A ray of innovative sunshine in a world planned obsolescence
Early on, Honda sent out a recall for the head gasket; it was replaced by dealer.
Have replaced water pump 5 times.
Door seals began deteriorating within a few years to the point that water dripped in from top of windows during washing or heavy rain.
Original CV joint boots failed within 2 years, letting the grease inside escape. I let it go too long and wore the joints out.
Have replaced the starter motor 3 times.
As my first Honda of the 4-wheel variety, it has been great a introduction to the quality of this manufacturer, and still sits proudly next to my '89 Acura.
I've done most of the major work myself over the years, and unlike my Acura and later cars, I can still get at its very basic engine to work on it.
I've always driven it hard and put it away wet, and to this day continues to be a fun car to drive, as well as quite a rare sight on the road these days - a tribute to the Honda corporation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th March, 2004