I've done 1,500 km now on my turbo and, man, I sure am quite satisfied with it.
Don't know why some people are lambasting the civic's build quality! To me its great no squeaks, rattles and sounds whatsoever even on rubbish surfaces. It feels right up there in fit and finish with BMW but I don't know about audi or merc. I love it no issues!
About the turbo... man oh man its too much for the tires to handle! not even full throttle and the Traction Control is kicking in. Cutting through traffic its great with not having to rev the engine and getting strong punch from the turbo. Handles very well too but not too much grip!
If you are reading this and are undecided about whether to purchase the turbo i say DO IT AND FORGET ABOUT ORIEL!
So now its almost time to sell my beloved 8th gen! She has been great to me but its time to move on from the uneventful R18!