1998 Honda Integra Type R 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Fast, fun, practical and full of character


Drivers seat bolster is showing signs of wear. New disks fitted all round at 51K along with Green stuff pads, this produced some incredible stopping power/feel. Tyres last ~12-15K on average, but at £300 a set are pretty cheap to replace. The car averages 30 mpg (22-34)

Nothing has failed yet in 5 years not even a bulb. The clutch will probably need replacing this year.

General Comments:

Having owned the Integra for 5 yrs now I feel 'qualified' to properly comment on what you can expect to find ;)

Straight line performance 5yrs back was amazing for its capacity, now however a Clio Cup matches it. What the Clio and other cars like it cannot match is the character of the engine. It sounds fabulous and never becomes dull.

Cruising at 70 is a pain and it is far better to sit at 80-85. The ride is always firm although this gets better with speed, about 80-90 on back roads it is very good at soaking up bumps yet keeping the wheels on the road.

It has come up against all sorts of cars in the last 5 years and held its own against all, but the exotic stuff. The rear end is very mobile and lift off oversteer is very accesible and huge fun. The steering isn't the last word in feel, but it is better than anything bar the NSX. The handling is just incredible understeer is non-existant in the dry and the nose will always bite giving you lots of confidence. Even in the wet it is a deeply impressive car, before you write a front wheel drive car off as 'non-enthusiast' you must try one out.

There is limited insulation but this is what makes the car what it is. I have driven lots of new cars and I find them so uninteresting and so removed from what is going on its unreal. You can hear the engine on tickover, why is this a bad thing, it is a car not a washing machine with wheels after all! Its funny people go crazy for an Elise and by comparison the Integra is a Bently!

Which brings me to the conclusion of this and the cars major problem. It leaves you with a very difficult choice of upgrade. The S2000 is so nearly great, but it just doesn't handle that well. The very same stretch of road that the Integra holds 100 mph down the S2000 (04 model year) was kicking and fighting, maybe it was within itself, but it lacked the confidence feedback to the driver. Add to that the Integra could go quicker and it shows how right the car is.

The Elise (S2) is great, but it doesn't have the practicality of the Integra. The boot is big and the rear seats fold flat. Also it will carry four if it has to.

Civic R, not in the same league, feels very ordinary after the Integra.

I don't have an answer, I guess there isn't one yet... hence the five year stint. So if you want a fast cheap-ish performance car that has character, is cheap to maintain, is reliable, has strong residuals and is even pretty exclusive then buy one. But don't blame me if you don't know what to buy afterwards!

BTW mine is up for sale, as soon as I can find an alternative.....perhaps some ex-owners can help me out?!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2006

2nd Mar 2006, 19:28

I have tried turbo ITR's to me they detract from the drive. With the bog basic car you can wring its neck, the turbo turns it into something else, not bad just different. Good luck with the conversion. I may have found a replacement, unfortunately it is a 996 I just can't see the point of changing for anything average. Why didn't Honda import the DC5 and tune it for European roads, its beyond me.

1998 Honda Integra GSi 1.8 from Australia and New Zealand


Stylish sports coupe with a hint of luxury



General Comments:

I was lucky enough to purchase this beautiful car with very low miles, so nothing has had a chance to go wrong yet. It feels and runs like a new car.

While the GSi model doesn't have as much grunt as the revered VTi-R, it still packs a punch.

At low revs it's a smooth luxurious ride, but if you put your foot down it turns into a different animal. At around the 5000rpm mark it becomes a sports car.

Steering is good, if a little light at times.

If you want that booming engine sound, you'll want to fit an aftermarket sports exhaust on, as the factory muffler is very quiet.

The cabin feels quite roomy for a sports coupe. The controls are all intuitive, and easy to reach.

I had to put some black seat covers on to cover up the bland grey look of the interior. Why paint a car 'voltage blue' (very eye-catching!) and fit out the inside like an 80's family wagon? Anyway, with black interior it looks very sharp.

In the back seats, taller passengers may feel cramped, and even have their heads touch the roof. Average sized girls have no complaints, even say that it's fairly comfortable. Bottom line is though; it's a two-door sports coupe, and it's not made for ferrying passengers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th February, 2005

16th Feb 2005, 18:37

One thing I forgot to add was about fuel consumption and air-conditioning...

City driving with the air-con on tends to suck up the petrol in a big way. Add faster driving, and you have a very empty fuel tank. The performance is also drastically affected. About 20 seconds after you turn the air-conditioning on you have yourself a very quiet, tame little pussycat.

I find that I'd rather sweat a little, and enjoy a better driving experience (and a fatter wallet).

29th May 2006, 21:39

Hey how much is fuel consumption per week if you drove it say twice a week enthusiastically? Is servicing expensive?

23rd Jun 2007, 19:46

Since writing the review, I've had a kid, and have had to upsize to a family car (Honda Accord). Forget trying to get your child in and out of the backseat in the Integra!

As for fuel consumption, I didn't drive it every day (and when I did it was always with some enthusiasm!) and I filled the tank every two weeks or so ($40 - $50). In summer, with aircon, it would be more frequently.

I was sad to trade it in. If I could have afforded it, I would have held onto it. Great little car. Nothing went wrong with it at all.