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  • Found a car, need your thoughts on it.

    I spotted this car a few houses down from my parents place in a backyard. It's an 88 Festiva L, carburated. The thing about this car that I find amazing is that is has virtually no rust. For a 20 year old Festiva to have no rust in Calgary is friggin' amazing. The headlights are broken, the interior is shot, but the body is fantastic, and I honestly don't mind working with a carb. but I'd prefer fuel injection. They're asking $800 for it, but I'm pretty sure I could get it for $500. Any thoughts?

    Heres a few pics.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention it's got 242,000kms (150,000 miles) showing on the clock.

  • #2
    Yes ..Offer $500.00
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    • #3
      oh ya, i'd offer $500 and see if he'll take it

      1988 323 Station Wagon - KLG4 swapped
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      • #4
        Don't forget that it will most likely be a 4 speed
        Calgary AB, Canada
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        • #5
          I've had an opportunity to speak with the "owners" of the car again, and it's starting to sound like it may be a bad idea. It appears that they are...not members of normal put it nicely. Let's just say they don't work 9 to 5, but money's not a problem. They don't have a key for the car, they don't have registration for it, and as they tell me, they're selling it for a "friend."

          It seems to me that it might be the kind of deal where you buy the car, and at some point when you get pulled over for a burnt out tail light you find out the car was either sold to you illegally, or used in a crime, and in either case gets seized by the courts as evidence or as stolen property.

          Oh well, one down. There are plenty of Festivas in the sea.


          • #6
            Well just go to your department of motor vehicles with the vin and have them check it, im sure they would do it for free. I think I wouldn't pay anymore than 400 for it, just because of going through all the hassle of getting a new title for it.



            • #7
              Id walk away, thats a lot of miles on an 88 when the title is in question.
              The Don - Midwest Festiva Inc., Missouri Chapter

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              Celebrating 25 years of festiva(s) ownership.


              • #8
                and carbed at that.. I just sold 1 pretty much in the same condition had a blown head gasket and 125k for 150.00 But even it had a clear title.


                • #9
                  800 is high for that having that many miles



                  • #10
                    Yup, been thinking about the DMV option, but also thinking about the scary factor with these folks.


                    • #11
                      I'd avoid that one, there's others out there.

                      93 GL modyfied!!!


                      • #12
                        Yep, avoid them.
               88 festiva LX w/BP G25 MR 5 speed waiting for wiring- 93 Festiva GL auto w/ air, waiting for B6t/G4A-HL - 98 Nissan Quest - 02 Mazda protege 5 wife's DD