1997 Honda del Sol Reviews from North America

1997 Honda del Sol S 1.6L D16

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.6L D16 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired113300 miles
Most recent distance123700 miles
Previous carHonda Civic


del Sol = Fun, reliable, sexy, fuel efficient


Nothing has gone wrong with this car outside of regular maintenance.

However because of neglect from the previous owner, I had to...

Find an in home mechanic to replace the strut assemblies for cheap, and also to replace the brake pads, master cylinder, timing belt, and water pump.

And after that, had to get new tires and get it realigned. I put in about $1000 of work into this car when I first acquired it.

General Comments:

I first bought the car in 2011 for $4000. In perfect cosmetic condition, no stupid after market add-ons whatsoever. However, after I bought it, I discovered the car was improperly lowered, causing me to replace tires more frequently.

Once that hell was over, the del Sol has been amazing to drive and extremely reliable. I made sure I greased the sealants around the T-top to prevent leaking, which it did not leak at all surprisingly.

VERY fun car, and VERY reliable, assuming you take basic care of it. I drove this car like I stole it, and still got 30+ MPG.

Girls like the car, and the trunk is huge. Just please if you are thinking about buying one, DO NOT buy one that has stupid modifications on it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2012

1997 Honda del Sol Si 1.6

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired142000 miles
Most recent distance153000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Astro


Fun to drive and practical too


I needed a new catalytic converter and O2 sensors at 153,000 miles. The mechanic said the catalytic converter was almost totally clogged up.

General Comments:

This is one fun car to drive. This car had 142000 miles on the clock when purchased and it felt like a newer car. I bought it from a used car lot so wasn't expecting much info about the car's history. It must have been well cared for by someone in the past. The interior was perfect, but the body had some dings fixed with bondo and then the car was repainted fairly well. This car is a "poor man's Porsche". Really is lots of fun, like riding in a go cart, acceptable power and great gas mileage. 35 to 37 highway and 30 around town thrashing around corners and zooming about. The removable top doesn't leak and stores in the trunk on a kind of locking frame arrangement that can flip up and still have access to the LARGE trunk. My favorite feature is the electric rear window. My least liked feature was the stupid temporary spare. I had to drive 300 miles on the darned thing one sunday night to get home. Had to do 50 on I-95 as other cars and trucks zoomed by at 80. I ditched that donut spare and got a full size tire which fits in the same place, but now I have a bit of a lump in the trunk floor. No big deal. All in all, this has been one fun little car. Did several 500 mile trips with it and it can get cramped and since the seats are hard, my butt tends to get numb, so frequent stops are necessary after a coupe hours, but it may just be me as I'm 58 and have a bad back anyway. I'm very happy with this little car and plan to keep it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd May, 2006

17th Mar 2007, 13:43

As an update to the above review, I was in an accident with the Del Sol. I was on a rain slick off ramp just a little too fast and the front end started to slip. In a rear wheel drive this would have been no problem, but with the front wheels doing both steering and traction duty, I spun out and hit the inner curb of the ramp and bent wheel suspension components on three wheels. Cost to fix over 2 grand! This car does have it's traction limits! It's still fun to drive. A man's got to know his limits...and the car's limits too!

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 10 reviews