1996 Honda Legend Review from Australia and New Zealand

1996 Honda Legend Exclusive 3.5

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 3.5 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired102300 kilometres
Most recent distance257140 kilometres
Previous carHonda Legend

Summary:

Superb value for money, and great reliability

Faults:

Starter motor brushes needed replacing at 232,000 kms.

Thermostat needed replacing at 241,000 kms.

The rear window demister has two heater lines that take a bit longer than the others to demist.

General Comments:

Bought this car against strong advice from my friends, only to see two of my friends purchase the 1997 and 1999 model. Not as nippy as my previous 1991 model.

These cars grow on you, and once you get used to them, parting company can prove very difficult.

Around Auckland city, I get on average 560kms out of 65 litres, so economy is not too bad for a 3.5L 1996 car that weighs nearly 1800 kg!

The ride is superb, but you must get good matching tyres. The real value of these cars is on the country roads.

Contrary to my friends various reservations about transmission reliability, I have had absolutely no problems. The auto transmission and diff oils must be changed every 40k. The engine is very smooth.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 29th March, 2012

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review