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Buying a second hand Honda Civic Type R

Buying a second hand Honda Civic Type R Image

The Civic Type-R is an all-or-nothing hot hatchback with a hard and spiky ride as well as a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre 16-valve engine that is low on torque and fails to do the daily driving thing anywhere near as well as the Focus or Gold GTI.

It all comes together when the Type-R is worked hard, however, with the crazy VTEC engine really waking up when it hits 5000 revs per minute and screaming its head off all the way up to 8200 revs per minute.  This was the second-generation model that launched five years ago back in 2007 - the United Kingdom never got the first-generation model - and can be now bought second-hand for less than £7000.

Civic Type-R Owners' Club Manager, Stuart Pridham, has owned no less than three Type-R cars over the course of the last ten years and he has a number of tips for those interested in the possibility of buying a second-generation vehicle on the used car market. 

On the early vehicles, the gearshift from second to third often had a tendency to feel rather unnecessarily notchy.  This was remedied by Honda under Car Warranty and the great majority of owners had it done at the time.  Out of car warranty, however, the work got done at the dealer's discretion, so it is important to check and make sure that the shift is as slick as it should be.  Early vehicles also suffered from rust hidden at the top corner of the doors, which is a design fault that should likewise have been fixed under car warranty.

Used Cars  21/03/2012 14:00:01

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