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Is a high mileage GSX worth it?

Derek Neal

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Jun 17, 2021
Stafford, Virginia
I found a GSX with 187k miles on for $4500. i'm ready to jump on it but i don't know if it's worth it or not. It has some fender damage and strut tower rust. What do you guys think?
 

Dericsh

Supporting Member
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102
Nov 25, 2002
Pearl River, Louisiana
I think this is a relative question that kinda depends on you. If you’re mechanically inclined and you can handle all the maintenance and other issues that might pop up, then I wouldn’t worry about miles too much as long as the body is in good condition(with strut tower rust, that’s not a great start). Remember this can be $1k+ of more money added into the price of the car.

Or maybe you’re a paint shop tech and you can fix the damaged fender and faded paint and stuff but not sure you can do a timing belt.

My 1g was “running and driving” with 250k miles on it. Ive never put a mile on it because I had to tear it all apart bc it had an oil supply failure. I only paid $600 for it, but over the past two years with all the parts I’ve collected plus the labor I’m about to have to perform at some point, I could have gotten one of those perfect $8k examples and be enjoying it right now.

I wouldn’t really recommend a DSM (especially as a daily) to anyone who has to pay someone else to do the work for them.
 

ShadyDoins

Proven Member
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Nov 5, 2007
Northampton, Pennsylvania
Motors can be rebuilt, everything can be rebuilt...but rust is a real problem. Maybe try to find a non running one with no rust and then just do an easy low budget engine rebuild and you have a car that is basically new
 
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