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Went fishing with a mate the other week to a local fishery near to where i live and got talking to the owner about my civic just before i left.
He told me that he used to work for HUK and also at a few dealership`s, he then went on to tell me that when the 2.2 diesel engine was first brought out for the civic it had to be recalled due to the engine being too powerful and when it went back to the dealers it had to be "de-tuned".
This was down to a lot of customers complaining that the car was too easy to wheelspin in 1st and 2nd gear and catching a lot of them out when pulling away from junction`s etc.
Has any one else heard of this or is it just as the title says, A Fishy Tale?
 

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...this may have been true as the torque levels are high, and as far as I know the torque is limited in 1st gear to protect drivetrain components (and tyres :p )
 

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Lol not true. Read the rest of that thread.
It was "talk" at the factory at the time, but was confirmed to me by someone quite senior that it was someone having a laugh. The engine has been around since 2003, remember, and was always 140 PS. The R18A came years later, and was also 140 PS (10 PS up on it's predecessor the D17A).
 

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When the original escort xr3 came out at first it was slower than an escort van to 60 coz the van had different gearing. These things happen.
 

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I used to own an Alfa GT diesel and heard the same thing about that. I heard that the most high powered diesels were detuned to pass strict emissions tests and by taking the cars to specialist tuners they could tune them up properly, the cars would run better and get up to 40/50 bhp more.

I know there are a lot of tuners out there who make bold claims about diesel cars so maybe its right???

Just found this claim on a random site http://www.diesel-performance.co.uk/vehicle-honda_civic_2.2-i-ctdi-140-ps
 

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Also the clutches wont handle the increase in power and tourqe, as a few members on here have found out after having the dervs tuned!
 
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