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