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Ep3 fn2??

Alright folks, I'm new to the site and I'm afraid I'm an imposter I currently own a Corsa VXR and I've got my heart set on a Type R but which one, I don't know which I prefer as they both look like great cars, swinging more towards the FN2. If anyone could share their opinion on both cars and possibly picture it would be much appreciated

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Personally I didnt like the EP3, didnt get on with the interior at all and they are too old now
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FN2 Milano FTW! Corsa VXRs are fun cars but if you switch has to be the efff iinnnn 2!
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I had an ep2 and i hated the gear stick position! I think its the same in the ep3! That is all!! The fn2 rocks my world, plus its newer!!


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FN2 buddy ! Love it
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Cheers for the feedback, yea the corsa is good fun but it's a Vauxhall, my dad has an Evo X so it's got me in the mood for a Jap
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FN2 IMO, but if there was a CW EP3 I'd have one of those instead
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I have had both, a cosmic grey ep3 modded prior to my Milano fn2. The ep3 was a great car to be honest, but after owning for four years, it was time for a change.

Test drive both, the ep3 are holding its value to some extent.
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Also something to think about..... all fn2 type r following the champ white edition 2009 have limited slip differential! : )


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If you check out the gallery section you'll find loads of threads with photos of FN2's, of all varieties!
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Having owned both.... keep your VXR ... its more chuckable and fun to drive, will return decent MPG and is just as punchy power wise.

The FN2 feels like a barge in comparison. and you have to work the engine hard to progress the same as driving normally in the VXR!

But if you want an NA car and plan on spending on modding it then it can be made into a pretty good car.

Spend 4000 on a VXR you can be running over 350bhp easily.... spend the same on an FN2 and you will be around 250-260bhp NA, or poss 300bhp charged.....




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Also something to think about..... all fn2 type r following the champ white edition 2009 have limited slip differential! : )


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Not quite true.

CW and the Mugens had LSDs but only cars manufactured after March 2010 had an LSD from the factory.
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I have had an EP3 and two FN2s(one Milano red an now champ white)

Both models are very good cars. Not been in an EP3 for a while but it is looking dated from the outside IMHO and I do remember stepping into my first FN2 thinking that it was a huge step forward in terms of style and function.

Had a golf R32 mk5 and an alpina after my first FN2 and always regretted sellin it - hense why I am back in the FN2 (and loving it).

All depends on your budget too.
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I always wanted the EP3 but bought an FN2 .. just seemed like the right choice at the time and very very happy with it.

Loads of threads like this just have a read.
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Once again cheers for the feedback, I like my vxr but I just have and have always had a love for the type r's and the simple fact that they are built better than the vauxhalls. As for speed...I obviously don't mind having a play every now and again but it's not the be all and end all for me, as long as its got enough go in it and it's not too sluggish then I'm happy, I'm more into the looks, reliability & build quality if I'm honest, as long as it looks good and got a good amount of power then it's fine, have to say the FN2's lowered on the 19s look awesome IMO
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Know what you mean about the VXR. I still have a soft spot for mine but would I go back? No way. Love my FN2.

Not driven an EP3 but they are cheaper to mod compared to the FN2 at the moment. Get a drive out in both. That is the only way to decide.
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FN2 all day long, Don't get me wrong the EP3 is a lovely car but as previously said its dated now, it just does't have the style and grace of the FN2.
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Have you tried asking on CTRO for a balanced and informed view on the subject ........
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You can pick up a straight facelift EP3 for 3,500 these days, I've seen straight Premiers advertised at 4,500 on a 55 plate and a straight early FN2 for around 7,000.

Horses for courses.

This is what I said on TRO when I test drove my FN2:

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Obviously the test drive went well since I'm picking it up on Tuesday.

Anyhow my review of the FN2...

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I went to an independent "Sports and Prestige" dealer who just gave me the keys and the trade plates and said there was a tenner in the tank...

Mixed emotions coming from the EP3. A lot of people have said the FN2 isn't a real Type R but a lot of people said the same about the EP3 when it was released.

Personally and rationally I think I've grown up, good thing or bad thing but I think the FN2 fits my needs. I will however dispell one myth right now. The FN2 is every bit as quick in a straight line as the UKDM EP3. Fair enough I didn't go side by side with an EP3 but I drove it on roads that I drive every day in my EP3 and the speedo gave the same figures point to point.

The seat height is a little higher on the FN2 than the EP3, which I can imagine gives the impression of the EP3 being faster, but there really isn't a lot in it.

I don't know about the rest of the country but it's been freezing up here recently, so I couldn't get the FN2 on it's door handles so to speak. It certainly gripped where it needed to and seemed a lot happier at high speeds than the EP3, less bounce and less twitchy. Saying that the steering at low speeds is properly weighted and very direct. Nice grippy wheel material as well compared to the EP3.

The engine note on a standard FN2 is great. Induction noise is much more noticeable than the EP3. I came out of an EP3 with a Spoon cat back and was instantly greeted with a lovely roar from under the bonnet. I couldn't hear much exhaust burbles or pops but I'm sure I'll cure that with an aftermarket in no time.

The gear box is every bit as good as in the EP3. Short lever and short throw and you just know when pushing on that it'll just drop into the next gear time and time again.

It's not really worth comparing the EP3 and FN2 on kit because with a FN2 in GT spec you get so many more toys over the EP3, I really did feel like I'd stepped back 4 years (literally) getting back in my EP3.

Don't get me wrong. The above sounds like I've been completely taken by the FN2. However I know for a fact that in a few months time I'll be thinking, "Should I have kept the EP3 and spent the money on mods?" and I think that's the question.

The EP3 is not and will never be an EK9, but what you get is an every day driver with the soul of a racer. It begs you to give it the beans and fling it into bends. Spend some money on it and it can become a stripped out track car, but in standard form it feels alive, it's got soul...

The FN2 IMO carries enough of this over to make it a brilliant car that is much more involving and committed than a Focus or Golf, while it still shares the every day comforts of those cars. However you can forget all that when you hit a piece of tarmac that you know well and plant your right foot. It might be a bit heavier and have bits you don't need in a street racer, but IMO it's still a every bit a Type R...
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