Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 Honda Civic Si Sedan (modern steel)

I just picked up a 2018 Civic Si Sedan (modern steel). I'm loving it so far.

My first car out of college was a black 1993 Acura Integra GS manual. It was probably my favorite car. Sadly, I sold it to a co-worker who's daughter then promptly totaled it. From there I moved on to an accord coupe and then a 2007 TL Type-S. I've been driving that for 11 years, and it still runs great. My oldest son just got his driving license so I passed down the TL to him (I know, it's a crazy amount of car for a teenager) so I could find something new to drive. I wanted that feeling I had back with my Integra: a smaller, lighter, more nimble driving experience, and manual. Well, I think I've found it in the Si and is even more fun and exciting than that Integra (though I really think that year of Integra was a great looking car). I did look at the CTR but my wife side "R" stood for Ridiculous which is what she said I looked like in it. I'm fine with the CTR looks but it really is hard to beat the Si value. So much car and economy for a very reasonable price.

I haven't driven a stick in over 20 years. It really is like riding a bike. I'm still working on that rev hang and trying to wait a bit longer on letting up the clutch especially from 1-2 and 2-3 and remembering to blip going down. Manual really is so much more of an engaging driving experience, and I look forward to actually practicing and getting better. I almost went the other direction in getting something really techy with all the assist dodads or electric but I'm super happy with my decision to go with the Si.

I love how practical this sporty compact sedan is.  It's got great gas milage, very livable back seats, seats 5, and a nice sized trunk with 40/60 fold down seats.  It also has a bunch of standard features like heated seats, moon roof, dual zone auto climate control, apple carplay and android auto, and lanewatch camera.  I also added the auto dimming rear view mirror and wireless phone charger.

Carplay works really well and with most of the apps I use like downcast, audible, and spotify. I wish apple would let third party map apps work but alas you are stuck with apple maps which isn't horrible anymore.  At least it works really well with carplay.  And of course Siri but Siri and I don't get along so well.  One thing I didn't realize is for carplay to work you must plug in a lightning cable.  Newer versions of iOS does support wireless carplay but apparently few cars do.  The only other feature I really miss is homelink.

Phone mounting becomes a bit of an issue since there is no cd player at all and therefore no slot to mount to.  The solution I'm thinking about doing is found here.  UPDATE:  The techmatte alone works really well.  I don't think you really need the car.claw since the techmatte has enough angle.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Love Them from Dirty Pair (piano cover)

From the Dirty Pair Project EDEN movie soundtrack. Composed by Takashi ShĂ´ji