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Old 09-13-2011, 11:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Old Mechanic View Post
Only the HX model had lean burn. The CX model would be a good alternative. Mech
I agree with Mech completely on the CX. As the third best, sixth gen option, consider the DX HATCH. It had the same gearing as the HX (taller than the DX coupe/sedan) and it was lighter (2242lbs curb weight). It's a nice platform if the HX and CX (in that order) cannot be found.

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Old 09-13-2011, 02:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I wouldn't call the DX gears, "great". Just less bad than the EX.

HX and 5th-gen VX had lean burn and no others.
CX/DX/LX have ok gear ratios.
HX has the best 6th-gen gears.
CX/VX are even better, but 5th gen (but they are interchangeable).
Run away from the HX cvt. Poor reliability and less mpg.

A good HX will be hard to find. I'd look for a DX or CX if you can't find one.

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Funny - I bought my 98 HX with a 149,700 miles on it... got lucky as I found one with the 5sp. I really like this car.

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