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51  General / Open Forum / Re: Good body shop recommendations on: June 13, 2014, 05:19:25 PM
Thanks.  You make a good point about which ones to avoid, too.
52  General / Open Forum / Good body shop recommendations on: June 13, 2014, 04:43:31 PM
So, Danielle got hit by some old people driving a Buick when she was in the Porsche.  She's fine, but there's quite a bit of damage to the driver's side of the car.  We'll be dealing with insurance, but I'd like to know if you all have any good body shop recommendations.  Too bad she wasn't driving the Mini - it'd be totalled, she'd get a "new" one, and I'd have another parts car.
53  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Autox #4 - June 8, 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 06:48:45 PM
Agree, it was a fun course.  Thanks, Engelbert and David!

Here is my fastest run - 51.2:

And Paul's fastest - 50.7:
54  Events / Other Events / Re: PCA spring Driver Education events at VIR on: June 01, 2014, 03:23:29 PM
Nice.  Definitely time to move up a group.
55  Events / Other Events / Re: PCA spring Driver Education events at VIR on: May 20, 2014, 07:09:11 PM
Well, it was a good event.  Good weather and good company.  I didn't expect to get 5 sessions on Friday, so that was a plus.  I ended up running my fastest time on VIR Full (2:14.3) during my last session Sunday.  I'm very pleased.  My front brakes are completely gone.  I may try using the same Carbotech endurance compound that we use on the Miata next time.

Here is a link to the video of my last session, starting with my fastest lap.
56  Pictures and Media / General Pictures and Media / Re: ride along in an LS7-powered Miata on: May 20, 2014, 05:40:19 PM
that's pretty insane.
57  General / Open Forum / Re: TrackCross on: May 20, 2014, 12:26:11 PM
This sounds a lot like what NASA used to do on the Patriot Course.
58  Events / Other Events / Re: PCA spring Driver Education events at VIR on: May 05, 2014, 05:57:49 PM
Got my new front brake rotors and some Carbotech XP8 pads for the hpde.
should be fun.


update: put the new rotors and pads on. Man those xps8's stop on a dime when warmed up but they are noisy as can be.

Nice.  I put my brakes on today, but couldn't bed them because it was raining.  Carbotech XP10s up front and Hawk HP+ rears.  Finally got some blank rotors, too.  The drilled rotors I was running had numerous cracks through them.
59  General / Technical Help / Re: Traction control CHAOS !!! on: April 29, 2014, 04:49:30 PM
The blown fuse was easy.  Definitely check the battery and alternator voltage.  Cars do funny things when you try to run them on like 10 volts.  We spent some time chasing our tail on Paul's Merkur with a bad alternator.  Showed up as the car cutting off randomly.
60  General / Classifieds / Re: SOLD: 2006 Honda Civic on: April 14, 2014, 04:53:16 PM
Old Insight.  It's actually the 168th of the assembly line, so that's pretty neat.  Most were manuals, some came with a CVT.
61  Pictures and Media / Pictures and Media from Events / Re: Autox #2 - April 13, 2014 - pictures and videos on: April 13, 2014, 05:26:03 PM
Here's my 44.895 that I coned away.  Oh well.
62  General / Classifieds / Re: SOLD: 2006 Honda Civic on: April 13, 2014, 03:58:51 PM
I, on the other hand, did get an Insight.  It's light and manual...but that's about it.  Managed 65mpg on the drive home from Buffalo and I'm still trying to figure out how to drive it.  I think 70-75mpg will be easy to achieve on my drive to/from work.  The previous owner was averaging over 80.
63  Events / Autocross / Re: Volunteers for Towing Trailer?? on: April 12, 2014, 07:02:13 PM
I can tow the trailer, though generally not the day before an event.  I could probably do the VMP one as long as the wagon is still running.
64  General / Classifieds / Re: SOLD: 2006 Honda Civic on: March 29, 2014, 03:42:04 AM
Hah, yeah.  He should be able to sell it for what he bought it for pretty easily, maybe a bit more.  I don't have the patience to deal with car buyers on Craigslist.
65  General / Classifieds / Re: 16"x8" wheels and tires. on: March 28, 2014, 03:28:08 PM
If the bolt pattern wasn't so specific, I'd be interested in them.  Oh well.
66  Events / Other Events / Re: Dyno Day on: March 09, 2014, 04:58:49 AM
So what were everybody's numbers?  I'm pleased that the Miata put down 117hp and 117ft-lbs.  Not too bad for a stock 1.8 with just a custom intake and eBay exhaust.
67  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 2006 Honda Civic on: March 08, 2014, 03:39:43 PM
68  General / Technical Help / Re: Recommended Auto Shops for a '94 Miata in RVA on: March 07, 2014, 06:24:54 PM
Gee, I was going to recommend Loehlein's Shadetree Shop, I hear they do a lot of Miatas.
Not to mention if you need any parts they probably have them in stock.  (Slightly used of course.)

Miatas that enter my property are prone to leaving with fewer parts than they entered with.
69  General / Technical Help / Re: Recommended Auto Shops for a '94 Miata in RVA on: March 07, 2014, 03:35:47 PM
I highly recommend Wallace Automotive.  They're the only shop I trust to actually do anything on my cars.  Unfortunately for them, this usually just means a bunch of state inspections and track day inspections.  They're a really good bunch of guys.  Very straightforward.
70  Results / Autocross / Re: First event for 2014 on: March 05, 2014, 10:18:54 AM
I can bring you a 4x100 space saver spare without any tread left!
71  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Now that I have a permanent number on: March 01, 2014, 01:15:59 PM
If your numbers are a PITA at the rear quarter windows, why not put them on the Windschutzscheibe ?

But then where would the Fig Newtons sticker go?

72  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Now that I have a permanent number on: March 01, 2014, 06:50:20 AM
This guy is local (VA Beach).  Seems like a good deal.
73  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 2006 Honda Civic on: February 17, 2014, 03:24:48 PM
uploaded a couple pictures...nothing special.  car needs a good cleaning after all the snow.
74  General / Classifieds / Re: FS: 2006 Honda Civic on: February 04, 2014, 06:51:15 AM
Yes, I was thinking of "ManWithManyMiatas" or "SellMeYourWreckedCarsForCheap" but "jloehlein" is more than likely going to win.
75  General / Classifieds / SOLD: 2006 Honda Civic on: February 03, 2014, 06:41:50 PM
So, I'm really tired of my '06 Civic and would like to free up funds for something else.  I don't know what that is yet, but I know I've seen a few cars that I've wanted to buy as a daily driver, but can't justify because I already have like 3 cars that I could easily daily drive.  I don't suspect too many autocrossers will be interested, but if you know someone who needs reliable transportation, please pass along.

2006 Honda Civic LX
2 door, 5 speed
137,XXX miles and climbing
one owner (me)

The Good
  • Honda CR-Z wheels (will include stock steel wheels and hubcaps, if desired)
  • Civic Si suspension - shocks, struts, springs, sway bars (I'll include the stock suspension pieces that have ~10k miles on them...I'll even swap them in if that's preferred)
  • Amsoil pre-oiler (no dry starts)
  • Optima battery
  • New windshield
  • Meticulously maintained: Amsoil since new, transmission fluid every 30k, frequent power steering fluid changes (who does that!), brake/clutch fluid flushes, brake slider pins lubed even though I haven't needed to replace the pads yet, this is the only car of mine that I wash and wax...and I wax it every time I wash it
  • I've tracked every tank of gas and piece of maintenance I've done since new (see here) - averaged over 38mpg (and I don't drive slowly).  I get in the low-mid 40s (highest of 47mpg) when I try driving slowly.  Cost to run has been a mere $0.13/mi (includes, wheels, fluids, gas, etc).

The Bad/Annoying
  • It burns ~1qt of oil every 5k miles...and since I change the oil every 7500 miles, I have to add a quart about halfway through
  • It will need tires soon-ish.  If you're me, this means in 20k miles.  For everyone else, it means in the next 10k.
  • It was in an accident, someone sideswiped me changing lanes...the passenger front fender, headlight and bumper cover were replaced - there was no mechanical damage, but the car isn't "perfect"
  • The passenger door lock doesn't manually unlock (which doesn't matter since I don't sit there the passenger door has an electric unlock button which works fine)
  • The car is super boring

Just FYI
  • The brake pads/shoes are original and have tons of life left - I don't use the brakes
  • The clutch is original and I don't know how much life there is left, but my commute is ~30mi each way with only 3 stop lights, so I don't really use the clutch, either.  I have no indication it needs to be replaced, but just want to be clear that it's not new.
  • The coolant and hoses are original, the coolant still tests fine according to my test strips but I expect it'll need to be replaced in the next couple years.  I'd replace the radiator and heater hoses at the same time.
  • Garage kept - kind of?  I park it in a parking garage during weekdays - and the day is when you're worried about UV rays, right?  I keep it outside at night...but this is totally better than someone who parks inside at night and out in the sun all day long, right?  Right?

I've priced the car a bit above what you could haggle a desperate person down to, but well below what any dealer would sell it for.  I can guarantee it's better maintained than 99%+ of them out there and you'll know exactly what you're getting.  If I can't sell sell it for $6k, I'll happily continue to drive it - I've just been seeing a lot of things on Craigslist and eBay that I'd rather have.

Here are a couple looks like every other blue Civic, except for the wheels.

Will consider partial trades for:
  • very clean CRX (+++ for HF or 1st-gen Si)
  • very clean EG/EK hatchback (+++ for a VX)
  • 1st gen Insight with manual transmission
  • Miatas, preferably wrecked
  • other wrecked sports cars
  • 65+ passenger school bus with DT466 and manual transmission
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