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Alright, I need some help from you fellow cali members! Here is the story behind what I'm trying to do. I live in Redmond, WA and have been searching around for a second car for quite some time... to no avail.

This has lead me to look elsewhere. Cali isn't too far from WA, and it's a drive I am quite familier with... I can do it in a straight shot. Anyways, I don't really want to spend anymore than $7,000 on a car, and (unfortunately) there really is not much around here in that price range. What I am planning on doing is purchasing a car that is located in the LA area, buying a one-way plane ticket, and driving the car back... no biggie.

My main concern though, is that I need to make sure the car is in good mechanical condition prior to flying down there and purchasing the car. I would like to have a compression check performed on the vehicle, but have no idea what a good shop would be in that area to do it (or how much they will charge). If any of you have some free time on your hands, and would like to take it for a balls to the wall test drive, then get back to me on how it was, that would be great too!

It's a 1999 Eclipse GS-T, here are some pics...





I have been talking to to guy, and his wife that own the car, and they are both very nice. He is actually selling the car for his son that lives in Palm Springs (not much of a market for this car in that area) lol. Anyways, it would really help me out a lot if I could get the expert opinion from one of you guys on here as to whether or not this car is in the kind of condition the owner states!

Thanks in advance! =D

-Kyle
 

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A compresson test is pretty easy to do on those cars because the plugs are so easy to get to. Here's a writeup on how to do it:
http://www.dsmgrrrl.com/FAQs/compression.htm

Another thing to look for in 2G DSMs is the dreaded "crankwalk". You can find more info about it here:
http://www.roadraceengineering.com/walkingcrankshaft.htm

I didn't read through it because I have a 1G, but I bet you can find some useful info there. Best of luck with your purchase!

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by the way, if you don't want to do it yourself or need a leak down test done, you can give the guys at RRE a try. They can also tell you if anything else is wrong with the car
http://www.roadraceengineering.com/
 

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A compresson test is pretty easy to do on those cars because the plugs are so easy to get to. Here's a writeup on how to do it:
http://www.dsmgrrrl.com/FAQs/compression.htm

Another thing to look for in 2G DSMs is the dreaded "crankwalk". You can find more info about it here:
http://www.roadraceengineering.com/walkingcrankshaft.htm

I didn't read through it because I have a 1G, but I bet you can find some useful info there. Best of luck with your purchase!

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by the way, if you don't want to do it yourself or need a leak down test done, you can give the guys at RRE a try. They can also tell you if anything else is wrong with the car
http://www.roadraceengineering.com/
Thanks a lot for the reply, +rep!

I totally forgot that RRE is down there in the LA area!

I'm very familier with these cars, as well as the dreaded crankwalk on the 7 bolt motor. Before I purchased my IS300 I had a 1997 AWD GSX, did the 6 bolt engine swap, and about everything else to it. I miss boost so much, and the good ol' DSM scene that I want to buy this for a nice second project car.

oh, and buying this entire car is cheaper than boosting my car :)
 

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Ahh, fellow DSMer! ;)

Yeah, they sure are fun cars that are cheap to mod. I still have my 1G which I've owned for more than 10 years now :)

Here's a pic:


I hardly ever drive it on the street anymore though now that I got the IS. btw thanks for the +rep, good luck!
 

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Hey nice 1st gen man, that's really clean.

Are you on dsmtuners?
 
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