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1999 Honda Civic Hatchback

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1999 Honda Civic Si

Source: The Car Connection

A bahn-blazer from Japan that almost makes us forget the CRX.

by John and Brenda Priddy

We've liked the Honda Civic coupes through their many iterations - and for that matter, the CRXs too, when they were around. But we never took them quite as seriously as sports coupes, with their small four-cylinder engines buzzing like a swarm of angry killer bees. They never seemed to have enough power or torque to be considered by the "real" enthusiasts.

And yet, over the last few years, a group of drivers that appreciates the quality, durability and spunky nature of the CRXs and Civics has grown up. And with the Honda Civic Si, they may finally get their wish for a truly sporting Civic.

First, a little lesson in Civics. In 1983 Honda offered the Civic S (for Sport). Then in 1986, Honda introduced the first Civic Si with a 1.5-liter single-overhead-cam four-cylinder with multipoint fuel injection and 91 horsepower, not to mention improved handling. When the fourth-generation Civic debuted in 1988, the Si featured a 1.6-liter 108-horsepower engine and new four-wheel double-wishbone suspension that set a new standard for ride and handling in a small car.

In that year, Honda also began a campaign of completely redesigning its cars every four years. 1992 brought about the fifth-generation Civic, and the Si was treated to Honda's racing inspired engine technology, VTEC (for Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control), and 125-horsepower. The sixth-generation Civic appeared in 1996, but minus the Si model. Civic enthusiasts were forced to make do with EX and LX models, and aftermarket suppliers and accessories to produce a suitable replacement for the unexplained disappearance of the Si.

Return of the Si

All that changed last February at the Chicago Auto Show when Honda re-introduced the Si for 1999. Externally, the changes from the standard Civic coupe are minimal. A simple body sill extension, front air dam, and tasteful, six-spoke aluminum wheels with wider, stickier tires, make up the majority of the outward clues that there's something different about this Civic.

Oh yeah, there's one more thing - a small decal that reads, "DOHC VTEC." Really, it's just the letter "D" that's significant here. Not that VTEC, that masterful application of racing-inspired technology that Honda is famous for, isn't significant. It's just that this time VTEC is applied to a double-overhead-cam (hence the DOHC) engine to produce an incredible 160 horsepower and a mind-warping 8000-rpm redline.

While this may not mean much to the average motorist, to those that comprehend the technological terms, it means that this is no run-of-the-mill four-banger. One run through the gears, taking it to redline each time, is exhilarating - and not as noisy as you might expect.

The Civic Si's engine is part of a stellar total package that includes Honda's light-touch clutch pedal and shifter and just the right amount of feedback in the steering. Of course, it's geared for running at those lofty rpm - while cruising down the freeway in fifth gear, the engine is turning more than 4000 rpm, yet the gas mileage is still in the upper 20s.

Standard equipment on the newest Civic Si includes air conditioning, leather steering wheel and shifter, cruise control, keyless entry system, power everything except seats, and a power moonroof. The interior, although comfortable, is a bit cramped. Anyone more than 5 feet 6 inches tall will feel a little cramped for headroom. (No doubt, the tilt-up moonroof didn’t help.) Plus, it's a chore getting into the back seat. Even our kids complained about the gymnastics needed to get in there.

In Honda tradition, everything was well-made and fit perfectly. But most of the time, we really only cared about one thing: the red number "8" on the tachometer, right next to the red Si emblem. We kind of wonder how those banzai kids in their souped-up CRXs feel when they see us in this boy racer, but we don't wonder for long. We just pass them, and head for the redline once more.

© The Car Connection

 

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 year or 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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