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Old 12-10-2000, 05:51 PM   #1
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Cool I have defected. May the scooby gods forgive me...

Well, the day finally came. Yes, friends, the RS is no longer in my possession.

After 3 years with the RS, I was just hankering for something different, and at the same time I kind of worked out a long term car use plan. I figured that while I was young, and without a family, I should purchase my "race car" while I have the chance. I would keep this car for the rest of time, and as the need for four doors, comfort, and practicality becomes more prevelant, I would get a "regular" car for everyday. (I'm thinking that in 3 or 4 years the new WRX styling will finally appeal to me.) The racer would then be tweaked and modded and dedicated to performance pursuits.

So, while the RS is a load of fun, I wanted a change, and also something with a bit more edge, so I decided to get a 2001 Integra Type-R. Now don't go all crazy me, I'm still a Subie lover. In fact, I managed to keep the RS in the family. My dad (who is a damn cool dad) has wanted a fun little car for quite a while, and the opportunity was too good to pass up. I also didn't want to sell that car to just anybody, so that worked out perfectly.

Anyways, I picked up my ITR (yellow, of course) on Friday. Geepers, what a change. After 3 solid years of driving the RS everyday, getting in the ITR was a bit of a shock. The RS is not a quiet car, and it's also pretty stiff, but it's actually pretty tame compared to the ITR. This thing is loud. Like, really loud. Being a car nut, however, it's a beautiful thing. It makes an absolutely glorious noise when you push it. The interior is much nicer than the RS. The seats fold down in the back (hooray!!!). It handles beautifully, though I haven't pushed it to the extreme (it's not even broken in yet).

I'm going to have to readjust to FWD again (that's probably the thing I'll miss most). The percieved "lack of torque" is hoghwash. The car revs so eagerly and freely, you can crank that thing to no end on every shift and it feels perfectly normal. Even at half throttle it moves. I spent nearly 300 miles on twisty backroads over the last two days, and it's definitely an exciting car. If you drive a Lexus, you'd probably shoot yourself at the end of the day, but I love it. I'm almost scared to think what it will be like when I put the exhaust and intake in. Yikes.

Well, I just thought I'd clue in all the NE Ohio guys on that. I'm sure you'll be seeing it at our next meet (and my dad will have the RS). Just remember that I have 3 years of Scooby Back Time in reserve, so all you guys with 2000 or 2001 RS's can't talk.

And finally, there is no nicer group of car people out there then in Scooby land. I'd happily be the outcast at a scooby meet than go to your typical honda-fest. You can be sure that this board will remain my most visited.

Have fun (I'll get some pics up later, I've got my nasty steel snow wheels on right now...)
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Old 12-10-2000, 06:05 PM   #2
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Hey, good choice in keeping the RS in the family! Also, if you're gonna trade, the type-R seems like a great trade to me I mean change is good... be sure to toss up those pics soon!
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Old 12-10-2000, 06:12 PM   #3
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... car nuts first... scooby nuts second.
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Old 12-10-2000, 06:12 PM   #4
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Type R is a great car. The REAL-DEAL Honda. Have fun, and remember to treat both cars equally, like muslims treat (or at least try to ) their numerous wives. One gets tires, the other one should get some too.
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Old 12-10-2000, 06:16 PM   #5
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heck yea! the type-r is the ONLY other option aside from the RS. if your on a budget (like i was) go with a civic Si. it was a great little car, and i will surely miss it, but the RS and type-r are about the only true sports cars that i would ever buy. good choice!
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Old 12-10-2000, 06:32 PM   #6
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It's honestly the only car from Honda I was interested in. If I couldn't have gotten the ITR, I'm not sure I would have done anything.

And yes, both cars are going to be treated with the utmost respect. It's only fair. Cars are not just big hunks of metal with lots of little parts. They are people too.

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Old 12-10-2000, 06:48 PM   #7
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your R review over at honda tech is wonderfully accurate and enjoyable reading. thanks.
welcome to the club. a few years plus an STi coupe and i'll be joining this one.

[This message has been edited by lanceh (edited December 10, 2000).]
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Old 12-10-2000, 07:18 PM   #8
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Old 12-10-2000, 07:22 PM   #9
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a yellow type-r is a good choice...but keeping the rs in the family is even a better choice....having an rs and a type-r in one family...your living a car lovers dream
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Old 12-10-2000, 07:32 PM   #10
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Looking at either a WRX or a new Sentra SER for my next car. Type-R's are cool, but a little out of my price range (not to mention insurance!).
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Old 12-10-2000, 07:37 PM   #11
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Nothing wrong with getting a Type-R. Now if it had been an A4 or Si....
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Old 12-10-2000, 07:43 PM   #12
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good kill! ..er..i mean ..buy!


I wish i could afford a type R...im getting a WRx though...although im not sure if i should wait for a redesign in a year or two (crosses fingers)depending on the overall sales of the car..

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Old 12-10-2000, 07:45 PM   #13
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Good choice! Congrats!
I came to the same conclusion you did, but it only took me 2 years!

If you think it sounds nice now, just wait until you hear the mad V-Tec when played through an AEM cold-air!

...oh, that's right, it's not even broken in yet! Just hang in there...it'll be worth it!!

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Old 12-10-2000, 08:03 PM   #14
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xMetal
Next time your in Mentor and you see a red 2.5 RS that will be me waving at you. You traded a cool car for a cool car. Have fun with the ITR and don't get caught speeding. I know I couldn't.

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Old 12-10-2000, 09:48 PM   #15
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Congrats!

Although I wouldn't get an ITR, nothing against it mind you, I love the car...think its a fantastic piece of machinery. Just the fact that here in Vancouver, you see ITRs every 10 minutes or so...which would kind of take the fun out of owning one of the most unique Honda cars.

Congrats anyway!! Gotta love the sound when the VTEC kicks in...hehehe
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Old 12-10-2000, 11:28 PM   #16
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Tall and ProgSI,

You can't afford a Type R but are considering a WRX? The WRX is most likely going to cost about the same as the Type R, give or take a thousand or two depending on what rumor you go by.
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Old 12-11-2000, 03:45 AM   #17
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not where i live (puerto rico)
subarus here basically go for the same price as in the US...but basically every other brand (except domestics) gets a huge markup ..my si cost me 23k, the ITR goes from 32k-36k the s2000 for 45-50k ...etc
the RS ranges from 20-22k at most
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Old 12-11-2000, 04:48 AM   #18
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I don't hold anything against you, nopenopenope!!! My last car was a '94 Integra RS, so I know where you're comin' from. I've never driven an ITR, but man have I heard stories!!! I saw a yellow one the other day (while at the gym in Merrimack, NH)... man, what a cool car!

They're noisy, they're rude, they take no prisoners.

I've always been a Honda fan, and remain a Honda fan (except for that new Civic... what were they thinking?!?). The S2000 is still my dream car for the time being!

Do keep us posted on how well you like the ITR. One thing it has is a hatchback, which for me, is a HUUUUUGE plus. You can fit half the state of Rhode Island in the rear of one of those cars. I used to be able to fit a complete full-sized futon (disassembled of course), along with three sleeping bags, and a couple backpacks.

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Old 12-11-2000, 06:11 AM   #19
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Hey Storer, I'll keep an eye out for ya'. I think there is only one other yellow ITR in the area, so if you see one there's a nice probability it's me.

Thanks for the comments guys. This is what I was talking about, everyone is so damn cool here.

It was pretty sweet keeping the RS around. My dad and I are planning on doing some backroad bombing together in the near future. That will be a hoot. I'll just go first since I have the Valentine One.

I put on my (really freakin' heavy) snow wheels yesterday, and I haven't even broken it in fully, so much of my fun won't come for a while. The one thing that really struck me is how easy it is to rev this car. When I had the RS, I rarely took it up past 5500rpm, it just didn't need it and felt "bad" for some reason (just a mental thing). In the ITR though, you just HAVE TO. It literally BEGS you to rip on it. I haven't even hit VTEC yet, but the thing just screams. I'm sure I'll scare myself the first time I zip it all the way to redline.

Hey Siper2, funny as it sounds, having folding rear seats and a hatch was a huge selling point for me. I can throw my mountain bike in the back with no problems now.

Have fun guys
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Old 12-11-2000, 06:31 AM   #20
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Congrats on a sweet car! and you got the best color!! YELLOW!!! anyways, good job in keepin the RS in the family..I think u need to race your dad a few times and give us the results
have fun!
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Old 12-11-2000, 06:43 AM   #21
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xMetal,

That doesn't sound funny at ALL. I've been a hatchback admirer for years. When I was selling the Acura, the first car I wanted was a '00 VW Golf 1.8T four-door. Another hatchback. My Acura was a hatch... before that, an '88 Honda Civic 4WD RealTime wagon... before that, an '80 Chevy Citation.
All hatchbacks.

Then the Subaru. Awesome car... but this trunk crap sucks. It was a huge downer for me, but I lived with it, since the overall package was so great. If the Impreza wagon came in 2.5RS flavor, I'd have bought that in a second!!!

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Old 12-11-2000, 06:56 AM   #22
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Good call, its my next car to, but I will own both, my 99 RS and a Yellow ITR. Enjoy!
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Old 12-11-2000, 07:03 AM   #23
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My friend, Mark owns the other yellow ITR. He let me drive it, it was too much fun.
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Old 12-11-2000, 07:16 AM   #24
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Storer,

Cool, maybe we'll have to meet somewhere (when it's warmer) and talk cars. There are a few other RS guys in the immediate area too.

Have you been to any of the meets we had (like the one in november in Akron)? I'm just trying to match names with actual people.
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Old 12-11-2000, 07:50 AM   #25
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I was going to go to the November meet, but I got stuck at work and didn't think you guys would stick around the meeting place very long. You probably know Ryan (white 2.5 RS) and Dan (blue 2.5 RS), they're both pretty cool.

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