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I'm looking at a 99 ZX2 "sport" with 295K miles (a lot I know) for potentially my first car and I'm wondering what the difference is because I know the S/R is the top of the line but I can't find anything on the "sport"
 

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I'm looking at a 99 ZX2 "sport" with 295K miles (a lot I know) for potentially my first car and I'm wondering what the difference is because I know the S/R is the top of the line but I can't find anything on the "sport"
Also what do you think would be a fair offer? its a manual and physically looks to be in great condition very clean interior and exterior. seller says its been very well maintained.
 

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I wouldn't touch any car with that many miles no matter the price unless if it was for parts, a project car or had new everything.
Maybe 250-500$ alot of zx2's still out there, so I'm sure you could find a better one.
Sorry I can't be of much more help. I'm a frist gen guy.
 

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The sport had a couple features as standard equipment:
sport bucket seats, 15" alloy wheels, rear spoiler, polished exhaust tip, and possibly others I can't remember off the top of my head.

Basically it's still the same car.

The SR has performance upgrades on it.
 
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Also what do you think would be a fair offer? its a manual and physically looks to be in great condition very clean interior and exterior. seller says its been very well maintained.
Do you have a link for our review and criticism?
 

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That thing is in remarkably good shape for having nearly 300k on it.
 

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I must be missing something, I am not seeing any mileage in the ad, anywhere. That and $1250 is the asking price??? Where does the $800 come from.
 

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The current owner has had it for about 2 years. He bought it with most of the miles on it already.
The guy before him had it 10 years.
The first owner had it about 9 years.
 
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It depends on whether you are interested in doing mechanical work. My first car was an oil burner and needed some other work, but I really liked the car and was enthusiastic about tearing into the engine to replace the rings which I figured was the problem.

Since it's your first car, you most likely won't be dependent on it so can take the time to do the work. Unless you have strong evidence the timing belt has been done recently, that is a needed job since I believe this is a "self-destruct" (aka interference) engine.

Also you are headed into the rainy season so unless you have a covered area to work it might not be fun.
 

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Ask the owner if he'll allow you to do a leak down test on each cylinder. This will give you a pretty good indication of how well the engine was maintained. If you have good pressure numbers across all cylinders than more than likely the owner(s) were faithful in at least changing the oil and the basic maintenance the car needs. Check the oil and radiator fluid and make sure it doesn't look like a chocolate milkshake. This indicates blown head gasket. Also check on the side of the head. There's a little wax button that will melt at a particular temperature. If it's melted than the head got hot and the car probably overheated at some point.

It is quite clean. Looks like it got garaged for most of it's life. A '99 with 295K miles breaks down to 14,000 miles a year. That's not too bad. The suspension could probably use a good bushing refresh after all those miles.

Does the owner have any service records he can share with you?

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Interesting, I assumed all DOHC (as opposed to SOHC) engines were interference.
I believe the mazda 1.8 "BP" motor (from the 2nd gen GT) is non interference too
 

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Interesting, I assumed all DOHC (as opposed to SOHC) engines were interference.
From what I read the American version of this car had to be non-interference. The European version might be an interference engine. I can testify to the non-interference nature of this motor since I have had the pleasure of the timing belt breaking twice while I was driving. The first time was right after I first got it and the second time was right after getting it replaced and then getting hit by an old lady on the right side shortly thereafter... The fuel switch shut the car down in the wreck so the motor shut off suddenly. It damaged the brand new timing belt but not enough to prevent me from driving away from that wreck once I reset the fuel switch. ABout two weeks later it quit running on me and sure enough it was the timing belt. The mechanic who did the job the first time warranteed the parts so all I had to pay was the laabor. LOL. It's OK since I got $1500 from the insurance and the car only cost me $1100.
 

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I now have a Sport version and I got that for $1500 with 133k on the ticker. Needed some work but now is working great. It has cruise control, something which I thought was stupid until I started using it for a long drive that I do most weeks to play disc golf just 45 minutes or so down the interstate. Boring drive and cruise control makes it so easy. A few weeks ago I was hit in this car as well. Driving to work and all of a sudden this car appears out of nowhere doing a U-turn right in front of me. I dodged left and tried to avoid but eventually ran out of room. Messed up my bumper and really messed up the front wheel of a crappy small Fiat. Anyway, long story short... I got $1500 from the insurance for that accident. Very little damage to my car... But they totaled it anyway. Another free car. Readjusted the bumper, used some Gorilla tape to secure it better and replaced a turn light lamp. Oh yeah the Sport version also has fog lamps. So They got messed up and I will install some nicer ones. Might just take it to this body guy I know for a quick fix. Will see...
 

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I took these photos right after that wreck. See the imprint of the Fiat wheel in the bumper... It looks a lot better now since I straightened up the bumper quite a bit and strengthened it in places with some more Gorilla tape. Good stuff that Gorilla tape. Was thinking about wiring up the bumper a bit better with some speaker wire that I have laying around....
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