What should I look for in a used Honda Civic hatchback?
Check that any car you're looking at has been serviced according to Honda's schedule. If they have, they should run and run.
Honda outshone every other marque in the 2005 What Car? reliability surveys - you don't get much better signposts to peace of mind than that.
Consistently good showings in JD Power satisfaction polls are yet more evidence that Honda knows how to bolt a car together exceptionally well.
Remember, though, that air-con wasn't standard on the Type-R. We reckon most buyers will have fitted the option, but it's probably best to avoid any examples without chilled air. It's not why the hatch should be hot.
As with all performance hatches, it's worth checking Type-Rs for signs of a hard life and abuse, such as noisy exhausts, notchy gearboxes, thumpy suspension or lots of stone chip damage around the front.