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Author Jeff Palmer
Categories Factory Performance, Civic
Create Date March 17, 2004 12:20
Last Update August 09, 2004 16:09
Introduction

Entering its third model year in the US, the European-bred Civic Si has gone virtually unnoticed by the enthusiast community. This is in stark contrast to the coupe-based model that preceded it. Despite the fact it was only sold for two model years ('99 and '00), it quickly achieved nearly iconic status in the sport compact scene. With the introduction of the seventh generation Civic platform for model year 2001, the Si was conspicuously absent from the lineup until the 2002 model year. During its hiatus there were plenty of rumors surrounding the car's return. Accompanying the rumors was a fair amount of excitement and anticipation surrounding the Si's return.

As it turns out, once the rumors were replaced with facts, it didn't take long for that excitement and anticipation to degenerate into to an unfortunate sense of general disappointment. While a number of factors could be blamed for this atmosphere, the Civic Si's loudest detractors seem to focus most on its exterior styling and general bang-for-the-buck, or lack thereof. Furthermore, it doesn't help knowing there's a sizzling 215ps Type R version of the Civic ripping around the streets and circuits of Japan. I've had the great pleasure of driving a Japanese Spec. Civic Type R, and I can attest to the fact that we are truly missing out on an amazing car.

If there's an upside to this controversy, it's that the Si's slow sales pace has resulted in some ridiculously low transaction prices for brand new Si's. If you're looking for a great value on a supremely refined and very capable sport compact car, the Civic Si is definitely worthy of your consideration. On the other hand, if you're a Honda product planner, you might be scratching your head and wondering what went wrong. By bringing over the Euro-Civic hatchback (which also serves as the basis of the brilliant Civic Type R), Honda has delivered one of the most sophisticated offerings in the segment. In the Si's case it seems the knowledgeable buying public is focusing more on all the great stuff we didn't get (mostly found on the Type R) vs. the really good stuff we did get.

Before we go any further down that path, we should recall that the scope of this article is not to discuss the wherefors and whynots of the Si's current situation, but rather to relate our experience with the new Honda Factory Performance option available for buyers of the '04 Civic Si. With that in mind, let's proceed.

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10-12-2005 19:52 Good Review - HFP Suspension sold seperate!   (Score: 1, Normal) CDN-SiR-02
03-18-2004 21:49 It's not hard to see...   (Score: 1, Normal) teej
03-18-2004 23:56 gilbert
03-19-2004 10:37 TonyEX
03-19-2004 13:43 constructicon
03-19-2004 19:20 TonyEX
11-01-2004 12:51 SiRGeoffroy
08-26-2004 09:54 Is there a factory performance package for 03 Si?   (Score: 1, Normal) rayyu882
03-25-2004 13:19 "...money well spent"????   (Score: 1, Normal) slowhand
03-31-2004 10:12 JeffX
03-31-2004 20:25 TonyEX
03-31-2004 20:39 JeffX
04-01-2004 10:30 NSXman
04-01-2004 13:07 slowhand
04-03-2004 15:49 Mechanic
04-04-2004 00:20 Graham_02SiR
04-05-2004 00:23 oncesir
03-19-2004 10:25 RSX Type-S ASPEC for $31,030   (Score: 1, Normal) sochester
03-19-2004 18:52 AcuraSM
03-19-2004 22:35 cksi1372
03-21-2004 21:24 The Hunter
04-04-2004 00:32 Graham_02SiR
03-19-2004 12:30 I guess I'm one of those guys who just don't get it   (Score: 1, Normal) Da Hapa
03-19-2004 18:55 AcuraSM
03-25-2004 15:44 Dr. Honda
03-22-2004 12:50 its not that it sucks...   (Score: 1, Normal) MugenDX
03-17-2004 19:03 I want my CTR   (Score: 1, Normal) Pells
03-20-2004 12:58 PK
03-20-2004 19:44 rrsihatch02
03-17-2004 17:37 Honda, it's time...   (Score: 1, Normal) Power Of Dreams
03-20-2004 08:54 rrsihatch02
03-18-2004 19:31 My thought about HFP   (Score: 1, Normal) Accord Lover
03-18-2004 19:35 Accord Lover
03-19-2004 22:40 cksi1372
03-18-2004 19:00 More BS   (Score: 1, Normal) vtechbrain
03-18-2004 12:56 Price   (Score: 1, Normal) soniccar
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