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Intro'd myself and now a question. I'm looking to buy a 1995 escort hatchback with a 1.9 and 5 speed for my son as a first car. It has mods done and looks nice but has 173k miles on it. Seem to run good and drive good but check engine light on. Owner says thats from the aftermarket Air intake and that she has the stocker to put on for inspection to clear the light? How long do these little cars run after 173k miles if in good shape?
 

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That aftermarket air intake shouldn't set the check engine light off, unless something was hooked up wrong. If you do buy the car, I'd pull the codes and see what the code is.

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Thanks and I'm taking it to an Autozone to check the codes before I buy it tomorrow. Another guy told me to watch the temp and if there's any white smoke not steam coming from the tail pipe as they may have head gasket issues also??
 

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At 173K it should ahev the tie rod ends, rear springs, and PCV elbow already replaced. My only concern would be dropping a valve seat. It doesn't always happen and you can't predict it in advance.
 

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They may have disconnected the air charge temperature (IAT) sensor if the aftermarket intake didn't have a hole for it. If that is disconnected, I believe it would throw a CEL. Pulling the codes, however, will greatly help to identify the problem.
 

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dropping the valve seat is not quite a common on the 1.9L as it is on the 2.0L. It still can happen, but as long as you don't let the car overheat, it should be fine. If the car ever shows signs that it is going to overheat, shut it down immediately... that's all you need to know. Overheating is one of the main causes of a dropped valve seat.
 
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