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For 6 grand - what civic would you buy?

Old 10-Oct-2010, 08:59 AM
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For 6 grand - what civic would you buy?

TCC,

Just looking for your opinions. Just looking for a practical and somewhat fun to drive Civic to get me from A to B. Budget is 6 grand. What civic would you buy/recommend?

Options:

1) An EP3 - most I'm seeing are around 200k on the odometer

2) A lower mileage 5th generation civic or 1.7EL

3) A 6th gen civic around 200k on the odometer as well.

Opinions? Comments on reliability and "fun factor" as well please.

Cheers,
K
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 09:40 AM
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Originally Posted by special_k_828 View Post
TCC,

Just looking for your opinions. Just looking for a practical and somewhat fun to drive Civic to get me from A to B. Budget is 6 grand. What civic would you buy/recommend?

Options:

1) An EP3 - most I'm seeing are around 200k on the odometer

2) A lower mileage 5th generation civic or 1.7EL

3) A 6th gen civic around 200k on the odometer as well.

Opinions? Comments on reliability and "fun factor" as well please.

Cheers,
K

Sorry, I meant lower mileage 7th gen civic vs. a higher mileage 8th gen civic.

Cheers.
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 10:19 AM
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i would go with an ep3 or a 6th gen civic im not a big fan of the 7th gen

i think the ep3 would be really fun to drive because it has a fast motor and its compact.
im not sure on the reliablity....but its a honda lol
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 12:01 PM
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EP3 or EM1.
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6th gen ftw.
very fun car.. it's sporty, has amazing aftermarket support... andd its very simple to work on by yourself for maintenance like oil changes,fuel filter/distributor cap/rotor.. and is very easy on gas.

and if you are looking into the ex/si/sir models they are loaded with power options that make driving them that much better..
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 12:12 PM
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EM1> EP3.

They both have very similar performance numbers, but what wins it for me is; The EM1 is significantly lighter, has better suspension, is easier to work on, has more aftermarket support, ...the list goes on...

Honestly, now, I would never spend 6 grand on a civic. I'd save most of that money and buy an older 5th or 6th gen civic, put some of the rest into making it handle and go faster, then save the rest and enjoy the fantastic fuel mileage.
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EM1> EP3.

They both have very similar performance numbers, but what wins it for me is; The EM1 is significantly lighter, has better suspension, is easier to work on, has more aftermarket support, ...the list goes on...

Honestly, now, I would never spend 6 grand on a civic. I'd save most of that money and buy an older 5th or 6th gen civic, put some of the rest into making it handle and go faster, then save the rest and enjoy the fantastic fuel mileage.
what he said^^thread/
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 03:36 PM
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hey bro, 99-00 ek civic with ITR motor or K20 :P. Extremely FUN
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Mugenn.civic.09 View Post
6th gen ftw.
very fun car.. it's sporty, has amazing aftermarket support... andd its very simple to work on by yourself for maintenance like oil changes,fuel filter/distributor cap/rotor.. and is very easy on gas.

and if you are looking into the ex/si/sir models they are loaded with power options that make driving them that much better..
Yes, super fun car with a single cam

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hey bro, 99-00 ek civic with ITR motor or K20 :P. Extremely FUN
hell no. Ef with itr swap. duhh weight to power ratio.

Honestly, if you plan on doing any modifications, get any civic that you like the look of, then swap suspension engine for the fun factor. In the end they are ALL slow in stock form. The EP3s and SIRs are ok...but still kind of slow [no offence Mike].
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Originally Posted by D.T.P View Post
Yes, super fun car with a single cam
lol.. SOHC VTEC is fun enough for a car to get from point A to B... OP never mentioned wanting to swap anything... just wanted a reliable car that has a sporty feel, and hitting vtec is plenty sporty imo.

and insurance is cheaper than siR which in my books is a huge plus...
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Old 10-Oct-2010, 11:45 PM
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5th gen clean shell for about $800 to a grand
good coilovers, lcas, braces $1000-$1500 depending
full b series swap approx $2000-$2500
exhaust system approx $800
depending on the price you get a swap for, and depending on what brand of suspension components you get, you will have extra money for items such as wheels, hids, amber corners, lip, sound system upgrades, or whatever else you want to do with it.
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Hey Robb... you're not selling the EF are you?
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Originally Posted by TERTZA View Post
Hey Robb... you're not selling the EF are you?
If you were me, would you sell it ??
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Hey Robb... you're not selling the EF are you?
No not for sale...
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Originally Posted by D.T.P View Post
Yes, super fun car with a single cam



hell no. Ef with itr swap. duhh weight to power ratio.

Honestly, if you plan on doing any modifications, get any civic that you like the look of, then swap suspension engine for the fun factor. In the end they are ALL slow in stock form. The EP3s and SIRs are ok...but still kind of slow [no offence Mike].
No offense taken. Though, I never said they were fast, just said they had similar performance numbers.
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Mugen, how can a stock car with ton of body roll feel sporty? Want a car to feel sporty, either swap components such as engine and suspension, or don't buy a civic. And granted, I had fun with my single cam but...love was lost when I got an ls. And love for ls was lost when I got a b20. I guess its what you are used to right?
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i agree with martin's point (ef with itr)

Robb, that's a nice ef! I'd buy right away if you were selling lol
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Originally Posted by D.T.P View Post
Mugen, how can a stock car with ton of body roll feel sporty? Want a car to feel sporty, either swap components such as engine and suspension, or don't buy a civic. And granted, I had fun with my single cam but...love was lost when I got an ls. And love for ls was lost when I got a b20. I guess its what you are used to right?
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EF civic or CRX then add power and suspension, a dash of sticky rubber, stir and enjoy
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