1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 with optional A/C 1.6 petrol dual carb from Australia and New Zealand


OK car, killed by age


Sticky choke, so would rev at 2000rpm until warm.

Car suddenly decided to run on 2 cylinders. Will cost too much to fix, so am selling for scrap.

Paint faded quite easily considering the light green metallic colour (what 80's Honda doesn't fade?)

Rear hatch leaked water when rained, couldn't find where from.

Rear heated window doesn't work.

Slight rust patch at top of the windscreen.

General Comments:

The first 8 months of ownership was fantastic, really economical, total reliability (way better than previous Daewoo) and air con still worked, which surprised me considering the age of the vehicle.

Quite good power from the 1.6. Doesn't handle well considering what other people say.

Other than that, apart from the sudden unfortunate engine failure, I really enjoyed this car.

Also need to mention that my father gave this car to me, and he had it for 6 years with no problems.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th February, 2011

1990 Honda Concerto 1.6 dual carb from Australia and New Zealand


An expensive car to fix and service. Wouldn't recommend to anyone but my worst enemy


When I acquired the Concerto at nearly 200,000kms, it already had the cambelt done, which was a bonus.

The exterior had lots of scratches and stone chips, as with many NZ cars, otherwise the paint was pretty good.

Had the car for nearly 2 years with great reliability, until one day I checked the oil; I'd had the vehicle serviced just 2 months before. I checked my park for oil leaks, but none was there, so topped up the oil and checked the next day, the oil was low again. I left this for a week, topping it up until I could get my mechanic. The Monday I was on my way to him, the car started to labour; I pulled over and stopped to check oil, spark plugs etc, but all was fine. Had to get it towed to my mechanic, who revealed that there was a hole on the side of the block that was letting water out, but also letting water into spark plug hole one, which eventually filled with water. The only sensible option is to get a new motor, which will cost around $1200 when the car is only worth around $900, so the car is going to be scrapped now.

General Comments:

The Concerto isn't a race car, but has plenty of power for town needs.

The interior is typical 80s boring, and the seats wore easy.

The car faded very easily over the 2 years of ownership, even though I polished and washed it regularly.

The Concerto is definitely not a handler, but was well bolted together.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2011

1990 Honda Concerto 1.6i16 1.6 fuel injected from France


It's a family car -- period


1. Front brakes grind loudly and unpredictably. No one can figure out the problem.

2. ABS pump chatters.

3. Brake master cylinder died.

4. Electrical short activates the door locks.

5. The hose between the air filter and intake manifold slips loose.

6. Fast idle slips and has to be tuned back.

7. The back of the driver's seat slips back and has to be adjusted regularly.

8. Gaps have formed in the rubber seals between the pedal cables and the chassis.

9. Combustion produces a lot of acid. I've replaced the mufflers twice.

10. Very loud car, thanks to two cherry-bomb mufflers under the cab.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable, and generally speaking, I feel very safe in it. I bought it because it is Japanese and European cars are poorly finished. The car had several problems when I got it, however, and I had to return to the car dealer nine times in 10 months to get most of the problems corrected. I discovered just after the 1-year warranty ran out that someone, probably the dealer, had patched the exhaust system with pieces of sheet metal. Changing the exhaust system quieted the car tremendously, but it is still a very loud car because of two cherry-bomb mufflers under the cab. The mufflers are a feeble attempt by the manufacturer to make the car sound powerful. My brother-in-law calls it a "rice burner." It is factory rated at 130 horses and 210 kph. Those mufflers make so much noise, though, that you think the car's going to explode when you get over 120. I've had it up to 180, but it wasn't a pleasant experience. The car's terrible on ice. The front end pops up when you accelerate, and on ice, you end up sliding around a bit. It took awhile for me to get used to driving the car. All that power makes it very squirrelly, and being a heavy car, it handles a bit like a boat, heaving from side to side. My wife refuses to drive it because it is so powerful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th March, 2003

7th Dec 2003, 10:45

Just curious, 180 as top speed is a bit fast. your lucky to get that fast on integra type R.

28th Apr 2004, 09:04

Kmph me thinks!

3rd Nov 2005, 09:39

I´ve made it to 220 KM/h on a highway. The car was ready to explode and it was a bit scary.

8th Feb 2009, 11:14

I miss my Honda Concerto, that car even blew away a few car tuners down the road. Nowadays I have a stupid french car, a Peugeot 207, and it sucks big time.

10th Feb 2011, 19:52

Your Concerto has ABS??? Lucky!