I've got an EP2, 1.6 SE.
Keep an eye on the gearbox buddy, they bearings are prone to defects.
Have your engine running at the steady 650 idle, sit in, door open, in neutral. Listen to all the noises of the engine, then drop the clutch, if the noise quietens down, then a grinding or wirring noise reappears when you pull off the clutch, it's either the release or thrust bearing of the gearbox.
Mine's making a grinding noise and has been for years but it still drives and changes gear perfectly. The EPCIVIC website im signed up to, 1 guy cleverly described it as worn in, not worn out because some owners have over 100k on the clock with the same issue and STILL no failure.
Just a heads up matey, mine turned 7 years old December gone and has 55K on the clock and it has NEVER let me down so yeah, if looked after, VTEC's are bulletproof