I'm not particularly nice to cars when it comes to driving them sensibly, even more so if it sounds as good as the Integra. You could say that I am addicted to the noise it makes when it gets to 6100 revs. I put my foot down and the engine re-aligns itself, and then I shoot off into the distance. Well recently I broke it, the VTEC doesn't engage fully anymore, so at the moment I'm just stuck with the power of the 1.8, I just don't hear the lovely whine of the engine. The other thing with these cars is you have to make sure you check the oil every week to two weeks if you drive it hard. The lack of oil is probably the cause of the problem on mine, I went a whole month without having to do anything to it, I topped it up, sort of expected to go another month, but checked it after 3 weeks and found it nearly empty. It's certainly not the car's fault, I'm just not nice to it. I suspect that this would be a fairly expensive repair as in £1000 to £2000 but the dealer has informed me that it will go under warranty, so no problems there. If not then I will be making use of my extended AA warranty.
The manufacturer believes that you should get about 32mpg, well I am only getting 18mpg, not a big deal, I get my monies worth. I tend to cruise along at 5500 revs and then put my foot down just so that I hear the car take off. Then slow down after catching up with the next car in front, cruise at 5500 again, before putting my foot down again at the next available opportunity. Speed up, slow down, speed up, slow down, grgrgrrrr nice engine noise.
I have a water stain on the drivers seat which I haven't been able to get rid of, maybe the previous owner wet himself from the shear exhilaration of driving this car.
Have gone through one set of front tyre's since I got it, although I am quite surprised they lasted as long as they did. Also the tyre's should cost about £95 each, not cheap. But then you pay for what you get.
I drove it once in snow with a new set of Bridgestone Potenza's, it didn't handle too well, I had to drive everywhere in 3-5th gears because it wouldn't stop wheel spinning, I would have to pull away in 3rd or 4th, even when only touching the accelerator. People say that it doesn't handle very well in the wet, well true it doesn't, but it really isn't that bad, I have felt the back end slide out slightly, but that's easily corrected. I am considering getting a wider set of wheels in the near future, this will help stop a lot of the wheel spinning and it will handle even better, oh BTW it wheel spins in 3rd gear.
These cars are rare in black, I nearly bought a white one a few years ago, but then decided it would be best to get a mortgage on a house instead (I was 21 at the time). I had been looking on and off for the past year or so, and haven't come across any 2000/2001 black Integra type R's, so I started looking at alternative cars, but I was never happy with them. I started hunting properly for a black Integra, 6 months ago, I came across one with a week and snapped it up the following day. I have been having fun since, the wife never sees me because I'm always out in my car, does that count as a con? because it could quite easily be a pro :)