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Old 02-02-2016, 07:28 AM   #1
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RB High Mileage body Northeast car?

Looking to buy a 240sx as my first real car, and im wondering how many miles is too many miles on an s13. Found one for sale in Albany for $4500 with an rb20det swap with a few mods to it (turbo off the rb25, hks 272 cams, etc.), coilovers, FMIC, aem tru boost, welded diff. The only thing im worried about is the 221k miles on the car. The swap has about 60k on the engine and tranny so im not very worried about that. Im just looking for a good platform to build off of with a decent amount of things done to the car for me to save the money for doing them myself. The cars been in the northeast for its whole life im assuming, and im just wondering if its a good buy or not. I want to know if I should just stay away from it before i start asking for more pictures/information and eventually save myself the 3 hour drive up to Albany. Thanks
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:13 AM   #2
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Go here and ask the same question.
http://zilvia.net/f/showthread.php?t=609900
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Old 02-02-2016, 08:46 AM   #3
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Looking to buy a 240sx as my first real car, and im wondering how many miles is too many miles on an s13. Found one for sale in Albany for $4500 with an rb20det swap with a few mods to it (turbo off the rb25, hks 272 cams, etc.), coilovers, FMIC, aem tru boost, welded diff. The only thing im worried about is the 221k miles on the car. The swap has about 60k on the engine and tranny so im not very worried about that. Im just looking for a good platform to build off of with a decent amount of things done to the car for me to save the money for doing them myself. The cars been in the northeast for its whole life im assuming, and im just wondering if its a good buy or not. I want to know if I should just stay away from it before i start asking for more pictures/information and eventually save myself the 3 hour drive up to Albany. Thanks
If the body isn't rusted to shit and the wiring harness isn't all burnt, Mileage is completely irrelevant.

Just make sure things were done right. Almost all these cars have high miles now, and when you modify them mileage considerations really aren't important anymore. It becomes an issue of condition and quality of work done
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Old 02-02-2016, 09:49 AM   #4
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i had 220k on my s13 when i swapped the rb25det in there held up for about 2 years before i blew the motor up. and it did have rust
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:14 AM   #5
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i had 220k on my s13 when i swapped the rb25det in there held up for about 2 years before i blew the motor up. and it did have rust
Glad to hear some good news I plan on having the car for at least a few years so I'll see if he can give me more insight into the rust and maybe some underbody pictures
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Old 02-02-2016, 10:39 AM   #6
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I'd worry about the body/rust, and a place that'll pass inspection at.
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I'd worry about the body/rust, and a place that'll pass inspection at.
How bad would the rust have to be to make me worry about inspection? Any rules of thumb and how wild I go about fixing it if it's in bad shape
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Measure the chassis and see if it's within spec. The limits for flex are in the fsm.
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Just check for rust. I just picked up a 1995 with 236k on it. Has rust in the quarters, and a small spot on the strut tower, but not where it actually sits. But underneath it's beginning to, but is all solid still, but for the price I couldn't pass it up.
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If the body isn't rusted to shit and the wiring harness isn't all burnt, Mileage is completely irrelevant.

Just make sure things were done right. Almost all these cars have high miles now, and when you modify them mileage considerations really aren't important anymore. It becomes an issue of condition and quality of work done
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Body rust isn't something I'd be concerned about. I've had a few NE cars (since that's where I currently live) with quater panels rusted, slight rust around trunk/hatch areas, anywhere where water can drip and sit. It wasn't a big deal. Frame rust is something you want to look out for. As far as mileage is concerned, mileage, smileage. Look for a quality build that's been well maintained.
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any penetrating rust will fail safety inspection in mass.
Same with loud exhausts, tints, etc.
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:14 AM   #13
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Body rust isn't something I'd be concerned about. I've had a few NE cars (since that's where I currently live) with quater panels rusted, slight rust around trunk/hatch areas, anywhere where water can drip and sit. It wasn't a big deal. Frame rust is something you want to look out for. As far as mileage is concerned, mileage, smileage. Look for a quality build that's been well maintained.
Thanks ill be sure to look out for all that. You think its worth looking at cars down south just to avoid all that, especially with the strict(er) inspections in MA? Im just not looking forward to breaking off bolts and such under the car stuck on from all the salt and rust. Also any ways or products worth investing in to prevent rust and all that from happening? Ill probably keep off the roads for the most part in the winters anyways but i guess you never know.
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