Honda Concerto Reviews from Belgium

1992 Honda Concerto LX 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired65000 kilometres
Most recent distance217000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Corolla

Summary:

A joy to drive everyday

Faults:

I've had some problems with the lock on the passenger side. The cam-belt broke.

Leakage of water in the boot.

It's allready the third exhaust pipe I've had to install.

When I was on a holiday the engine started to burn oil. Then when I was back at home, the problem disappearred after about 2000 kilometres.

General Comments:

I always liked the road holding en aggressive cornering of the car. I've lowered the car 35 mm.

When it's dry it sticks to the road, but when it's wet you've got to have good tires 'cause if not you will have traction problems a lot!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

31st Jul 2012, 09:10

I had persistent rain ingress on the right side boot - solved! Where the indicator yellow lens is, between that and the curve in the body, there is a rubber seal. Put clear silicone above the top of the seal; problem solved. All dry now, the other side always stayed dry. Hope this helps!

1993 Honda Concerto 16i-16v 1.6

Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance155000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Golf

Summary:

An average sporty family car

Faults:

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!

General Comments:

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!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th September, 2001

27th May 2002, 05:38

I had more or less the exact experience. Perhaps these are common problems specific to this car.

25th Jan 2007, 07:37

General comments

I purchased a used Honda concerto in Ghana in 2003 and have since been using it. It was manufactured in 1993, 1.6cc and the first user travelled about 115,000km.

The performance of the car is superb! The engine still performs excellent, especially after a thorough servicing has been done on it. I have travelled over 50,000km within a period of three years.

The problems I have with this particular model is with the suspension. The back shocks have started making some strange noise and the book won't lock properly. The air conditioning doesn't chill like it used to and the body is generally getting weak.

In general, I think Honda concerto is a good car and I entreat the manufacturers to continue to produce more.

29th Dec 2010, 15:52

Honda concerto 16.i.

Last week my red Honda didn't pass the yearly control (every year for cars older than 4 years), but I hit the 320000km without any big problems. Main problem was the clutch that had to be replaced a few times, but I can look back to a terrific car that never failed, even during the winter and summer time.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews