1988 Honda Concerto Reviews

1988 Honda Concerto EXi 1.6 from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1988
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 1.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired230000 kilometres
Most recent distance250000 kilometres
Previous carFord Galaxy




CV joints @240k

Air conditioning wasn't working when bought and I haven't had it re-gassed as wasn't sure if could in view of age.

General Comments:

This is a great car! It's very reliable and easy to drive with good positive handling. It's size means it is easy to park - which is a great advantage in the city. Does more than 400km to the tank about town so fuel consumption is not bad at all.

Electric windows all round - very good for a car of this age - and the seats are comfortable.

Bodywork has stood the test of time with no rust anywhere.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th March, 2008

24th Jun 2010, 00:20

Had the same problem about the CV joints with my Concerto, at about 300,000 km. Easily replaced after problem occurred. It needed a new head gasket at about 300,000 km as well. Otherwise, fantastic car, and the manual gearbox works great.

1988 Honda Concerto EX-i 1.6 SOHC 16v from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 SOHC 16v Don't Know
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired190000 kilometres
Most recent distance209000 kilometres
Previous carnone none


Just nice!


There was an oil leak in the sump, which caused copious amounts of refilling for 2,000KM.

Previous owner had replaced the driveshaft.

General Comments:

I am extremely pleased with the performance of the Conch, as I like to nickname the machine.

The interior aesthetics have been timeless, since the mid 90's and age is now appearing abruptly as I write this.

Good sounding 4 speaker stereo. Although C-QUAM AM stereo feature is now useless, since many Australian radio stations stopped using their C-QUAM modulated transmitters.

Criticism of the car points towards its fuel consumption, which eats the stuff in less than the business week, five days.

Average acceleration is sluggish, but if properly encouraged with the right foot, can yield some interesting results when jumping out of the emergency lane on the Eastern FWY.

I feel that the choice of engine this car was permitted with, in Australia, was inadequate, as it really struggles when carrying four adults and heavy luggage.

The B20A 2.0 DOHC engine, from the 1988 Honda Prelude, would've been a better choice for a 4CL family car of this nature, as its torque would've done this car some justice in the heavy passenger carrying class.

While I have my criticisms about the D16Z's performance, I do enjoy having fun with my Conch, if the lily livered drivers who feel that the 100KM/H sign means 85KM/H don't invade the freeways.

I love to mash the accelerator down, as the rapidly advancing revolutions of the motor keep the automatic gearbox from shifting until it reaches the rev limiter (6500RP/M). 4000RP/M is about where the D16Z's torque shows up.

The maximum speed I have reached in the Conch has been 160KM/H, which is all-right as far as I'm concerned, although some day I may consider options in the distant future.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd May, 2002

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews