This was my first car that I had bought on my own. Got it when I was 27 and now I'm 34. (I just got a cpo BMW 328i with all the bells & whistles). This car had it all for the money. I was one of the first to have it. It was the TYPE S too. The handling was great for its classes. However I noticed that in the last couple years the suspension started to give a bit. The hatchback was great since the backseats could fold down and I could carry a lot of things in the back. The car had over 130,000 miles on it when I sold it to carmax. I'm sure it could have lasted several more years but I didn't have a need for 2 cars. I'll miss this car for sure, but I'm really enjoying my new ride! =)
Short shift 6 speed manual tranny, hatchback for untility, 200hp., very good gas mileage. Dash display, recaro sport bucket seats.
I had the 02 which didn't have 17 inch wheels yet for the Type S. Add Xenon headlights, 225 hp stock, more of the JDM Type R features, etc.