1992 Honda Inspire 2.5L inline 5 cylinder
A great all rounder. Great engine and transmission!
Needed new tyres, because the alignment can go funky quickly and it then chews through the rubber.
Steering shake, took 3 wheel balances before a technician was able to stop it.
Leak around the distributor cap when I first bought it.
Water leaks into the boot of the car because of the design.
Radiator had to be replaced (this is probably my fault because there was a crack in the plastic reservoir, likely from me banging the hood closed).
Driver's door handle on the inside.
Excellent car, but just getting a bit old.
Cracker of an engine! Highly underrated effort from Honda.
Passing, gradients, loaded vehicle... nothing seemed to make it stress. Put your foot down and it just went (but you had to remember that with a spirited foot, the 2.5L engine could be accordingly thirsty).
A fair bit of the work done on the car was done on warranty from the dealer I bought it second-hand. The dealer had not made an effort to do much work on it or drive it enough to find its faults, so I had all the small things done within the first 2 months of ownership. Annoying for me, but not the car's fault.
This car served me faithfully and without much maintenance costs for about 2 years. It's traveled the length of New Zealand on long trips as well as a daily driver in my student days in Christchurch. Then after my partner & I graduated, it took the majority of our belongings all the way to Auckland, and then served as a daily driver there for another year and a half.
One of the most reliable cars I've ever owned, and my old faithful!
We named it Jean (after Jean Grey of the X-men); unassuming on the outside, but an exceptional all rounder within.
I even test drove a 2014 Accord and didn't feel it had the same transmission smoothness or engine response of the old Inspire!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th February, 2015