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51  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!
52  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?

53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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
57  Events / Other Events / Re: Dyno Day on: January 22, 2014, 10:26:30 AM
I will dyno something...maybe the LeMons Miata - see if it's running any better this year than last.
58  Events / Other Events / Re: PCA spring Driver Education events at VIR on: January 21, 2014, 12:36:21 PM
Get a room?  VIR lets you camp.  They even have hot water for their showers.  Though with it being March, I may bring a space heater to stick in the wagon or tent or whatever I decide to do.
59  Events / Other Events / Re: PCA spring Driver Education events at VIR on: January 20, 2014, 08:29:34 AM
Thanks for the reminder!  I've signed up for the March event and am waiting to be confirmed.

For anyone else thinking about going, I can definitely back up Beth's recommendation.  This is the best event I've ever been to.  Here are a few of the reasons:

1) 3 days on VIR full
2) only $425 for 9 30-minute sessions.  that's cheaper $/seat time than any other HPDE I've found
3) free food!
4) good group of people - of the few HPDEs I've done, people have been best about watching their mirrors and pointing me by here
60  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: New Chumpcar Team in the Works! on: January 10, 2014, 08:01:22 PM
I know you're considering other cars, but if you want to build a Miata I have a running, driving car with an auto in it I'd let go real cheap.  I also have a couple manual transmissions and all the parts needed for a swap to throw in.  I'm sure we could work out some custom dampers, as well Smiley
61  General / Open Forum / Re: MazdaSpeed Protege 2003 on: January 05, 2014, 01:35:17 PM
have you checked the timing?  our miata had a pretty bad misfire at higher rpms after i swapped a new motor in, I had retarded the cams 1 tooth when doing the timing belt.  it ran fine part throttle.  i'd check that the cams are in the right position at TDC and then check the ignition timing with a light as well.
62  General / Open Forum / Re: Who's around next weekend? on: December 27, 2013, 10:07:53 PM
Well, I got the Porsche running, so I'll plan on being there.
63  General / Open Forum / Re: My Garage Build - The Airboxer Garage on: December 25, 2013, 09:46:13 AM
That's pretty awesome.
64  General / Open Forum / Re: Who's around next weekend? on: December 22, 2013, 05:40:40 AM
I'll be around, but I need to make sure I get Danielle's Porsche back together.  I should be able to get it done Friday - in that case, I'm in.
65  General / Open Forum / Re: stripper c5 ! on: December 19, 2013, 04:25:42 AM
It's too bad this car is automatic, it's cheaper than I've seen wrecked ones go for.
66  Events / Other Events / 2013 VMSC Annual Banquet on: December 14, 2013, 06:10:40 PM
Mark your calendars to come out and join us for our annual VMSC Awards Banquet at Maggiano's restaurant.  This is a great time to catch up with everyone and see where people placed this year, whether or not you expect to get a trophy.

Date:      Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Location: Maggiano's in Short Pump Town Center
Cost:      $25 per person
Noon:     Appetizers and cash bar
1PM:      Lunch
2PM:      Awards ceremony

Registration is open here on MyAutoEvents.  Pre-payment required.  Please include a note about who you are paying for.

For alternate payment options, feel free to bring payment to a membership meeting, or mail a check no later than Friday, February 1st to Dana Cole at:

Dana Cole
553 Raleigh Manor Rd.
Richmond, VA 23229

See you there!
67  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: Interested in Lemons/ChumpCar team. on: December 14, 2013, 06:07:21 PM
Our team has 6 people already and I'm not sure what we'll be doing in 2014.  I know someone else who has a team at work.  I'll mention this to him and see if they've got room.  I know they're in the middle of V6-swapping their Cavalier and I'm sure could use a hand.

Also, if you just want to try one out you can go onto the LeMons forums.  People sell open seats all the time.  Typically like $600-$1000 a race.  Our Miata is one of the cheapest to run and our cost is around $300-$400/person if we're not buying tires.
68  General / Open Forum / Re: stripper c5 ! on: December 14, 2013, 05:47:51 PM
Keep an eye on eBay.  I'd search "salvage corvette".  Also, the seller "fparts" sells some whole cars (like this one) and C5 chassis.  They're up in PA

Also interesting, when I searched for "fparts" on eBay, it asked me if I meant to search for "farts."
69  Events / Autocross / Re: 2014 PAX Values and Deltas on: December 03, 2013, 02:52:11 PM
Looks like SMF (or GS) is a good place to be Smiley
70  General / Open Forum / Re: Mercedes 300 SL Hillclimb - O-boy on: November 24, 2013, 06:31:58 AM
i definitely wouldn't drive it, something would break.  it is pretty crazy though, kind of like watching the races at Goodwood - some really expensive cars out there.
71  Events / Other Events / Re: Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 25, 2013, 10:17:07 AM
Ugh, looks Richmond Dragway isn't running tonight bc of the cold weather.  I called VMP and they're deliberating...should make a call by 3pm.  We'll see what happens.
72  Events / Other Events / Re: Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 24, 2013, 05:38:46 AM
Looks like it's going to be clear and cool tomorrow.  Looking forward to this, see you guys there.
73  Results / Autocross / Re: Race Results VMSC/BRR challange 10-13-2013 on: October 16, 2013, 01:00:40 PM
We won...just barely (by like 14 thousandths of a second).  We initially thought BRR had won, but Ray showed up and pointed out that John Wolf (white STI, #1 PAX) wasn't a BRR member...otherwise they would have destroyed us.
74  General / Autos and Autosport / Re: The Evo's not ready for tomorrow 13Oct13. on: October 12, 2013, 01:03:32 PM
Glad it's not the motor.  You're welcome to run the Miata (Danielle's, not the LeMons car) tomorrow.
75  Events / Other Events / Re: Drag strip - 10/25/2013? on: October 12, 2013, 05:23:28 AM
Sweet.  Let's plan on Richmond Dragway.  Their site looks like it's working now and they do have a street night/test and tune on Friday 10/25.  Details are here along with requirements (which are very basic).  I'll plan on getting there between 5 and 6, hopefully closer to 5.
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