Well, I thought I would give it a few weeks to post on Civinfo regarding my Type R after collecting her on the 1st September so that it would give me time to get use to the car and put a few miles on her.
Currently now showing over 2000miles on her, first impressions are very very good.
Subtle when driven gently but just awesome when pushed, I found yesterday on some B roads heading towards Harrogate from Wetherby (if anyone knows it?) that the car wants to be pushed more and more around corners.
The engine makes me smile everytime, even with just enough throttle to see you in VTEC the difference in engine note is grin factor 10!
Driving her sensibly with the odd 'im having fun so there' returns 33-34mpg (managed to push 40mpg when I was running her in) is very good to me, pity fuel prices are so dear
The ride is bob on, although the gearing is a little short to what I'm used to but the clutch feels well balanced with a snappy and precise gearchange.
The few niggles -
Rattles! Rattle from the interior trim where the alarm sensor/reading lights are
Passenger seat back, moves quite a bit causing it to rattle
Middle air vents rattle
Dashboard trim around steering wheel rattle
Gearbox; difficulty in getting it into 3rd gear every so often, i read that it is a double cone for 3rd, im not so sure thats the issue here. It feels like synchro to me, i will live with this until first service to see if things improve
Handbrake, doesn't work all that well unless its pulled up quite high again, i'll let the garage adjust it.
Stone chips!!! Even though i leave a massive gap to the car in front of me, up to 4 seconds on a motorway - im pulling my hair out with finding them on wash day!
And one last little thing, does anyone notice that the rear alloys seem to gather more brake dust than the fronts? After a drive, the alloys are not excessively hot but just wondered about it??
Mods/accessories bought so far: Type R mats (very nice quality) Grill badge now on although i'm still deciding if i should put the Type R stickers on the rear wings?? And I have just bought some rubber mats from Honda to act as my winter mats, again, very good quality plus they gave me a free Type R baseball cap and shoulder bag!! (no, I wont be wearing it in the car although when jogging with it on, I swear I can feel VTEC kick-in....
) oh and a genuine boot liner.
Future interior mods: either the Ipod connector or the disc changer and the ambient lighting although I have noticed that most fit aftermarket kits.....perhaps somthing to consider.
So, overall really impressed with the Type R i'm so glad I went for the Honda rather than the Clio 200 or a lazy Golf GTI.