NEED TO KNOW
> Replacing camchains and tensioners (as early as 80k) costs £650-£750 for Honda parts and labour. If the engine sounds ‘tappety’, it’s time to adjust the valve clearances. Not a big job.
> If the car revs on its own,
or feels like it’ll stall, clean
the idle control valve.
> Second- and third-gear synchros fail irst. Check you can change freely into them from cold.
> Independents such as TDI North charge £139 for a 12 month/12,500-mile service, £329 for 24m/25k and £485 for the 48m/50k service. Spark plugs are best changed every 50k, not the suggested 75k. A good Premium Edition (Momo steering wheel, Type R-logo’d calipers) can top £6k.