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Firstly hello, first post on this forum,

I currently own a 2.2 cdti however am very very tempted by the CTR after a test drive. The only issue i have is that i drive about 20k miles a year for my work, my previous car (a fiesta st) was a fairly tiring car to drive and not very comfortable for these 6 hour round trip journeys. I basically want to know by someone who does regular 4-6 hour journeys if the CTR is ok for this and wont leave me cursing myself once i get out.

Obviously a majority of this driving is motorway, i am not fussed with mpg, i do private miles for which i can use the car properly its simply just the weekly long journeys that are making me think.

Apologies if this has already been covered in depth, i have searched the forum and trawled through a fair few similar threads.

If the answer is its fine then i am looking at a milano red CTR GT but wont buy until the facelift is announced in case they include some nice extras like a usb port or a decent radio aerial.

Thank you for any responses and i hope to continue posting and hopefully moreso in this section of the forum!

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Maybe someone could answer this for me as well...

How many revs is the CTR pulling when at 70/80mph in 6th gear?
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Maybe someone could answer this for me as well...

How many revs is the CTR pulling when at 70/80mph in 6th gear?
About 3500 rpm at 70 mph.

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thank you and apologies for repeating a thread
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Well although covered elsewhere, I'll add a little view.

I recently did about a 750 mile round trip in my R GT.

It was fine, on some minor roads I got a bit shook up but in terms of comfort I found it no worse than other gen Civics I've owned. Motorways were just dandy - although my head was shredded by cruise control at first.

Seat is snug, then I'm a well built lad, but not as uncomfortable as my mates pug 308 which I went to Manchester in the other weekend.....
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Firstly hello, first post on this forum,

I currently own a 2.2 cdti however am very very tempted by the CTR after a test drive. The only issue i have is that i drive about 20k miles a year for my work, my previous car (a fiesta st) was a fairly tiring car to drive and not very comfortable for these 6 hour round trip journeys. I basically want to know by someone who does regular 4-6 hour journeys if the CTR is ok for this and wont leave me cursing myself once i get out.

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Hi and welcome! If you're thinking of getting the Type R on the standard 18" wheels, I would probably describe the suspension as firm, but not uncomfortable. However, it is the kind of set up that will let you feel the join strips on the motorway, although the car just 'clicks' over these, rather than crashes over... Personally I find noise levels at motorway speeds acceptable - although no Merc, its a lot better than many other cars I have driven.

How about the dealer letting you go for a bit of a drive along a section of motorway - get a proper feel for how the car is at these speeds?
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I drove my CTR down to ABP & back 540 miles , when i got home i felt like Little Jack Horner. I had a square @ss , got nearly 39mpg tho doing 80mph
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I do 75 miles every day on the highway, speed around 85 mph..... Actually i find the type r very good at that... The only thing i notice, is a little bit of noise from the tires depending on the road ( which is very normal on 18" with sporttires ) ....

The 250 miles we drive each way when visiting the family, we find enjoyable too....

Ive heard that the type r actually is quiter than the golf gti, can anyone confirm this ???? ( except when accelerating i suppose )
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I agree. The seats are the greatest. 5,000km journey from Luxembourg to the south of spain, and back in one week, and I never once had any problems with my back. On the other hand, I had my KWs set to their softest setting, so that probably helped a bit.
But even 2 hour journeys (4 hour round trips) on the hardest setting didn't give me any back pains at all. I find this amazing because 2 hour journeys in my dad's merc CLS give me the worst back pains ever.
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Mini seats are the worst ever
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I find mine revs just under 4000 rpm at 80mph in 6th.... Anybody else think 6th should be slightly taller? I still try and change to a higher gear sometimes!
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If i were you i would go for the 2.2 diesel type-s. I had a 2.2 diesel EX and really miss the torque. I travel a round trip of 70 miles each day and in the diesel i could overtake at will in 5th gear (in any situation) without giving it much thought.

In the type-r you have to plan every overtaking opportunity with military precision and it can be a bit tiresome

The type-r is good fun but slightly hard work for the daily commute.

My trips to work are on a roads (not duallers).
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I do around 30,000 miles a year use the car for work so in it all day everyday and have no problems at all, just great to spend so much time driving it.
I previously had an EX diesel and changed it as soon as the Type R came out, the EX was to boring to drive all day every day and I have had as much as 41 mpg out of my type r so not to much of a hit in fuel either
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