How Long Can a Car Really Last


rev up your engines today I’m gonna help
you answer the question should I buy a used Acura now Acuras being fancy
Honda’s the pretty well made cars but like any other car they have a certain
lifespan to them and in the case of this 1999 Acura CL it led a pretty tough life
now this car was just purchased it’s got the paper tags on it originally this was
over a twenty six thousand dollar car back in 1999 it’s a two-door sports
version not the four-door and out of the hood it’s got the v6 engine and as you
can see and here still got a lot of metal this isn’t plastic this is all
metal they were certainly more solid built back in the day and all the
plastic ripped of modern cars have on it now this version does have the automatic
transmission but truth be told back in 1999 the Acura automatic transmissions
were pretty reliable I had customers get hundreds of thousands of miles on
but don’t soda shoes one has 150,000 miles on it the seats are in pretty good shape but the leather armrest has seen better days and the windshield’s got a giant crack in it and someone tried to make it look race spiffy with this matte black
paint but look at the wheels so they just spray-painted these things but the old
chrome is underneath it’s pretty beat up but from far away it looks ok to get
close it’s pretty crappy and when you look closer here you can tell the things been
in numerous wrecks body panels don’t fit that well anymore you can see overspray
from when they sprayed it now it was such a bizarre paint job the first thing
you want to check is what was the original color and they always say on
the door nh592p is the exterior color look it up in your phone for acura paint colors it’s a metallic black at least it was a black car this isn’t
the original black but at least it’s black from my advice never buy a car
that was one color and was repainted another cuz they end up looking like
crap every time somebody dings a door rock hits something the old paint y’all
sue and it looks horrible at least it was black it’s a different
color black now but at least it started out is black too and even though it’s
obviously been wrecked a few times you can see that the a/c condenser is
straight it’s not bent for massive racks and the radiator part goes pretty good
but you notice this he has new radiator fans and both of them are brand new when you see stuff like that on a used car you want to take it for a good long road
test both for 10 20 minutes in traffic stop and go and on a highway and if you
see any where you drive the temperature gauge starts to rise higher don’t buy
the car it’s got an overheating problem somebody tried putting new fans and to
fix it that didn’t fix it so anytime you see something like that make sure you
road test it for quite some time to see if it has any overheating problems
because it does you don’t want to buy now in this case the customer didn’t pay
that much money for the vehicle it’s not like he’s gonna lose a whole bunch of
money he didn’t pay anything he paid less than one twentieth of the
original sticker price of this car and sure it’s got a lousy paint job I mean
they painted over everything with the black they didn’t mask it all this is
supposed to be chrome here and they painted the wheels over with the
differences black look basically at one time luxurious sports sedan has turned
into a rat sports sedan it’s not something you’re just gonna buy and then
drive from Texas to California back it’s a red car but that’s sad it’s a pretty
luxurious red car how much longer is it gonna last 21 years old
that’s 150 thousand miles well it depends on how you take care of it it
isn’t accurate after all made by Honda it’s not a car you’re gonna be doing
burnouts in your Burnie and you know you’re burning the transmission out but
if you drive it conservatively change the oil regularly hey I’ve seen these
things with two hundred thousand miles on and realized this particular model
it’s got a rubber timing belt and these are interference engines if the belt
breaks Pistons will hit the valves the first thing I’d advise doing is if
you don’t have records for a car this old this many miles change the timing
belt in the water pump because if they break you can say goodbye engine now
I’ve had customs are bought these things originally and had them for 25 years
just gamble and say Scotty I’ve had this car for 25 years I want to spend
that kind of money changing the timing belt the water pump and all this stuff
I’ll just drive it until it drops and sometimes they still golf few more years
and when the belt eventually breaks then they just junk the car because in the
case of this rat Acura it would cost him more to have the timing belt and
water pump and and puller replaced than he paid for the car which is why if you’re
looking at this particular car or any used Acura you want to give it a good
road test first and if it runs good it’s just good and it’s a cheap price then
you want to gamble with hey maybe I’ll get some time out of it it’s a fun car
to drive go right ahead just don’t go out and buy one of these
like one of my customers high school kids did and thought oh he’s going to
make a drifter car out of it and then blow the thing up and a few months
after buy because being an Acura with a big old v6 engine they will go even when
they’re old but then they go until they blow now this particular one is a pretty
honest rat car you look at it you can see hey it’s got a rat paint job it’s
not a wolf in sheep’s clothing you can see that it’s a red car and it didn’t
cost much money but don’t make the mistake of buying one of these cars to
think you’re gonna turn it into a like brand-new car
put on a $3,000 paint job soup it all up it’s a rat car it’s made as a rat car drive
is a rat car don’t throw a whole bunch of money into it because it’s not worth
it basically you’re getting a luxury sports car at a very low price if you
can get even a year or two out of it of good use and drive it conservatively hey
it could be a fun car but if after a while it turns into a nightmare car with
the engine starting to go or the transmission
don’t throw money into it then you just said wow that was fun while it lasted
get rid of it realize that you can buy 20 of these things for the price of a
new one so just think of each one only lasted a
year you got 20 years of cars and you get to drive a different car all the
time so now you know the truth about old used Acura luxury cars when you should
buy them and when you should just say nah I’ll look for a different one,
so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair videos, remember to
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