Oppo, it finally happened
If you didn't read it, here's my first post that will give more background to this post.
Ever since my brother first showed me Wagon Attack 2 over 10 years ago have I wanted to 4th gen RT4WD Civic Wagon. And this past Saturday, I finally ponied up the cash to buy one and live up to my Oppo username.
This one is a 1989 Civic Wagon RT4WD with a 6 speed manual in "Superior Blue Metallic". It's mostly stock, or at least as one can be for a 32 year old car with 165k miles. I bought it roughly 300 miles from home in southern Washington and drove it back in one day, and I have to say, it far exceeds any expectation I had. Cruised no problem at 70-75 the whole way home without a single hiccup. Even a couple bouts of stop and go and the temp needle didn't budge.
- Mostly stock
- Interior in way better shape than expected, driver seat is totally busted though. Has manual seat belts unlike '90 and '91 model years
- Clock and radio works, all gauges work, all lights work
- Came with all 4 stock RT wheels and hubcaps (funnily enough I have an extra set that I bought a couple years back in anticipation of buying one of these eventually)
- All the body panels are straight minus a decent dent on the hood and a couple bigger scrapes. Nothing major though
- Drives amazingly well. Drives and stops straight, fires up first crank everytime
- One of my favorites and I never thought I'd find it, it has FACTORY A/C! (thought it is currently inop)
- Brakes are super squishy, and the pedal goes soft and keeps depressing when stopped. Thinking probably leaky rear wheel cylinders, and also picked up all 4 brake hoses
- Previous owner put 2 inch wheel spacers on it, so going to remove those ASAP
- 2nd gear is crunchy, but literally every Honda I've ever owned has had a crunchy second gear
- Driver door doesn't lock, I assume it was got broke when the car was broken into a couple owners ago
- Rear hatch rattles when driving. I've heard replacing the struts can fix it so I already ordered a set of those. Other than that, it probably just needs adjusting.
- It sounds like something in the exhaust system is hitting and rattling at certain RPMs. Not a big deal but might be an easy fix.
That's it for now, I think my next post will be my near future plan on getting this back up to snuff and looking tip top again.
Sorry about the shade photos but I was wiped after driving across Washington twice in one day and haven't had time to get some better shots. Once it gets a bath I will take some better ones, but for now here's a photo dump:
First fill up after buying
Notice no passenger side mirror. The 80's were a reckless time
Happy garage now
Grindintosecond last edited by Grindintosecond
@civicwagonengineer 6 speeds a stock option?? Wow
I think your oppo card status is now elevated to platinum plus membership. Enjoy the executive spa.
jminer last edited by
@civicwagonengineer this is so cool of a vehicle and I'm thrilled you were able to finally find one!
I look forward to seeing more of it!
CivicWagonEngineer last edited by CivicWagonEngineer
@grindintosecond Yup, one of the first things that really drew me to these cars. It's a normal Honda 5 speed, but it also has a "Super Low" crawler gear:
@jminer I will definitely be making more posts so stay tuned!
gmporschenut also a fan of hondas last edited by
@civicwagonengineer super clean (minus mentioned drivers seat). Might just need a full fluid change. can be amazing what fresh transmission fluid can do. That and brakes, though changing flex lines also good idea.
Taylor Martin last edited by
@civicwagonengineer Dude that's amazing! I hope it brings you a ton of great miles (as we all know it will).
TheBarber last edited by
@civicwagonengineer Superb grab! It looks amazing, I'm a little jealous.
The brake issue will probably be a leaky master cylinder as what you describe is a pretty common symptom.
You get a chance to see if the 4wd viscous coupler is still doing its job? Mine was bum and I never got around to rebuilding it.
CarsOfFortLangley last edited by
@grindintosecond The spa's for curators only. What do you think the tshirt money is funding?
spacekraken last edited by
@civicwagonengineer Congrats! Looks really really sharp for the age and miles. That's a... 2018ish snow park pass haha. I dig the BRG miata too.
beefchips last edited by
@civicwagonengineer amazing, congrats! I think the lack of mirror is to make sure you stay in the slow lane and never try to overtake
@gmporschenut-also-a-fan-of-hondas Full fluid change is at the top of the list to get done. Should at least help a bit with the trans
@taylor-martin Thanks fellow Honda Wagon owner! I hope to keep it for many more miles to come
@thebarber Thanks! I did this dance with my '86, never could quite get the brakes quite right on it. I'm sure most parts of the system will end up being replaced lol. Have any good ideas for testing the VC? The previous owner said it worked this last winter, seemed like an honest guy but would still like to confirm for myself.
@spacekraken Thanks! And according to Carfax, it lived most of it's life in Portland.
@beefchips Thanks! Funny thing is it had no problem on the freeway. I able to easily pass slow trucks and what not. The missing mirror got me a few times when I went to check it and saw no mirror, gonna have to get used to that lol
spacekraken last edited by
@civicwagonengineer Haha makes sense! Once things well and truly settle down we have to do a PNW oppo meet.
@spacekraken I'm in!
facw last edited by
I'm surprised the Miata looks so small next to it. I mean the Miata is a small car, but we're still talking about an '80s Civic.
@facw The Miata actually weighs more! 2447lbs vs 2336lbs. Probably because the Miata actually has safety stuff like airbags....and mirrors on both sides of the car
BritsnSwedes was MINIGTI last edited by BritsnSwedes was MINIGTI
I think you’ll find as I did that if 2 of the cars are a TR6 and a MINI you can definitely jam 3 cars in there.
I think my 93 sedan was 2400 pounds or so; even my MINI is almost 500 pounds heavier.
Mazda616 last edited by
@civicwagonengineer This is excellent. My favorite thing about old Hondas is the door chime. It quintessentially reminds me of my childhood in the ‘90s.
MisterButtercup last edited by
@civicwagonengineer a family who lived across the street had one of these when I was growing up, looked like a cool little vehicle, wouldn't be surprised if it's still chugging along.
Roadkilled last edited by
@civicwagonengineer One possibility on the rear hatch is that the 32 year old rubber gasket needs to be replaced. If it compresses too much, it may not hold the hatch in the proper position letting it rattle. Even if water isn't leaking in, the rubber seal may need to be replaced. There may also be missing rubber bump-stops on the hatch. Those could have broken and fallen off over the years.