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I've bought the wrong car...

I'm having a bit of a dilemma. Although my 166 is a lovely machine, it just hasn't grown on me like my 156 did. I'm not sure whether the fact it's an auto - though the 156 was a sele - but the car seems a little 'grown up' for me. And I'm not 21!
Anyway, I'm hankering after a Sportwagon again and have seen a couple which l'm tempted by. I'm thinking of putting the 166 up for sale or swap but then wondering if I should just hang on to it. I've done this before; keep a car for a couple of months, sell it, then regret it - my 145 QV springs to mind here.

This is looking more like a 'for sale' thread but if anyone was interested in more details on the 166, I can post them up. Or tell me that I'm mad...
 
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You are not mad, and nobody can help you with this one. If you don't feel happy in it, so be it.

As much as I love the 166, I don't think I'd have owned one at your age. Like now, I quite like the Mito, but I'd never buy one.
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I'd be banned if I said the 166 is an old mans car... Everyone has their own opinion, give it a chance (maybe you have), if you dont like it move on.
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SW all the way. Daryl might not say it but I wont either, so it might be that a 166 is not what you are looking for now. No harm in that. I know of some one selling a 156 GTA if that would get you blood going.
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would have thought an SW is just as grown up...
If you're wishing to get a younger persons car go GT, GTV or Brera..
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..well i didn't like the 166 sportronic at first either, and thought i'd made a big mistake too.

However, once you figure it out I think it's is a great car with a real depth to it.

First thing to get your head around though is the gearbox.. strictly speaking with only 4 gears it's a mismatch for an engine that develops peak torque at 5000rpm.. there are times when there simply isn't the right gear to put the engine in it's powerband. if you can't live with this you won't enjoy the car and that's an end to it.

however, if you can accept this limitation and learn to use the sportronic to it's full potential it's still great fun. Unless you're pottering around carparks and housing estates the trick is to knock the lever left and leave it in sport-auto mode. If you leave it in D it selects from 1 of 16 preset modes ranging from "old man" to "sport" depending on how you drive.. "old man" is pretty unresponsive, but "sport" keeps the engine on the cam as much as it can, has loads of engine braking and will hang on till the redline if you keep your foot down. Another thing to keep in mind is that the 'box measures how quickly you press the accelerator in order to kick down.

Manual shifting can be useful too, though i don't use it as much as i expected.

The other thing that blunts the fun is suspension wear.. a well worn 166 can still sail through an NCT, but feels like a complete barge compared to one on fresh suspension.

I had a really nice subaru legacy before the 166, but the 166 is head and shoulders above the subaru in almost any respect i can think of, and that's saying something...

horses for courses and all that, but i can't think of too many cars i'd want to swap it for right now.. 'cept maybe a nice 164 or quattroporte.. !
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Thanks for the comments lads but probably am on my own with this. I do like the 166 but enjoyed the 156 more and that's clouding things. Maybe 'grown up' isn't the right term for the car but I just don't feel like ragging the 166 in the same way!

Saw ianeire's GTA advertised alright-might sell a kidney like that chinese guy lol:
 
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I just don't feel like ragging the 166 in the same way!
Why not...

YouTube - ‪Mondello 166 honda 1‬‏

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Maybe you would of felt different if it was manual.
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I have driven the 166 sportronic and loved it, the power and sound is great but totally agree with the auto limitations. However I was impressed with redlining it in sportmode. All that said I wouldnt buy one, however if I were you I'd buy the spanky red 156 GTA in Greystones on donedeal thats just had a price drop. Or ianeires
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166's are better than 156's that is all.
 
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166's are better than 156's that is all.

....bet they have a face like a burst couch.
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Nope they don't. I was like you thinking they where hideous but you haven't looked at one properly.
 
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Nope they don't. I was like you thinking they where hideous but you haven't looked at one properly.
must get myself a pair of these bad boys then.
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must get myself a pair of these bad boys then.
The glasses or the kittens?
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Original is best, once its a manual!
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I'm firmly on the 156 side here, the 166 is nice, but nice in a respect your elders kinda way.
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Original is best, once its a manual!
I'll be keeping an eye out for a super. I think the car needs 6 cogs to get the best out of it. It's hard to fault any other aspect of the car, especially that lovely V6.
 
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166's are better than 156's that is all.
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I'm firmly on the 156 side here, the 166 is nice, but nice in a respect your elders kinda way.
I'm telling ya a 166 with the suspension done will keep with your GTA on a back road. They are brilliant handling cars.
 
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as long as it's a 2.5v6 - does it really matter what packaging it comes in?
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as long as it's a 2.5v6 - does it really matter what packaging it comes in?
I think the 166 might be a dark horse...
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Having driven both 156 and 166 2.0 Twinnies,for me personally the 166 is the winner.

However i get the Wiseguys "ragging" comment,i think the compactness of the 156 makes it feel a bit more of ragger!

Both great drivers cars thoughthumbs:
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166's are better than 156's that is all.
Maybe that should read some 166s are better than some 156s & vice versa

Anyway I'll just sit here with my popcorn
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