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Old 04-12-2001, 03:34 PM   #1
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Post RS Coupe or Civic Si for my son

My son wants 200 Civic Si...I found a good deal on a Subaru Rs coupe 5-speed . Will he like it as well ? Are these good cars ??
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:36 PM   #2
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RS, of course, hehe, what else would you expect to hear from us here?

Are you THE Mike Ferrara?
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:37 PM   #3
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You will get a biased opinion here, but I think he will be happy with either if he isn't paying for it. I love my car. I have a blast every time I'm in it.

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Old 04-12-2001, 03:38 PM   #4
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What Mike Ferrara would that be ??? I'm one of them.
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:39 PM   #5
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What Mike Ferrara would that be ??? I'm one of them.
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:44 PM   #6
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Which car can you get for less. Check out insurance for both cars, which ever is cheaper get. They are both 'good' cars. Of course, I believe that the Impreza RS is safer because of AWD.
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:47 PM   #7
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He probably wants a Civic because it's a very popular car among teens. If his main priority is to fit in and gain the approval of his peers, why force a better (IMO), but less fashionable car on him?

You can't go wrong with either car from a quality standpoint.
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:48 PM   #8
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RS is safer, faster and handles better than the Civic SI. But the SI is cheaper in price.

Your choice..
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:51 PM   #9
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Jon Bogert got it right on the nose!
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Old 04-12-2001, 03:58 PM   #10
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I think that's it the Honda is more popular. I can acually get the RS new for the same price as the si used because of the populatity of the Honda.
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Old 04-12-2001, 04:03 PM   #11
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I chose Impreza RS over Civic Si or Integra GSR or Type R because of the AWD capability. I think the RS is so much better than the Si, but I'd like to buy a Si too. RS can stop a lot better than the Si, RS is an AWD, and RS does not require 91 / premium gasoline like Civic Si does.
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Old 04-12-2001, 04:03 PM   #12
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Does he not like the Impreza? Or is he just unfamiliar with them? He should test drive both.
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Old 04-12-2001, 06:06 PM   #13
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i think if your son wants a civic si then get it for him. after all its his first car. you should get him something that he really likes. the civic is a nice,fast little car. it handles fairly good too. the reason i say get him what he wants is because i just got my car not too long ago and i love it. i'm 17, got my RS when i was 16
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Old 04-12-2001, 06:09 PM   #14
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Either one ought to be fine. The Si offers performance on a budget, and is easily tunable -- with many aftermarket parts options. The RS is a great car, and has the all wheel drive which is great for driving in rain or snow.

I don't think that you could lose either way, though.

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Old 04-12-2001, 06:13 PM   #15
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RS coupe of course...

1.) It is more reliable in bad weather
2.) IMHO we are pretty friendly with each other and helpful
3.) He will like the RS more...

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Old 04-12-2001, 06:21 PM   #16
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if you can get the RS new for what the Si would cost used...i'd always opt for the new car.

another question i'm not sure anyone asked is whether you or your son plans to modify the car. would it be a "quality time with dad thing"??? (something to think about...)(i know i wish my dad was into mod-ing cars. but he just buys 'em faster than snot out of the box --he drives an M Roadster and even does better in the snow than most SUV's he's ever come across... )

if you mod the car, the Si has parts galore...there are tons of bolt on parts out there. now the RS doesn't have quite as many parts, but it is, IMHO, a tougher car.

your son won't have what everybody else has. and he won't have a mustang either

the guys at Sport Compact Car are in love with the Suby (who shouldn't be?). and thanks to their interest, i think there are and will be a lot more Suby stuff out there.

just my $0.02.

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Old 04-12-2001, 06:38 PM   #17
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Buy him both man...haha...!! I think that's what he wants...lol...!!
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Old 04-12-2001, 06:52 PM   #18
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buy the SI. you're in california, imo you won't even see half the capabilities of the awd unless you rally. Si has more bolt on parts available, of course someone will probably try to steal it within a month.
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:05 PM   #19
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RSs are way cooler. And not as likely to get stolen. Also if you really care, youll protest him with All Wheel Drive. SIs are for groupies!
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:18 PM   #20
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A testdrive will tell it all. I was hooked on a celica GT-S, but refused to get one until I found a suby and took it for a drive. There was no comparison. Find a dealer that will let you take it out for a good hour so that you can push it a little. It will be impossible to hide the ear to ear grin that will be on your face when you get back to the lot...
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Old 04-12-2001, 07:21 PM   #21
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Another argument in favor of the RS besides safety, appearance, and AWD, is the high incidence of SI's stolen and car-jacked. I know two people who have both had there SI's stolen, and another who's had his broken into more than once. If you're going to go Civic, definately get a good alarm, you might need it.

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Old 04-12-2001, 07:29 PM   #22
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not many biased opinions right

I used to have a 1999 Si, and considered selling it for an RS, i was carjacked in january 2001, so i got a WRX...My best friend owns a 2000 RS, so ive had extensive seat time on his car, we even traded cars for a week...

I would take both cars for a test drive, you first, then your son, since youre going to be paying for it you might as well test drive it and give him your input.

As for the RS being faster and safer.. er NO.. the RS is easier to drive faster and at the limit than the SI though, so you might consider that against it, unless you dont mind your kid driving around thinking he is Colin Mcrae... Honda civics are very safe cars, the RS has more low end torque (for easier drivability), while the civic has better top end (highway) power

All wheel drive is a big plus, but it also gives you an unfounded sense of unbreakability that can be very dangerous in the hands of a teenager...

the Si is a hot car though, so you will have problems with vandalism, thieves etc (specially in california!)

I would vote for the RS, but not because of the "unbiased" *cough bS cough* reasons most have said

Test drive both, you and your son...and decide accordingly... remember insurance too


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Old 04-12-2001, 08:09 PM   #23
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I don't get it. If your son wants a Civic Si, why would you consider a good deal on another car? Buy him the Civic Si. You can't go wrong with that if that's what he wants.

I don't mean to sound like I'm slamming you here. Sorry if I do. You are asking us if your son will like an RS coupe 5-speed. We don't have a clue. You have to ask your son that to know. And no these aren't good cars. They are great! But that's just my opinion. It won't matter if your son thinks the RS 5-speed isn't any good. Time to sit down with the young one and have a talk. Good luck!




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Old 04-12-2001, 08:09 PM   #24
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Let him test drive both and then let him decide...Although I think the RS is a better choice
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Old 04-12-2001, 08:18 PM   #25
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Get him what he wants. I should be getting my car this summer and if my parents got me something I didn't want I would be disapanted but hey its a car. Even though I would go more towerd the RS I would still get him what he wants.
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