Haha good to hear from you Cravo!
Yes the ride is a bit of a worry, I'd say the ride in my 1.8 is quite stiff and a bit crashy so not too sure what I'll make of the type r!
But at the end of the day you can't have a sporty drive without the ride being pretty stiff so it's just one of those things. And 90% of the time it'll only be me in the car so I don't have to worry about complaints from passengers. I need to go and drive a type r as there are other cars on the list of potentials as is always the case with these things.
I have owned a 2001 Celica 190 and then a 2008 Civic Type S and now a 2010 Civic Type R. For me the celica ride wasn't too hard and wasn't too soft it was kind of just right for me but could have done with being a bit harder to help go around corners better so I ended up getting it lowered on TTE springs from the dealer. This became an absolute nightmare as it was way too hard for the every day pot holes and speed bumps where I lived. I then moved on to Civic type S which going from the lowered celica felt so comfortable going over potholes and speed bumps, but after driving a few other cars you do notice it is still pretty firm, think it was firmer than the Celica when left standard, I'm guessing the type S will be firmer than the civic EX too. The type r felt only slightly firmer than the type S but the drive itself once you have learned how to drive it is amazing so makes up for it.
When I first drove the type -r I was expecting to get the same kind of kick as the celica when you hit "lift" but you hardly feel it, so I was a bit underwhelmed at first, but what you do notice is the nice engine note when you hit VTEC and you get a nice smooth constant pull up until the red line. It was a lot easier to get to the high rev range than the celica, due to its high ratio gear box, driving in 3rd on the type-R was like driving in 2nd on the type -S. It also doesn't sound like you are thrashing it when you are going up to 8k where as the celica did.
If you loved the Celica which I did too, I think you would love the type -R even more, as it is alot easier to stay in the VTEC zone than it was to stay in the celica's lift zone and the gear stick is so much better. If only the type-r had a leather seats option it would make the interior look much classier. The heavy clutch pedal press is also really short and the biting point is on the floor so you can change gears very fast indeed, but was tiresome at the beginning when stuck in traffic but now I'm use to it.
Definitely worth considering if you already have a second car as a family one, try and get a facelift one if you can as I think the rust issues and gear stick problems are fixed and you will benefit from xenons, usb, aux and extra cig socket in the centre console as well as tyre pressure indicator. Good luck!