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I acquired this car in September of last year(2015) after being car-less for several months. I scoured the likes of the internet and stumbled across this little gem. While the color was definitely NOT at the top of my wanted list, it was such a great deal it was too good to pass up at $1,000 cheaper than the lowest going market price. I was able to snag it for $6450 after Uncle Sam raped my wallet of about $500ish dollars. It needed some love, about $500 worth of love but after that she ran like a Swiss watch. That is, until my check engine light came on.... I replaced the canister and the light still continues to torment me so! I have been chasing this ghost of an Evap code for the better half of a year. The only conclusion I can make is that my replaced canister is actually faulty and requires a different one, once again, that's where buying cheap car parts on Amazon rears it's ugly head... Aside from the Evap gremlin getting the best of me and an annoying light on my dash telling me "hey stewpood, der's somtin rong een ur car!", it's been fantastic. I did discover one tiny thing that irked me. You know, the car using as much oil as a 13B Wankel. Fortunately mine consumed enough oil that it fell under the ZE7 Warranty Enhancement program. While in there, the gents noticed the clutch had as much life left in it as Kristen Stewart does. So out came the clutch and the flywheel sent over to the machinist to be machined before the new clutch arrived. Since that was performed, the car has ran not only like a top but is MUCH more potent than before. The lags in the powerband were now minuscule compared to before. I originally planned on JUST dailying this and leaving it stock-ish but the bug has set in and REALLY wanna mod the hell out of it. The next cosmetic mods for me will be a LED tail lamp set up, possibly a new head lamp set up, and a new grill. I want to replace the hood, fenders, and tailgate with Carbon Fiber components, and no, I don't consider these cosmetic, I consider them performance as my main reason is to lighten the car down into Focus SVT or Civic Si(seventh gen) territory. I would like to eventually beef up the motor to make some respectable numbers of power while remaining naturally aspirated such as a 2.6 ltr stroker kit.
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