My new EK9 Civic Type R

Well I knew I wanted a new car once I had finished Uni and started working full time. The question was what! I initially wanted to stay within the VAG stable and was leaning towards a 1.8T based car such as an S3 or TT. I was pretty set in getting a TT until I started looking at the other options out there from other manufacturers.

After a couple of test drives in UKDM EP3 Civic Type R’s I was sold on VTEC 😆 . It’s also great that Honda’s are so easy to track compared to standard or lightly modified TT’s which is definitely something I want to try in the future – hopefully in spring ☺!

So, after much e-mailing and questions and pictures being exchanged I managed to set up a part exchange deal with a fellow enthusiast who clearly loved his car and I ended up with, what I now realise, is the exact car I want!

My new EK9 Civic Type R

My new EK9 Civic Type R

My new EK9 Civic Type R

My new EK9 Civic Type R

A 1997 pre-facelift Honda Civic EK9 in Championship White! Bit different from the expected and safe bet UK EP3 but in the end I gave in and just got the EK9 😆 .

Once I’d decided between EK’s and EP’s I then began to see about getting a fresh import vehicle in silver. Due to the economic situation the exchange rate is rubbish just now and as such EK’s are relatively more expensive than they used to be which meant my budget would be able to get me one, just unsure when one would come up for sale/what condition it would be in.

As I looked into all the options I came round to the Championship White paint, seeing a couple of gleaming JDM Integra’s round my way sold it to me to be honest :wub: so I began to broaden my search to include both silver AND white cars now.

One day while surfing Pistonheads I came across a beautiful ‘9 which was already privately owned in this country (imported in October 2008), looked to be in fantastic condition and had been regularly serviced including a full oil change a week before the advert went live (as well as every 3-4k since import) along with fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs and the transmission fluid being done earlier in the year. Further the cambelt and clutch had been replaced as well 5k and 6k ago respectively and she had been undersealed, as usual on import, but once again at the end of September this year. As if that wasn’t good enough two months ago she was treated to a full set of Hankook RS2 tyres ☺

The icing on the cake was the long MOT and the dyno printout showing 187bhp @ 8300rpm.


She also had a couple of modifications – green lowering springs (which I have assumed to be Tein springs with a drop of 23mm at the front and 15mm at the back) as well as a full Tanabe Super Medallion racing exhaust (complete with silencer). There is a set of gauges (water temperature, oil temperature and oil pressure) inside but I’m not sure how I feel about them yet 😆

So we arranged a date to meet to do a part exchange. After work on Friday just gone my girlfriend and I set off for Norwich from Aberdeen – staying over in Carlisle. The next day we did the rest of the journey – but what a nightmare! We hit a huge traffic jam that delayed us by over 3 hours! Once we had done the deal we had to drive straight from Norwich back to Aberdeen, we didn’t get in until after 12:30am. That meant we had done 15 and a half hours near enough straight driving on Saturday plus the 3 and a half on Friday night, all in all a 900 mile round trip!

Got her back safely though and went out for a proper look around today with my mechanic friend. He didn’t find anything to fault with it and nor did I, the bodywork is near enough mint bar a slight dent on the drivers arch and the paint condition is truly excellent. The engine levels are all fine and the oil is nice and brown! No rust anywhere, just occasional areas of built up waxoil ☺ . The interior has slight wear to the drivers bolster but the rest of the seats and mats look like they have never been used! Would never had known the car was 12 years old..

So that’s the story! Few bits to clean up, she needs a good wash but the weather has been terrible today (thus the rubbish pictures) so not had a chance yets. I also spent some time earlier with silicone lubricant on the window seals to try and prevent the electric windows from being so sluggish (common problem with these Civics) and some lubricant in the runners for the electric folding mirrors but elsewise faultless.

Changes to come soon are a new set of H badges as they are faded and I want to fit the MPH converter as the car still reads in km/h and has the limiter! After that I fancy some coilovers and some lovely new wheels :wub:

And I got well over 40mpg on the way home (I think) ☺

Hope you all enjoy, I’ll get decent pictures when the weather is less rubbish.


5 Responses to “My new EK9 Civic Type R”

  1. 1 jdmjunction November 8, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    nice example you have i had EP3 type R and have upgraded to an S2000 for a bit of rwd fun.

  2. 2 crouchingwayne November 27, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Nice one. I am hoping to go for a RWD car next, can’t decide what to go for though! Between a Nissan S-body like an S14, an S2000 or an E36 M3.

    Only thing about the S2000 is they are apparantly snappy on the limit!

  3. 4 crouchingwayne December 23, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    Yea I was thinking about saving some money if I got an S2000 to get the geo done and replace the tyres, especially as I’d likely be going for a ‘widowmaker’ MY99 one!

    For EK9’s I’d say decide on a budget and work with that, see what you can get. A fresh import would be a nice feeling but can get a bit pricey if you factor in servicing/changing belts when it lands. Especially with the Yen being relatively strong at the moment!

    I went for one which was already in the country with a good service record, this meant more to me than being the first owner. It’s all about balance I guess.

    I would say the best bargains can be had in the UK market. Try buy from a forum member where you can track the cars past through the users posts! If going for a fresh import make sure and use a reputable importer, try Fast Jap Cars and Tourque GT.

    Good luck and let me know how you get on.

  4. 5 how to get fatter April 2, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Hello! this place is the best show case of one good word press theme am I right? seems all so organized that it even makes me think its more than perfect! keep it going.

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