#Hatchlife Foreva: 2005 Honda Civic Si

The 7th generation Honda Civic hatchback hides in the shadow realm between modern cars that normal folks are willing to drive everyday and classics that everyone wants to pay too much money to own. The Si was only available in the hatchback shape you see here and the 2.0 liter K20A3 (a decent replacement for the legendary B-Series) 4-banger good for 160 horsepower and 60mph in 7.6 seconds. Not exactly a Tesla killer, but it has a snick-snick Honda shifter sticking out of the dashboard like a big game hunter’s Rhino head plaque that is shockingly precise in rowing the gears. This was the last Civic built before the iPhone generation demanded luxury, connectivity, and banality that pervades modern car design. Find this 2005 Honda Civic Si offered for $5,200 in San Antonio, TX via craigslist. Tip from JR.

From the seller:

2005 Honda Civic
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: fwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 152000
paint color: blue
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: hatchback
Up for sale is our beloved unmodified 2005 EP3 Honda Civic Si, a modern classic with great dash-mounted 5-speed manual transmission and reliable K20 VTEC engine. The Civic has been in our family since 2005. We love the car but are selling because it rarely gets driven due to our growing family. The car is fun and reliable, but too small for all the car seats!

Please read the information below carefully. The listed price takes all of the information, including the issues, into consideration. Clean title, accident free, and one owner for the last 18 years. I can provide a copy of the CARFAX report upon request.

No trades. No payments. No joy rides. Comes with two sets of keys. Tires are in good condition.

-The vehicle was purchased by my father-in-law for my wife in 2005 from the original owner, who only drove it about 300 miles.
-The vehicle was moved to Texas, and the title was transferred to us in 2013.
-The vehicle has been extremely reliable with only a single issue over our 18 years of ownership. There was a leak from the engine coolant recirculating hose about 9 years ago. There have not been any other issues except the items noted below.
-The vehicle has not been driven very much over the last 4 years.
-Most maintenance has been performed by myself including regular full synthetic oil changes.

-Overall, the car is in great shape except for the items noted in below. There is normal wear and tear expected of an 18 year old car. We have tried to take good care of the car. It has never been abused or modified. Vehicle was recently detailed. The paint is in good condition due to a repaint in 2020.

-A/C does not work well. It generally blows cold when the temperature is under about 95 degrees outside. The refrigerant appears to be fully charged, but I believe the compressor sometimes does not engage. Please expect to replace the compressor and other components for use in Texas summers. When the car is driven, I usually drive it to work in the morning, and I keep it in a covered parking garage, so the A/C is sufficient, but if parked in the sun during the summer, it can take a long time before the car gets bearable.
-The clutch seems to be on its way out. It is the original clutch. When the car has been sitting overnight and it is cold or humid outside, the clutch shudders in first gear for the first few minutes of driving. After the initial 2-3 minutes, the clutch seems to work fine.
-Driver side window auto up/down works intermittently. Window sometimes takes a few tries to go up.
-Passenger side door lock is sticky and sometimes does not lock/unlock with the key fob. I have a new door lock regulator that has not been installed.
-The rear wiper is not attached to the car. I have a spare for it, but the original broken wiper arm is seized by the window.
-Original struts do not provide the best ride over bumps anymore.
-Clear coat on both side mirrors is peeling as shown in photos.

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