Quite frankly, although it was a brand new car, I noticed from the start on, strange noises at the ABS system, something like a 'rattling' metallic noise, especially following urgency brakes! I got it reviewed by the dealers' garage, but they told me everything was OK, although the noise continued from time to time!
Just after the full warranty of two years passed, the power window at the driver's side got stuck... luckily, the garage got it repaired at its own cost by covering it still by the general warranty, so without any costs for me.
In 1996, following a long trip abroad of about 2500 km, the engine broke down... allegedly a tube from the radiator broke and caused a dangerous overheating of the engine! The car stayed for 3 weeks in the garage, but I honestly had (and still have) the impression that the car never got well repaired, because since then I had to check the engine oil level after each 500 km, because oil was leaking through the exhaust pipe! Since then, I always carried a 5 liter engine oil can in the boot, just in case...
From 1998 onwards - apart from strange noises at the brakes and central locking system that seemed to be 'alive' by itself - the boot, especially after heavy rainfall, turned out to become a real aquarium! Since then, the car had a smell as if I was driving around in a sailing boat! It became that bad, that the metallic parts, around the spare wheel in the boot, got so rusted that I was afraid that one day I would lose a part of the car when driving! I had to have the boot carpet changed each year, since the fabric was completely rotten because of the water infiltration!
More recently (2001) and just before I decided to sell the car, the air conditioning system went down and it costed a huge price (since it was regarded as an old fashioned out-of-date system) to get it fixed!
The Honda Concerto, with its 134 hp engine, is surely a sporty family car! I was always very surprised by the performance of this 1600 cc. engine, which easily brings you over 200 km/hour, although at that speed you feel vulnerable!
The comfort level is just above the average, with the chairs generally being too hard and becoming very uncomfortable after long driving.
The car, even at high speed and in curves, literally 'glues' to the road... therefore, you can easily drive this car in a very sporty way, but you can also adopt a more 'relaxed' driving, especially in town. The reactivity of the engine is just fabulous!