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Post by gage » Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:45 am

I owned a ZX2 Automatic as my 2nd car. I put 60,000 miles on it in ONE year because i was in college and my love was an hour away lol. I drove it stupid too. In college we'd race on the one road to school doing 115+, not best for the engine.

The most costly thing that happened was when I lost the timing belt at 93,000. True its non-interference which means the car is still alive now at 125,000, however the pulleys and tensioners got screwed up and those were pretty expensive pieces to replace. Other repairs were pretty nominal such as alternator and a tear in the catback exhaust due to road salt. I dont have the car now because my younger brother will be driving soon. Gas mileage was good, Performance for that type of car is pretty nice too!

2.0L Zetec I4
130 hp / 130 tq
0-60: 7.5 seconds or so

Had good pickup and go, the interior IMO is better than the mustang (soft-touch plastics and leather steering wheel, sport seats, etc). Center audio/ac console is kinda blech but that can be fixed. Rear speakers would be a problem if you wanted to replace them because their 6x8 in the premium package. Right now I'm in a saturn Ion with 148hp and it feels more sluggish (10+ seconds to 60mph), feels cheap (plastic steering wheel), and I can't wait to get back into a GTO.

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Post by TomCivic » Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:54 am

About a month ago my first car of choice was a Mustang lol, my dad made me settle with the Civic. I'm not biased towards either one, I just like giving you guys a hard time :-P.
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Post by ra64t » Fri Sep 01, 2006 11:16 pm

potownrob wrote:As for the engine, I haven't seen an engine bay with more room to spare than that of my Civic.
thats a big surprise to me. my 6th gen civics engine bay is pretty crammed, even more so then my sister's corolla. You right, most things are relatively accessable though...

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Post by ihartmacz » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:21 am

Nevermind.

I got it!!

1998 Ford Escort Zx2, 5-speed, and cd player. New CLUTCH! 178K miles.

Inspection by machanic to be in great condition.

Body is great!

$2200 = MINE!!!


Tomm i get the money together and I drive it away.

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Post by six » Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:31 am

Congratulations! :D Have fun with your new (to you) car.
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Post by CaliforniaZX » Sat Sep 02, 2006 3:58 am

thats a crapload of mileage.
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Post by Sypher » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:11 pm

ra64t wrote:
potownrob wrote:As for the engine, I haven't seen an engine bay with more room to spare than that of my Civic.
thats a big surprise to me. my 6th gen civics engine bay is pretty crammed, even more so then my sister's corolla. You right, most things are relatively accessable though...
I find corollas have WAY more engine bay space
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Post by ihartmacz » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:24 pm

You wanna see engine room... Take a look at the 1987 Jeep Wrangler witht the 2.5L i4...

LOL looks like a v8 could fit in it.

oddly enough its the only non-transversly mounted i4 that I've ever heard of.

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Post by Sypher » Sat Sep 02, 2006 12:54 pm

ihartmacz wrote:You wanna see engine room... Take a look at the 1987 Jeep Wrangler witht the 2.5L i4...

LOL looks like a v8 could fit in it.

oddly enough its the only non-transversly mounted i4 that I've ever heard of.
Teh S2000 isnt transversely mounted
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Post by ihartmacz » Sun Sep 03, 2006 3:02 am

Yeah. I thought about it and I came to the conclusion that it'd be hard to have a transversly mounted engine in a RWD vehicle.


Well, I gave the ZX2 some hell today. I was zooming around some residential areas. And I must admit... My only real problem now is getting started from a stop and parking. The rest is really easy now.

My friend suggested using the parking break, but its just to easy to stall. So I'm gunna do it the old fashoned way... By not f**k up my drums (I loathed doing my drums on the Honda).

ZX2 is very nice. I'm really pleased with it.

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Post by Johnf514 » Sun Sep 03, 2006 11:57 pm

That 2.0L will give you many more miles of service. Just be nice to it and avoid high(er) revs. Enjoy!
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Post by subzero » Mon Sep 04, 2006 12:08 am

congrats and best of luck with it.

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Post by jcprov21 » Mon Sep 04, 2006 2:24 am

We now need pics of the car.... :D
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Post by ihartmacz » Thu Sep 14, 2006 2:29 am

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Story:

My friend Jake drives a Ford Taurus SHO (5-speed). I told him to take my car for spin. I got in and and he gets in he sais "Your car has a really huge throw". He backs up and puts it in first and mashes the trottle as hard as he could. The car handled the 1st gear hell like a true champ... Better than my Honda ever did. He changes it to second and mashes the throtte again and the wheels squak. He put the car in Nuetral and sais "Dude, your engine squawks the tires in second gear!", "Is that good or bad?", "Haha. That means your car has balls".

He made the SMOOTHEST shift from 1st to 2nd I've ever seen; and this is the first time He's ever driven my car.

He gets out of the car and sais "Your car has some real balls. A lot more than your Honda Civic."

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Post by eaglecatcherthe3rd » Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:06 am

I've never driven a taurus. My friend did though.

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