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One of the best starter cars for enthusiasts

One of the best starter cars for enthusiasts

On paper, an EC Civic is nothing to write home about. But where they lack brute strength, they make up for it with weight. These cars are ridiculously light! And they are incredibly easy to upgrade

August 03, 2022, 10:50 am

Last modified: August 03, 2022, 1:14 PM

The Civic EK3 comes with a smooth manual transmission, with a very soft hydraulic clutch. Photo: Collected

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The Civic EK3 comes with a smooth manual transmission, with a very soft hydraulic clutch. Photo: Collected

The Honda Civic is both loved and hated in the automotive community. This was the first car that brought many enthusiasts into the hobby of car modification, and as a result, many have a soft spot for it in their hearts.

However, if you come across a modified Civic on the road – which most Civics are, by the way – there’s a good chance they’ll want to race you. This also gives the car a bad reputation.

Civics are normally owned by young car enthusiasts, which explains why they want to race anything that moves. And if you do race one, they can often even beat your much more expensive sports cars.

EK Civics are only available in the used markets. Photo: Collected

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EK Civics are only available in the used markets.  Photo: Collected

EK Civics are only available in the used markets. Photo: Collected

The feeling of owning your very first car is almost unparalleled. For an enthusiast it is the first step towards a very satisfying hobby. This is where the EK Civics come in, especially the EK3.

You don’t really have to break the bank to own an EK3, even in Bangladesh where you end up paying more than four to eight times the original price.

These cars are only available on the used markets and it is almost impossible to find one made of bone material. They normally come with three different engine configurations in the Bangladeshi used car markets – D15Z4, D15B 3-Stage V-Tec and K20A i-Vtec – with horsepower ranging from 150-180 hp. They also only come with a FWD drivetrain.

The Civic EK3 comes with a smooth transmission, with a very soft hydraulic clutch. Photo: Collected

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The Civic EK3 comes with a smooth transmission, with a very soft hydraulic clutch.  Photo: Collected

The Civic EK3 comes with a smooth transmission, with a very soft hydraulic clutch. Photo: Collected

On paper, an EC Civic is nothing to write home about. But where they lack brute strength, they make up for it with weight. These cars are ridiculously light! And they are incredibly easy to upgrade. So even if your car only has about 150 horsepower, it’s going to be a lot spicier than you initially think.

For an enthusiast and first-time owner, a car should not only be fun, but it should also meet your needs as a daily driver. It shouldn’t be too expensive and should have good aftermarket support that allows you to experiment with different upgrades. It is very easy to recommend the Honda Civic EK3, especially as it ticks all these boxes with ease.

Having owned a Civic EK3 for the past seven years, the first thing that comes to mind is how reliable and practical the car really is. First of all, it comes with four seats, which many other JDM tuners don’t have. As long as you don’t constantly switch on V-Tec, it will also get around 7-8 km per liter of octane in the city and 12 km on long journeys. The car also comes with all the bells and whistles you need for a daily driver such as central locking, air conditioning, power steering, etc. The price can range from four to eight lakhs depending on the condition it is in.

Photo: Collected

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Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

However, practicality is not everything. The Honda Civic EK3 has a very comfortable and engaging driving experience. It comes with a smooth manual transmission, with a very soft hydraulic clutch. The throttle response also demands your respect if you don’t want to kill anyone who could be in front of you. The car is instantly playful, from the very first gear, and engaging the V-Tec at 4,000 rpm just ups the ante. With a good start, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in about six to seven seconds. It sits low to the ground, which gives it great stability, and it’s very easy to corner because of the heavy-duty FWD setup in the front. Overall, it’s just a fun car to drive that will take you everywhere you need to go.

Despite the compact nature of the EK Civic, the car comes with a deceptively large engine bay, opening up the world to installing much larger engines, faster transmissions and even a turbocharger for your vehicle.

However, if you’re just looking for a lot of power, this really isn’t the car for you. Due to the FWD drivetrain, tuning the car for over 200-250 horsepower makes this an absolute death trap. Torque control is very real to all FWD cars, and unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it can become very dangerous, not just for you, but for everyone around you.

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