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2000 Honda Civic Hatchback

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2000 Honda Civic Si

Source: The Car Connection

California’s favorite do-it-yourselfer gets some heat straight from the factory.

by Nick Twork

The Civic has always been a good citizen of economy land. Never less that than competent, not often more than mildly entertaining (aside from the rorty CRX), the Civic has been the car that everyone would recommend for their teenage niece for nigh unto 20 years.

But last year, Honda decided to heat up the Civic - to make it even more attractive to the hordes of southern California hot-rodders that have been turning the mild-mannered Civic coupes into their personal testosterone-driven chariots of fire.

Honda answered those homemade ‘rods with the Civic Si. And with the addition of more horsepower, cladding, and less suspension travel, the Civic is now available from the factory with modifications which used to only be obtainable in the aftermarket.

First on the list of equipment is a 160-horsepower DOHC VTEC engine. Its output bests the previous king of the hill Civic EX coupe by 33 horsepower. The engine is similar to the unit that was installed in the now defunct Civic del Sol. Not surprisingly, like other high-performance Honda engines, this one's a revver. And thank God you can't get it with an automatic transmission; its 8000-rpm redline makes such a thought seem sacrilegious. Not surprisingly, most of the power is produced aft of 4000 rpm when the VTEC variable cam timing uncorks the engine with more aggressive intake and exhaust flow.

But while the engine is definitely the centerpiece of this ride, there's much more to the Si than just a new engine. Next on the list of factory modifications is an upgraded chassis. Honda bolts on a rear stabilizer bar and a new front stabilizer bar with a diameter of 26 mm instead of 22 mm, as on other Civics. You also get four-wheel disc brakes in place of the front disc/rear drums of other models, and the new brakes rest behind 15-inch alloy wheels fitted with P195/55R15 V-rated Michelin XGT V4 tires. Coupled with these larger tires and wheels as well as the new stabilizer bar setup, stiffer springs and a front strut tower brace are fitted to further improve handling and steering response.

Subtle Civic departures

On the outside, the Si has a few subtle touches that set it apart from other Civics. A new front fascia and side sills lend a slightly meaner look without looking tacked on. You have to look closely to notice them. With the larger 15-inch seven spoke wheels, the Si look is subtly different from the stock Civic, especially in some of the hotter colors offered - they include Electron Pearl Blue (unique to the Si), Milano Red and Flamenco Black Pearl.

Inside, the interior is also upgraded. Amber instrument panel illumination along with unique instrumentation graphics gives the gauge cluster a new look. The shift knob and steering wheel are covered in leather, and the headrests are open designs that lend a sportier appearance to the seats. An AM/FM CD player is standard.

Also included, because of the modifications, are fun dynamics. All it takes is a few hundred feet of driving in the Si to tell that this car is no ordinary Civic. As is in other hi-revving four-cylinder engines, this one isn't much fun for the first few thousand rpms. But as the tachometer needle reaches 4000 rpm, the VTEC kicks in and the engine transforms itself into a reciprocating mass of metallic joy. It’s no torque monster, but the Si engine is much less peaky than the Toyota Celica GT-S we drove a while back: the Si has at least 3000 rpm of usable power band, whereas the Toyota has less than half that. It’s also quieter at full throttle than the new Celica.

With its significant suspension modifications, the Civic Si has a more direct feel than other Civics. Coupled with its free-revving engine, the Si is a fun little piece to drive. It can sprint from 0-60 mph in a shade over seven seconds, Honda says. But it's practical too. If you can manage to keep your foot out of it, you might be rewarded with as much as 30 mpg, as we saw.

The Si's shortfalls are few: anti-lock brakes are not available, and the factory audio system is rather pathetic even when compared with less expensive cars like the Toyota ECHO. Despite the fact that it includes door-mounted tweeters, it sounds tortured at even moderate volume levels. If you’re an audio aficionado, you’d probably rip it out and start over anyway.

Nevertheless, for $17,960, including destination, it's a heck of a bargain. And with the multitude of aftermarket equipment available for the car, owning one would be like having a blank canvas upon which to create your own tuner masterpiece.

2000 Honda Civic Si

Base Price: $17,960 (including destination)

Engine: 160-hp 1.6-liter DOHC VTEC in-line four

Transmission: five-speed manual

Wheelbase: 103.2 in

Length: 175.1 in

Width: 67.1 in

Height: 54.1 in

Weight: 2612 lb

Fuel economy: 26 city/ 31 hwy

Major standard equipment:
AM/FM CD tuner
Four-wheel disc brakes
Power door locks
Cruise control
Air conditioning
15" alloy wheels
Tilt steering
Leather-wrapped steering wheel

© The Car Connection

 

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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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.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

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 Used Car 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 Used Car Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility Model Years 2010-2015 with less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 182
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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