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Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

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Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by James 5th gen » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:21 am

Okay so I’m going to be viewing an import bb4 very soon, I’ve had a check though old MOTs and it all seems to pass inspection and still has one up to June.

What are the common faults on these beauty’s? I will look for rust of course and I might even do a compression test.

How can I tell it’s actually an import too? I would normally look at the indicator stalks but my eg civic is a uk model and they’re swapped around

Thanks for your help everyone 8)

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Re: Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by sol-lude » Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:10 am

Usual rust spots arches sills etc, typical oil leaks at the rear (oil cooler o' ring), best way to check if its an import is that it has its BB4 Stamp it was only ever made in Japan so check the Vin plate and on the chassis at the back of the engine bay there should be a BB4 chassis code stamped there too. It will also have no ABS pump and no sunroof.

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Re: Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by Drax » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:12 am

Some BB4's came with a sunroof 🙂

JDM s came with one piece headlights, square Jap plate section in the boot and digital air con but these can be swapped quite easily. As sol Lude says, check the vin plate.

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Re: Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by James 5th gen » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:17 am

Thanks for reply I’ll look for that vin plate 👍 I’ll drop you a pm too

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Re: Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by vanzep » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:18 pm

Best check to see if it has been undersealed and always check the vin stamped into the firewall rather than a vin plate. It located just to the side of the brake booster on the driver side under the bonnet.
No 4ws on the BB4 (and generally no sunroof) so less to worry about there.
Have a look at the exhaust and cat as they can be costly/problematic
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Re: Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by PerformanceAutoworks » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:00 pm

Check timing belt history or budget for replacement of belts/tensioners etc - factor that into buying costs.
Check rear brake discs aren't corroded - sure sign of sticking calipers if they are
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Re: Viewing a 4th gen, what to look for?

Post by Tusker » Tue Nov 27, 2018 7:10 pm

Check all electrics work e.g. all switches and buttons also 4WS, a/c and cruise if fitted.

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