1991 Honda CRX 1.6i 16 DOHC

Summary:

The car, not the hybrid

Faults:

Distributor melted (common problem).

Headlight fuse short.

Needed a new exhaust.

Needed new tires.

Just regular maintenance for a 20 year old car!

General Comments:

Best car I've ever owned, I wish all cars were built like the Honda CRX. It's the closest you can get to a race car without stripping out an interior or tuning the engine. Not to mention it's comfortable, and very ergonomic with excellent use of space.

Very reliable car; always starts, even when the distributor melted, it drove me home 100km!

This is a real car that teaches you how to drive without any of the electronic nannies that correct your mistakes for you that are found in today's cars like, for example, drive-by-wire electronic throttle, hydraulic clutches, lane departure assist, brake assist, traction control, ABS, and power steering. It's just you, the car and the road.

If I could I'd drive this car for the rest of my life, I'd be so happy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2010

13th Jun 2010, 16:55

Update: Nothing has gone wrong as of writing :)

26th Dec 2011, 04:51

Update: Changed 2 summer tires and the radiator, since it was corroded for a 20 year old car.

This past week, drove it 1500 km, and no problems whatsoever, besides an amazing drive.

26th Dec 2011, 10:38

Hmmmm, my 1980 Celica had a hydraulic clutch. You sure about that one? Also, power steering has been around for 50 years or more.

I do agree that ABS, traction control, stability control and every other expensive addition to improve a car's safety, are more excuses for people not to learn to drive properly, than anything else.

The CRX was a great car overall though. Seems you are having great luck with yours. Funny that the CR-Z comes out 20 years later with a "revolutionary" hybrid powertrain, and it still gets about the same gas mileage. 20 years in the auto business doesn't equate to much advancement does it? Seems the only progress has been on the emissions side of engines. In my opinion, they could have made the CRX HF engine run much cleaner by now, and still get the 55 mpg it was achieving over 20 years ago without 100's of pounds of battery involved. I guess oil company payoffs have been the way of things though, which stifles any real progress in efficiency.

29th Aug 2013, 21:35

Yeah, I'm sure the CRX had a cable clutch, since the cable snapped on me before I sold it. I've moved on and bought a Prelude; still fun to drive, but missing that character the CRX had. A really similar car I just drove is the FR-S/Toyota GT-86/BR-Z.

1991 Honda CRX 1.6i 16 1.6 DOHC

Summary:

Small

Faults:

Tachometer back-lighting, but it was easy and cheap to repair.

Sunroof was quite rusted so it had to be replaced.

General Comments:

The CRX is incredibly quick and also very sensitive to the throttle. Because of it's low weight (only 910kgs) for the 130hp 1.6) it also reacts very quickly to every input.

Makes fabulous noise as it revs to the 7800rpm cut-off. And you have to rev it that high to extract maximum performance. Mine has been unofficially timed at 7.5sec. 0-100km/h.

The CRX also has some serious handling, but the hard suspension and not very soft sport seats will batter you in town.

Cabin spacious in the front, virtually no space in the back, but who would want to sit in the back anyway?

Trunk also tight, but combined with the rear seating space it is adequate for my needs.

It has some flaws, but it's awesome fun to drive and every time you drive it hard it puts a smile on your face.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th August, 2003