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Unread 04-15-2015, 01:58 AM   #1
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so, fast and furious series, they mod cars, ALOT.

and theres something i dont get.

when they mod a, say, 19xx honda car, and put in all these new parts and upgrade and what not, how is it still a 19xx honda?? i mean... they changed everything, so i dont get how its still the same year and model and everything..

IE. in fast and furious, they drive the three black honda cars
this '95 honda civic
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they obviously modded it heavily.

so how is it still a '95 civic ??

another question, if someone bought a '95 civic (meaning 20 year old car) today, and they modded it, does the past of the car matter? such as its odometer reading, and its other parts.

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First off that would be a 20 yo car. No matter what they do to it it will always be a 20 yo car because that's what the car is according to the vin and government. Also, more than likely there is still something in the car that's original and 20 years old.

Now that's not to say that you cannot make a 20 yo car as reliable as a newer car. Just takes time and money.
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I don't understand your confusion, OP. How is it NOT still a '95 Civic? At what point should it no longer be considered a Civic? What should it be considered instead? How and why should modding change the model/year of the car as you suggest? It still started as a '95 Civic and it still IS a '95 Civic. Like Metzger said, it's still a '95 Civic on paper.

The past of the car always matters. Many people here will say odometer reading isn't a great baseline for gauging the condition of a car. A car could have 50,000 miles and no history whatsoever while another has 200,000 and well documented history. The latter would be worth your money IMO or you could at least say the former is something to pass up on.
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I don't understand your confusion, OP. How is it NOT still a '95 Civic? At what point should it no longer be considered a Civic? What should it be considered instead? How and why should modding change the model/year of the car as you suggest? It still started as a '95 Civic and it still IS a '95 Civic. Like Metzger said, it's still a '95 Civic on paper.

The past of the car always matters. Many people here will say odometer reading isn't a great baseline for gauging the condition of a car. A car could have 50,000 miles and no history whatsoever while another has 200,000 and well documented history. The latter would be worth your money IMO or you could at least say the former is something to pass up on.
so even after being modded, people still calls the car from its base, original, model/year?

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First off that would be a 20 yo car. No matter what they do to it it will always be a 20 yo car because that's what the car is according to the vin and government. Also, more than likely there is still something in the car that's original and 20 years old.

Now that's not to say that you cannot make a 20 yo car as reliable as a newer car. Just takes time and money.
does that component not bottleneck the performance of the car?

seems crazy how someone would potentially buy a 20 y.o. car, (which will probably be dirt cheap) and spend more than its retail value to mod the car.

at this point, is it even better than buying a newer different car for the same price?

meaning, how is it for price/performance?

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so even after being modded, people still calls the car from its base, original, model/year?
Yes. What else would it be? To keep with the same example, if you swap a Corvette engine in to a '95 Civic it doesn't make it a Corvette, does it?

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does that component not bottleneck the performance of the car?

seems crazy how someone would potentially buy a 20 y.o. car, (which will probably be dirt cheap) and spend more than its retail value to mod the car.

at this point, is it even better than buying a newer different car for the same price?

meaning, how is it for price/performance?
It depends on what component you're referring to.

In response to your other question, it's completely subjective. If you want a newer car, then get a newer car. Some people are going for something very specific and will get a particular car, even a 20 year old Civic in this case, to achieve their desired affect.

Some old tuner cars can be built for dirt cheap and really go like a stuck rabbit. Depends how clever you are.
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