2002 Honda Civic Type-R 2.0L iVtec from UK and Ireland
A High Performance Car at a reasonable price - Poor Quality standards though
Uneven tyre wear - 15kmiles Problem caused by poor suspension design. Problem took Honda 6 months to correct (If it is fixed it takes 10k miles to determine if failure is still there), replacement arms on top of suspension.
Replacement steering rack due to knocking - 18k miles.
Electrical Power Steering failure - Intermittent since first purchase. Assistance lost during parallel park manoeuvres. (Design feature not failing!)
Rear wheel hubs rusted - 6k miles
Honda say effect is purely cosmetic and does not effect performance. As such they have no intention to fix issue.
Paint quality lacking, stones chip paint way too easily for a Black car.
Honda customer services, Poor.
Honda dealer care, Dismal.
This car is a brilliant drivers car, fast responsive engine, and excellent gearbox, beautiful. WOW!
Cabin is very spacious for size of car.
Excellent ergonomics, everything is within easy reach with exception of Stereo, easy to over tune/change volume when driving due to stiff sports suspension. I would recommend they consider remote control stereo in the face lift when it comes next year.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th July, 2003
Actually, black paint is a very soft paint, so stone chips and scratches are to be expected. Sounds like your car is a piece of crap. Glad I don't own it.
I have a 03 Type-r in black. The problem is that Honda have used a thick lacker. Generally the scratching you can see, unless particularly deep, is not to the paint layer, but to the lacker. Being a black car the scratching to the lacker is more obvious as the light shines on it.
I have only had mine for 4 months and have scratched it several times just washing it (and I do wash carefully).
The only plus is that black paint is easier to repair and that most scratches can be polished out. Try Chipsaway they will come out and polish them out (all for £30)