Ahhhh you figured out the downfall of the C30 – certain parts can be impossible to source and repairs are a pain.
Example #1: the clutch on my wife’s car needed some work and after laughing at the stealership we to a local Euro car shop that fully admitted this was only the second C30 he had ever seen. He basically ordered a bunch of parts (which took awhile) then began swapping them until it was fixed. Thankfully we have a 3rd car so waiting wasn’t an issue. The unused parts were credited and guy was very up front about it being a guessing game due to lack of familiarity with the model.
Example #2: a headlight cracked, well RockAuto and others yielded nothing. Finally found one for $800! The same part is only $300 for the S40 because its a well know popular car.
Example #3: brakes, good news here because the C30 was developed during the Ford/Mazda/Volvo love-fest. So the C30 has Mazda 3 brakes and I swapped front pads for $40 myself in the driveway.
Bottom line: it depends on what breaks. Overall ours has only had a few problems and just reached 70K miles, but what did break was costly. The T5 engine doesn’t get great mileage but the car is smooth and quick. I think its highly underrated. Its very popular in Europe where it comes with 3 different engines including a diesel. In the states it came in 3 trim levels which were all cosmetic. The car was designed to compete with the Mini thus it came with countless options and colors. It sold so poorly I’m sure there are multiple 1 of 1 combinations out there. Its one of the reason my wife loves hers, you literally NEVER see another one on the road.
Source : http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/08/honda-civic-type-r-boast-340-horsepower-report/305