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Tell us the story behind your ride. What made you pick this particular one? Where did you find it? Was looking for something more practical and economical then what I had been driving for 1 maybe 2 people to replace my Accord Wagon after the death of a loved one just ruined the build for me. I found a '09 on Craigslist and had never even given them a thought after looking into them and kind of falling for the body style I went on the search for one that was Auto (I can drive a stick just fine but I don't want to deal with a manual when 90% of my driving is stop light to stop light.) with power windows and mirrors. I found this one just outside of Sacramento for a reasonable price... They are kind of hard to find, I figure do in part to the fantastic fuel economy and that they are surprisingly fun to drive. It had 256k on the Odo and didn't miss a beat the whole 200 miles home and did it on 3.2 gallons. Describe the modifications you've made. Where did you start, what’s the most recent mod and what motivated it? So I've replaced the windshield as it was split more then half way across, rebuilt the breaks, and got a High mileage oil change. Had my Focal Type X wheels I got off Craigslist installed and they look great with the black lugs, and the cooper tires perform far better then I expected for 63$ a tire. Picked up some 3D Maxpider Kagu floor mats. Spent an afternoon repairing the rear hatch that the previous owner damaged ripping it open instead of letting the struts do the heavy lifting and ripped the strut mounts out of the thin metal. Installed an OEM Arm Rest as the car didn't have one. Put on some WeatherTech Dark Smoke Deflectors. I also installed a TRD Swaybar which made the car feel and handle so much better. A Spec-D Spoiler that improved the look of the car fairly substantially. I installed some Hella Sharptones so people texting and driving can hear me when I honk them for swerving all over the road, also they look nice. Installed some 2010 Scion xD Signal Mirrors, and a 2009 Scion xB Shift Knob. Of all the mods you’ve made, which do you think offers the biggest bang for the buck? The brake rebuild completely changed the way the car handled and it also fixed a loud wining screech coming from the rear passenger drum every time I would push the pedal. The wheels and tires have made it feel like an entirely different car. How did you go about selecting the specific parts for this build? Any installation tips to share? The wheels were on Craigslist for cheap and were the right size for my car. Other then that I tend to try and find something I like and then see what the general consensus is and go from there. If reviews are overwhelmingly negative I normally pass, but if they are decently positive I'll get the part and find out for myself. What are you planning next? Ground up restomod, 2zr-fe engine swap, custom exhaust, custom interior and sound system, paint and body work. What’s been the biggest challenge with this build? Uh... The amount of Body damage I couldn't see when I went to check out the car due to torrential rain.
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