Why would you?

Be­cause just £2000 could get you be­hind the wheel of one of these hard-wear­ing Ja­panese hot hatches, mak­ing it one of the most af­ford­able ways to en­joy a VTEC great. It de­liv­ers its trade­mark kick at 6000rpm, with peak power at 7400rpm.

What to pay

£2000 for a tidy early car with high miles. The best facelifted ex­am­ples are £3500-4000.

What to look out for

The en­gine is in­cred­i­bly strong, but it does burn oil, so a seller who has been mon­i­tor­ing the level is a good thing, as is a ser­vice his­tory. If the car feels like it wants to stall when it’s warm, the idle con­trol valve needs ad­just­ing – a sim­ple fix. A light tap­pety noise from the en­gine means the valve clear­ances need ad­just­ing. The al­loys are prone to cor­ro­sion, so check them care­fully. (Full guide, evo 231.)


Years 2001-2005 En­gine In-line 4-cyl, 1998cc Power 197bhp @ 7400rpm Torque 145lb ft @ 5900rpm 0-62mph 6.6sec (claimed) Top speed 146mph (lim­ited) Rat­ing 33332

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