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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:01 am
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Default Best year for civic si?

Im not going to rice it up or anything, but im 17 and looking for a first car. I want something that handles well, decent acceleration and not an american car. Any ideas? Personally my favourite is the 2000/99 civic si. On that note, whats the best year for a civic si?
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:16 am
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My personal favorite is the 1995, the taillights are the best out of all the years I think.
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:31 am
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the newer the better. the one with the lowest mileage and least wear and tear and the best maintenance record.
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 11:46 am
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Dude, definitely the 8th Generation! 2006 - 2011! I've got an '08 Si coupe and it's freaking amazing!

The 8th gen has the k20z3 engine which comes stock with 197 whp and 139 lbf·ft of torque

The 4th gen EM1 1999 - 2000 has 160 whp with it's b16a2 engine

The 5th gen EP3 (the lightest of the Si's) 02 - 05 has 160 whp as well with it's k20a3 engine

It's 6-speed manual transmission has a helical limited slip differential. It's also a closer ratio transmission than any other Si. In layman's terms, that just means you'll have a more aggressive or sporty shift.

The sport-tuned suspension on the 8th gen Si is amazing! Definitely has room for improvement, but it is a very decent suspension for the price! "It is also the quickest Civic Si off the line, with a factory 0?60 time of 6.7 seconds according to Honda, but with some tests posting times as quick as 6.3 seconds."

I got mine used (only one previous owner) 2 years ago for a little over 19k. You can get them now as low as $16,000 (on carmax). If you have the option, i would definitely go for the sedan. I have the coupe, and i'm kicking myself in the @$$ for it! There are WAY more after market parts for the sedan because most of the parts we buy come from Japan, and in Japan, all they have is the 4 door Si.

if you end up getting one, or if you just want some good reading, check out the 8th Generation Honda Civic forum @

If you register, 2008BlackSi is my screen name. Feel free to send me a pm if you end up getting one!

I know i kinda jumped around a lot in this answer, but hopefully it was helpful to you!

there is much much more to tell about the 8th gen... if you want to know more just e-mail me @

Good luck to ya, brother!

1st hand experience owning 5th,
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 12:01 pm
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it all depends on how much money you want to spend... of course the newer ones (8th gens) are the best, but they will also give you a hefty car payment for a 17 year old. The 6th gen (or 99-00) are also a good choice, they have the B16 so good motor, but these years have been on the list of top 5 stolen vehicles since they came out, so insurance is a little more on these. My 2 personal favorites (have owned one of each) are the 5th generation (92-95) or the 7th generation (02-05) Both are the hatchback versions, and both have very good motors in them. The 7th generation or EP3 is very very fun!! handles awesome, and has many upgrades available! Good luck though, they're all good cars and all fun to drive, it's just a matter of how much you want to spend and what you like best.
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Old 28 Jun 2011, 12:16 pm
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i currently own a 1999 civic si, i like the body style better than any of the other si's

obviously the newer ones are going to be faster but you can always swap the engine

im currently running a B18c5 (type R engine) in my si
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