Discussion in 'eBay Watch' started by zzyzzx, May 22, 2020.
What happened to it selling at like 3.5k?
I actually bought it. This is my first post here. hahah. Saw this area of the forum for eBay auctions and thought I might find the car I bought in here, this is really funny.
I am not a long-term collector or anything but I owned a '94 teal green Ford Escort LX hatchback (manual) as my first car back when I was in High School. Drove it from ~60k to ~140k. The car was awesome and easy to work on. Back in Atlanta a lady hit a slick of ice in her SUV and lost control sliding across 6 lanes and slamming into the passenger side of the car. I kept control and pulled off the interstate. Car was destroyed. I ended up getting back in the car, no windows, cold air blowing and driving it home 30 miles. It made it no problem but insurance totaled it out. Gone were my days of the Escort
I drove a '92 Ford Probe for a while. The GT with the Vulcan V6 engine, had a black bra. Really fun car.
That is just about my total experience with the Ford line. These days I ride a motorcycle as my daily. However, I decided I really wanted to add a car I could be proud of to my stable. I started searching for a Ford Escort about a year ago. I hadn't decided on the EXP in particular but I felt it was a cool car if I ever came upon one for the right price. I was looking mostly at 2nd gen's.
However, I saw this eBay when it went up at 7k, I was like pshhh... moving on... Then I saw it close and go back up at 3.5k with 2k starting bid. I said to myself now that is more like it, however I missed the boat and someone else won it at a price higher than I really wanted to pay anyhow. I saw soon after that the car went back up for sale but starting price was 3.5k. I messaged the seller since price too high to see if there was any wiggle. Told him I would fly from LA to Oregon to pick up and bring back. Offered 2k. He responded to say he has a lot of interest at that price and will keep me on the list for if the bid closes without a buyer.
Auction ends, no buyer, I message him to follow up. He comes back after a couple of my persistent messages to say that at 2.5k with 500 non-refundable deposit he would sell it to me. I Venmo'ed him 500 after drafing and sending him a quick contract to hold it for a week that we both signed. Hopped a flight to Oregon at the next chance the next week.
I went straight from airport to his house and bought it cash in hand, slept in a airbnb that night. Pretty fair condition, has an overheating issue uphills but I drove it all the way back from Oregon to LA, I knew it was a risk but I planned ahead to get a tow if needed to the closest penske/uhaul to get a truck and trailer if needed (keeping an eye on the cars vitals all the while). This one included he had 3 Escorts at his house. He just needed money. He was using it as a daily. Made some mods I would consider distasteful in an older car which I am already working on reversing, but it was in good running condition with most all of it's oem parts. Underside is in pretty decent condition for the age and no front end wrecks to that frog face!
He told me that the buyer at 3.5k was a scammer of sorts, I didn't press for more details. Nonetheless, it is a fun car and it made it 1000+ miles in one day. Some of the long inclines I had to drive on shoulder at 10-15 mph to keep it from overheating or damaging it. It is at 68k but I imagine it has flipped odometer at least once, maybe twice. Needs so much work but I am glad to do it. Taking it on the one long ride home I love the car already.
Oh yeah, he left receipt for the purchase in the car, he bought it for $750 from a local dealer, haha. Glad to join the forum and look forward to getting advice where I can here.
My instagram if anyone wants to follow along: https://instagram.com/heisenberg617_
Great story. It sounds like the car has found a good home.
I like the fact that you took a bit of a chance and drove it home.
I did the same thin with my 88. almost all the sensors were removed and no orings on the interject made for a fun 50 mile trip.
Hopefully @nicholas gites a lot of fun out of the car.
@nicholas Be mindful of rust in the rear shock towers. They are known to use out.
Yeah, I was fortunate that all the sensors and panel indicators are working so I was able to see it was overheating. I can't imagine flying blind like that, damn...
yeah, it had a working speedo and temp gauge, that was about it.
Nothing like middle of nowhere side of the road engine repair!
Me, last summer trying to get all cylinders firing (I had to R&R a couple stuck hydraulic lifters):
@Joey_Twowagons yeah that looks like a blast! haha. I assume you made it eventually, hahaha
I still want to know what the reserve on the auction was.
Not completely sure but I thought it was $3.5k.
This is the same but who is selling the red 1g GT that keep popping up and going down on ebay
I call him a nut because he seems scatter brained with the sale of these 2 cars... keep in mind I’d pay $5k for a clean 1gt with sunroof, arm rest, rear wiper. And I’m also the guy who landed an 84 exp turbo that was parked in a garage in 89 w/60k miles and lost it to a drunk driver hit and run in the middle of the night while I was playing with my 6 month old in the living room, I still remember that night. That shattering glass and metallic crunch sound outside my house. P.S. I’d pay $10k Gladly for another one (clean) my wife is upset that I’d sell my 70 fastback mustang if I ever needed the $ in a pinch
yes he is the same guy I bought my car from. He seemed a bit of an oddball when I met him. I don't know the condition of the gt but saw it from a distance.
I think anyone into 80s escorts has to be at least a little bit of a oddball.
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