth about $4,000.. I can imagine the air conditioner repair, hood, paint, bumper, would have exceeded that amount...

A/C does not blow cold air could mean that their is a leak somewhere you could always go aftermarket and get Chinese made parts to save tons of money if you decide to repair rather then OEM parts. You can easily change out the parts(compressor, condenser) and install your own refrigerants with these self fill r134a in a bottle.. they even give you a nossle to fill the system vs the old R-12 which you needed a license and specialist. You still would need someone to clear the system of moisture though...


Now the 215,000 miles is very interesting... Honestly no matter what car, anything over 200,000 miles would make me nervous only because even though cars back then was built pretty good. they were made to last 15 years, 200,000 miles compared to today new cars which are only 10 years/150,000.. If you can get a carfax and check the vin to ensure the odometer hasn't been tampered with and check the fluids and ask if anything was rebuild or replace would give you an idea if anything you might need in the future.


Also, Old cars hate sitting to long.. If you do plan to get it as an extra car, be sure you drive it at least once a week.. On a weekend or if you just feel like going out one night.


Are you getting the EX or LX.(4wd or fwd)? I believe the EX has anti-lock brakes while the LX does not.
 

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Thoroughly check it out, have a mechanic look at it if you are not sure what you are looking for. I wouldn't let the title alone chase you away, it may be an opportunity to pick up a good vehicle for a good price. See if the repair tickets are available for the services done.
 

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Thanks for the info all. Seems I'm left to make my own informed decision. I may get a carfax or something and pick the owners brain again tomorrow. I'm leaning toward yes right now. I ment to say in my op that I can only find them in the 1000-2000 range and 4000-5000 range and not much inbetween.
 

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Buy an '02 and call it a day!

Much, much better engine! Same A/C problems.

But I hear you, I have a soft spot for gen. 1 CRV's as I've owned 3 of them.
 
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