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So this has been a busy weekend, I bought the Civic unseen but after an RAC inspection on Monday, the car was delivered to my brothers ready for me to collect this weekend, we also had to drop my daughter off at Heathrow Airport as she's away travelling for a week, we drove up from Cornwall to LHR dropped her off then down to the south coast to collect the car before a 5 hour run back to Cornwall, saw the car and was impressed, it looked good inside and out, sounded good and I was looking forward to getting behind the where, not only had I not seen it I've not driven a type R either. There was however one problem, we was all knackered and the thought of another 5 hours driving didn't thrill us so we took the decision To go on the pop and drive home the next day.

Bed early, up early and off early, first I should say I'm not sure I'm a typical Type R owner so this is the first impression of a 50 something with a new toy.

Car was comfortable but I could not lower the seat any further or lift the steering, it was nearly right but not quite, but it was good enough, we had already paired the phones and plugged an old iPod into the aux cable that had been fitted. Off to grab a tank of fuel, then we're off properly.

First impressions were good, the car felt tight, steering and suspension were "precise" is the right word, engine smooth and the most pleasant surprise was that it was not completely gutless, not sure what I expected but after driving diesels for a long time is thought there would be very little torque, there is of course much less than any diesel driver is use to, but there is enough and this car is not about point and click, it's a screamer, but for general running about its good enough.

Next motorway cruising was nice and easy, it's a bit revy but not bad, still smooth which must be down to the counterbalancers I have read about, MPG was also surprisingly good at 36 MPG nearly, this was at a steady 70mph (73 indicated but 3.5 k RPM), all positive so far, this was a car that I was worried may be too specialised for everyday use, luckily my fears were unfounded, this car was turning into a reasonable all rounder.

I was very restrained and took my time getting to know the car, and my wife was a bit delicate ;) but as we came off the motorway at Exeter there is a nice smooth sharp corner the exits onto a nice straight, the corner was clear and I thought I would take it with a bit of pace then run it into v-tec to see what that was like, Ohhh Dear this relatively competent car came alive, the noise changed into something very pleasant, the revs flew around the counter and I changed too soon, still in v-tec were still making lovely noises and the horizon is getting closer, of course we're doing 70 now so into top, cruise back on and trundle home (I have no intention of incriminating myself), but I had a taste of what's lurking in the cars alter ego.

We got home no more or less tired than we should have been after a 5 hour trip and I have to say I've bought an interesting car that certainly has a split personality, next though the wife was monging out in front of the box so loaded my fishing kit and headed out to the Fal Estuary to see if I can catch a bream.

Dropped one back seat easily and threw my kit in, eek sand all over the nice clean boot, had to relax and remember this is my car and it's going to be carrying about a lot of sand but on a practical level my kit went in easily and lowering the centre of the boot allowed the box to sit tight without rolling around in corners.

However then I did find a problem, the Honda is low, I don't think this one has been lowered but it's still low, and as I eased the car down back lanes I knew the grass was rubbing the underside, then she touched down at a near stationary speed, I'm going to have to be very careful going to some of my fishing marks, a small price to pay but I can think of at least two places I won't be able to fish anymore

I have not even played with the electronics but can say that the sat nav and music systems seem good, but it's lacking a tidy USB port so I need to look into that.

I did get a chance to open her up a few times this evening to overtake slower cars and the v-tec is addictive, found myself overtaking cars that was not even going that slow, but the most impressive thing was actually the corner speed, these things can achieve, these things corner like they are on rails, I'm sure of it.

So 2 questions
1, as a standard Bluetooth equipped GT Model can I Bluetooth from my phone to the stereo
2, what's the easiest way of adding USB ports
 

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This is one of the coolest stories I've read on here and I truly am happy for you. But which Type R is it you have ? Was thinking the new one but you seemed to say the torque was only adequate compared to diesels?
But describing the Bluetooth etc it must be the new one. Anyway I don't know the answer to your question but CSB, (you'll have to google that I expect)



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Bluetooth means you've got the built in Sat Nav? No you can't stream audio from your phone, it's hands free telephone only.

To add a USB look at a Connects2 adaptor or a DICE Box. The Honda part has been discontinued and they rarely come up second hand.
 

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A great write up there and I'm glad your unseen purchase worked out for you.

Enjoy the VTEC
 

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Cheers its an FN2 I think, 2007 Type R GT with satnav, phone kit and cruise, so fairly well loaded i think (took nearly a month to find the right car with the right toys and mileage).



Very happy with the car, From the responses though it seems like i cannot Bluetooth music to the radio directly from my phone, which is a shame, but certainly not the end of the world as it has an iPod adapter which works well and i have an ancient iPod that works (its only 4GB so i may need a bigger one) so music is less of a concern as i am happy with the method available.

So i am more interested in just adding a hidden USB Charging socket in the glove box or center console/arm rest to charge my phone when i am on the move as i often get off the rocks after a late night fishing session with my phone just about dead.

Temporarily i can stuff a charger in the cigarette lighter socket and use that but something tidier and more out of the way would be a nice touch keeping the inside of the car looking clean and standard.

Spent far too much recently so i wont be doing anything until next pay day when its in for an MOT, think it will get a boot tidy to protect if from the amount if sand i carry around on my fishing kit then the rear shocks greased and the suspension set to fast road so that i know its good, then a brake pad check so i know what state they are in.

Other than that i dont plan any changes, but when it needs it, i might fit a full stainless exhaust as i like to keep my cars for a long time, and if i can eek out some more torque then that cannot be a bad thing.

we know what monging out is :wink3: >:)
 

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Great write-up. One of the fn2's strengths is its versatility. And with a few quid spent can become an animal too >:)
 
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