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Pretty civilized deal, Kaiser Honda in Downtown LA was only marking it up $1,000 (compared to as much as $5,000 at Miller Honda in Culver City). Maybe I did not get quite as much for my trade-in (2003 Accord LX w/63k miles) as I would have liked, but I did not get completely raped and feel the price I got was fair.

All the employees were VERY sad to see this one leave the showroom, "I didn't get a chance to drive it yet!" I took delivery with 6 miles on the clock, I put 2 of them on during the test drive.

The only options I got was a liner for the trunk and a cargo net. I will snag a Mugen rear sway bar when they become available.

Of course it all works great, the engine redlines at 8k and the brakes could stop a heart attack. I am still getting used to 6 speeds, but I am willing to work on that. ;)

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I may not mess with ride height, but I do want the Mugen rear sway bar when it becomes avialable in the Spring. 17's are large enough for me.

The kids appreciate the rear doors! The coupe is a better looking car, but looks isn't everything... or so I keep telling myself :wink:

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More pics! Nice car. I like it, but I'd probably go with the coupe, even with the kids. But I bet it's a fun car for sure.
 

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It's just... different. I know what you guys mean, my parents have an 06 Si coupe and a TSX, my roommate has a RSX-S, and my girlfriend has a 6-speed Saab 93 Aero. It's weird having an extra gear!

Nice looking car, they are starting to grow on me more (the new civics), but I think it's absolute blasphemy that an Si would be a 4 door! I was a little upset about the EM1 being a coupe and not a hatch, but it proved itself well. How do you like the space ship dash layout? And the seats?!
 

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How do you like the space ship dash layout? And the seats?!
I was not to crazy about the split level dash board at first and it still looks a bit "Buck Rodgers" to me. But it works well. I am enjoying little features like radio controls in the steering wheel (change stations with a flick of your thumb!) and exterior temperature gauge ("Honey look! It's 70 degrees out side."). Because this car is built in Canada and must conform to thir laws as well, it has daylight running lights and the digital dash switchs between kpm and mph.

The seats are fine. Not real racing seats but bettter than the standard seat. I like the upholstry fabric, a sort of course fabric designed to hold you in place under high cornering loads.

The best feature is the telescoping steering wheel. The first time I have seen this in a Honda and long over-due.

An earlier poster said that 6 speeds seems like over kill and I tend to agree. Five would have worked just as well, but I am not sending the car back. I particularly like the LSD which gets power down on corners.

Today the door decals are coming off and I will see if I can get the Si badges off. I want this car to look as much like a plain ol' Civic as I can.

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Today the door decals are coming off and I will see if I can get the Si badges off. I want this car to look as much like a plain ol' Civic as I can.

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Living in Cali I would too. That way we don't see a my new Si got stolen thread, and then you recovering it as a rolling chassis. Atleast the new ones are drive buy wire, that might twart theft a little, and the factory ignition security.

Nice car though. My friend got one of the first Si Coupes in Ohio, I drove it it was fun. It was quick for a stock Civic, and it handled great. It felt like it weighted about 500lbs less than it does handling wise. Kinda deciving. The Sedan is pretty sweet though, allthough I would hate to work on one, The motor is practilly all under the dash, but I guess new cars aren't supposed to be worked on.....
 

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they are starting to grow on me more (the new civics), but I think it's absolute blasphemy that an Si would be a 4 door! I was a little upset about the EM1 being a coupe and not a hatch, but it proved itself well.
At first i kind of liked the new Si, but now i am bothered by the snubby nose, all that windshield and the dash layout. I like the powerplant, but cosmetically, for me, it could use some work, but this coming from someone who doesn't really like anything past the 6th gen Civic. :D

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Today the door decals are coming off and I will see if I can get the Si badges off. I want this car to look as much like a plain ol' Civic as I can.
The color and the wheels will still kind of give it away.
 

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Awe man, don't debadge it... Leave it stock or with the ablility to return to stock with the turn of a wrench. Hasn't owning the CRX taught the value of stock... I mean, who doesn't sweat a stock 18 year old car when all the others of it's kind are mutilated?
 

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It occurs to me that adding the new Sedan Si to my vast fleet (the Si, my son's Prelude and my '87 CRX Si) has changed my relationship to my CRX. The CRX was always my hobby car, intended for speed. While it is a fine performer, the new Sedan is a much better car in nearly every regard. From hauling kids to hauling @ss, the Sedan is just so much more car.

But I do not want to hammer on the Sedan, it is my daily driver. I expect to be driving this car for many years to come and so I do not want to shorten the expected service life unneccesarily.

While I have always reserved the CRX for sport usage but I have driven that car at less than a full "10/10ths." I held just a bit back to save my "performance" car because if I broke it, I would be reduced to only having a boring daily driver as my sole means of automotive expression. But now that the Sedan has so much lurking potential, I can really lean on the CRX without worrying that I could be out of "performance" if it was out of service.

So while I was worried that the Sedan would displace the CRX as my "favorite" car in the family stable, I think that having the Sedan will enhance my realtionship with the CRX. Look for me and the CRX at The Streets of Willow on Saturday Dec. 2.

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Debadge it and pick up all the Civic Hybrid emblems at the dealer...imagine getting your ass kicked by what you think is a Hybrid Sedan! That should get some more people interested in buying a hybrid car, haha.
 
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