So if your reading this, you've probably found your way here from Google as your considering an FN2 type R.
The main reason for me writing this review is simply because I get the impression that it's some how fashionable to hate the FN2 amongst type r owners, unsure why though? Maybe jealously they no longer have the newest/fancy civic type r?
well... Till next year....
First things first. Yes, the car is not perfect. No car is. Even my dad's brand new 14 plate a4 has issue, it happens!
Main problem I would say is the tiny creaks you get from the dashboard, but there is a free fix... Put the radio on!
There is also the issue of overall running costs IF YOU USE A HONDA DEALER. I find I only end up constantly laying out when I take it to the honda dealer, I may just have a local dealer taking my eyes out. Since having it serviced by a friend it's been much cheaper to run!
Now one thing you may hear is "omg rear torsion bar. It's not a real Type R"... Rubbish. It has been proven that the fn2 handles just as well as the ep3. Especially facelift models with the lsd as standard.
They also moan it's slower because it's heavier and only has 1bhp more... Correct me if I'm wrong but the fn2 vtec comes in a couple hundred rpm's earlier so your quicker to the point!
Now the styling and practicality is where the fn2 wins hands down compared to the ep3. Apart from the interior squeaks mentioned before, the interior is very appealing! My fn2 is my daily to work. Now when I have a nice arm rest, fancy dials and those recaro buckets, I couldn't think of a nicer car to be in! A lot more commuter friendly than the ep3. The boot is huge, along with huge space in the back for passengers!
Performance wise. Yes the ep3 may 'feel' a bit quicker. But I believe this is mind over matter. The bigger dash makes things seem slower. However, because I feel it's a bigger car and feel more solid, I have more faith in it in the corners so I can easily take the corners harder - especially when I know the LSD has got my back
. The vtec crossover is still exciting and still after 10k miles makes me grin. Especially when It engages as your passing someone
Judging how the fn2 feels more like a family sporty car than a 'yobs go-kart' as Jeremy clarkson would probably call it. I don't think honda screwed up at all. I think they got what they aimed for. A car that appeals to the uk masses yet still competes with other hot hatches performance wise and doesn't break the bank when buying.
So my conclusion would be.
If you solely want a track car. Sure get a ep3. Use the spare money to turbo/supercharge it and get yourself a older daily with the spare 700 quid.
If you want sensible daily car that you can take to the track and pull off some good times and have fun with it before picking up an ikea kitchen that will fit into the boot, get the fn2.
This is not me slamming the ep3! This is me defending the fn2 honour! I love all type-r's! And I am even thinking of a cheaper 1-2k ep3 to slam around the track with no worry of damaging it!
This is my opinion you don't have to agree with it! I primarily used the ep3 as a comparison as it's the biggest type r in the UK and I've had experience driving one!