Clunking Noise From Rear, Accident Damage?

Old 01-29-2019, 08:38 PM
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Hey guys,

So this guy only wants $8,500 for this s2k with 162k miles on it.

Clean title, however I did notice the trunk was slightly elevated on the left side, causing a slight misalignment. Also it seems the right side skirt doesn't quite line up with the front fender, the panels are not completely flush. It is very minor. The front and rear bumpers have also been replaced. This leads me to believe it may have been in an accident. What are your guys's thoughts?

Also when test driving, I noticed that the rear of the car will make a clunking noise when coming to a stop (with the clutch all the way in and not touching the shifter.) This was with the clutch fully depressed. I also noticed the clunking noise when depressing and pressing the clutch. It would clunk when near the floor while moving the petal.

Another clunk would occur when dropping to first at a low speed, before letting out the clutch. This seemed to be a different noise coming from the gear box perhaps.

So, with that information, what do you guys think could be the issue? I'm thinking about having an alignment shop, and mechanic check out the car, but also wanted your guys's opinions before I do so.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/c...799182625.html

Thank you!
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:04 PM
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To add more info, I did notice the car had a slight tenancy to turn left, which worries me about the alignment.
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Old 01-30-2019, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Low_Key_Slaps View Post
The front and rear bumpers have also been replaced. This leads me to believe it may have been in an accident. What are your guys's thoughts?
Maybe, but in the ad it says the owner converted it to AP2 bumpers and lights. Definitely have a trustworthy mechanic take a look at it.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:07 AM
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Possible that the rear axle cups or ends have become worn and need to be swapped. Rear axle nuts may need to be retorqued or bad U-joints, 2002 was not the "best" year for AP-1, they were all good as far as driving i concerned. Minor changes from 1999 to 2003 (glass rear window, redesigned console, minor suspension changes). Not only have the bumpers been changed but the head and tail lights as well, the badges have been removed and the cam cover was either powder coated or painted. Still has the original 16" wheels which can be difficult to find good (read high or extreme performance) tires.
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Old 01-30-2019, 06:57 PM
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Wow....are high-mileage older AP1s really going for that much??!! I'm so proud of our cars!
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:08 AM
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Wow....are high-mileage older AP1s really going for that much??!! I'm so proud of our cars!
Look around at the S2000 prices as a whole Jim. Quite surprising.
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