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Hello all- just joined yesterday after putting in my order for an Apex Blue with black interior A Spec with Tech 6mt. I had the unfortunate experience earlier this fall of having my once project(but now thoroughly well put back together by me) Porsche 996 convertible get run into and declared a total loss by the insurer. I got the car about 6 years ago with a blown engine and put it back in working order. My other car and current daily is a BMW X1 with the turbo 6 n55 engine. It’s fast but it feels heavy and not very agile which I’ve realized over time I’m not so fond of.

I’m seeing my car get totaled as an opportunity totry and find the best Swiss Army knife car with a manual I could- something enjoyable, nice, fun, practical, and fuel efficient too. And to me, that’s the integra. Once my car comes in I’ll sell my X1. All my other cars have either been mostly older German(Porsche 944, bmw 535i) or American crap cans when I was young(dodge neon, Chevrolet cavalier). Happy to be here and can’t wait to get my integra.
 

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Welcome @Nomineil and congrats on ordering your Integra A-Spec! Were you considering any other cars before going with the Integra?

Sorry to hear about your 996, what kind of work did you have to do to the engine? Are the any photos of it you can share?
Thanks! The main two cars I considered were a previous generation BMW 230i and a Civic Sport Touring hatch. I also considered just getting another sports car but I would prefer to just have one good car. The 230i was nice but very different; in the end a nimble feeling and practicality won me over, the integra is bigger than the 230i but I think lighter(or at least get it). The integra felt fun at legal-ish speeds. The Elantra N was too ugly, I had a VW a while ago and it didn’t feel quite at the same level as the integra.

As for my 996, I swapped a different engine in to the 996 that was very similar(the old engine was done for good with a hole in the block) but from a slightly different model so it required some ingenuity; then over time I did suspension work and converted from AWD to RWD. I also did some mods to the exhaust and some other small stuff. It was a cool car. I miss it, maybe someday I’ll get a boxster, cayman or another 911.

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Thanks! The main two cars I considered were a previous generation BMW 230i and a Civic Sport Touring hatch. I also considered just getting another sports car but I would prefer to just have one good car. The 230i was nice but very different; in the end a nimble feeling and practicality won me over, the integra is bigger than the 230i but I think lighter(or at least get it). The integra felt fun at legal-ish speeds. The Elantra N was too ugly, I had a VW a while ago and it didn’t feel quite at the same level as the integra.

As for my 996, I swapped a different engine in to the 996 that was very similar(the old engine was done for good with a hole in the block) but from a slightly different model so it required some ingenuity; then over time I did suspension work and converted from AWD to RWD. I also did some mods to the exhaust and some other small stuff. It was a cool car. I miss it, maybe someday I’ll get a boxster, cayman or another 911.

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What sports cars were you considering to get? It seems like we have so many good options these days. Do you feel that the Integra is sporty enough to sort of fill in a bit for the lack of a sports car?
 

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As a Porsche fan; I was looking at 986/987 generation boxsters and cayman. There are a lot of new sports cars but it’s important for me to have a newer reliable car with enough room for the family first and foremost so any sports car would have been used.

Honestly, I think just generally having a manual transmission will scratch a good part of my itch for a sporty car. The integra isn’t as rowdy or nimble as many sports cars but I found it fun; so I hope I’ll be content.
 

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the integra is bigger than the 230i
Welcome to the forum, here's hoping you get your car soon!
I had a BMW 128i before the Integra. So fairly similar to the 230i. It was a fantastic car, better than the Integra, but just not that practical. I don't have kids at home, but I do appreciate the hatchback. I am quite certain the Integra has more front seat room, and weighs less. But it's not as nimble.
Also, the Bimmer was more substantial, solid feeling. That's one of my quibbles with the Integra, it's a bit tinny.
 
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