Lightened to just over 1,300kg compared to the standard Accord, and with a beefed-up rear bulkhead plus limited-slip diff, the Type R handled very well indeed for a front-driver. High-compression pistons plus freer-flowing intake and exhaust arrangements turned the naturally-aspirated 2.2-litre, 210hp VTEC into something of a landmark motor.
Despite all that, not many people bought them in the UK. There was a problem with the demographics: the roister-doisters who would be attracted to its performance thought it wasn't exciting enough, and the pipe-smokers who appreciated its practicality were frightened off by its rumbustious attitude. You can't help thinking that the boot spoiler didn't help either side to love it enough.
PHHeroes piece piece on how good these cars were. Our Shed is the facelifter so should have none of the previous model's top gear synchro-munching problems. Some reckon that the five-speed 'box doesn't fit in all that naturally with the VTEC characteristics, that you can't be afraid of the redline if you want to keep it in the powerband, and that a six-speeder would have been perfect. Certainly, the Type R will feel a bit buzzy in top at Continental press-on speeds, but the enjoyment you will experience everywhere else will more than compensate. Watch out for the brakes, mind: they're big, but they're not that clever.
Very little else to look out for other than the normal consumables, which at this mileage includes suspension parts like drop links, bushes and dampers. The headlamp level sensors can play up, and the juddering clutch syndrome mentioned in the ad is far from unknown. A quick look on tinternet reveals that a genuine Honda clutch kit costs just over £160 including VAT. Installing it is not a matter of moments: in fact it's more like five-six hours as everything has to be taken off the side of the clutch. Still, depending on whereabouts you live, your local grease monkey should be able to do the job for under £500 all in.
Everyone should try an Accord Type R at least once though. It's the most fun you can have while wearing a suit.
Honda accord type r 2001 mot and taxed service history electric windows xenon head lights RECARO bucket seats alloys with new tyres remote central locking alarm CD player twin exit exhaust white dials trip computer front fog lamps rear spoiler colour coded bumpers LSD gearbox legal privacy glass good condition hence price will need clutch soon still drives judders in first gear when you move off priced to sell so no tyre kickers or TIMEWASTERS please.