I live in Minnesota. This car, as far as I know, has spent it’s entire 26 years in the north, starting originally in Canada.
My father owned this car before me, for a total of 4 years, and in that time, the only repair it has received in that time was a damaged muffler. Everything else it has received has been standard maintenance (regular oil changes, air filter changes, fluids topped off frequently, etc.) It was given to me earlier this summer as a wedding gift, which I picked ahead of a lot of newer cars he offered simply because I’d fallen in love with this little car.
Car is a 1984 Honda Civic Hatchback/Wagon (I’m not sure the correct term for this one). Originally produced for use in Canada, it moved to the states, as far as I’m aware, about 10 years ago.
About a year ago, the clutch started acting odd. Initially, noone registered it was the clutch, as it was happening in winter, but it would fail to fully disengage, making it difficult to change gears. Still doable without grinding, just a timing/strength game. My dad thought it was just the transmission getting cold and decided to get an oil change done. Strangely enough, the problem lessened significantly with the oil change.
Fast forward 6 months, I take possession of the car as a wedding gift. It runs great, but I have to get it from Rapid City, SD to Minneapolis, MN. All in all, quite a haul for this poor little guy. Still, the car is running great, and continues to do so for most of the summer. Now, as the summer wanes, the clutch has started slipping. If I try to accelerate to hard (and by too hard, I mean, Oh dear God, he’s trying to get up to highway speeds in the acceleration lane!) it just refuses to transfer any more power than what will keep the car moving forward. Also, as I’m having to set the choke more and more often in the mornings, the good old problem of it not fully disengaging is showing up again, though it seems to only happen when the engine is at high RPM (when the choke is set).
Any Clues? What can I expect as far as repair complexity? I love my little manual transmission Honda, but if I can’t afford the repair on this one, it sadly might not be able to be kept.