2004 Honda Civic Consumer Review: My first stick shift

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My first stick shift
By vk2hondas on


2004 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback w/Side Airbags (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Very easy to drive even though it's been
ages since I drove one.

Smooth clutch/shifter action.
Quieter than the competition, feels nice
and solid. Driver's seat perfect fit
for me. Has right amount of power with

VS. others:

focus - no rear head rests, cheap
plastic interior, noisy

mazda3 - great, but console
blocks my leg

impreza wagon - felt loose, closing
doors caused rattles all over,
uncomfortable driver seat bottom

forester X - very nice overall, too
much $$$, vague stick, not sure I like
hill holder

vibe (AWD & FWD) - very noisy, no
power in automatics

mini - very nice, but dealer too far,
premium gas

element - drives like a truck

Best Features

Driver seat with great support. Shifter and clutch are so nice. Blasphemous, but stock stereo system sounds great to me. Subdued, yet sporty looks, e.g. red stitching, nice, simple looking wheels. Not for poseurs (Scion's brochure/magazine/DVD turned me off their cars).

Worst Features

One more top end gear (or overdrive) for quieter cruising on the hwy. Make moonroof opt., side airbags std. AUX port for stereo, or at least MP3 CD. HVAC knobs where you can feel the settings by hand. Power steering feels a bit light at higher speeds. Remote hatch release.
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