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So im viewing a 2007 honda civic 1.8 petrol as my first car (im 17), owner says flywheel making a noise but clutch itself drives fine, just wondering how much this will cost me to replace a flywheel in the future, the car is a good deal and is local to me so im very interested in buying it and wouldnt mind replacing flywheel in the near future, would just love to know more about it, thanks!
 

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If you do the flywheel you might as well put a clutch in at the same time mate, Honda HQ are very well priced for this depending on where you are, last I heard it was around £360 for a clutch supplied and fitted for an FN2, then what ever the flywheel costs you on top and what they charge to change the flywheel as well
 

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the car itself is £890 sporting 103k miles, would be my first ever car so i dont mind the high miles, say the whole clutch and flywheel costs me £600 then im still getting a good buy, i just feel lost with no idea about the potential issue and noone to help me who knows about civics, if i sent you the ad and some more info is there any chance you could guide me a little? :) £360 sounds really good i expected more
 

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What noise is the flywheel making? Yeah for sure, send me a message or post it in here, I'm sure others will help as well

I ask about the flywheel noise as they're single mass on the petrols, so don't have the dual mass (DMF) rattle you might expect with a worn DMF, I've heard early FN2 which is the K20 2.0 could make a noise on start up due to the starter catching on the flywheel
 

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the car itself is £890 sporting 103k miles, would be my first ever car so i dont mind the high miles, say the whole clutch and flywheel costs me £600 then im still getting a good buy, i just feel lost with no idea about the potential issue and noone to help me who knows about civics, if i sent you the ad and some more info is there any chance you could guide me a little? :) £360 sounds really good i expected more
Yeah they're very well priced, there are a few Honda specialists around, I mention HQ as they're in the Midlands so usually pretty accessible, but there are others North and South as well
 

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Looks alright, I can't really suggest much else for the flywheel, however the ABS light needs looking at, it could be a sensor, I've changed brakes on these a few times and never had a light on so I think there's more to the ABS light than the seller suggests

If it's at a price you're happy with I wouldn't be too concerned myself but see what others come back with, these are good cars but do have some common faults like any others

Let us know how you get on with it!
 

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all it is now is just double checking with people like you that this flywheel wont bankrupt me, in my mind ive already bought it and im this close to giving him the asking price haha, im happy with the price and the seller says hes been driving it daily with the abs light and flywheel so if thats true i imagine its not so bad, hes been super helpful so i think i might pull the trigger!
 

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ABS light on would be a MOT fail - why has the owner not sorted this? Could be a sensor or could be more serious. is the seller claiming the light came on after a pad/disc change? that seems highly unlikely - based on this alone I'd not be convinced by the owners ability to be entirely truthful (I don't do FB so I'm guessing based on Rk4js post above)
Are you basing your assessment that it is the flywheel making the noise on what the owner has said? I'd be more sceptical TBH..
 

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I concur - ABS light is an MOT fail and the MOT on this car is due next month. (google check MOT history and use the .gov.uk site - enter the reg number)

What noise is the flywheel making? As it's a petrol - it should be a single mass flywheel so unsure what noise it can make.
 

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same seller, different civic - Войдите на Facebook

Is this a trader or a private sale?
i think it’s a private seller he doesn’t seem to be an owner of a garage, honestly i would rather the noise be the brakes rather than the flywheel cause they’d be cheaper and easier to replace, i don’t mind replacing whatever is making the noise thanks to the great price on the car i just wanna make sure i don’t bankrupt myself
 

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I concur - ABS light is an MOT fail and the MOT on this car is due next month. (google check MOT history and use the .gov.uk site - enter the reg number)

What noise is the flywheel making? As it's a petrol - it should be a single mass flywheel so unsure what noise it can make.
seller told me it’s a constant noise except for when you put the clutch in, like a vibration
 

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ABS light on would be a MOT fail - why has the owner not sorted this? Could be a sensor or could be more serious. is the seller claiming the light came on after a pad/disc change? that seems highly unlikely - based on this alone I'd not be convinced by the owners ability to be entirely truthful (I don't do FB so I'm guessing based on Rk4js post above)
Are you basing your assessment that it is the flywheel making the noise on what the owner has said? I'd be more sceptical TBH..
seller said the light needs resetting after a disc and pad change yeah…

after talking to the guy im assuming it’s the flywheel, he’s going to send me a video of the sound so i can decide what to make of it, i was meant to go and see the car in person but my family is out of town and can’t take me :(
 

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seller said the light needs resetting after a disc and pad change yeah…

after talking to the guy im assuming it’s the flywheel, he’s going to send me a video of the sound so i can decide what to make of it, i was meant to go and see the car in person but my family is out of town and can’t take me :(
seller also said, he’s been driving the car and it drives fine, he was gonna flywheel sorted but he has money to buy a car with a bigger and more powerful engine, he’s willing to bring the car to me so i can always ask for a test drive and i guess i could check the brakes then? if he says the noise is constant i assume the noise isn’t from brakes, i don’t know much but that’s just how i see it, i got quoted £490 for flywheel replacement today so i’m going to tell the guy i’ll buy it, when we test drive it if the brakes make a noise i might choose otherwise but even if the flywheel is completely dead i’ll just replace it and i’ll still have a good deal here, unless you guys think i shouldn’t go for it, let me know :)
 

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I wouldn't... especially as he is apparently selling another vehicle but isn't a trader.....
Remember the smell test - smells fishy to me.... I'd walk away and keep looking - changing brake pads or discs will NOT trigger the ABS light period...
 

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the car changed owners on 5th June 2022 - this was the last date the V5C was issued. I'm still inclined to question who the seller is and/or why they're getting rid of the car after having only owned it for two months. Why change the discs and pads in that time period and then sell it? Why was the seller selling another civic which also had new discs and pads?

Why is the ABS light on? - what was damaged when changing the discs and pads and why?
 

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the car changed owners on 5th June 2022 - this was the last date the V5C was issued. I'm still inclined to question who the seller is and/or why they're getting rid of the car after having only owned it for two months. Why change the discs and pads in that time period and then sell it? Why was the seller selling another civic which also had new discs and pads?

Why is the ABS light on? - what was damaged when changing the discs and pads and why?
oh **** that v5 change in june is wierd youre right… i didn’t know that, hmm. ill ask the guy exactly how long he’s had it and why he changed brakes and see if there is a valid reason
 

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I wouldn't... especially as he is apparently selling another vehicle but isn't a trader.....
Remember the smell test - smells fishy to me.... I'd walk away and keep looking - changing brake pads or discs will NOT trigger the ABS light period...
only issue is with keep looking is i only have £1000 to spend and i really, really want a 1.8 civic haha.
 

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The whole thing just seems a bit off - I would walk away and wait for a better deal.

I can guarantee you that reasons will be provided for the brakes and also why there has been a recent change of owner - they might be valid, or they might be a lie to alleviate your concerns. Either way, the risk of the car becoming a money pit is high. If you're really set on buying this car - please consider taking someone else with you when finalising the sale / having a look at it. Preferably someone who has seasoned experience of buying a used car from an alleged private seller :)
 
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