An average night for me revolves around checking my local craigslist listings looking at cars I can't afford (I believe alot of people can relate to me lol)
On the night of 8/6/2018 I decided to check out the tsx listings in my local/surrounding areas to see if anyone was selling parts I could make use of. I happened to stumble upon this listing for a tsx in Delaware ( I live in Maryland)
This was the listing for the car and it checked off every single box I could dream of: 2007, 6spd, clean title, black exterior, black interior and navi! The seller had the car listed for $1500, this was the thing that made me initially click on the listing. You're probably reading that as saying wow that's a steal however the reason for the price was due to the ecu being shorted and the miles being at around 200k (car wouldn't turn on so it was a rough estimate). After some back and forth between the seller and I we agreed that I would rent a uhaul and come up to take the car back.
My dad and I woke up early and we made the 2 hour drive out to see the car with his Tacoma and a uhual car trailer. Upon arrival I noticed the car was completely dead, brakes were seized, headlights were obviously aftermarket, both foglights were broken, last time the car was registered was in 2015 (which means everything had cobwebs) and a decent sized scuff/scratch on the driver side rear quarter. With all that in mind the seller and I agreed on $900 cash money for the car. I signed the title, loaded up the car and brought it back home with me.
Here are some pictures I took after I unloaded the car
cheeky photobomb by msmcl9
interior was pretty clean
So first things first I need to get the car running. The seller seemed to be very honest and told me after taking it to many mechanics they all told him that the ecu fried. I put the car on a battery box and tried to see if I could get the car to at least attempt to turn over, which it did. While I had the key on I found out the navi screen works as it should and the car has 201k miles. My dad is very savvy with hondas and he decided to scan the cars for codes, the scanner failed to pair with the car so that told me the ecu was causing the problems.
So with that in mind what caused the ecu to fry? We decided to test all of the fuses to make sure that they all had the correct voltage which they did. After poking around we noticed the alternator was a cheap no name one. After having trouble with a 2002 civic with ecu problems a couple years ago which also had a cheap alternator. With that in mind a 2007/2008 a21 ecu and a oem starter are the first thing's i'm gonna be ordering.
Tomorrow I plan on giving the car a good wash and interior cleaning , putting it on our lift to service the seized brakes and making a list of everything I need to replace or service.