1990 Honda Concerto 1.6i16 1.6 fuel injected


It's a family car -- period


1. Front brakes grind loudly and unpredictably. No one can figure out the problem.

2. ABS pump chatters.

3. Brake master cylinder died.

4. Electrical short activates the door locks.

5. The hose between the air filter and intake manifold slips loose.

6. Fast idle slips and has to be tuned back.

7. The back of the driver's seat slips back and has to be adjusted regularly.

8. Gaps have formed in the rubber seals between the pedal cables and the chassis.

9. Combustion produces a lot of acid. I've replaced the mufflers twice.

10. Very loud car, thanks to two cherry-bomb mufflers under the cab.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable, and generally speaking, I feel very safe in it. I bought it because it is Japanese and European cars are poorly finished. The car had several problems when I got it, however, and I had to return to the car dealer nine times in 10 months to get most of the problems corrected. I discovered just after the 1-year warranty ran out that someone, probably the dealer, had patched the exhaust system with pieces of sheet metal. Changing the exhaust system quieted the car tremendously, but it is still a very loud car because of two cherry-bomb mufflers under the cab. The mufflers are a feeble attempt by the manufacturer to make the car sound powerful. My brother-in-law calls it a "rice burner." It is factory rated at 130 horses and 210 kph. Those mufflers make so much noise, though, that you think the car's going to explode when you get over 120. I've had it up to 180, but it wasn't a pleasant experience. The car's terrible on ice. The front end pops up when you accelerate, and on ice, you end up sliding around a bit. It took awhile for me to get used to driving the car. All that power makes it very squirrelly, and being a heavy car, it handles a bit like a boat, heaving from side to side. My wife refuses to drive it because it is so powerful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2003

7th Dec 2003, 10:45

Just curious, 180 as top speed is a bit fast. your lucky to get that fast on integra type R.

28th Apr 2004, 09:04

Kmph me thinks!

3rd Nov 2005, 09:39

I´ve made it to 220 KM/h on a highway. The car was ready to explode and it was a bit scary.

8th Feb 2009, 11:14

I miss my Honda Concerto, that car even blew away a few car tuners down the road. Nowadays I have a stupid french car, a Peugeot 207, and it sucks big time.

10th Feb 2011, 19:52

Your Concerto has ABS??? Lucky!

1993 Honda Concerto SX 1.6i-16


Fast and reliable family car


We had to change the exhaust pipe at 90000, another piece on the exhaust line at 110000, now the exhaust collector leaks too and must be changed.

The car is no more water proof. The inside started to feel humid last year. Now it is really flooded! The trunk collected several liters of water around the spare tire. I drilled a water hole in the bottom to evacuate them!

The left windshield wiper arm is badly designed (the dealer said so). It touches the hood and that loosen the screw until it stops whipping. That's easy to fix by just tightening the bolt, but when it happens to my wife under pouring rain she is really annoyed! The real solution would be to change the windshield wiper arm.

The black rubber joints of the electric glasses were already worn out at 80000.

General Comments:

I was happy with my family in this car. It's good for vacations on the highway, and it's also good for working in the city and in the countryside.

We had the usual care (a few light bulbs, 4 tires, one timing belt preventively, oil changes, filters, brake pads, wiper blades, spark plugs) and the car never failed to start (except when we forgot to put in gas or when we left the lights on). That is reliability how I like it.

Dealer is twice as expensive as the mechanic next door.

The driving position is not as good as in the BMW for a 183cm tall person. However, this is not unique to the Concerto!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2001