Got this 2004 Type R from my local Honda dealer, it was a x demo so only three months old. Great car and completely focused on performance and handling. Great driving position and with the gear change mounted on the low part of the dash, makes for some good clean gear changes. Usual Honda quality, engine, gearbox first class as is the reliability. One small problem which I had with my previous 1.8 VTI Civic, the front and back lights attract condensation and have marked the inside of the lights, this does not look good. This is still a on going problem with the new civic as my dad has one and already had 11 new lights fitted. If Honda can build such good engines gearbox’s etc, why can they not get a seal right on a light. Apart from that, all good. Running cost’s ok for the performance you get. Your need new front tyres every 11k and backs 24k if you drive mad 50% of the time like me. Service cost ok, make sure if you don’t do to many miles like me, your dealer can charge you less for a service, mileage and age dependant not just age. I only got mine serviced for the first two years to keep the warranty going. I now service the car myself to there schedule using honda parts etc. Recommended car for the money and would recommend this over the new type R any day.
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