2008 Honda Civic Si Coupe
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- Fun to drive, great handling, fairly fuel efficient
- Fit and finish is lacking for a Honda
Purchased As Used
First off, I have to say, I'm a Honda fan. My wife and I have owned 6 Hondas in the last 5 years. Not because they weren't any good, but we love them and we keep buying different ones!
I bought a used 2008 Si sedan in August of 2010 and owned it until December of 2011. I loved the car despite its minor problems. I never experienced the 3rd gear issue (but it may have been fixed before I bought the car, which was a Certified Used from Honda), but the interior did have some issues. The back deck lid rattled when I cranked the stereo, the head liner sagged (just a little) at the front of the sunroof and the clutch squeaked about 60% of the time you hit.
There's the down sides. The only downsides. All of which I was willing to forgive because the car was so much fun to drive and made my 30 mile commute to work a blast! The car handles so well and is so quick when it hits VTech. When accelerating (in any gear) when the car hits VTech, you can actually feel it jump up and go. True, there is almost no power to be had when below VTech, but that is why the car gets such great gas mileage for what it is.
Anyway, I had to give up my Si in December 2011 because my job cut my pay and I could no longer afford the car and the premium fuel. For the past year and a few months I have been driving a 2008 Honda Accord EX-L, which is a great car with all the bells and whistles, but it gets worse gas mileage than the Si (which balances out since it doesn’t use premium fuel) and it is no fun to drive. Well, after getting a better position at my company, I’m in the market for another Honda and what have I decided on? Another 2008 Si. I’ve found a Figi Blue Pearl sedan and I’m signing the papers tomorrow (if all goes well). If that doesn’t work out, I will be finding another Si.
I’ve test driven a lot of cars (Honda Fit, Scion Tc, Mazda 3, Sentra SE-R Spec v and Cobalt SS to name a few) and none of them are as fun and comfortable to drive as the Si sedan. This car has everything, great power, great handling, a 6 speed gearbox, and 4 doors to boot! When I had my old one, I had no trouble hauling me and 3 friends around and with the wife and I considering have kids, the extra 2 doors will make all the difference.
Frankly, I’ve driven the competition, I’ve experienced the comfort and quality of the Accord EX-L and to me nothing I’ve been in (outside of the much more expensive Subaru WRX) has been more enjoyable. For the money, you can’t go wrong with the Si if you are looking for something fun to drive.
One thing I will warn perspective buyers about is the ride. The car is setup to handle. It is set up to eat curves at speed and keep pushing, which is what makes it a blast to drive, however, the ride is stiff. I’ve been in cars that ride a lot worse (an older Sentra SE-R Spec V that hurt my back after a 3 mile test drive!), but the stiffened suspension is not for everyone. I’m 30 years old and I love sporty little cars, and my wife loved my Si, but our parents can’t stand to ride in it. My mother-in-law drives a Civic LX and even though they are (basically) the same cars, she hated riding in my Si.
Basically, all I’m saying is don’t expect the smooth ride of something like a Civic or Accord when you climb into the Si. This car isn’t meant to be smooth, it’s meant to hold the road, even when you take an on ramp at 70+MPH with the tires squealing. But, if you’re looking for smooth, look at the Accord sedan, if you’re looking for sporty and fun to drive, you can’t find a better bang for the buck than the Si!
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