Digestible Collectible: 1999 Honda Civic Si
I can’t think of another small car that has been so consistently good, and occasionally great, as the Honda Civic. The Corolla matches it on the good column, but there really hasn’t been a “great” Corolla for enthusiasts since the FX16 GTS. Each generation of Civic, at least since the second generation’s “S” model, has offered a higher-performance trim level that caters to gearheads.
Elsewhere on these virtual pages today, we look at the most recent iterations of the Civic, but since I’m the guy here with grease under his nails and rust in his eyes, I’m looking back a few years at an iconic Honda.
The 1999 Honda Civic Si quickly became a favorite of the street tuning/Sport Compact Car scene of the early Aughts, mostly due to the powerful, highly-tuneable B-series engine fitted. In stock form, 160 horsepower was on tap, though few remain stock today. Most of these have had ill-advised engine, suspension, and bad-vinyl-sticker “enhancements” inspired by The Fast and the Furious franchise.
A good clean example, like this very-lightly modified car in Georgia, is a joy both in commuting and on track. I’ve heard of some cars seeing 35 mpg on the highway, despite the short final drive fitted to the Si. This one might have had lowering springs fitted, as there seems to be a minimal fender-tire gap to the rear, though nothing is mentioned by the seller. The muffler is a bit larger than normal, too, so you might annoy the neighbors, but both of these flaws can be easily corrected.
At under $6,000, this is a great buy. The car seems cosmetically perfect, and with little evidence of stupid modifications, the car will likely serve a new owner for a long time with easy maintenance. I’d love to get my hands on this Civic.
Ryoku75 on Oct 28, 2015
Wouldnt the Acura RSX/Integra work better as a "sporty Civic"? I swear Honda contracted out to Elmers for their badge-glue, most Hondas have long lost their "Accor, Civic" badging. I'm sure ricers like this though. These Civics were just cheap all around imo. Back then Honda made reliable cars I've yet to see one with a reliable history, lots of patched up wrecks out there, lots of ricers trying to milk 500 hp out of that sewing machine under the hood. I'd rather have Grandpas Buick Century. Like all Hondas they're no good until you mod them, or tape up a wreck and sell it for a $2k profit to some unsuspecting 15 year old.
Calgarytek on Nov 02, 2015
I've never been a fan of how these cars are modified. Not into 'stance', severe camber angles, or excessively compromised ride height or body kits. I have a modified 2000 EM1. I just purchased a B18C with a Limited Slip diff and will be installing it over the winter holidays. The engine practically 'looks the same' as compared to stock (save for a red valve cover). I also have an exhaust for it, but not one with a fart can muffler. Never been a fan of that, esp. on 4 cylinder engines. I also have a rear strut tower brace, chassis brace, and a rear sub frame brace. So yeah...
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