1984 Honda CRX 1.5
We need the philosophy of this car today
Ignition system replacement.
Clutch replacement x2.
Brake system overhaul x4.
Shocks / struts x4.
Radiator, water pump.
Worn interior reupholstered.
Most reliable car I have ever and will ever own. A quarter century, nearly a quarter-million miles over mountains, fire roads and freeway, used as a pickup truck, cargo hauler and daily Los Angeles commuter, and it's still going strong.
Almost every major component of the vehicle has been serviced/overhauled/replaced at some point, but it's still on the same engine, and repairs are always much cheaper than another car. The engine itself has never been overhauled.
The carburetor is finally dying, perhaps partly due to the ham-handed work of a bad mechanic years ago. Once overhauled, I expect mileage to return to the 32+ MPG city, 45+ highway it has always been.
The CRX drives like a slot car. Power loading and 5-speed gearing are perfect, the seats are comfortable for extended trips, and the layout is ergonomic without the alien pretentiousness of some newer vehicles. This car is a singular and timeless statement of efficiency like no other model since; even later versions of the CRX. My only complaints are that Honda no longer builds them, and it's virtually impossible to get parts. I have been spoiled for any other car. Onward to a half-million miles!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th January, 2013