HONDA CIVIC TYPE R (EP3)
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