By wrb on
1997 Honda Civic CX 2dr Hatchback
bought base model ( lightest, nothing
power but brakes, no options ) for
10800.- Put AEM airintake for better
breathing and 10 more hp, sport
springs and -shocks ( stiffer and 1.5"
lower ), front and rear -swaybars,
front strut towerbar, 15" alloys w.
195/55-15 -V rated performance tires,
all for much improved handling, race
breakpads in front to compensate for
weak rear drumbrakes . Total cost for
improvements : $ 3000.- Overall
result: a small ,light, fast, good
handling, cheap car with 40 mls. plus
mileage, very reliable and lots of
fun !! A 9.5 overall for sure.
Reliability, handling, great , easy
ergonomics, gas mileage, hatchback
versatility, double wishbone
suspension, light weight agility
of course more horses would be nice,
but if you use the 5-speed properly
and don't lugg it, you are fine. 15"
wheels and better tires desirable.