Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 7DT, Oct 10, 2018.
I met someone on a mechanics course this year who was doing this, it actually sounds like tons of fun, really quite like that one of the rules is that you have to get a crap car to do it in!
Well the Panda 100hp isn't a crap car so I'm afraid it won't qualify for the rally but it meets all your other requirements
Another +1 for an EP3 Civic Type R. The misses has one and has put over 100k miles on it, but it still drives like it has only done 20k miles. Very very reliable fun motoring and surprisingly practical.
As echo'd above, it has loads of space in it with the back seats folded down. Moved all sorts with it: washing machine, fridge freezer, mattress two mountain bikes with dog etc etc. It's like a tardis!
It goes well for what it is. 200bhp in a little hatch like that means it doesn't hang around. It has the best gearbox of any car I have driven (bar the S2000 maybe). The Recaro seats are really comfy and look the part.
You can drive it like a hooligan on the limit if you want, even in the rain and makes you feel like a 17 year old again! Yet, it is pretty good on fuel when you are cruising around. There are quite a few mods available if you fancy it. My misses changed the alloys. Couldn't lower it unfortunately as she takes the dog walking in the New Forest and some of the car parks look like the surface of the moon! She (I) fitted a custom stainless steel exhaust which sounds lovely and modified the air box to allow more flow and a nice induction note.
I think i've just warmed to the Type R, considering seeing if i can go see a few this weekend, gear shift looks in a funny place though, like a van? Look nice though.
ANy common problems, or are they pretty bomb proof?
Iv got a 130i LE that fits the your budget high miles but a great car
its a honda.
Worst issue with them is they use oil.
Ive had all the type R hondas, except an EP3 but ive had a K20a (engine) in a DC5.
I loved my old ep3. I’d have another in a heartbeat if I needed a cheap runabout.
Oil as mentioned. As long as levels are good and when you speak to the owner they appreciate that the oil levels need monitoring then you should be fine. I remember soft paint being an issue too but they may just have been my ocd levels at the time.
Burns some oil if vtecing all the time, if it rattles abit on cold start up its timing chain tentioner. Easy fix, can be removed and sand blast the worm drive inside, there's videos on youtube easy diy. Also watch for worn 2nd and 3rd gear, syncros are pretty soft, will be quite notchy when cold but when worm should be smooth as butter
Other than that there bulletproof
I’ve got the Honda Civic Type R FN2. Heavier than the EP3 with 1 added bhp so performance not any better than the EP3 however as a daily it is a brilliant car as it is comfortable, can put your foot down to have a bit of fun at any time (that feeling you get when the vtec kicks in), tonnes of space in the boot especially with the rear seats down. Got good space under the rear seats too.
K20 bullet proof engine
Bad points: Soft paint, drinks oil.
Take time to find a nice one. Lotsa EP3's out there but many are rough!
I have absolutely no need for another car but this thread has me looking at Type Rs. Wow good ones are a bargain!
When you’ve bought one you’ll need this
So, I think I'm leaning towards finding a facelift version after reading about the steering rack, and has to be black.
Might just have to go see one or two this weekend, both ones I liked the look of are on the route of where I'm going anyway
How much should I be paying for one with +/- 100k in good condition? 2k? 3k? 4?
Compared to what the carbon airbox on the M3 cost, that's a bargain
i think the type r idea is out the window, cheapest insurance is still almost what i'm paying for a highly modified M3. I'm wiondering whether it being a hot hatch that is associated with bioy racers is killing the quote. Adrian flux wanted more than the M3, despite having the M3 insured with them, wouldn't do a multicar as my renewal isn't until january, and one place quoted me almost as much as it'd cost to buy a cheap one. ridiculous :/
I’ve had 2 ep3 before, great cars but yea insurance is high, they do have a certain reputation...
Clio 182, still regret selling mine as it was miles better than the M3 on the road and could drive at 80% and not lose your license
I reckon a Clio 182 is hard to beat!
Mx5’s can be a laugh just not much power