Niche-market performance upgrade from Civic
By LowAltitudePilot on Sunday, March 29, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 229,000
overall rating 8 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "economical to purchase and fun to throw at corners"
Cons: "Expensive to maintain as it ages"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Built on a Honda Civic Chassis, but with so many suspension alterations that it has a totally different, and far more athletic character. Although it weighs no more than a Civic, it feels far more substantial.
Cornering and handling are this car's highlights. It's engaging, lively, with a firm but not punishing ride. And the suspension holds up - mine is still tighter and better cornering than many brand new cars, and all parts are original!
But, it is still under all that, a Civic. The engine has been bumped to 140HP, and that's all it should have. Torque steer is problematic, when you accelerate, you need to hang on to the wheel.
On the "how did they get this so wrong" side of things, why is storage so absent? The Civic's glovebox is twice as large. The door pockets are useful on the Civic, but not on the Teg. You can't even fit the owner's manual in the glovebox. The handy back-of-seat map pockets from the Civic are gone.
Body integrity is awful. Since it hit 12 years old, there's been yet another body seam crack, letting water into the cabin or truck. I've put more time into body seam cracks then any other aspect of the car.
Parts cost for unique items is absurd. Driver's side electric window went out, apparently common. $1200 in parts alone. After 13-14 years, the headlight lenses were fogged over and cracking - about average in age. $600 per side for parts alone! Not to mention our local dealership charges 25% over list for parts!
Fuel economy is surprisingly poor. The car is quick but not powerful, so 25MPG seems a bit silly."
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