1990 Honda Ballade 150i 16v

Summary:

Reliable, powerful and comfortable

Faults:

The upper left gearbox mounting had to be replaced.

The central gearbox mounting had to be replaced.

The distributor coil pack has seized at 236000km.

All the normal little things like CV joints etc.

The fan only works on 3 and 4 now.

General Comments:

The car really rides very comfortably, although the steering has started creaking a bit.

It has a powerful feel to it for a 1990 150 16v.

The fuel consumption is very light.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2014

1986 Honda Ballade 150 1.5 petrol

Summary:

Excellent value, a car that grows on you

Faults:

Shocks.

Exhaust.

CV's.

Fuel pump.

Brake pads.

Front seats re-upholstered.

Main crankshaft oil seals.

Replaced radiator at 345000 km.

Had the valves done at 310000 km.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable car I have ever had.

It is very comfortable on long trips. It is not a pocket rocket, but cruises comfortably at 120km per hour.

It has never let me down with major problems.

Road holding is very good for such an old vehicle.

The gearbox has to be used if you need to maintain good average speeds in hilly country.

I have never had wheel alignment done on this car, and I rotate the front and back tyres every 15000 km. I get an average of 55000+ km on a set of tyres. The tyres wear off evenly even after 26 years of driving.

I will keep this car forever, as it is worth very little now. But I could still get +/- R 23000.00 for it privately. It cost me R18500.00 back in 1986.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2012

1991 Honda Ballade 150

Summary:

Good runner

Faults:

The gearbox had to be overhauled at 146 000km. Although the car has a full service history, the gearbox oil was never changed. This is supposed to be done every 20 000km. There is no indication of this in the owners manual, and it seems that the dealerships are unaware of this. Total repair cost about R6300.

The rooflining came loose at about 160 000km. This was replaced for a cost of R500.

The fan switch stopped working shortly afterwards. The resistor had to be replaced. Total cost of R400.

The head lamp on the right hand side keeps on blowing every few months. Still trying to sort this out.

General Comments:

Even though it's an old car, it is almost 'timeless' with its clean and smooth lines. The car is very reliable and a joy to drive long distances. Overtaking however can be a frustration due to the lack of power.

I bought the car with an Alphine radio/tape installed (the original Becker was in a box in the boot). I replaced it with a Pioneer Radio/CD/Mp3 player.

For safety purposes, I also had an alarm/immobilizer and smash 'n grab film on the windows installed.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 27th November, 2010

1998 Honda Ballade 180i 1.8 petrol DOHC B18b4

Summary:

Buy one. It has looks, speed and brand power

Faults:

ABS and SRS light stayed on. Couldn't be road-worthied because of that. Cost over R800 to fix.

Starting to rust very slowly.

New Vtec gearbox installed (180i box broke).

Uhm haven't have the car long enough to say the rest.

Gearbox is losing oil. Gears tend to grind when going too fast and changing up or gearing down.

General Comments:

0-100kmph about 7seconds on 17" tyres at standard ride height.

Gear ratio is short because of the Vtec gearbox.

Petrol usage is seriously heavy. Need R100 to go anywhere.

Then again this car forces you to have a heavy foot. The accelerator is extremely sensitive, you either going too fast or too slow, which makes this car more of a racer than a town driver.

No cup holders.

Mines modified at 114kw. Not fast enough, I want more :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd May, 2010

5th Jul 2010, 15:15

I have had this car since May 2010. It's the start of July now. It's getting faster and faster.

Performance 10/10

Comfort 9/10

Reliability 10/10.

Buy one; cheaper, faster and just as good as a Vtec in soo many ways. A Honda mechanic told me the 180i is faster than the vtec, and has almost all the same parts. It's lighter on fuel and doesn't have a vtec head that can be destroyed.

19th Jul 2010, 14:20

I'm a new owner of a 180i. I love my car, and more each day!

But I am planning on putting on a few engine modifications!

20th Jul 2010, 02:50

What modifications did you do to get the car up to 114kw?