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A couple months ago I test drove a 2021 FK8 and loved it but they wanted $46k OTD and I said no way.

Fast forward to yesterday and I test drove a 2024 integra type S with 5k miles. The interior felt so tame without the all the red. The seats didn’t feel as nice as the type r seats and the suspension felt good but still kinda soft.

I’m looking for a sports car and it just didn’t give me that feeling enough or as much as the type r. It also felt noticeably slower although my car salesman was at least 300 pounds plus I’m 210 doesn’t help.

it’s a solid deal at $46,500 plus tax tag so $50k OTD but I think I’m going to pass.

Has anyone else drove a type s and felt the same way? Or should I still get it? Looking for opinions!

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I am not a fan of the looks of the type s or its seats/interior/piano black crap. Sounds like you aren’t either and would prefer a R or another vehicle. I would say pass you may regret the purchase of the S.
 

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If you want the Type R things like the seats then don't settle for a Type S! $46,500 is around MSRP for a new Type R anyway, and they're not impossible to find.

Personally I just don't like how the Type S looks + don't like the seats, so that took it out of the running for me. I know some people love it though.
 


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I prefer the ITS exterior, the Integra name over the Civic name, ITS exhaust, ITS suspension module, and the ITS sound system. I chose the FL5 because I got it about 8k cheaper than I could have got an ITS, and more importantly I absolutely love the seats and everything about the interior. These seats seem to have been custom made for my 6'0" 190lb frame and are probably my favorite part about driving the car. I'm sure I would absolutely love owning an ITS but if you REALLY love the FL5 seats I think it's an easy decision. Also think about who you will have in the passenger seat too.
 
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I prefer the ITS exterior, the Integra name over the Civic name, ITS exhaust, ITS suspension module, and the ITS sound system. I chose the FL5 because I got it about 8k cheaper than I could have got an ITS, and more importantly I absolutely love the seats and everything about the interior. These seats seem to have been custom made for my 6'0" 190lb frame and are probably my favorite part about driving the car. I'm sure I would absolutely love owning an ITS but if you REALLY love the FL5 seats I think it's an easy decision. Also think about who you will have in the passenger seat too.
I’m sure alone in the car without 300 pounds in the passenger seat would make it more enjoyable and quicker.

The interior just didn’t give me the feeling I wanted.

it’s like the saying, “you eat with your eyes.”The appearance looked mediocre and therefore it felt mediocre.

I came from a 2019 full bolt on sti that i would honestly even put in front of the ITS but behind the CTR.

The FL5 will be my garage queen/Sebring Raceway/autocross fun car as I have a diesel truck, a patrol car and my wife’s car already lol
 
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I don't think very many people here will talk you into buying an ITS used or otherwise. Also, at this juncture there's no need to buy a used ITS. They can be had for MSRP which is very close to what used examples are going for. Check out these two threads for additional context:

https://www.civicxi.com/forum/threads/2024-acura-integra-type-s-observations.52167/

https://www.civicxi.com/forum/threads/fl5-type-r-vs-de5-integra-type-s-savagegeese.52162/
I read these, they have my same feelings. The seats, type r mode and the extra stiffness of the CTR make a big difference in feeling more like a “fun” car vs a luxury car. The ITS felt like a Mercedes more then it did a “hot hatch”
 

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I’m sure alone in the car without 300 pounds in the passenger seat would make it more enjoyable and quicker.

The interior just didn’t give me the feeling I wanted.

it’s like the saying, “you eat with your eyes.”The appearance looked mediocre and therefore it felt mediocre.

I came from a 2019 full bolt on sti that i would honestly even put in front of the ITS but behind the CTR.

The FL5 will be my garage queen/Sebring Raceway/autocross fun car as I have a diesel truck, a patrol car and my wife’s car already lol
The ITS interior just feels like it's a half assed sports car, mixed with a half assed luxury car. Not good at being either. It has no identity. The German cars at this price point simply outclass the Acura by a wide margin. The ancient Lexus IS even looks better. The FL5 interior has a solid identity which is a fun, well built, high end Honda sports hatch.
 
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The ITS interior just feels like it's a half assed sports car, mixed with a half assed luxury car. Not good at being either. It has no identity. The German cars at this price point simply outclass the Acura by a wide margin. The ancient Lexus IS even looks better. The FL5 interior has a solid identity which is a fun, well built, high end Honda sports hatch.
Well put. I agree 100%.
Now I just have to find a CTR DEAL, which is tough in south Florida. Going to have to fly somewhere lol
 


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Hubert Vester Honda in Central/Eastern NC just got a sonic gray pearl. It's where I bought mine for 46k + 700 for tint. Mine sat for 2 months untouched so that helped. I think im in the tiny minority of fools who actually wanted black. Plus its more of a Camaro/Mustang part of the state. I bet they'd do around 47.5k if you talk to them and show you're serious. Only downside to them is their detailer did a horrendous job getting the protective shipping material off the hood and it had light scratches everywhere.
 

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Well put. I agree 100%.
Now I just have to find a CTR DEAL, which is tough in south Florida. Going to have to fly somewhere lol
It's not. @AspecR posted deals recently in South FL at ~$2,000 over MSRP and based on the itemized sticker, at least you're getting something for the markup. So you find a car at MSRP in Nebraska. You spend money to fly there and drive it back or have it shipped, you save, what, maybe $1,000? Not worth it IMO. I guess the question then becomes: are you window shopping or are you ready to buy a car?

There are two (BB and CW) either inbound or on the ground at Zimbrick Honda at MSRP. LeBlanc Honda may still have the CW FL5 on their showroom floor for $500 below MSRP. Honda World in Louisville has a CW for $1,550 over MSRP (with accessories). The cars are there if you want them.
 

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I gave the DE5 a short look because I am in my 40s with 2 kids, and I thought the DE5 was a more mature option... but my heart and wants what it wants and the kid in me won over. It was Type R or bust. I knew that if I settled for the DE5, I would have eventually caved in and sold it for a Type R. The Type R just felt more exclusive and the interior hits more buttons for me.
 
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It's not. @AspecR posted deals recently in South FL at ~$2,000 over MSRP and based on the itemized sticker, at least you're getting something for the markup. So you find a car at MSRP in Nebraska. You spend money to fly there and drive it back or have it shipped, you save, what, maybe $1,000? Not worth it IMO. I guess the question then becomes: are you window shopping or are you ready to buy a car?

There are two (BB and CW) either inbound or on the ground at Zimbrick Honda at MSRP. LeBlanc Honda may still have the CW FL5 on their showroom floor for $500 below MSRP. Honda World in Louisville has a CW for $1,550 over MSRP (with accessories). The cars are there if you want them.
His math wasn’t adding up.

$46,000 MSRP + $3,200 tax + tag $300 = $49,500 plus $2,000 mark up would be $51,500… I asked him so $52k OTD?(I even rounded up) And he said no, plus $800 dealer fee. Which would put it closer to $53,000 which is a $3,500 mark up.

I would rather spend $1,000-$1,500 by flying somewhere and vacationing for a few days, then drive back the CTR while still saving $2,000-$2,500 over buying here.

yes, I’m ready to buy. I was only dragging my feet recently because I thought the $30k I had set aside for the CTR was going to have to go towards IVF but God is good! 🙌🏼
 

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yes, I’m ready to buy. I was only dragging my feet recently because I thought the $30k I had set aside for the CTR was going to have to go towards IVF but God is good! 🙌🏼
dude, that is way bigger news than a car! Congrats and wishing you and the family the best. Kids are awesome and even more awesome to shuttle them around in a cool car !
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