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Old 02-14-2012, 09:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So happy i bought an k20 instead of an r18

So a couple months ago i was looking to buying a car since my 99 jetta (the jet) crapped out on me. My dad was telling me to buy a brand new civic lx but me being a sporty driver i wanted the Si. So an 07 fg2 is what I got.

Now my sister just bought a 2010 civic lx and i got the honor to drive it home from the dealership. As soon as I started driving it i was so happy i got the Si. Even though this was three years newer than my car it felt like a completely different car, in a bad way. The Si just feels 100 times better. So happy with my decision.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Now my sister just bought a 2010 civic lx and i got the honor to drive it home from the dealership. As soon as I started driving it i was so happy i got the Si. Even though this was three years newer than my car it felt like a completely different car, in a bad way. The Si just feels 100 times better. So happy with my decision.
Is the 2010 LX an automatic? The Civic LX w' manual is pretty fun to drive, while the same car w' automatic feels lazy, even if the handling is decent.

I've driven the auto R18, manual R18, and K20Z3, and the K20 is really the only way to go if you want a racecar-like experience.
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Si ftw...
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Shoulda got a r18
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Old 02-15-2012, 12:00 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Is the 2010 LX an automatic? The Civic LX w' manual is pretty fun to drive, while the same car w' automatic feels lazy, even if the handling is decent.

I've driven the auto R18, manual R18, and K20Z3, and the K20 is really the only way to go if you want a racecar-like experience.
It's fun to drive when you have an automatic with every 30 dollar mod on it

I never knew my car was a race car or anything like an experience
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Driving my GF's R18 automatic to work tomorrow.. not looking forward to it
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yea my sisters is an auto, and the base model with hub caps and all. It really does suck. I feel bad for her. It's funny cause she got that car on the basis of how much she liked mine. She likes it but says it just doesn't feel the same, not just power wise but everything else as well


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Old 02-15-2012, 02:38 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Meh I didn't mind driving one for a week.

For reasons unknown to me, a few years ago when I bought my G my brother wanted to borrow it for prom...not sure why he didn't go the limo route like every other HS kid on the planet, but I let him, drove two hours to my parents house and let him take it and I took his EX and drove it for about a week. It didn't bother me at all. My biggest gripe was that I had to turn my head to back up instead of using the back up camera, but I chalk that up to first world problems and didn't care...particularly when it came to filling it up, $40 vs like $70.
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I mean, the non-Si's are an incredibly solid car overall in terms of reliable, comfortable, cheap (MSRP and gas) transportation, it's just no fun to drive.
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It's fun to drive when you have an automatic with every 30 dollar mod on it

I never knew my car was a race car or anything like an experience
Maybe I was supposed to get a certain package


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A 2.0 liter motor that can rev to 8600rpm is a race bred motor in my eyes.

You can only name a few other cars that will rev to 8k or beyond from the factory and most are very expensive or exotics.
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I mean, the non-Si's are an incredibly solid car overall in terms of reliable, comfortable, cheap (MSRP and gas) transportation, it's just no fun to drive.
Definitely no fun to drive, but as a commuter car (that week I had it I only used it to drive to work and back) it got the job done just fine.

I obviously didn't bother on going down any twisty back roads in it, lol.
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I mean, the non-Si's are an incredibly solid car overall in terms of reliable, comfortable, cheap (MSRP and gas) transportation, it's just no fun to drive.
perfectly said!
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Man... I feel bad for you, shoulda got an R18.

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I'll be getting a K20 soon so hopefully all goes well.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:18 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I have an R18 but I'm not going to complain because a very large amount of people my age don't have cars at all or have older rusted-out ones. And the gas mileage is nicee. Can't race even a camry tho haha
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Can't race even a camry tho haha
Don't feel too bad about that. Si's can't race camrys either.
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Don't feel too bad about that. Si's can't race camrys either.
Actually your wrong. I CAN race any car I want in my Si.


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The r18 can be fitted with hfp suspension and eibach sway bars and it will out handle the Si.
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^not really but it'll be close

Si has better gearing, and LSD, stiffer compliance bushings and better wheel/tire combo + brakes ie not that simple.


to OP: congrats on making the right choice. K20 is perfect for what it was designed for.

With the said the R18 is perfect for what it was designed for.

If you want lazy, comfortable driving then with an Si you're only bringing out it's weaknesses.

If you want quick, jack rabbit starts, high revs and quick shifting and handling, then you're bringing out the weaknesses of the R18.
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