I just bought a 95 Firefly for $200 and it seems to run fine so far. I noticed the passenger headlight is very dim and a slow oil leak coming from somewhere. My mechanic is checking things over now. Other than that, I think I got a pretty great deal. It's at 193 000 and in very good condition.
Any suggestions? Thx, Chris.
The seats are very comfortable and I find the car handles well. I do have a crank shaft leak that would cost $1000. to fix, but choose not to since I can just keep filling up the oil. I notice a distinct clicking in the steering wheel whenever I turn it to the left.
Overall, I think it's a good little car for 187000 km's.
I see the leak in my 95 Firefly (above). Could be the crank shaft also. Very slow leak. I also hear the clicking when turning...
I had to fix the headlights as the front left was not working. Luckily, I have a great mechanic who had to pretty much rewire the whole front to get it working again. Great car so far...
Generally these cars with high mileage will have leaks and rust. The same is true of all vehicles in the rust belt areas, unless you are religious in cleaning and oil spraying the chassis.
The clicking you hear in the front when turning is the CV drive shaft. The boots have torn and the internal parts have allowed dirt in, causing them to grind up. Common on all high mileage front drive cars, unless you use a rubber protectant on the boots, which for the average driver is highly unlikely.
They are a cheap fix at around $90.00 rebuilt or $125.00 new.
My motto is if the rust is not too severe, then drive the car into the ground and just get another one. They are still plentiful and are cheap to buy. Only keep it if the body is rust free; the mechanicals are not that important, there are plenty of rust buckets selling for scrap prices with immaculate mechanicals that can be swapped over if you want to go to that much trouble.
A great site for repairing these is http://www.teamswift.net.
My horn doesn't work on my 1995 Firefly and the airbag light is on. Anyone have any suggestions on this problem?
My Firefly is over 276 000 km, bought it for $500. This car is amazing durable and a gas miser. There are some problems I had with the front brake pads, which I replaced, and the CV joint that is making a clicking sound, but this is not an expensive part.
Other than that, I highly recommend this car.