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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 24th September 2012, 19:50 Thread Starter
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Researching before the blinkers go on

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I am attempting to be sensible and doing my research before taking the plunge and buying a Civic so welcome any advice

I am rigid on getting a diesel as I do a lot of miles, am looking mainly at the EX and Sport models......the thinking behind the EX is the equipment the car has as std as I use the car has to be my work donkey as well as my social motor. I like the look of the sport but not sure what things I will be missing from the EX.

Quite important to me are good headlights so HID/Xenons ideal, built in Sat Nav (if its any good), supportive seats as much for handling as comfort and practicality, so 5 door ideal.

I will no doubt end up modding as I am a petrolhead (ex Skyline owner...well maybe 7 or 8 of them) so probable mods are lowering, FRS, brakes and wheels.

I am trying to trawl through the forum so as not to be a pain asking stupid questions but am a little unsure if most parts are shared between models such as Sport/type S and the more std es, se ex etc as far as lowering springs, camber bolts.

So I'll be happy to take any opinions from peoples own experiences

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Welcome to the forum buddy they'll be loads of advice popping up soonish. I have a CTR so not sure what all the other models have.
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EX (pre 2009) and EX-GT (post 2009) are great buys in terms of std equipment... No other model is better in terms of kit/spec
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EX (pre 2009) and EX-GT (post 2009) are great buys in terms of std equipment... No other model is better in terms of kit/spec
I fully agree with Bog on this. Its well worth taking your time and making sure you get the car you want.
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+1 ex ex-gt for 5 dooor.
Type S-gt for 3 dr and better handling.
You want a facelitft 2009+ model too.
If its diesel 2010 would have the 325 clutch fitted.
Clutch is the achilles heel.
Not sure if satnav is am option on the newer types-gt



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It's all been said in the post's above really, good luck with hunt am sure you will find the car you want
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Hi all

I am attempting to be sensible and doing my research before taking the plunge and buying a Civic so welcome any advice

I am rigid on getting a diesel as I do a lot of miles, am looking mainly at the EX and Sport models ... the thinking behind the EX is the equipment the car has as std as I use the car has to be my work donkey as well as my social motor. I like the look of the sport but not sure what things I will be missing from the EX.

Quite important to me are good headlights so HID / Xenons ideal, built in Sat Nav (if its any good), supportive seats as much for handling as comfort and practicality, so 5 door ideal.

I will no doubt end up modding as I am a petrolhead (ex Skyline owner...well maybe 7 or 8 of them) so probable mods are lowering, FRS, brakes and wheels.

I am trying to trawl through the forum so as not to be a pain asking stupid questions but am a little unsure if most parts are shared between models such as Sport/type S and the more std es, se ex etc as far as lowering springs, camber bolts.

So I'll be happy to take any opinions from peoples own experiences

Pete
Lowering Springs : all 2.2s have the same (stiffer fronts than all Petrols)

Camber Bolts : all models, except the CTR, use the same

Wheels : all Models will happily accept anything from 16" to 19" (ET 55 is 'stock') : 15mm spacers work just fine, or ET 40 \ ET 38 wheels

Brakes : all Models have the same rear setup : all Models except the CTR have the same fronts (the CTR's is a bit larger, but can be retrofitted to any other model)
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Cheers guys, all info appreciated.

My sister has a type S petrol and although I can live with it I do find the ride quite crashy, I don't see any mention of the 'Sport' model, I am trying to work out where that sits in the rank of models.
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Cheers guys, all info appreciated.

My sister has a type S petrol and although I can live with it I do find the ride quite crashy, I don't see any mention of the 'Sport' model, I am trying to work out where that sits in the rank of models.
bought a sport last week.. wider tyres and brighter lights but dont expect too much as its easy to light the "very stupid ass" light as the wife calls it

it cries out for a sidelight led and a fullbeam hid upgrade which i m aready on top of...

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Anyone got the in built sat nav? I assume that isn't found in many models, dont want to buy a car because it has sat nav if it is useless.

I am on a budget so car will prob be 07/08.
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Hiya Pete and welcome buddy
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Anyone got the in built sat nav? I assume that isn't found in many models, dont want to buy a car because it has sat nav if it is useless.

I am on a budget so car will prob be 07/08.
The built is sat nav is very good... OK, the maps are 2D and you have to bear in mind the system was designed in 2005. But it still looks as good as some manufactures oem systems. If you are used to a Tom Tom then some adjustment will be required ... but at least you don't have to remove it from the car each time.

If you get the latest disc's (3.52 or 3.60), the maps are very good and the graphics slightly improved. The routing and TMC is good (The TMC is free btw)

It integrates other functions as well such as Audio (USB/iPod on 09+ models) and Climate Control.

It can also be easily modded You can add a reversing camera or even get video/dvd's to play on the screen (See the links in my signature)

I'd go for it, the dash looks more complete with the Nav Screen than the base models.
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Cheers again guys

Been looking around online, should be going to view a couple at the weekend
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Hi Pete and welcome to the forum.

Good luck on your search for a new motor.
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